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British Youth Championship - 16 July 2018
Championships become closer at Duns round four of the British Youth and Under 21 Championships
The Judd KTM British Youth National Championship Powered by Parts Europe and Steve Benton Transport British Under 21 Championship enjoyed a sunny weekend in Scotland (July 14 & 15) at the Duns circuit for round four of each series. Hayden Statt, McKenzie Marshall, Sam Atkinson, Aaron-Lee Hanson and James Mackrel took the overall wins in their respective classes.
In the Auto category, close battles ensued throughout the weekend right the way through the field. Hayden Statt dominated the class by taking all four moto wins and the SCOTT Sports MotoKing Holeshot award in moto two on Saturday. Taking second position was Joel Winstanley-Dawson and Lucas Lee clinched third. Rounding out the top six were Judd Orange Brigade’s Archie Britton, Alfie Herron and Robbie Daly.
In the 65cc class we saw some outstanding racing from one of our youngster riders in the British Championship. McKenzie Marshal clinched the overall honours for the weekend after battling hard with the top contenders in the class. 1stCall Travel rider Shaun Mahoney walked away with second position, with Ryan Waggott in third. Kalvin Kelly, Will Haddock and Ashton Boughen finished in fourth to sixth places.
In the Big Wheel 85cc class Sam Atkinson walked away from Duns with the overall after some very close racing with the top runners in the category. Atkinson managed to take the win by just one point ahead of second placed rider Alfie Jones, in what was an important weekend for those battling at the top of the standings. Judd Orange Brigade’s Jack Grayshon finished the weekend in third, just one point shy of Jones, as the series really tightened up at the top going into the final two rounds. Buster Hart, who took the first moto win on Saturday with celebrations after the finish line, was fourth, while Ethan Lane finished in fifth with Niall Cregan in sixth.
In the British Open class, Judd Orange Brigade’s Aaron-Lee Hanson dominated the class taking all four race wins as well as the SCOTT Sports MotoKing Holeshot in the second moto on the first day. Ryan Thomson and Owen Hendry ended the weekend in second and third places following some exciting racing. Ewan Kermack, Alex Hudziak and Josh Greedy rounded out the top six positions in the class.
The British Under 21 Class saw some bar banging racing action throughout the weekend with HRC Yamaha rider James Mackrel taking the overall victory thanks to his three out of four moto wins. Rossi Beard, who is also fighting hard for the title, ended up with the second-place trophy with his moto win in race three on Sunday. Oliver Benton and Tommy Lee Morris finished the weekend in third and fourth places.
Gareth Hockey, Director of RHL Activities commented, “Duns provided some outstanding racing and battles for our junior stars and under 21 riders in Scotland. The championships are starting to get close now with just two rounds to go, but there is still time before the end of the season and as we all know, a lot can happen in racing. I hope that all of the riders had an enjoyable weekend at this superb venue and I look forward to taking the championships to Sherwood at the end of September for the penultimate round.”
Due to an inquiry there are no official results for the 125cc and Small Wheel 85cc class from round four. Once published results will stand.
The SCOTT Sports MotoKing Holeshot Awards were presented to: Hayden Statt, Billy Askew, Bailey Johnston, Jack Grayshon, Max Ingham, Rossi Beard and Aaron-Lee Hanson.
The next stop for both championships is Sherwood Farm Park MX, near Mansfield on September 29 and 30.
For more information on the Judd KTM British Youth National Championship Powered by Parts Europe & Steve Benton Transport British Under 21 Championship head over to www.rhlactivities.com
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