Can Woody wrap things up this weekend?
Preston Docks is a brand-new venue to the Maxxis British Motocross Championship powered by Skye Energy Drink. Initially set to host what would have been the final round of the 2015 series, a change to the MXGP schedule meant the series promoters had no choice but to move the FatCat round to October 4 so this weekend’s action forms the seventh of the eight rounds in this year’s championship.
But you may well see a champion crowned at Preston on Sunday as Hitachi Construction Machinery Revo KTM UK’s Shaun Simpson sits on such a huge lead in the MX1 division that it’s likely he’ll wrap up the series. The Scotsman has had a phenomenal season so far and securing a third British Championship title will no doubt be the icing on the cake.
Things are a bit tighter at the top of the MX2 series where Max Anstie holds a 23 point lead over Steven Lenoir. It’s worth pointing out that the DRT Kawasaki rider has won every Maxxis moto he’s started in 2015 though and will be looking to keep that 100 per cent win streak going at the Docks. The leading pair have quite a sizable gap over the chasing pack but things are much tighter directly behind them as three riders – Ben Watson, Adam Sterry and Bryan MacKenzie – fight over the bronze medal position.
With time running out in this year’s championship expect to see plenty of bar-to-bar battles on this relatively tight and compact circuit as riders look to cement and even improve on their current rankings.
This will certainly be true in the MXY2 division where Jay Hague, Robert Yates, Robbie Dowson and Henry Williams are split by just five points in their scrap for series silver. Expect this one to go all the way to the FatCat finale as with 150 points still up for grabs almost anything could happen. Ollie Osmaston currently sits on quite a comfortable 34 point cushion in this championship and will be keen to put in three consistent motos today to set himself up for a stress free end to his series.
The action starts at 9am with the Qualifying sessions followed by the first race main race at 12:15pm and Preston Docks can be found using the postcode PR2 2HW. Admission prices are £20 for Adults £5 for Children under 15 and Children under 5 are Free, Family Tickets are available at £45.