The hotly contested 2016 Monster Energy Arenacross Tour, powered by Ford Ranger, completed its run of double-headers today when it closed the doors on the ninth round of the championship at the Metro Radio Arena in Newcastle.
Intense racing and Brits on the podium gave the North East crowd something to cheer about as they took shelter from the wet outdoors.
An impressive Cedric Soubeyras topped off his incredible weekend of AX racing with virtually a full-house of wins on his Geartec Yamaha.
The only one to slip through the Frenchman’s hands was the dash-for-cash head-to-head in which SR75 Molson Racing Suzuki’s Thomas Ramette was victorious.
‘Soubs’ gave a masterful display of Arenacross racing and left the pack in his wake in the Main Event.
Ramette took the holeshot but had to settle for second behind ‘Soubs’. While a battle of two Brits unravelled behind him.
Buildbase Honda’s Adam Chatfield emerged the victor of that tussle ahead of last night’s podium finisher, SJR Kawasaki’s Jack Brunell.
“It’s a brilliant feeling to be back on the podium,” said an elated Chatfield. “It was an all-round better weekend and I started to believe in myself again.
“I did benefit from my team-mate Angelo [Pellegrini] crashing out of the race but you have to be there to take it. It was a boost not to end up in the Last Chance Qualifier and I had a far better gate pick.”
Youth and Pro Lites
Joe Clayton and George Clarke diced their way through backmarkers to finish first and second in the Pro Lites main and in the Superminis, runaway series leader Harry Kimber won by a healthy margin over Kacey Hird who fended off a last minute attack from Ben Clayton.
The front runners in the Junior 65 class had the full support of the crowd, particularly Ollie Colmer who was riding in front of his home town.
Colmer had the rhythm sections dialled in on his little KTM but, on the last lap, he had to dig deep to keep current leader Kiean Boughen at bay.
The mini racing gladiators had the Newcastle spectators ready to bring the roof down as they both gave it their all. Colmer held his nerve and lunged across the finish line to take the win and then threw his bike to the ground to accept the well-deserve applause to the delight of his family and friends. “That was awesome,” said a beaming Ollie, “I think I’ve made my mum, dad and school proud.”
The Monster Energy Arenacross Tour takes a break until it travels to the Sheffield Arena for the penultimate round of the 2016 series on Saturday, February 13.
Pro Main Event
- Cedric Soubeyras #120 Geartec Yamaha, 24.172
- Thomas Ramette #1 SR75 Molson Racing Suzuki, 24.97
- Adam Chatfield #407 Buildbase Honda, 25.683
- Jack Brunell #155 SJR Kawasaki, 25.581
- Cyrille Coulon #5 SR75 Molson Racing Suzuki, 25.596
- Matt Bayliss #4 Wooldridge Demolition, 25.831
- Harri Kullas #151 MVRD Fuel Husqvarna, 25.31
- Collin Jurin #3 Xbladez Husqvarna, 25.028
- Xavier Boog #121 LPE Kawasaki, 25.922
- Florent Richier #2 LPE Kawasaki, 26.642
- Cedric Soubeyras #120 Geartec Yamaha, 171
- Thomas Ramette #1 SR75 Molson Racing Suzuki, 163
- Cyrille Coulon #5 SR75 Molson Racing Suzuki, 139
- Fabien Izoird #871 LPE Kawasaki, 128
- Adam Chatfield #407 Buildbase Honda, 116
- Jack Brunell #155 SJR Kawasaki, 115
- Florent Richier #2 LPE Kawasak,i 101
- Angelo Pellegrini #941 Buildbase Honda, 100
- Matt Bayliss #4 Wooldridge Demolition, 99
- Josh Hansen #100 SJR Kawasaki, 79
- SR75 Molson Racing Suzuki, 302
- LPE Kawasaki, 253
- Buildbase Honda, 216
- SJR Kawasaki, 207
- Geartec Yamaha, 174
- Wooldridge Honda, 112
- Xbladez Husqvarna, 82
- MVRD Fuel Husqvarna, 57
- Hitatchi Revo Husqvarna, 57
- Shocktech Honda, 9
Pro Lites Main Event
- Joe Clayton #14, 25.374
- George Clarke #161, 25.556
- Edward Briscoe #56, 27.037
Pro Lites Championship
- Joe Clayton #14, 351
- George Clarke #161, 315
- Jordan Moxey #981, 279
Supermini Main Event
- Harry Kimber #78, 28.677
- Kacey Hird #28, 28.968
- Ben Clayton #11, 29.253
- Harry Kimber #78,343
- Kacey Hird #28, 292
- Lewis Hall #419, 291
Junior 65 Main Event
- Ollie Colmer #6, 35.657
- Kiean Boughen #5, 34.796
- Tye Jones #221, 35.63
Junior 65 Championship
- Kiean Boughen #5, 319
- Ollie Colmer #6, 313
- Jak Taylor #22, 255