WORDS AND PICS BY MIKE WOOD.
Hot on the heels of his super RBPN win, MBO Sport Yamaha rider Kristian Whatley was again successful at the weekend as he topped the Pro MX1 charts during round two of the AMCA Wulfsport British Masters,staged at the iconic Foxhill circuit in Wiltshire.On the gas right from the off and after posting the fastest qualification time,Kristian then blasted to a brace of very strong moto wins.Over in Pro MX2,the very rapid Graeme Irwin and Neville Bradshaw shared the victories.However with Irwin also suffering a moto two DNF, it was Bradshaw who took home the overall spoils.On another weekend of top class Masters action,Bradley Wheeler (Pirelli MX2) and Harry Kimber (Putoline Mini-Masters SW85cc) were the only other riders to join Whatley on a maximum points score.Incredibly Wheeler after eight completed races in the Masters series is yet to suffer defeat,what a record!!.
Back to the those Battery Energy Drink supported Pro clashes though,and what a treat the opening MX1 contest served up!!. Doubling up, it was Putoline Honda star Neville Bradshaw who led the charge with Brad Anderson, Whatley, Josh Waterman, Luke Hawkins and Jamie Law in tow.Two laps in and Ando had hit the front but his joy was to be very short lived!!.Entering a Foxhill rut and with now Whatley and early leader Bradshaw right on his rear fender,the chain flicked off his Kawasaki’s rear sprocket. With Whatley sharing that same rut and forced into evasive action it thus allowed a surprised Bradshaw back into pole position!!.Whilst Brad frantically hooked his chain back on,dropping right back to 22nd in the process,at the front and within a further lap Whatley was moving smartly past Bradshaw and into the lead!!. From here onwards,Whatley controlled all the way to the chequered flag and take the win from Bradshaw as Graeme Irwin took a super 3rd after initially gating 10th and then earlier being forced to fight off the very determined duo of Waterman and Hawkins.In a class encounter, Ross Rutherford, Gert Krestinov, Law, Ashley Wilde and Scott Elderfield were all right in the mix throughout.
Although Matt Moffat grabbed the Pro MX1 moto two holeshot, that man Whatley was quickly in control and there he remained to earn himself another winners cheque. Right from the off,a very determined Anderson gave chase, being just over six seconds down at the flag as Bradshaw got home in 3rd,Irwin 4th and Hawkins after starting 10th taking a fine 5th.The ride of this moto though came from Krestinov who blasted from 16th on lap one and thus earn a storming 6th ahead of Law,Moffat,Waterman and Elderfield.After his double victory in the Masters R1 at Preston back in March,young Nathan Watson finished 11th in moto two following an opening race DNF.
Not enjoying the best of Foxhill fortunes,Watson was also forced out of the opening Pro MX2 contest on lap two when holding 4th spot behind Graeme Irwin,Bryan Mackenzie and Nev Bradshaw.With Watson out,the impressive Lewis Toombs moved up the leaderboard. At the front though there was no stopping the very rapid Heads and All Threads Suzuki pilot Irwin who blasted to a big victory,nine seconds ahead of a titanic,full throttle tussle for 2nd in which Bradshaw just edged out Mackenzie.Completing the top ten in moto one were Toombs,Lewis Tricket,Adam Sterry,Robert Davidson,Matt Moffat,Dan Thornhill and Jamie Skuse.
Bradshaw was certainly very quick out of the blocks in Pro MX2 moto two as he led the charge with Irwin,Watson, Mackenzie,Sterry and Thornhill giving chase whilst AMCA Championship rider Ryan Morris was right in the mix and holding a super 8th.Three laps in and Irwin slipped back to 4th as Mackenzie moved up to slot into 2nd with Watson 3rd.That leaderboard was to then change yet again as Irwin’s Suzuki ground to a halt,thus signalling the end of his participation.Up front with Bradshaw in total control and cruising,all eyes were now focussed on the battle for 2nd as Mackenzie and Watson locked horns.Lap seven,and Watson scorched past the Scotsman but could he now catch the runaway leader Bradshaw??.Well,the young HM Plant KTM UK rider gave it a real go,dramatically closing the gap to finish just two seconds down at the flag.As Mackenzie took 3rd,Toombs had another super ride to bag 4th and with it the final podium spot.Also impressive was young Sterry in 5th as Moffat took 6th,Luke Norris 7th and Lewis Gregory,campaigning a 125cc two-stroke Yamaha 8th.After his fine start,Morris was also in the frame with 9th whilst a notable non-scorer in this race was Thornhill who disappeared from proceedings on lap five when holding 8th.
After taking a great 7th overall in the Pro MX2 class,young Robert Davidson also competed in the GSP Race Products Youth MX2 class.In this contest although Robert did take the overall win he also had to share the moto wins with Liam Knight who matched him score for score.Taking 3rd overall was Curtis Blamey ahead of round one victor Jamie Ellis,Loukas Maggio and Chase Neale.
Despite having recently switched from Suzuki to KTM machinery,Tyron Cleaver got the combined Putoline Mini-Masters contest at Foxhill off to a flyer by taking victory in moto one.In the BW85cc class,eventual overall winner Joe Jeffries was first past the post in moto two before Jay Hague took control for maximum points on Sunday.As Cleaver went on to claim the second step on the podium,Hague had to settle for 3rd following a disastrous 26th place finish during moto one.In the Putoline SW85cc clashes,Harry Kimber was the star performer with a perfect maximum points haul as Ben Burridge and Archie Osmaston were the next best.
Another doubling up rider,Daniel Hutchinson,took top slot in the Muk Junkie Amateur MX1 contest although unlike round one at Preston,he did not totally dominate.On day one at Foxhills,Joe Jones was the double moto victor before sitting out Sunday’s racing to concentrate on his Pro MX1 duties.So with Jones absent and although Hutchinson then scored both wins,there was still to be plenty of great MX1 action with Chad Yarranton,Alexander Hussey,Luke Meredith and Jake Alsop right in the mix.On the podium it was Yarranton and Hussey standing alongside Hutchinson.
Having recently switched to KTM machinery,Dan Thornhill tried out his new mount by competing in the www. Goggle-shop.com Amateur MX2 contest on day one,duly bagging both moto victories.However Dan then switched his attention to the Pro MX2 competition for the Sunday programme so it was George Clarke and Adam Wells who now stepped forward to blast to the moto victories.In the overall standings,Wells with a very solid 2/2/3/1 card took the top step on the box ahead of the equally consistent Richard Cannings who was struggling with a collarbone injury and Clarke.Zac Stealey,two-stroke TM ace Charles Statt and Jack Drogan completed the top six.
What a contest the Pirelli MX1 class proved to be,including an incredible finish to moto three!!.After working his way up from 5th,eventual overall winner Shaun Scrivens looked set for another victory until crashing on landing from the final uphill jump thus allowing both Anthony Milliar and Chris Povey through.Throughout the weekend,Povey on his 250cc two-stroke Suzuki had proved to be a serious contender,chasing Scrivens all the way.Whilst Scrivens was made to work very hard,what can you say about Pirelli MX2 winner Bradley Wheeler who was again simply superb!!. Winning all four clashes in style and romping to victory,Wheeler left Aidan Wigger to claim 2nd and Steve Turvey 3rd.
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The AMCA Wulfsport British Masters has confirmed a venue and date change for round 5 of the series. The new date is the original reserve date and has been moved to the fabulous Fatcat motoparc! The date is confirmed as the 27th and 28th July, which has been moved FROM the original 14th July date [...]
Watch with pleasure the action of the thrilling Pro races – round 2 of the Masters Championship.