Conrad Mewse, 2013 World 85cc Champion! Just how good does this sound? And all credit to him, as following two years of hard slog on the European circuit fourteen year old Mewse from Somerset really does deserve every success.
At Jinin in the Czech Republic last weekend qualifying third from his Saturday timed group bested only by Americans Michael Mossiman Suzuki, and Sean Cantrell Kawasaki, Mewse ended up as fifth fastest when both timed groups were combined. Yet another Stateside flier in the shape of Michael Falk KTM topped group A and he finished as second quickest qualifier behind team mate Mossiman. Other Brits successfully making it through to the Sunday finals were, Lewis Hall, Gary Ashley and Kacey Hird in the 65s, Taylor Hammal along with Mewse in the 85s – and Michael Eccles in the super fast 125s.
In the Sunday two heat finals Mewse ran a brilliant 2-2 as American Cantrell won heat one with Australian Lawrence Hunter (KTM) winning heat two. Mewse was right on the heels of both heat winners finishing three and four seconds adrift respectively. Taylor Hammal gaining vital experience for next years competition finished in a very credit worthy 12th in moto two and 17th overall. In the 65s Kacey Hird finished in 23rd with Lewis Hall in 26th overall. Gary Ashley was unfortunate with a couple of crashes as he posted 32nd and 35th in his two outings. In the 125’s Michael Eccles finished in a first race 30th but failed to make the race two start line.
Ultimate victory in the 65s went to American Aiden Tijero as he went 1-2 in some style. Anton Nagy form Sweden with a solid 3-3 took second overall as third went to Checko home boy Petr Polak as he posted a 2-4. The heat two win went the way of Dutch flier and of one of the pre event favourites Raivo Dankers. In heat one Dankers finished in a relatively disappointing seventh to go home with fourth overall.
In the 125s Lativan Pauls Jonass ran out as a clear cut overall winner going 1-2 and taking the crown 10 points clear race two winner Calvin Vlaanderen. During Saturday qualification Frenchie Nicolas Dercourt was bang on the money as he proved with an opening moto second place finish. In Moto two the fastest lap was his but a ninth place finish following a fall meant third overall.