Race Report: Arenacross UK Spherical 4: Aberdeen Night time 2

The second night time in Aberdeen’s P&J Dwell Enviornment promised much more superb motion amongst Britain’s greatest off-road racers. Tru7 Honda’s Jake Nicholls had missed Saturday night time by way of sickness however would line up for the second night time, and sadly Darjen Kawasaki’s Chris Bayliss had dislocated his knee in a warmth race crash on Saturday. He would accompany his brother Matt in opening ceremonies however wouldn’t be capable of race.

Phrases: Ben Rumbold | Lead Picture: Arenacross UK

Within the first Professional Dash Warmth race, reigning MX1 British Champion Tommy Searle on the GTCI REVO Kawasaki was lined up alongside his alternative within the Crendon Fastrack Honda group, MX2 Champion Conrad Mewse! The highest two within the collection must cope with one another within the warmth races for the primary time this season.  Mewse’s teammate Josh Gilbert was additionally in with them and beat all of them to the primary nook, however Searle shortly went to the entrance by way of the whoops that started the lap. Elliott Banks-Browne on the Mark McCann 64 YouTube Channel Husky was aggravating Conrad, and the pair swapped 3rd and 4th positions backwards and forwards a number of instances within the opening lap! Lastly Conrad pulled a block cross to make it stick on the third lap.

Searle made hey on the entrance, as Mewse chased Gilbert down for 2nd. He received previous by way of the whoops on lap 6 of the 8, as Joe Clayton did the identical to his teammate Banks-Browne for 4th. Mewse gave discover of his pace by closing in on Searle to complete solely half a second again by the flag! These two could possibly be going at it like this all season lengthy!

The AX E5 Electrical Class delivered among the best races of the night time, with Archie Race from Durham main into the primary nook alongside Bradford’s Roy Townley Junior, who pulled away by way of the whoops.

Saturday night time’s winner Seb Chartell from Towcester moved ahead to shut in on Roy as Mason Staddon moved up into third. As they began the final lap, Chartell attacked Townley Jr however couldn’t go through. On the final circulation they made contact within the penultimate nook, then Chartell blasted across the outdoors to take the win in the previous few ft!

The highest 4 general that qualify from Aberdeen for the Wembley finale are:

1: Seb Chartell

2: Roy Townley Jr

3: Mason Staddon

4: Seth Golding

Purple Flag

Rising from his sick mattress like a Phoenix, Jake Nicholls took the holeshot in Professional Dash Warmth 2 from Scottish hero Shaun Simpson and FUS Husqvarna’s Adam Chatfield. Jack Brunell was shifting his Troy Lee Designs GASGAS ahead from a poor begin to slice into third by the tip of lap one. Nicholls dramatically crashed out of the lead by way of the whoops on lap two. The group roared as Simpson inherited the lead on his Gabriel SS24 KTM, however the crimson flag got here out to ship them again to the gate. Nicholls was interviewed by announcer Jeff Perrett as he walked off however he didn’t make the restart.

There was confusion on the gate as some riders opportunistically nabbed a greater begin place than the primary try, they usually needed to do an entire reset for equity. It’s below official ACU ruling now!

Brunell made the most effective of the restart with a significantly better getaway and holeshot, with Jason Meara in 2nd on the All Moto Yamaha powered by Begin Photo voltaic and keeping off Simpson. Shaun grabbed the lead with a block cross initially of the whoops, however he badly went over the bars on the finish of them! He rode slowly again to the pits however sadly that was the tip of his night time.

As Brunell cruised away, Chatfield superior into 2nd previous Meara with Jayden Ashwell on the AJP Geartec Husqvarna inheriting 4th as James Mackrel dropped again on his All Moto Yamaha.


After having to battle by way of site visitors on Saturday, AX Supermini star Isaac Ash holeshot on Sunday from Lewis Spratt and Harry Lee. Harrison Schofield moved ahead to complete 2nd forward of Lee and Spratt, while within the Small Wheel conflict Alfie Stott, the native boy from Aberdeen, drove the group wild with the lead within the class!

Archie Edwards made a transfer previous Stott with two laps to go to win the Small Wheel class, as Ash cruised away to a different victory by over 5 seconds.

The AX65 noticed one other gate-to-flag win, this time for Casey Lister forward of John Slade and Jamie Currie. Finlee Pope was nicely up off the beginning, however Caleb Ross and Daniel Devine moved as much as 4th & 5th after two laps. On the final lap, Ross dropped again, however Lister cruised to a 4.6 second victory over Slade and Currie and he has a dominant factors lead within the collection.

Mewse strikes again

In Professional Warmth 3 after the interval, it was Mewse’s flip to take the holeshot from Searle with Gilbert 3rd forward of the 2 McCann bikes. Clayton handed Gilbert within the whoops and Banks-Browne was snapping on the Cornishman’s heels.

Searle did his greatest to hold on to Mewse’s coat-tails however once more the Honda man had found out the monitor. Searle washed out on the nook after the whoops on the ultimate circulation, gifting Joe Clayton 2nd place and a direct transition to the primary. Tommy remounted for 3rd to verify he received by way of as nicely.

The Professional-Am Ultimate lived as much as its billing as among the best of the night time. Teenager Travis Steels grabbed the holeshot simply forward of Matt Lomas. Sion Talbot, winner of night time one on every cease to this point, then fought into 2nd place forward of Josh Grasping. They engaged in an important three-way scrap for the lead. Kyle Lane was again in 4th however couldn’t catch them. Talbot almost spun off on the unfastened floor simply after taking the 2-lap board. Grasping then went by way of to 2nd within the whoops, narrowly lacking Steels’ again wheel!

Josh regarded to make a transfer within the nook earlier than the whoops on the final lap, however Steels blocked him and Talbot almost sneaked through, however Grasping saved it on, and powering by way of the whoops almost nabbed Steels once more! Travis bobbled within the penultimate nook however simply held on from Grasping and Talbot, with the general additionally ending in that order.  The constant Grasping leads the standings by 4 factors from Talbot, with Steels simply 6 additional again!

In Professional Warmth 4 Meara and Brunell went by way of the primary flip and whoops collectively, with Brunell simply popping out on prime. Teammates Meara and Mackrel held 2nd & 3rd till Ashwell barged previous Mackrel and Chatfield went by way of as nicely, which was sufficient to place “Chatters” on to the primary.

The AX Futures race was just a little processional as Charley Irwin made it a transparent sweep of all 4 motos in Aberdeen andtakes a commanding lead within the championship over Joel Fisher, who held a strong 2nd from Jake Farrelly on the night time.

Face to face

The H2H races have been fairly simple up till the previous few. Ben Clayton opened proceedings with a reasonably simple win over Mackrel, then Matt Bayliss pulled the primary of quite a few holeshots on this competitors on his KX250, this time over Martin Barr.

Luke Burton, getting a fame for being good at these races, holeshot and pulled away from Jake Preston, while previous buddies Pocock and Banks-Browne went by way of the whoops side-by-side. Mel gained the benefit however EBB had a difficulty with the bike and pulled in.

Matt Bayliss outdid one other 450 from the beginning within the form of Ben Clayton, then issues livened up with Burton Vs Pocock! Completely collectively by way of the primary set of whoops, Burton simply got here out in entrance by the nook. Pocock then reduce and jumped into the aspect of Luke, who went down arduous! Mel got here spherical on lap two to see Luke simply getting up. They sportingly fist-bumped and Mel accomplished the race.

This left Mel going through Matt Bayliss for the suitable to progress! The pair of Kawsakis have been side-by-side through for nearly the complete first lap! At the beginning of the second lap Pocock nudged inside to guide. Bayliss received him again, however they got here collectively by way of the rhythm part and Bayliss hit the bottom big-time! Pocock was by way of however for certain he felt just a little responsible about it!

The Professional LCQ was sparsely populated with solely 6 riders. Banks-Browne holeshot forward of Barr and pulled clear to take the win. Barr held off the shut attentions of Mackrel for twond, and ultimately had the comfort of the Folks’s Alternative vote so he additionally made it by way of to the Essential!

Tremendous Tremendous Ultimate!

The Professional Tremendous Ultimate was simply the most effective of the season to this point. Issues have been constructing as much as a Searle vs Mewse conflict and the pair hit the entrance instantly, with EBB blasting into third by way of the primary lap whoops! Brunell went for a cross on EBB on lap two however received it mistaken, dropping out to Pocock and Gilbert within the course of. On lap three Banks-Browne shocked everybody by shifting previous Conrad by way of the rhythm lane into 2nd! That actually fired Mewse up and he got here again with a block cross earlier than the whoops. Instantly he was proper on Searle’s again wheel!

Gilbert and Brunell closed in on EBB for third, however all eyes have been on the leaders, as Conrad went inside Tommy for his favorite transfer earlier than the whoops, they usually each hit the ground!  Banks-Browne held off a block cross try from Gilbert to inherit the lead because the factors leaders picked themselves up!

After a number of laps Gilbert made a transfer by way of the whoops to take the lead from Elliott. A lap later in the identical spot Brunell moved inside EBB who briefly took him again on the cutback however simply misplaced out!

Mewse and Searle have been flying in restoration and each of the factors leaders closed in on EBB because the 2-lap board got here out. Mewse received through however Searle was denied the transfer by the well-known EBB cutback!  On the final lap Brunell spun out on a rock to lose 2nd to Mewse with two corners left, however Gilbert held on for a tremendous first win indoors, and it was a Crendon Fastrack Honda 1-2 for good measure!

Mewse was apologetic to Searle in his post-race interview, and he now sits atop the factors standings by a single level from the Kawasaki man.  Gilbert can be nonetheless in with a shout and getting higher on a regular basis. When you haven’t received your tickets for Birmingham or Wembley but, get in there quick!