Fallout from the Hilton Park round of the 2015 Maxxis British Motocross Championship, powered by Skye Energy Drink continued today. Championship manager Brian Higgins has this afternoon announced his resignation as series championship manager and will no longer have any close association with the series.
The announcement came in a letter to ACU board memebers and series team managers, some of whom have posted the letter on their social media pages.
There has been a considerable amount of criticism of the opening round of the 2015 British motocross series. This included many online attacks aimed towards Brian personally.
The ACU issued a press release yesterday that attempted to explain their position but the statement angered many fans on Facebook and Twitter.
Dirt Bike Rider has not received any communication from the ACU but you can read Brian’s letter in full below.
Although incidents or accidents happen at virtually all MX events we run, the high profile incident at the weekend involving Mel Pocock has obviously attracted a lot of attention, but I would personally like to wish all three riders a full and speedy recovery.
It would appear that a very high percentage of the criticism regarding the championship (and round one on Sunday) is targeted at me personally and my close connection to the Tamar Valley / West Devon Clubs. These two clubs in the past have introduced venues such as Landrake, Little Silver, Farleigh Castle, Brampton, Duns and obviously Hilton Park into the championship over the years.
In order to protect the championship I can clearly state that the above clubs will not be organising any Maxxis ACU British Motocross Championship events in the future.
Secondly, I would like to address the choice of venue last weekend which was my responsibility. We first looked at Hilton Park last summer when Andy Summers informed me about its potential as a Championship venue. Car Parking was always going to be a problem, but this venue would have been used for the August 10th event last year had the large car parking field which was hired on Sunday was available. I openly admit that, in hindsight, with the rain which fell on Thursday night and Friday morning, the event possibly should have been cancelled. It was due to the fact that the track surface remained good that it wasn’t. This was my decision and I accept full responsibility for the state of the lower paddock area.
Again, solely for the benefit of the championship, following requests from various teams and individuals, with immediate effect I shall be standing down as Championship Manager and any close other association with the series.
An independent Chairman will be appointed for the Enquiry next Wednesday and the outcome of this meeting will also highlight the way forward for the championship in the next two months (rounds) and the longer term future.