The second round of the Maxxis ACU British Motocross Championship took place on Sunday at the sandy circuit of Lyng in Norfolk.
The Cadders Hill circuit was in fantastic condition when all the teams and riders arrived. Following the close racing at Landrake for the opening round, both classes were sure to produce great racing. It was the HM Plant KTM UK pairing of Mel Pocock and Shaun Simpson who both extended their leads in the championship by two points apiece. However, both had to fight hard to retain their red plates with only one moto win between them!
In the MX2 class Mel Pocock recorded results of 2-2-3 with his main challenger for the title, Matiss Karro on the Wilvo Forkrent KTM taking a pair of race wins following a crash filled opening moto which resulted in a ninth place finish.
That poor opening race result saw Karro have to settle for second overall, after winning a tie break with Neville Bradshaw on the Putoline Apico Honda who went 3-3-2. Wilvo Forkrent KTM team-mate Adam Sterry also took his first Maxxis race win but unfortunately wasn’t able to back it up to gain his first podium spot and finished fourth overall.
The MX1 class saw Shaun Simpson and Jake Nicholls on the Wilvo Forkrent KTM go head-to-head while being head and shoulders above the chasing pack. Simpson came through the pack in the opening race to take victory in front of a large gallery of spectators and backed this up with two solid second places.
Nicholls then went onto win the second race encounter after finishing second in the first race and a third in the final race, but neither had any answer to Dantec Husqvarna UK rider Nathan Watson in the final moto who opened up a comfortable lead by half distance and controlled the race to the flag.
Reigning champion Kristian Whatley on the MBO Sport ASA Scaffolding Yamaha struggled in the deep Norfolk sand but his scored of 3-9-5 finishes gave him the last step on the podium.
Lyng also marked the opening round of the MXY2 championship where Ireland’s Jason Meara took victory in both races on the Norman Watt Motorcycles Kawasaki ahead of St Blazey MX Amped Honda of Josh Gilbert in second overall and Oliver Osmaston in third overall.
The series now heads to Foxhill in Swindon on the April 27 where Max Anstie will make an appearance as a wildcard in the MX2 class.