British Youth Championship - 18 April 2018

Podium finishes for Judd Orange Brigade



What a great official start for the Judd Orange Brigade at Round 1 of the JUDD KTM British Youth National Championships this weekend! Preston Docks MX was the venue that saw the action unfold on a track that although boggy at first sight, turned out perfect in the end. Here’s how the seven riders of the Official KTM UK Factory MX Youth Team got on. 

Aaron-Lee Hanson shone on his 250 SXF with 3 wins out of 4 to take 1st in the Open class! The 17 year old from Bradford was trying to make it a clean sweep but a puncture on Race 3 dashed those hopes, resulting in him re-joining the race a lap down. Bailey Johnston just got better & better to win the small wheel 85's with a perfect day two scoring 3-2-1-1 and picking up the Hole Shot Prize to boot. 

10 year old Billy Askew never dropped out of the top 3 all weekend in the 65's. A 2nd and a 1st on day one set him up nicely tied at the top of the leader board. He followed this with a 2nd and a 3rd on day two to come home 2nd Overall. In the Auto's Archie Britton picked up a 4th Overall. He got off to a flyer winning his opening race, before a brief off in Race 2 saw him finish 5th. Undeterred the youngest rider in the team opened day two with another 1st, but it was in Race 4 that misfortune struck as a spark plug issue meant he ended the race 21st. 

Drew Anderson had a mixed weekend of results. On day one Drew fought from the back twice to a 9th and a 15th, but day two was a different story with Drew challenging for the front with a 2nd on Race 3, and a 5th in Race 4, resulting in a 4th Overall. All looked good for Jack Grayshon in the 85 big wheels when he qualified 2nd and just 0.03 seconds off the fastest time. Race one though resulted in a DNF after a throttle cable malfunction, but this didn't deter the young man from Castleford, who came out all guns blazing to finish 2nd in the following moto. An off on lap one of Race three saw Jack fight his way through the pack to finish 6th, before finishing the meet with a win in Race 4 and picking up the Hole Shot prize. After a January in the limelight of Arenacross, rookie 65 rider Zane Stephens took to the track with an accomplished 12th in the first race of the day and a 22nd on the second. Consistency shone through with a brace of 15th positions for Zane on day two to put him into 15th overall and some valuable lessons learnt as he continues his progression.


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