Race Report: Arenacross UK Spherical 3: Aberdeen Evening 1

The 2023 British Arenacross Championship opened up its second weekend of motion final evening, with Aberdeen’s P&J Reside Enviornment holding spherical three on Saturday twenty eighth of January after the opening two rounds in Belfast the earlier week.

Phrases: Ben Rumbold | Lead Picture: Arenacross UK

Coming into Aberdeen, British MX1 Motocross Champion Tommy Searle led the collection for his new GTCI Revo Kawasaki group by a single level after blitzing evening 1 in Belfast. The menace for 2023 from MX2 Champ and new Crendon Fastrack Honda pilot Conrad Mewse was evident after the 450 rookie regarded ominously good in successful the second spherical. With the backup from Josh Gilbert, third in spherical one after a busy evening, the group championship was being led by the boys in crimson.  Troy Lee Designs GASGAS rider Jack Brunell had proven his indoor pedigree with a positive third in spherical two after trying out of hospital from a large crash within the opening warmth of the collection.  The phrase on the Aberdeen structure was that it will favour these with extra Arenacross expertise. Time would inform!

Mewse and the Mark McCann 64 YouTube Channel teamster Elliott Banks-Browne have been the quickest in qualification, and Conrad used the within gate to good impact to take the holeshot within the opening AX Professional Dash Warmth. He was initially hallenged by Tommy’s teammate Mel Pocock, though Brunell tripled into the primary rhythm part to rapidly take 2nd. Banks-Browne then block-passed Pocock for third as Brunell blasted previous Mewse to take the lead by the whoops! Possibly this was gonna be the evening for the seasoned AX boys!

Jack almost misplaced the lead by sliding sideways within the free filth, however held on for the win by 2.5 seconds from Mewse. Apico Husqvarna’s Martin Barr challenged for third however EBB held on. Pocock did slip spherical onto the deck and ended up in ninth!

The 6-10 year-old AX E5 Electrical Bike Riders took to the observe subsequent and placed on a rousing present.  There’s a completely different line-up at every weekend for these youngsters, with the most effective qualifying for the Wembley finale to determine the championship. Roy Townley Jr from Bradford bought the holeshot however slipped off in a nook, gifting Seth Golding the early lead.  He bought block-passed for the win by Towcester’s Seb Chartell, and he leads the general standings from Golding and Mason Staddon going into the second evening!

Searle again on kind

Scotland’s finest Motocross rider in latest instances, Shaun Simpson, had gone by a peculiar path to the beginning gate.  Having been given particular entry to the observe at 6am to get some observe time in previous to attending a household marriage ceremony in Fife (90 miles away!), Shaun then returned for Professional Warmth 2 on his Gabriel SS24 KTM. Searle took the holeshot from his extra beneficial gate place with the Mark McCann Husky of Joe Clayton giving chase. Gilbert held a strong third till the Darjen 250 Kawasaki of Matt Bayliss eased previous by the whoops. Simpson held fifth.regardless of lining up on the far exterior of the gate.

Clayton started closing in on Searle in direction of the top, tripling a few sections and displaying actual pace by the whoops! Joe’s entrance wheel hit Tommy’s again one within the penultimate nook, however the Kawasaki man held on to win by 4 tenths!  Bayliss took third along with his brother Chris again in sixth behind Gilbert and Simpson.

Junior Warriors

The AX Supermini Class lined up subsequent for his or her second race of the day, and regardless of solely gating in 4th, it was the dominant collection chief Isaac Ash, from Exeter, that picked his method by for one more positive win. Finley Pickering holeshot however crashed to the again on the finish of lap one. Northern Irish child Lewis Spratt was only a second and 1 / 4 again in 2nd on the flag, forward of Harry Lee from Hurstpierpoint close to Brighton. They completed in that order total as nicely.

In the identical race however scored individually, the #199 of Olivia Reynolds battled with Archie Edwards for the Small-Wheel class win. The 12-year-old Archie took the race win with an excellent manoeuvre within the closing laps, though Olivia made a positive speech post-race to encourage women to get on some bikes as “we beat the boys!”.

Extra junior warriors adopted with the AX65 class. As in Belfast, proceedings have been dominated by 10-year-old Casey Lister from Telford. Jamie Currie took the preliminary holeshot after lacking Belfast, while Lister and John Slade battled over 2nd. After 4 laps, Currie ran large and Lister blasted up the within to run away with a 3.5 second win on the flag!

Nailing the rhythms

After the interval, the Professionals have been again on observe, and by this time Mewse was beginning to put the observe collectively after pulling one other holeshot from Brunell and Barr. The Honda man was nailing the triples within the rhythm sections and pulled away to a 4-second win over Brunell. FUS Husqvarna’s Adam Chatfield gave chase after passing Banks-Browne, then pulled a sensible transfer on Barr to take third. Sadly Martin fell and misplaced a qualifying spot amongst the hectic scrapping within the mid-pack!

Within the Professional-Am closing, Sion Talbot led a Welsh 1-2 cost into the primary nook with Josh Grasping behind. As in Belfast, Kyle Lane began poorly however moved ahead, though this time he went down on the finish of the rhythm lane! 42-year-old Steve Bixby was nicely up the order, however went down big-time and was briefly unconscious, so the crimson flag introduced an finish to proceedings. Bixby did stroll away after a barely groggy interview with stadium announcer Matt Crowhurst, and Talbot took the win from Grasping and 19-year-old Tobias Summat.

In Professional Warmth 4, Searle holeshot once more and regarded fairly unstoppable now that he too was nailing the primary sections. Joe Clayton was in sizzling pursuit however completed 3.5 seconds down in 2nd place, forward of an excellent cost from Simpson who had pulled a positive block-pass on Matt Bayliss for third! Gilbert was 4th however Chris Bayliss went down awkwardly and has confirmed that he dislocated his knee. After being a superb visitor on our Nice British Podcast, all at MX Vice want him a speedy restoration.

Simpson took an opportunity to be interviewed on the rostrum in entrance of his house crowd after a positive third place!

The AX Futures Remaining lined-up subsequent, and 15-year-old Irishman Jake Farrelly holeshot from Belfast winner Joel Fisher, though Fisher took the lead by the primary rhythm lane and constructed a good lead. 20-year-old Charley Irwin began looking down Fisher because the chief hit visitors. As they bought proper amongst the lapped riders Irwin pounced for the lead and took it with two laps to go! Farrelly stayed strong for third total.

Face to face 

Someway the bigger circuit led to a much less hectic batch of Head-to-Head races than what we noticed in Belfast. Gabriel SS24 KTM’s Ben Clayton clearly bought the beginning forward of AJP Geartec Husqvarna’s Jayden Ashwell within the opener and held off any advances. Chatfield and Pocock began and went by the whoops completely collectively however Chatfield held the within and had sufficient tempo to see off Mel and progress.

In an all-Ulster conflict, Barr holeshot in opposition to James Mackrel on the All Moto Yamaha powered by Begin Photo voltaic. Mackrel challenged by the rhythm part, then Barr stalled on the tight 180 left-hander in direction of the top of the lap, leaving Mackrel with a simple win.  His teammate Jason Meara had a more durable job with AJP Geartec’s Luke Burton, who holeshot and held on with some good tactical driving.

Within the H2H Semis, Chatfield was a transparent winner over Ben Clayton with simply an excessive amount of tempo for the youngest rider within the area. Then Burton carved throughout Mackrel into the primary nook, and though the Belfast boy stored the tempo he couldn’t make the transfer.

Burton had received the H2H Remaining in Belfast, and someway Chatfield didn’t look able to go off the beginning along with his arms simply taking the clutch in because the gate dropped! Burton bought away in entrance however Chatfield labored the observe nicely and bought previous on pure tempo by the whoops to progress to the primary!

Within the Professional LCQ for all these remaining, Meara holeshot from Barr and Pocock. Barr banged wheels with Meara however couldn’t get by, and Pocock handed Barr by the whoops for 2nd on the final lap! Mel made a final ditch cost on Meara and simply got here up brief, though he launched over the end line double and landed on the tuff blocks, taking place exhausting after the end!  He did stand up however was undoubtedly feeling second-hand.

Jayden Ashwell should have some type of Zimbabwean on-line marketing campaign happening, as for the second time this collection he bought the Individuals’s Alternative vote to additionally make the primary, though he was decidedly on the second row as they lined up.


Within the Professional Remaining, Mewse lined-up on the within although Searle had first choose, as Tommy went for the second gate out. It labored, as Tommy led from Brunell and Mewse by the primary whoops part. Gilbert & Banks-Browne have been banging bars once more, with Elliott quickly up into 4th. Joe Clayton additionally handed Gilbert, and Simpson additionally joined the cost previous the #3 Honda.

After ten laps Mewse began to assault Brunell, who was nonetheless feeling the results from his tough opening evening in Belfast.  Mewse delivered a candy block go earlier than the whoop part to take 2nd, however Searle was untouchable out entrance and received by slightly below 3 seconds. Mewse’s 2nd retains the title race shut, with a relieved Brunell third forward of Joe Clayton and Banks-Browne. The GASGAS man is closing in on Gilbert who dropped to seventh within the race behind Simpson.

Can Mewse repeat his Belfast trick of gaining revenge on the second evening?  All of it runs three hours earlier this afternoon, from 4:30pm UK time, all free to entry on the YouTube Livestream should you can’t make it to Aberdeen in particular person!

Arenacross British Professional Championship after 3 rounds:

  1. Tommy Searle, GTCi Revo Kawasaki, 46 factors.
  2. Conrad Mewse, Crendon Fastrack Honda Racing, 42 factors.
  3. Josh Gilbert, Crendon Fastrack Honda Racing, 27 factors.
  4. Jack Brunell, Troy Lee Designs GASGAS, 23 factors.
  5. Adam Chatfield, FUS Geartec Husqvarna, 23 factors.
  6. Elliott Banks-Browne, Mark McCann 64 YouTube Channel, 19 factors.
  7. Matt Bayliss, Darjen Kawasaki, 18 factors.
  8. Joe Clayton, Mark McCann 64 YouTube Channel 17 factors.
  9. Jason Meara, All Moto Yamaha powered by Begin Photo voltaic, 10 factors.
  10. Martin Barr, Apico Manufacturing facility Racing, 10 factors.

Arenacross British Groups Championship after 3 rounds:

  1. Crendon Fastrack Honda Racing, 69 factors.
  2. GTCi Revo Kawasaki, 55 factors.
  3. Mark McCann 64 YouTube Channel, 36 factors.
  4. Darjen Kawasaki, 23 factors.
  5. FUS Geartec Husqvarna, 23 factors.
  6. All Moto Yamaha powered by Begin Photo voltaic, 16 factors.
  7. AJP Geartec Racing Group, 12 factors.
  8. Apico Manufacturing facility Racing, 10 factors.
  9. Tru7 Honda, 9 factors.
  10. Gabriel KTM, 8 factors.