Having come all the way through the AMCA ranks from Inter-Juniors to Experts, 2019 MX2 Champion Jamie Wainwright (Apex KTM UK) proved to be a very popular victor.
Holding a very nice 121 points advantage going into Sunday’s finale, the fast, stylish young Wainwright got the job done early with a moto one win. Gating in 3rd, Jamie led home his main season long contender for the crown, Kristian Whatley, as Ryan Crowder, Bradley Tranter and Matt Ridgway who had grabbed the initial holeshot were the next best.
By his recent high standards, Corie Southwood had a very quiet opening MX2 moto down in 8th before firing back with a superb gate to flag win in the second clash. Proudly displaying the number one plate, the new AMCA MX2 Champion Wainwright chased Southwood home ahead of Luke Dean, Whatley, Tranter, Josh Coleman and Ridgway. The ride of the moto though was produced by Crowder who despite a big crash on turn one and a ripped race-shirt somehow came from last right up to 8th!
With Southwood going out of the final moto in the early stages due to a puncture, Whatley finished his debut AMCA season in style with a gate to flag success aboard his Wulfsport/Meredith Suzuk. Wainwright and Crowder were next up in this one as Coleman won a super tussle for 4th after battling it out with Tranter, enjoying his best round of the series, and Clinton Barrs. Midwest Husqvarna 2T pilots Mark Young and Ridgway were also going for it and hotly disputing 7th. On the podium it was Wainwright from Whatley and Crowder, the same result as the eventual MX2 Championship top three.
The final round of the 2019 Bridgestone British Masters series took place at the weekend at the fast-flowing Cusses Gorse circuit near Salisbury and what a weekend it was. Two days of bar-to-bar action, 10 champions crowned and a huge End of Series Party on Saturday evening!
It was the 125cc class who kicked off the weekend’s affair with the battle on between Troy Willerton, Jordan Bachelor and Dylan Spencer for the title.
It was Troy Willerton who set the pace in the qualifying session with a time of 1:59:561. In race one the battle was immense with Troy storming out of the gate in first position. Dylan Spencer chased Troy down and took the lead on the 5th lap with Jordan Bachelor closely following behind to overtake Troy for second position.
In race two, Jordan stormed into the lead and left the rest of the pack with a huge 16 second lead. Dylan finished in second position with Troy in third.
In race three, Dylan Spencer set the pace and led the pack from start to finish with pressure constantly applied from rival Troy Willerton who was closely following behind. Jordan Bachelor was 17 seconds behind in third place. The battle all came down to the last race of the weekend with the win deciding the championship title. The race began with a very close battle between Jordan Bachelor and Dylan Spencer with Troy Willerton just behind however it was Jordan who finished the race with a 17 second lead and subsequently won the championship.
Jordan was met with a spraying bottle of champagne and his cheering family and there was not a dry eye in sight as his family gathered around him to celebrate the success.
With early-season injuries ending his chances of retaking the title, Elliott was racing for pride, and to make up for the previous weekend when the MX Nationals were at the same circuit, and he had speed in abundance but not the luck to go with it.
That speed showed itself early doors, with Elliott two seconds quicker than the competition in qualifying.
A fairly decent start in Moto 1 saw EBB up into the top three as they circulated on the opening lap, and a surge through to the lead followed on lap 5, from where he brought his Husqvarna home for the win.
Moto 2 was less straight forward, beginning with a first bend coming together. Two fall’s during the race meant he yo yo’d between second and third with Jake Shipton, before he took control of the race with two laps to go, passing race leader Jake Millward before opening up a 7-second gap at the head of the field.
By taking the overall, Elliott also moved into fourth place in the standings, a superb achievement considering the injuries and meetings missed at the start of the season.
Paul Mason – Team Manager
“We are really happy with how Elliott rode throughout the whole meeting. Even with his falls in the second race, he just had that determination to win, and he was going to win that race no matter what. It was a really good day, and a great way to end the series.”
“Cusses is a track I enjoy and look forward to. After last week pretty much throwing away an overall at the MX Nationals, I didn’t want to do that again. Qualifying went well going nearly 2 seconds faster than anyone. In Race 1, I got an ok start and worked my way through. The track was really hard to pass, but I found my way to the front and won.
In Race 2, I didn’t make it easy. I came together with someone in the first corner and crashed two times in the race but got my head down and closed the gap both times to take the lead with two laps to go. Taking the overall was a nice way to end off the championship.”
Heading into the penultimate round of the 2019 Maxxis ACU British Motocross Championship sitting in third place, 34 points down on the MX2 series leader, Buildbase Honda’s Josh Gilbert knew he needed to urgently make up ground but the cards didn’t fall in his favour.
Topping qualification on his CRF250R was a great start to the day at the spectacular Foxhill circuit near Swindon and within a couple of corners of the opening 25-minute plus two lap moto he was up to third.
Just before half-distance Josh moved into second and three laps later he hit the front and at one stage looked to have the race under control until he was reeled in and then slipped back to second behind championship leader Dylan Walsh. On the final lap he made another bid for the lead at the bottom of a steep hill but there was contact, Josh lost all momentum for the following uphill section and he was demoted to third.
In moto two a crash on the opening lap left Josh dead last with a burnt arm after he got stuck under his bike but he staged a brave race-long charge that brought him all the way through to fourth at the flag and saw him only miss out on third overall on a tie-break.
“I’m disappointed,” said Josh. “I felt like I was the quickest all day but little things have cost me.
“I didn’t gate too well in the first race but by the second turn I’d got into third and then tried to bide my time a little bit. I managed to get into the lead but then lost it when Dylan passed me back.
“We were battling hard until the last lap when I went to the inside of him down one of the hills and got underneath him but then he kinda went off track and as he came back on he caught something, went sideways and I ended up hitting his back wheel. I lost all my momentum and Alvin [Ostlund] got me so I ended up third which was real disappointing because it should have been a moto win.
“I gated around eighth or ninth in race two, got up to about fifth or sixth and went to go underneath Ashton Dickinson. He had nowhere to go, lent on me and we both went down so I had to come from last to fourth.
“I’m looking forward to the final round at Landrake. The track’s always prepped really well so as long as the weather holds up it should be a really good day. I haven’t got a lot to lose now so I just want to go there and run 1-1.”
In the same MX2 class Martin Barr had a superb podium putting the red Bridgestone cap on the 3rd step going 4-3 on his Crescent Yamaha
After winning the Bridgestone British Masters in stunning style in 2018, the world’s number one tyre and rubber company is inflating Elliott Banks-Browne and Josh Gilbert’s presence in motocross to new levels - in more ways than one.
Fresh from their exploits in the MX1 and MX2 championships respectively, both Elliott and Josh can enjoy a year behind the wheel of a fully personalised and branded Toyota Hilux pick-up truck for the year
The four-wheel prizes are amongst the first of their kind to be awarded to triumphant riders in any motocross series and it is hoped that they will raise the profile of the Bridgestone British Masters to even greater heights, leading to more competitive classes and even more exposure. The winners of the 2019 series will receive the use of the pick-ups as per this year’s winners.
The unique investment is symbolic of a wide-ranging involvement in the sport and elevates the brand’s Battlecross tyres to even higher levels of significance.
Bridgestone’s premium range of motocross products is increasingly viewed as being amongst the very best in motocross, with different compounds and tread patterns specially designed for the varied surfaces that riders compete on. The Battlecross X10 (sand and mud) X20 (softer ground), X30 (medium) and X40 (hard) products help to boost confidence when entering and exiting corners at speed, whatever the racing line.
And in a second high-profile announcement, Bridgestone has also announced that it will be official tyre suppliers to the Geartec Husqvarna MX Team for the 2019 season. Their riders - double British Championship winner Elliott Banks-Browne, and multiple AMCA and IMBA Champion Luke Burton - will embark on a three-pronged tilt for silverware in the British Championship, MX Nationals and Bridgestone British Masters.
Geartec Husqvarna team manager Paul Mason said: “The tyres are absolutely brilliant. The back tyres are absolutely stunning and we’ve got to grips with the front to create the perfect set-up. It’s a damn good tyre range.
“We’ve done lots of testing, spending two months testing tyres back-to-back and the decision to move to Bridgestone was the right one. The aftercare support that Bridgestone provides and the Battlecross range is second to none.
Geartec Husqvarna rider Elliott Banks-Browne, one of the UK’s most talented riders, said: “Tyres are a big thing for me, so to get on the Bridgestone and feel that grip straight away was huge. We’ve done a lot of testing and the lap times have already improved. Having the right tyre for the right surface will be a huge advantage for us, which we’ve not had before.”
“As for the truck, I was blown away when I received it from Bridgestone. It is an amazing thing for the sport. Motocross can’t progress without the kind of backing that companies like Bridgestone provide. I’ve got to win the championship again this year as I don’t want to hand it back!”
Josh Gilbert, who finished second in the British Championship and won the MX Nationals along with the Bridgestone British Masters, and will again run Bridgestone rubber in 2019, said:
“I usually run an X10 for the sand for the rear and stick with the X20 for the front, which also excels on the hard-pack. I feel that this is the best combination for me and I’ve been thrilled with the performance of the tyres.
“Winning the truck has been a nice bonus too! It is something completely different to any other championship and it’s a bit surreal to see my name on it like that.”
Bridgestone’s marketing team leader Mark Fereday said:
“We’re really making a name for ourselves in motocross now. We’re gaining a lot of market share, sales are going well and we’re doing a lot in the sport. The profile of the championship we’re sponsoring (British Masters) is increasing every year, with more and more top riders in all classes and a lot of promising youngsters participating. It’s really exciting times. The pro-riders running on our products are riding on products that anyone can purchase. To have star names winning on Battlecross is something we’re all very proud of.”
Bridgestone’s motocross product manager Gary Hartshorne said:
“The pleasing thing for me is that we have product which is winning immediately. It is always nice to be competitive and we’re looking forward to what this year has in store.”
Bridgestone British Masters series director Colin Hambridge said:
“Bridgestone and I want exactly the same thing for the sport. Through the hard work of Mark Fereday and the Bridgestone team, the series has been elevated to a new level.”
On top of that Geartec Husqvarna riders, who are both on the comeback from bad injuries took 2nd and 5th respectively!
All 3 riders were running the Bridgestone X20 tyres from the Bridgestone Battlecross range…the exact same tyre you can buy for your bike!