Gorgeous sunshine welcomed a great turnout of riders to the breathtaking Wiltshire countryside for Portsmouth Motocross Club’s fifth round of their summer series at West Kennett, with many visiting riders choosing to race on their doorstep to add some different competition for the Pompey lads and lasses.
A near-full line-up of Senior riders took their places behind the elastic start, the usual suspects out in front from the off. Jake Hassell took to his new machine effortlessly and was soon in the lead and romped home to three easy victories to be overall winner on the day. Jordan Carrier worked his way into second place, battling hard to fight off his rivals, three second places awarded him second overall. A flying start in race one saw Daniel Maxey secure the holeshot and resumed his battle with Darren Wingar to fight for third spot. Two third places and a fourth awarded him third overall.
Darren Wingar made a return to the club in blistering style, leading straight from the off, but was unable to hold of the challenge of the leading duo. He rode a good, steady set of races and battled to snatch away third spot from Maxey, doing so in race two, and added two fourths to finish in fourth overall. Jack Bachelor remained dominant ahead of his rivals and did enough to keep a rampaging Aaron Lopez from passing him. A sixth and two fifths awarded him fifth overall. Lopez battled hard to get past Bachelor but settled in just behind him in all three motos, finishing in seventh, sixth and sixth to finish in sixth overall.
Billy Hare was the undeniable winner in the Inter Open class, slotting straight into first place and charging full steam way ahead of the rest of the pack, three wins awarded him the overall victory on the day. James Michael fought hard to keep Hare within his sights, and was a dominant figure at the front of the field, two impressive seconds and a third awarded him second overall. David Roberts ensured a high placing with excellent starts and kept hard on the gas in the final moto to finish in third. Two fifths plus his third spot awarded him third overall.
Connor Davis proved his worth around the stony track, saving his best effort for the final moto of the day to romp home in fourth. Added to his two sixth placings he finished the day in fourth overall. George Clarke was set for a top three finish, hot on Hare’s heels, but not one but two punctures denied him a higher placing. A third and brilliant second place still gave him enough points to finish in fifth overall. Danny Bunce chased down Davis throughout the meeting, keeping him within his sights, a brilliant sixth in the final race awarded him sixth overall.
A great show of Auto riders buzzed around the Kennett circuit with a handful of riders all vying for top spot. Liam Jones took full advantage of Jake Parkers unfortunate bad result in the first race to romp home to victory, and rode superbly in the remaining motos to finish in second, and secured the overall win. Bike problems in the first denied Jake Parker a straight set of wins, but cruising into the lead in races two and three secured him second overall. Arthur Williams was once again a force to be reckoned with, remaining in amongst the top two throughout the meeting. A second, fourth and third rewarded him with third overall.
George Stock stormed around the circuit, in hot pursuit of Williams, and followed him home passed the chequered flag in each race. A great third in race one added to a fifth and fourth awarded him fourth overall, on equal points with Jamie Griggs. Griggs battled hard with Stock throughout the meeting, snatching a brilliant third away from his rivals in race two, with two further top six places he ended the day in fifth overall. Jack Pond started his race career off well, flying at top speed in only his second meeting with the club. A brilliant fifth in race one and two further sixth places awarded him ample points to push his way into the top six, sixth overall his reward for his hard work on the track.
A three-way battle ensued in the Inter 85 class between Michael Denton, Andrew Hutchison and Jordan Bachelor but Bachelor reigned supreme in superb style, once in the lead he was the clear-cut winner stretching his lead further with each lap. Three straight wins awarded him the overall victory. Hutchison and Denton battled it out for the runner-up spot, Hutchison securing three second places to snatch away second overall. Denton rode a great set of races, keeping hard on the pace throughout the meeting, just missing out on a straight set of third places but still secured third overall.
Visiting rider Kieran Banks showed amazing speed at the front of the pack, keeping his rivals at bay throughout the meeting, two fourths and a third awarding him fourth overall. Daniel Lawler was hot on Banks’s heels, remaining consistent and kept a cool head in the warm sunshine to stay focused and crossed the line in fifth in all three races to finish in fifth overall. Jorja Johnson came out of retirement to show the boys just what she was made off and gave them all a run for their money. Not putting a wheel wrong throughout the day, she romped home in sixth place in all three races to finish in sixth overall.
Head-to-head action came courtesy of Junior riders Tom Hutchison and Toby Saunders, both riders leading races, but Hutchison kept his cool and sped into victory in all three motos to be overall winner on the day. Saunders remained consistent and pushed himself to the limit, just losing the lead on the final lap but still secured three second places to finish in second overall. Charlie Way battled with the top two to try to sneak into the winners spot, and keeping hard on the gas he finished in fourth, third and third and third overall was his just reward.
Christopher Nuttall had an ideal start to the day, crossing the line in third just behind the leaders, and remained prominent at the front of the field, finishing in fifth in the remaining heats to end the day in fourth overall. Olivier Cook chased Nuttall down in all three races, never letting him get too far ahead and ended the day in fifth overall, fifth, sixth and sixth his results on the day. Arron Cawtheray started the day off well, snatching sixth place away from Connor Lopez. Two eighth places in the remaining motos were enough to award him sixth overall.
Steve Lyons was the runaway leader in the VMX class, powering into the lead and remained ahead of the field with plenty of empty track behind him to secure all three race wins and the overall victory on the day. Jorg Stranghoner and Neil Jenkinson had a ding-dong battle behind Lyons, Stranghoner just taking the upper hand to slot into second place in all three races to finish in second overall. Jenkinson’s excellent starts once again ensured a high placing, and he kept his nerve to finish just behind Stranghoner, three third places awarding him third overall.
Another two-rider battle pursued involving Heiko Stranghoner and Dave Lopez, but Lopez pushed the Kawasaki to the limit to ensure he stole away the higher placings. A fifth and two fourths awarded him fourth overall ahead of Stranghoner who finish fourth, fifth and fifth to end the day in fifth overall. Neil Kittow must have had a rocket up his exhaust pipe as he blasted his way around the circuit. Keeping his rivals far behind him, he rode consistently to finish in sixth in all three motos to take home sixth overall.
With just enough room to squeeze all the riders on the start line, the AMX were the last group to ride, and some spectacular and extremely fast and hard racing delighted the watching spectators. Adam Cook and Chris Wratten battled it out for supremacy in the class, with Cook just doing enough to snatch the overall victory. Powering at blistering speed around the circuit he won the first and snatched the last race win away from Wratten to take the overall victory. Wratten, still on the road to recovery after injuries sustained at Langrish, showed no signs of taking it easy, storming into the lead in races two and three, unfortunately binning it in the last race, but two seconds and a race win secured him second overall. Jono Parker-Davies’s amazing starts kept him at the front in all three races, but was denied a win. He still managed to finish in third, fourth and third to take home third overall.
A great return performance from Kurt Freegard who took to the track like a duck to water after over a six-month absence due to injury. Pushing himself to the limit, he battled hard to remain in the top six, two fourths and a sixth were great results and he finish the day in fourth overall. A bad start in race one possibly denied Josh Scott a higher placing, but still getting accustomed to the 450 he powered hard around the track, fighting his way through into the top six, a sixth and two fifths rewarding his efforts with a fifth overall. Sean Hewett saved the best for last and stormed into sixth place in the final moto, and had to fight a bundle of riders for his race positions. Three top ten places were enough to award him sixth overall.
VMX: 1 Steve Lyons, 2 Jorg Stranghoner, 3 Neil Jenkinson, 4 Dave Lopez, 5 Heiko Stranghoner, 6 Neil Kittow.
AMX: 1 Adam Cook, 2 Chris Wratten, 3 Jono Parker-Davies, 4 Kurt Freegard, 5 Josh Scott, 6 Sean Hewett.
Seniors: 1 Jake Hassell, 2 Jordan Carrier, 3 Daniel Maxey, 4 Darren Wingar, 5 Jack Bachelor, 6 Aaron Lopez.
Inter Open: 1 Billy Hare, 2 James Michael, 3 David Roberts, 4 Connor Davis, 5 George Clarke, 6 Danny Bunce.
Inter 85s: 1 Jordan Bachelor, 2 Andrew Hutchison, 3 Michael Denton, 4 Kieran Banks, 5 Daniel Lawler, 6 Jorja Johnson.
Juniors: 1 Tom Hutchison, 2 Toby Saunders, 3 Charlie Way, 4 Christopher Nuttall, 5 Olivier Cook, 6 Arron Cawtheray.
Autos: 1 Liam Jones, 2 Jake Parker, 3 Arthur Williams, 4 George Stock, 5 Jamie Griggs, 6 Jack Pond.
“Portsmouth Motocross Club will be holding the sixth round of their Summer Series at Marshfield, Wiltshire on Sunday 3rd May 2009. This meeting was originally scheduled to take place at Tonymoto but will now take place at Rushmead Raceway, Marshfield, Wilts SN14 8LJ
All riding groups will be available Auto – Adult Open (two groups – AMX & VMX)
Visiting riders are more than welcome to book in as long as they hold a current BSMA/ACU/AMCA/YMSA licence (sorry NO ORPA)
All riders will be expected to provide a marshal – NO MARSHAL = NO RIDE
Camping is available Saturday night.
If you wish to book in please return your regs (Portsmouth members) or call the Race Secretary, Kay on 01489 571493 leaving your name, riding group & number, licence details and a contact telephone number.
THE CLUB WOULD LIKE TO REMIND EVERYONE THAT ALL MEETINGS THAT ARE SCHEDULED WILL GO AHEAD UNLESS KAY CONTACTS RIDERS TO ANNOUNCE THE CANCELLATION.”