We’ve put together our usual ‘everything you need to know guide’ for the 2018 Be Wiser Hawkstone International Motocross. From an in-depth race preview to the timetable and everything in-between…it’s the essential motocross fan guide to what is one of the best moto days of the year.

After weeks and weeks of anticipation, this weekend – Sunday, February 11 to be a tad more precise – will witness the running of the 2018 Be Wiser Hawkstone International in association with Bridgestone. With three awesome line-ups now confirmed, the on-track action in the MX1, MX2 and MXY2 classes is sure to be amazing.

Leading the way in MX1 will be three-time MX2 world champion and the man many would say is the fastest sand rider on the planet – Jeffrey Herlings. This will be the first time that the 23-year-old Dutchman has ridden Hawkstone Park on a 450 and if any of his MX2 appearances are anything to go by it should make for mind-blowing viewing.

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Joining Jeffrey on the MX1 start gate will be his team-mate Glenn Coldenhoff and fellow GP stars Max Anstie, Tommy Searle, Gautier Paulin, Arminas Jasikonis, Jonathan Bengtsson, Evgeny Bobryshev and Jordi Tixier.

Joining the established world championship stars will be home-grown heroes including current British champion Graeme Irwin – who of course will be doing the full GP series in 2018 – and ex-champ Brad Anderson. All three riders should feature at the sharp end and all three have the potential to be top Brit at the end of it all.

There’s one other UK passport holder who we’re expecting great things from and that’s enduro ace Nathan Watson. After embarrassing more than a few GP riders as he blasted by them on his road legal KTM at last year’s event the 22-year-old from Nottingham – who apparently shares his birthday with our chunky editor – is back again and ready to collect more scalps!

Other guys worth keeping an eye on are Gert Krestinov, Dan Thornhill, Ryan Houghton and Carlton Husband plus someone who’ll probably be nearer the back of the pack – Barry Turnbull. The twinshock star will be riding a 1987 – which makes it older than all the riders in the class – Honda CR500 in the big boy class. Be sure to give him a cheer as he pings past…

Two-stroke fans will be pumped to know that 250 smokers are now eligible in the MX2 class with Le Touquet beach race ace Rob Holyoake being the first to exploit that fact on his Husqvarna. He’ll be the guy on the bike with that fat pipe that smells and sounds funny – we mean funny odd and not funny haha by the way!

Current MX2 world champ Pauls Jonass will be out to prove he’s the alpha male in the 250 division on his Red Bull KTM ahead of the GPs starting in Argentina next month. Jonass ran 1-1 in least year’s event before blasting to fifth in the mixed-capacity Superfinal up against the 450s and it’ll be interesting to see if he can repeat or even better that feat in 2018.

Based on what we know already Rockstar Husqvarna’s Thomas Kjer Olsen is likely to be the guy to push him hardest but there are a pack of highly capable and highly motivated young Brits who’d like nothing more than to top the pair of them on the podium.

Current British champion Ben Watson and his predecessor Adam Sterry are probably favourites to achieve that task but don’t discount Conrad Mewse, Martin Barr or Mel Pocock either.

Other international riders of note include TKO’s team-mate Mikkel Haarup, Aussie Jed Beaton, Dutchman Davy Pootjes, America’s Marshal Weltin, Frenchman Zach Pichon and Belgium’s Jago Geerts. It’s a talent-packed class and it’s fair to expect bar-to-bar battles right the way through the pack…

Although the MXY2 class is considered to be the support act to the five international races (two MX2, two MX1 and that oh-so awesome Superfinal) there’ll be no shortage of action as this crop of future champions and GP runners battle it out over three 15-minute plus one lap legs. Interestingly there’s a 50/50 split of two and four-stroke competitors which only adds to the interest.

The action kicks off at 9am with MXY2 practice and qualifying then just keeps on keeping on until the Superfinal finishes at a smidge before half four.

2018 Hawkstone International Essential Info

Top Tip: Red Bull KTM Factory Racing riders Jeffrey Herlings, Glenn Coldenhoff and Pauls Jonass will be on autograph duty at the WP Suspension display, 11:00-11:15am. Expect a big line!

Hawkstone International Ticket Prices

Top Tip: You can only pay by CASH (poor signal means the planned card payment facility is not possible) at the gate so we suggest you stop off and raid the old cash machine en-route for food and some trade stands…

Entrance to the event costs a very reasonable £30 per person with free parking and free access to the pits all included.

If you’re really lucky you might even get some free Hawkstone sand in your shoes to take home with you but shhhhh, don’t tell anyone. Accompanied kids aged between five and 15 get in for £5 with four-year-olds and under getting to experience the whole shebang for free.

Entrance is by CASH ONLY (poor signal means the planned card payment facility is not possible) but you’ll also need some money to bag a bargain from the trade stands and a hot drink, even possibly lunch from the food stands, so bring plenty but please leave dogs (although they are officially allowed), bicycles, pit bikes and bad attitudes at home.

2018 Hawkstone International Timetable

  • 7.45 – 8.45am – Technical Control
  • 9.00 – 9.15 – MXY2 Qualifying
  • 9.20 – 10.00 – MX2 International Practice & Qualifying
  • 10.05 – 10.40 – MX1 International Practice & Qualifying
  • 10.45 – MXY2 Race 1 15 mins + 1 lap
  • INTERVAL
  • 12.00 – MX2 International Race 1 25 mins + 1 lap
  • 12.40 – MX1 International Race 1 25 mins + 1 lap
  • 13.15 – MXY2 Race 2 15 mins + 1 lap
  • 13.40 – MX2 International Race 2 25 mins + 1 lap
  • PRESENTATION TOP THREE MX2
  • 14.25 MX1 International Race 2 25 mins + 1 lap
  • PRESENTATION TOP THREE MX1
  • 15.10 – MXY2 Race 3 15 mins + 1 lap
  • 15.50 – MX1/MX2 Superfinal 25 mins + 2 laps
  • PRESENTATION SUPERFINAL and MXY2

How to find Hawkstone Park

For SatNav users this is as easy as inputting SY4 4NA into the device of your choice but for the old-school map crew who don’t already know their way to the UK’s #1 motocross track instinctively then read on.

The Hawkstone Park motocross circuit is situated between the A53 and A49 near the villages of Hopton and Moston around 12 miles north-east of Shrewsbury in Shropshire.

The exit to Hawkstone off the A49 is between the B5065 and B5063 and is signposted Booley/Stanton.

The exit off the A53 is signposted Lee Brockhurst/West Midland Shooting Ground and is just to the west of the roundabout where the A442 crosses the A53.

Whatever you do please don’t follow the brown tourist signs to Hawkstone Park historic follies as that’s really not the place to find hardcore international motocross action.

Other places you can find great Hawkstone International content:

www.facebook.com/dbrmagazine
www.twitter.com/dbrmagazine
www.instagram.com/dbrmagazine
www.youtube.com/dbrmagazine

2018 Hawkstone International Rider Entry List

MX1
No. Name Machine CC Country
1 Graeme Irwin Hitachi KTM UK 450 Ireland
2 Chubbie Hammond Samson Roofing/M Smith Electrical KTM 350 England
4 Harry Bradley Hydrogarden/K-Tech/SM Pro/CGH/Off Road World Honda 450 England
6 Carlton Husband Phoenix Tools Apico Honda Racing 450 England
10 Barry Turnbull Apico/Putoline/Vapor Blasting/JR Racing Honda 500 England
20 Yentel Martens Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing 450 Belgium
21 Gautier Paulin Rockstar Energy Iceone Husqvarna Factory Racing 450 France
27 Arminas Jasikonis Assomotor Honda 450 Lithuania
37 Gert Krestinov Phoenix Tools Apico Honda Racing 450 Estonia
44 Corie Southwood St Blazey MX/ACS Carpentry Husqvarna 450 Wales
45 Mike Gijbertsen Hutten Metaal Yamaha Racing 450 Holland
54 James Smith McDermotts Building & Civil Engineering KTM 350 England
60 Brad Anderson Verde Substance KTM 450 England
68 Shane Carless Langmead Construction/Marsh MX/FUS Husqvarna 450 Wales
70 Luke Davies Larkspur Racing/R Martin Freeweights & Speed/Freestyle Bikes Yamaha 450 Wales
84 Jeffrey Herlings Red Bull KTM Factory Racing 450 Holland
91 Charlie Putnam I Fly JK Yamaha 450 England
93 Jonathan Bengtssen Team Glasakuten KTM 450 Sweden
94 Sven van der Mierden Hutten Metaal Yamaha Racing 450 Yamaha
95 Dan Thornhill Cab Screens Honda 450 England
99 Max Anstie Rockstar Energy Iceone Husqvarna Factory Racing 450 England
100 Tommy Searle Bike It DRT Kawasaki 450 England
107 Lars Van Berkel SKS Husqvarna 450 Holland
119 Ryan Houghton RHR Yamaha UK 450 England
134 Liam Knight Evotech/RFX/Talon/Leatt/Pope Racing KTM 350 England
136 Nick Enstrom JSR/Crownkiwi/A Stars/Ride 100%/Hinson/Dunlop/Bell Honda 450 New Zealand
148 Micky Eccles Husqvarna 450 England
153 James Harrison Cab Screens Honda 450 England
166 Josh Taylor Dirt Wheelz UK Kawasaki 450 England
195 Rob Clitheroe RAD RSS Yamaha 450 England
199 Jake Edey KTM 350 England
227 Kristian Whatley RHR Yamaha UK 450 England
237 Benjamin Rice Baydale D3 Racing/Outdoor Power & Plant Ltd KTM 450 England
259 Glenn Coldenhoff Red Bull KTM Factory Racing 450 Holland
311 Aaron McCarroll RAD RSS Yamaha 450 Scotland
360 Nathan Dixon RFX Crescent Yamaha 450 Wales
731 Jake Shipton RFX Crescent Yamaha 450 England
777 Evgeny Bobryshev Lombard Express Suzuki 450 Russia
911 Jordi Tixier BOS Project KTM 450 France
919 Nathan Watson Red Bull KTM Factory Racing Enduro 450 England
MX2
No. Name Machine CC Country
1 Pauls Jonass Red Bull KTM Factory Racing 250 Latvia
2 Daniel Preston JK Jointing Ltd Husqvarna 250 Wales
4 Rob Yates IDS Bridgestone Yamaha 250 England
11 Mikkel Haarup Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing 250 Denmark
14 Jed Beaton F&H Kawasaki 250 Australia
15 Henry Williams RFX Crescent Yamaha 250 Wales
19 Thomas Kjer Olsen Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing 250 Denmark
24 Kevin Horgmo Creymert Racing KTM 250 Norway
27 Chris Mills Theo Eggens Racing Honda 250 England
30 Chris Nuttall MHP Racing KTM 250 England
31 Robbie Dowson RHR Yamaha UK 250 England
32 Marcel Conijn Gebben/Van Venrooy Kawasaki 250 Holland
34 Micha Boy de Waal Jumbo – No Fear- Vamo Honda 250 Holland
38 Gavin Stevenson Manchester MC Husqvarna 250 England
40 James Wainwright Gear4/Pure Building/Wainwright Haulage & Plant KTM 250 England
46 Davy Pootjes LRT KTM 250 Holland
50 Martin Barr Revo Husqvarna UK 250 Ireland
54 Corey Hockey Cheddar MX 250 England
56 Marshal Weltin Jumbo – No Fear- Vamo Honda 250 USA
60 Dylan Woodcock Revo Husqvarna UK 250 England
61 Tom Grimshaw HCR/Putoline/Apico Factory Racing Yamaha 250 England
65 James Mackrel G + G Ross/ Hardcore Racing Yamaha 250 Ireland
70 Ruben Fernandez F&H Kawasaki 250 Spain
71 David Finnamore Russells/ G + G Ross Honda 250 Ireland
82 Charlie Cole Husky Sport/Michelin/Decade/MR Sport Husqvarna 250 England
99 Howard Wainwright SR75 Suzuki GB Development Team 250 England
101 Zach Pichon Team KRJ KTM 250 France
119 Mel Pocock Revo Husqvarna UK 250 England
122 Jake Sheridan RSR Plant Services KTM 250 Ireland
172 Rob Holyoake Husqvarna 250 England
180 Josh Spinks SPS MX/Worx Financial Services/M-Smith KTM 250 England
193 Jago Geerts Kemea Yamaha 250 Belgium
199 Lars Griekspoor KTM 250 Holland
219 Lewis Hall Monster Army Team Green Kawasaki 250 England
242 Jack Bintcliffe Husqvarna 250 England
300 Ben Franklin Chambers Racing Husqvarna 250 England
426 Conrad Mewse Hitachi KTM UK 250 England
575 Taylor Hammal KTM 250 England
811 Adam Sterry F&H Kawasaki 250 England
919 Ben Watson Kemea Yamaha 250 England
MXY2
No. Name Machine CC Country
2 Zach Cooper D Cooper Motor Repairs Ltd KTM 125 Gloucester
3 Luke Goodwin Dave Clarke Racing Husqvarna 125 Preston
4 Kieran Thomas Herts MX/94 MX/Putoline/Rathmell Sports Husky 125 Welwyn Garden City
10 Ben Kennedy Russells M/Cycles/G Force Suspension Yamaha 125 Saintfield
11 Max Ingham Hardcore Racing Yamaha 125 Isle of Man
22 Todd Leadbitter Trevor Pope M/Cycles/WFO/MX Dubai KTM 250 Maidenhead
26 Callum Crossland N-Gage/RFX/Moto Connection KTM 250 York
30 Mark Bracegirdle KTM 125 Crays Hill
44 Keelan Southwood JK Jointing Ltd Husqvarna 125 Tonypandy
47 Ben Evans KGBM Yamaha 250 Bickerton
48 Adam Collings Vega Solutions/HCR KTM 125 Brimpton
52 Harry Foster KTM 250 Burscough
57 Kyle McNicol Manchester MC Racing Husqvarna 125 Dumbarton
69 Alex Thornton SM Racing/BO Motor Oil TM 125 Preston
74 Tom Murphy MBO Husqvarna 125 Romford
90 Dominic Lancett KJS Racing Team KTM 125 Cross Keys
98 Marshall Smith TM 125 Tarporley
100 Seth Moir Dyce Carriers Ltd Kawasaki 250 Kintore
101 Ben Clark RFX Crescent Yamaha 250 Braintree
118 Jaydon Murphy JK Ifly Yamaha 250 Newport
138 Kathryn Booth JK Ifly Yamaha/Vision MX 250 Spalding
148 Aaron Colley Husqvarna 125 Gloucester
150 Aaron Patstone Team Park Lane/L & D Supplies KTM 250 Leamington Spa
159 Caiden Wilkinson Putoline/Hardcore/Dunlop/Decade/AMPED Yamaha 125 Glapthorn
174 Lewis King London Island Coach Works Yamaha 250 Shanklin
181 Ryan Thompson Drysdale MC/Central Forestry Husqvarna 125 Perth
222 Jake Winnard Sadd MX/Hardcore Racing/Motul/Shocktech Yamaha 250 Rochdale
231 Rory Jones J4M54/Serchem/T Loveday/SRH Husqvarna 250 Telford
365 Sam Nunn Yamaha 125 Newmarket
433 Jack Lindsay Apico Racing Husqvarna 125 Kingswinford
448 Denny Rapson Team Dean Husqvarna 250 Barnsley
575 Declan Hunter RSS/7T/Box Doctor KTM 125 Charnock Richard
582 Cullen Scott Tiso Blackstar Abil KTM 125 Stoke Row
712 Josh Peters Cab Screens Honda 250 Boarley End
744 Ethan Etheridge Styler MX/AES Rescue Northampton Husqvarna 125 Northampton
771 Gregor Campbell KTM 125 Portincaple
805 Patrick Jackson APJ Commercials KTM 125 Malton
912 Joel Rizzi RFX Crescent Yamaha 125 Denbigh
941 James Hanscomb Apex Motocross KTM 125 Woolhope

For further information please take a gander at the event’s official website www.hawkstoneinternationalmx.com.