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Irwin and Bradshaw top British Masters round 4

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Following the latest super action in the 2013 AMCA Wulfsport British Masters held at Hawkstone Park last weekend,there was some surprising news to report.

In Battery Energy Pro MX1,MBO Sport  Yamaha pilot Kristian Whatley,the undoubted rider of the season so far,was beat to the top spot on the podium and he also failed to win a moto!!.Yes,Kristian still bagged a very strong 2/2 scorecard but it was to be super  fast Graeme Irwin on the Heads and Threads Suzuki who took a richly deserved victory as HM Plant KTM UK youngster Nathan Watson got home in 3rd.Over in Battery Energy Pro MX2, Putoline Honda ace Neville Bradshaw having recently become a dad for the first time celebrated Father’s Day in style with the overall win from Watson and Maxxis LPE rider Brad Anderson.Other riders to star during a tough round four were Jack Kelly(Goggle-shop Amateur MX2),Jay Hague(Putoline BW85cc) and Callum Green(Putoline SW85cc) who all conquered Hawkstone in style with unbeaten performances.

Back to those Battery Energy Drink Pro clashes though and making his intentions perfectly clear,Graeme Irwin led the opening Pro MX1 action as sand ace Nathan Watson crashed in turn two and had it all to do!!.By the end of lap one though,young Watson was already up to 15th.Upfront and Irwin was simply flying as Whatley turned up the gas to move past Bradshaw and into 2nd with Josh Waterman,Jackson Evans,Brad Anderson and Luke Remmer in the frame.As the moto developed,Waterman  tagged himself onto the front three of Irwin,Whatley and Bradshaw whilst Watson along with the hard charging Matt Moffat continued to make significant progress up the leaderboard and were now locking into combat to dispute 5th spot along with Anderson and Evans.Showing his speed,Watson not only won that particular tussle but also snatched 4thaway from Waterman as Irwin took the moto victory,just over 4 seconds ahead of Whatley with Bradshaw 3rd and Anderson 6th.

Desperate for revenge,Whatley made a flying start to moto two with Irwin,Waterman,Ross Rutherford,Bradshaw and Dorren Coutts giving chase.Two laps in and Bradshaw retired after crashing into a marshall point with thankfully both the official and rider being uninjured!!.Moving into Bradshaw’s vacant 3rd spot was Watson who had originally gated 10th,so the battle for the leadership was now well and truly on!!.Showing his pace in the sand,Watson then took just a further two laps to pass Irwin and Whatley before racing onto a great win,his eventual victory margin being an incredible 6 seconds.With Whatley maintaining 2nd from Irwin in 3rd,the battle of the race was for 4th as  Maxxis LPE riders Coutts and Anderson locked horns.Starting 8th,Ando moved up to insert heavy pressure on his teammate in a tussle which went right down to the final corner.After making a strong start in moto two,Waterman eventually dropped to 10th behind Moffat,Ashley Wilde,Daniel Hutchinson and Lewis Tombs.

Pendrich Kawasaki star Bryan MacKenzie was very quick out of the traps in the opening Battery Energy Drink Pro MX2 contest at Hawkstone as he led the charge chased by Nathan Watson,Bradshaw,Luke Norris,Tombs and Martin Barr.With Steven Clarke and James Dunn early big name casualties disappearing from proceedings,upfront Watson wasted no time in taking control of proceedings by passing Bryan Mac on lap three.One circuit later and Bradshaw also found a way past MacKenzie whilst Barrs joined the list of retirements when being forced out with mechanical gremlins on lap eight.On completion of this MX2 tussle,Watson had bagged a big win with Bradshaw 2nd,Mackenzie 3rd,Tombs 4th,Brad Anderson 5th,Moffat 6th and Ben Watson 7th.

Mackenzie made another lightning getaway in the second Pro MX2 clash and although Bradshaw was soon right on his tail,the flying Scotsman looked in total control of proceedings.With Bryan Mac strong upfront,Barr slotted into 3rd with Nathan Watson a rather distant 4th,Anderson 5th and Tombs 6th.Lap seven though and it was all change as leader Mackenzie suffered a very frightening incident when his Kawasaki’s footpeg snapped!!.Thankfully Bryan was uninjured and despite remounting and touring round to finish the race,his hopes of victory were naturally over. Upfront,Bradshaw was now in control but he had a very determined Barr rapidly closing him down.Indeed the verdict was to go right down to the wire with Nev just getting the verdict as Nath Watson took 3rd whilst Ando enjoying himself on the little 250F got home in 4th,Tombs charging hard claimed 5th with Dunn 6th and Ben Watson 7th the next best.

Another surprise news item to break from Hawkstone was the first defeat in Pirelli MX2 for Bradley Wheeler.After 12 straight moto wins,Bradley was beat in the first race of the weekend by a very determined Steve Turvey.From here onwards though and despite the very best efforts of Turvey,Danny Stayte,James Milne and co,the immaculate Wheeler stormed to another three big race wins.In Pirelli MX1,series leader Shaun Scrivens took yet another overall win,also blasting to three moto victories along the way.Scrivens only defeat came in moto two when Welsh lad Adam Cook was first past the flag.However Cook also picked up a crazy brace of front wheel punctures at Hawkstone which restricted him to 16th overall.So taking the remaining podium spots in Pirelli MX1 were Jason Kendrick and a delighted Jake Thompson.

In a very competitive Muk Junkie Amateur MX1 contest,Passion Racing boss Chad Yarranton proved that consistency is certainly the key word as he took overall success with a 6/2/7/4 scorecard and a 166 points total. Two Stroke rider Matthew Thomas also finished on that 166 total but it was Yarranton who got the verdict courtesy of his better final race placing.Earlier,eventual third place overall finisher Fraser Wakeford had won the first battle of the weekend before Daniel Hutchinson took control.Hutchinson’s hopes though of another overall win were to be dashed by a moto one DNF.Whilst Luke Meredith took 4th overall,former triple AMCA MX2 Champion Brad O’Leary signalled his comeback with a steady 5th place.

There was no doubt who was the star of the goggle-shop.com Amateur MX2 contest at Hawkstone as young Jack Kelly blasted to a brilliant maximum points win.However whilst Kelly starred,series leader Rich Cannings produced another very brave,gutsy performance.Riding with a very painful foot injury,Cannings somehow took 2nd overall ahead of Adam Wells,Carl Benjamin,Jacob Joyce and Zac Stealey.

Jamie Ellis(2),Robert Davidson and Liam Knight all won GSP Race Products MXY2 moto’s at Hawkstone.With Davidson then sitting out the Sunday action to concentrate on Pro MX2 competition and Ellis restricted to a 16th place finish in moto one of the weekend,the eventual overall win was to go to Knight.With a scorecard of 2/1/2/2  Knight finished ahead of Reece Desoer,Ben Franklin and Ellis.In the Championship standings,Desoer is still inserting heavy pressure on leader Ellis being just 11 points in arrears.

Proving the popularity of the Masters series,there was separate racing for the BW and SW85cc pilots at Hawkstone Park.Both Putoline supported classes resulted in eventual maximum points winners as Jay Hague topped BW whilst Callum Green was the SW star.Showing his incredible speed,Hague was again in irresistible form,his only scare coming in the final clash of the weekend.Leading the contest,Jay fell and dropped back to 10th only to then regain control just three laps later!!.In the Putoline BW85cc competition,James McFayden,Joe Jefferies,Dee Jay Walker and Lee Perfect were the next best.Over in Putoline SW85cc,Callum Green stormed to four great wins chased home on each occasion by Dylan Woodcock.Also picking up prizes in this class were Harry Kimber,Charlie Cole and Callum Gasson.

Results of British Masters Rd4

Sport Motocross / Snocross
Track Hawkstone
Length of the Track 1.8000 Km
Number of runs 49
Championships championship

Amateur MX1
Qualifying 10:30 Qualifying 15 Jun
Race 13:04 Race 1 15 Jun
Race 16:06 Race 2 15 Jun
Race 11:30 Race 3 16 Jun
Race 15:36 Race 4 16 Jun
Overall
Amateur MX2
Qualifying 10:59 Qualifying 15 Jun
Race 13:30 Race 1 15 Jun
Race 16:32 Race 2 15 Jun
Race 11:56 Race 3 16 Jun
Race 16:02 Race 4 16 Jun
Overall
BW 85cc
Race 14:22 Race 1 15 Jun
Race 17:24 Race 2 15 Jun
Race 13:20 Race 3 16 Jun
Race 17:29 Race 4 16 Jun
Overall
MXY2
Qualifying 11:52 Qualifying 15 Jun
Race 14:48 Race 1 15 Jun
Race 17:50 Race 2 15 Jun
Race 13:46 Race 3 16 Jun
Race 17:55 Race 4 16 Jun
Overall
Pirelli MX1
Qualifying 12:40 Qualifying 15 Jun
Race 15:40 Race 1 15 Jun
Race 18:40 Race 2 15 Jun
Race 15:10 Race 3 16 Jun
Race 19:22 Race 4 16 Jun
Overall – MX1
Pirelli MX2
Qualifying 11:28 Qualifying 15 Jun
Race 13:56 Race 1 15 Jun
Race 16:58 Race 2 15 Jun
Race 12:22 Race 3 16 Jun
Race 16:28 Race 4 16 Jun
Overall – MX2
Pro MX1
Qualifying 10:30 Qualifying 16 Jun
Race 12:48 Race 1 16 Jun
Race 16:54 Race 2 16 Jun
Overall
Pro MX2
Qualifying 11:00 Qualifying 16 Jun
Race 14:38 Race 1 16 Jun
Race 18:47 Race 2 16 Jun
Overall
SW 85cc
Qualifying 12:16 Qualifying BW SW 85 150 cc 15 Jun
Race 15:14 Race 1 15 Jun
Race 18:14 Race 2 15 Jun
Race 14:12 Race 3 16 Jun
Race 18:21 Race 4 16 Jun
Overall – SW85

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