The third round of this year’s BYMX series proves to be a total success enjoying some fine sunny weather in the glorious Scottish Borders at the Duns MX facility. The event is superbly organised and hosted by the Borders MX club.
Alexander Brown with a storming day two performance triumphs on home soil in the Junior 65s, laying down a 5-2-1-1-1 card as opposed to second placed overall Jed Etchells who cards 3-1-5-2-3. Stylish Colin Scott wins the opening heat but a day two injury knocks him down to fifth overall. Callum Meara and Harry Kimber fight it out impressively for third and fourth places on the podium as Oliver Costerdine proudly rounds out the top six. Scott Russell wins the combined support section proving to be an equal match for any of the championship racers on the day.
Brown and Etchells are now tied for the championship lead and as a result of their fine efforts both Etchells and Russell win a pair of Gaerne boots each courtesy of Hucklebridge Events.
Going into the event there were two more tied points situations in both of the 85cc classes but following round three clear water now exists. In the SWs Conrad Mewse proves to be in a league of his own, claiming all five heat wins in commanding fashion. Sid Evans with a polished 2-3-2-2-2 result claims the runner-up berth north of the border and climbs the points table into third. Jay Hague finishes with a Scottish bronze going 3-2-3-6-3 – good enough to stay second in the title hunt. It’s nip and tuck for the other podium positions as Jordan Eccles just gets the better of Will Keogh and Taylor Hammal for places four five and six.
In the BWs guest support rider Ben Watson puts on something of a masterclass to resoundingly win four of the five races but in the championship stakes Liam Knight takes a clear lead following his consistent 3-2-1-3-4 winning performance. Knight just pips Honda rider Rob Davidson for the overall win by a single point and Davidson will be ruing his opening race 10th place finish as that surely costs him the top spot. Davidson cards 10-1-4-1-1.
Third overall goes to Tom Neal – he finishes with a real flourish, bagging the second place finish in heats four and five but a loose exhaust in race three proves to be costly points wise however. Josh Gilbert claims fourth overall with a sparkling display – his best of the season so far – including a terrific second place finish in heat three – and fifth goes to impressive Matthew Callaghan, his weekend spoilt only by a last race prang not of his making. Brad Todd takes sixth overall with a single third place finish the pick of his weekend’s work.
Ryan Houghton wins the youth Open class taking four of the race wins in a quality display of fast starting and professional race craft. The other moto win in arguably the best race of the weekend goes to James Dunn piloting a 125cc two-stroke machine. Dunn relentlessly chases down Houghton in heat three, going on to eventually claim a magnificent win and third overall.
Series leader Nathan Watson, although not enjoying rapid success from the startgate, slices his way through time after time to retain his championship lead in some style with second overall. Jamie McCanney takes fourth with spirited rides in races one and five where he places second and third. Jake Millward features at the sharp end prominently on day two and fifth overall is his just rewards as Mark Perfect claims sixth with another fine display.
In an entertaining set of adult support races Carlton Husband and Stevie MacKenzie took all the plaudits – Husband eventually winning the section with four race wins.