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Locals line up for British Championship at Sherwood MX

Posted onPosted on 29th Jun

The fourth of the six-round Michelin MX Nationals British Championship takes place at the up-rated Sherwood MX Track this weekend, Saturday, 30th June, and Sunday, 1st July.

The track has something for all levels of riders, which is just as well seeing as the Nationals is unique in that it provides an official British Championship for youth riders on SW85s, right through to the very best motocross Pros the UK has to offer.

Whatever their ability, they all take to the same deep sand corners, with some hard-packed sections thrown in, soil jumps – sharpened up by track builder Alfie Smith to increase airtime – and plenty of passing places.

Improvements to the viewing area mean that spectators will be able to see most of the track from the paddock.

This is the second time the Michelin-support MX Nationals series has visited the circuit, located to the north east of Mansfield, and the action on the track is anticipated to be as blistering as the high-20o weather forecast.

But, according to track manager Barry Dring, dust won’t be a problem as with two huge bowsers on site, he and his team are on stand-by and, if necessary, can get out and dowse the track with up to 4,000 gallons of water every 20 minutes

The very best riders from the UK will line-up on the Sherwood start gate, and among them will be a number of local riders, including Callum Green, from Pinxton, who is lying second in the Youth MXY2 class.

He has steadily increased his pace and performance this season, proving that hard work and consistency pays off.

In the three rounds held to date, he has worked his way from mid-pack to winning three of the four races at the last round of the Nationals in Shropshire.

Elsewhere in the local rider mix will be 16-year-old Lewis Hall, of Belper, 24-year-old Corey Nemeth, from Mansfield Woodhouse, and 15-year-old Dalton Dring (son of circuit manager Barry), from Chesterfield.

All leading contenders across the ten MXN classes will be out in force to extend their championship leads, and there’ll be battles galore from the hard-charging racers trying to rein in the runaway leaders, such as the likes of Pro MX1 leader Jake Nicholls.

The Buildbase Honda rider hasn’t placed a wheel wrong since turning his back on the MXGP world scene, however, this is an all-new track to him and so could perhaps prove to be interesting, particularly for closest rival Elliott Banks-Browne, who is familiar with the track.

Banks-Browne is still carrying a wrist injury but is adamant he will give it one hundred per cent around the fast-flowing Sherwood circuit.

In Pro MX2, Brad Anderson (Verdesports Substance KTM) has been flying on his lone two-stroke. He leads Josh Gilbert – who has switched teams from Honda Adventure Centre to Dave Thorpe’s Buildbase Honda – and Lewis Tombs (Putoline Planet Racing).

Timed practice starts at 9am on Saturday, followed by racing at 11am for all classes except the Pros, who get out at 9am for qualifying on Sunday and take to the start line towards the end of the morning’s first block of racing, around 12.30pm.

Weekend tickets are priced at £15 at the gate (children under 12 are free), discounted advanced tickets are available online from www.mxnationals.co.uk

The Sherwood venue will be signposted from both the B6035 and A6075. Post code NG21 9HL.

Championship standings after three rounds;

Pro MX 1; 1. Nicholls (Buildbase Honda) 150 points, 2. Banks-Browne (Geartec Husqvarna) 126, 3. Eccles (Manchester M/Cs Husqvarna) 98, 4. Ryan Houghton (Rob Hooper Yamaha) 98, 5. Liam Knight (Trevor Pope KTM) 91, 6. Gert Krestinov (Phoenix Tools Honda) 82

Pro MX 2; 1. Anderson (Verdesports Substance KTM) 144 points, 2. Gilbert (Honda Adventure Centre) 94, 3. Tombs (Putoline Planet Racing) 87, 4. Mel Pocock (Revo Husqvarna) 86, 5. Alexander Brown (Husqvarna) 79, 6. Michael Ellis (ASA P&H KTM) 77

Clubman MX2;1. Harry Foster 222 points, 2. Adam Pierce 200, 3. Joel Rizzi 197

Clubman MX; 1. Aiden Christie 234 points, 2. Guy Prince 208, 3. Jamie McCarthy 189

Expert MX1; 1. Richard Bird 233 points, 2. Ryan Crowder 204, 3 Zac Stealey 176

Expert MX2; 1. Jason Meara 212 points, 2. Josh Coleman 202, 3. Jamie Wainwright 180

MXY2 ; 1. Arran Lee Hanson 246 points, 2. Callum Green 235, Josh Peters 196

MXY1; 1. Joel Rizzi 245 points, 2. Dylan Spenser 187, 3. Kyle McNicol 182

BW85; 1. Ryan Mawhinney 252 points, 2. Jack Grayshon 235, Buster Hart 182

SW85; 1. Bailey Johnston 266 points, 2. Ollie Colmer 227, 3. Arai Elcock 197

Pictured is 18-year-old Callum Green, from Pinxton.
PHOTO: By Elliot Spencer)

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