Filmed by Toofast Media
‘picture courtesy of Red Bull Pro Nationals’
Canada heights round 3 of Red Bull Pro Nationals was short lived due to the bad weather, but a great day Saturday for the team. Gary Ashley got 3rd overall in the 65cc class, in the 85cc small wheel class we had 2 rhinos on the podium, Taylor Hammal got a 2nd just back from a broken hand and Dylan Woodcock came 3rd. Alexander Brown finished in the top 10 after hurting his foot landing off a big jump so kept off the pace a bit not wanting to damage his foot any more.
In the rookies we had a good charge presence with 4 riders in the top 10, James Harrison of Lanes Kawasaki, came out and won the first race and had some good battles all day with the Oakleaf Kawasaki boys, Millward and Garland finishing 4th overall on the day, level points with 3rd place rider. Robbie Muscat, Lloyd Pettett and Shaun Springer all finished in the top 10. Luke Newman was around the 20th place mark which is still a good result in a national level.
In the Open 2 stroke race it was as exciting as ever with charge rider Josh Waterman battling with Matt Moffat, Robert Hamilton & Lewis king all taking turns to lead the pack, Josh took the lead but then crashed handing the win to Matt. There is some good footage below courtesy of Toofast Media as they had GoPro chest cams on both Josh and Matt in that race. They also filmed the rest of the team in other races throughout the day. Another video to come soon..
Spank Industries Dirt Wars UK – Round 1 @ Wisley
After a postponement of our round at Adrenaline Alley in May then two postponements at Wisley trails due to the bad British weather, the Spank Industries Dirt Wars UK 2012 Series managed to kick of on the 1st of July. Despite the forecast of showers the riders arrived and the comp was on!
Practice went off with the riders throwing down their warm up runs and flowing the trails with style. An hour of practice went by with the Open qualifiers about to start and the heavens opened.
Holding off for 30 minutes allowed the shower to pass and the Wisley & Dirt Wars trail crews got to work drying out & patching the jumps. Open qualifiers were soon underway.
With 6 riders in Open/AM they were all set to take one of the three spots in the final. After Roman Pichnarcik and Will Jones took a big stack it was down to Jamie Nelson, Wig Lewington Booth, Freddy Pulman (who had broken his arm six weeks before the event) and Ben Nolan to throw it down and take one of the three spots.
After their 3 runs were up Freddy Pulman qualified first, Wig second and Ben Nolan third.
Just as we lined the 12 Elite/Pro riders up to start their qualifiers the clouds opened up again and put stop to play again. After another break to let the clouds blow over and allow some more trail maintenance to take place, we got the Pro qualifier going and the trickfest begun. The trails were slightly damp and running slower than they should be but the tricks were still coming thick and fast.
Damp conditions didn’t stop Danny Pace from going for his signature frontflip over the last but slid out on the landing. Clinton Johns threw down the three-whip whilst Ray Samson went huge with his tuck no-hander flip on the last. Further up the trails Matt Jones was impressing the crowd with his dumped 450s over the hip whilst Daryl Brown’s super stretched Indian airs over the same jump were dropping just as many jaws.
After the 12 rider had taken their three runs the 7 riders to go through to the final were as follows:-
1st Ray Samson (Dmr Bikes)
2nd Daryl Brown (Identiti Bikes)
3rd Clinton Johns (Dmr Bikes)
4th Matt Cooper (Ram Bikes/Charge Clothing)
5th Matt Jones (Identiti Bikes)
6th Marcel Hunt (Dartmoor Bikes)
7th Ryan Nangle (Dartmoor Bikes)
After another shower and more trail maintenance we had a call to make; any more rain and we would not be able to run the finals. Luckily the sun came out and stayed with us allowing the finals to go ahead.
The Open final saw two of last years regular podium placing riders, Wig & Freddy, up against a newcomer for 2012, Ben Nolan, who was actually riding his first ever Dirt Jump comp. Ben threw down runs full of tuck no-handers, no footed cans, pendulums as well as tech combo tricks such as tuck no-hander to x-up.
Wig also had some wicked runs showing that he had been working hard over the winter to improve his style and bag of tricks. Consistent 360s, Tailwhips, Barspins, Tuck no-handers and Tuck Threes showed that Wig was not to be taken lightly this year, as he is out to take the Series Title in the Open class from Jack Scotford-Smith.
However Freddy Pulman was there and showed that, regardless of it only being the second ride since cracking the head of his Radius bone in his arm and having 6 weeks off the bike, he is eager to be the 2012 series champion. He even said that he was going to ride reservedly and not throw any backflips or tailwhips but stretched tucks, no footed cans, nice tables followed by nice downside tables as well as huge disco cans (one handed can can) & 360 x-ups on the last took him into the top spot!
Onto the Pro Final, everyone there was capable of taking the win and it was a case of who was able to cope with the damp conditions and still show their best to the judges. Identiti & Halo Wheels’ Matt Jones was sending consistent flips on the first, mid-set tailwhips, Table 450s on the hip but had a hard crash on the last sending a super-flip took him out of contention. Ryan Nangle riding for Dartmoor UK, Smuggling Duds & Fox sent nice 360s, barspins, tucks & tailwhips on the top jumps but looked a bit reserved with sending his bag of tricks on the last jump, which had been changed slightly since last year’s competition. Identitis’ Daryl Brown was on form with 360 bars, big Indian airs & huge super-man seatgrabs but a couple of runs where he missed tricking jumps was costly. Ram/Charge Clothing’s Matt Cooper showed good progression since last year with consistent 360s, tailwhips and double whips on the last but it wasn’t quite enough for him to reach the top three.
Ray Samson showed that he is still a main contender for the win by taking third. His runs were full of tailwhips, both on the straight jumps and hips, big flip no-handers and he did a flip tuck to 1 footed x-up on the last. Clinton Johns again showed that he is still one of the best riders in the UK. His style has just become more dialled over winter & where some tricks had a rough edge to them last year, they look more polished now. Tailwhips, 360 whips, barspins and 360 tables took him into second.
And taking First place was Dartmoor UK’s Marcel Hunt. In the past inconsistency and crashes plagued Marcel and had stopped him from fully showing us what he’s got, but a winter of training has changed that. Marcel rode consistently throwing stylish 360s, tuck to barspins, flip barspins and downside table/nac nac type things on the hip showing loads of style as well as control & technique all day.
The ‘Mountainbikebitz.com Best Whip Comp’ came next; a 15-minute jam format for all the Pro & Open riders to send it as sideways as possible. Tom Reynolds, Wig Lewington Booth, Rob Newman, Daryl Brown, Ben Nolan and Jimmy Pratt we all sending it as far as they could but it was DMR Bikes’ Jimmy Pratt, a local to Wisley, who took the win. His whips on the last were way past 90 degrees – they were unreal! (check the Round 1 video.)
Dirt Wars Best Trick comp finished off the days riding. A lot of the riders decided to save themselves for Round 2 @ Relentless Energy Drink NASS Festival on the 7th & 8th July but after a 15-minute jam with about half a dozen riders it was Ram/Charge’s Matt Cooper who took the win with a double tailwhip on the last.
Prize giving came, the results were revealed and prizes from all the great series sponsors were handed to those on the podium. With some new faces to the podium in both Open & Pro as well as some familiar ones from last year returning to the podium we wrapped up round one with only 5 days until round two…
The official highlight edit can be found at https://vimeo.com/45167178
Images thanks to Jonathan Williams Photography (www.jdwilliamsphotography.com)
Charge clothing backed riders race report Pontrilas British Masters RD 5.
In the Pro MX1 Class Josh Waterman finished 4th overall just missing out on the podium, in Pro mx2, Shaun Springer came home in top 10.
Will Orritt takes 1st overall the Michelin MX1 class, by winning the first 2 races and then a 2nd and a 3rd place.
In the 85cc Mini Masters Nicholas Gray placed 9th, In MXY2 Daniel Maxey got on the podium with a brilliant 3rd place with his wild card ride. Tony Saunders was 7th just in front of Neil Roe and Tom Bray came home in 14th.
In the Amateur MX1 class, Chad Yarranton qualified a fantastic 3rd, less than 1 second off pole. A mixture of results with some small crashes involved saw chad take 6th, 4th, 6th & 14th positions with a respectable 6th overall. Chad has also moved up the leader board to 7th in the championship only a few points off 6th. George Purchase was just outside the top 10 in 11th place.
In Amateur MX2 Chas Statt finished 5th overall winning the last race of the day, after having some bad luck in race 3 snapping his power valve cable. Hard charger Richard Gray finished 9th and Dean Hakes 13th.
Words by Scott Roberts taken from http://www.scottroberts54.co.uk/
Sunday was the third round of the Schwalbe British4x Series and it was held at Redhill in Gloucestershire. The track there is really fun, flowing and is also a great days riding. If you have not been there yet then get yourself over there before the summers over! Practice was fun; the sun was out and the track was fast and dusty. After a few runs it was time to chill before gates started, about 15 minutes before our gates started it rained for about 10 minutes but it was just enough to dampen the track and keep the dust down so it did some good. After a few gates it was time for racing to start, all the moto’s were all really close and a lot of great tight racing in every moto.
All my moto’s went well taking one 1st and two 2nd places which was enough to take me through to the semi finals. My Semi- final was going to be tough with Lewis Lacey who had straight wins through all his moto’s, Will Evans and Tom Gethin who knows this track well. I had a great first straight, made a good move in the first corner and came out in first but then I went a little wide and Lewis managed to get past but it was enough to take me into the A-Final.
The A-Final was Lewis Lacey, Tom Dowie and Alex Metcalfe; I knew what I had to do, it was just a case of getting it done. I felt good and was looking forward to it. The gate dropped and Lewis had a good gate, he closed me off so I hung back and made another really good move in the first corner and went into 1st. I held onto the lead from my move made in the first corner. I was stoked to take my first national win of the year, and now I am excited for national champ in 2 weeks time.