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British Youth Championship - 12 June 2019
Team PR: Whitby Double for SJP Moto Husqvarna at second round of the Judd British Youth Championship
Following a long gap in the championship calendar after the cancellation of the Pontrilas round in late April, the SJP Moto Husqvarna team returned to Judd ACU British Youth Championship action at Whitby.
The coastal track was a new venue to the Youth calendar after previously hosting Maxxis British Championship events. With the weather forecast leading up the event predicting heavy rain late Friday and Saturday the track was left sealed to provide the best possible surface.
Coming into the event the team were hoping for more strong results and to improve their positions at the head of the championship standings. Saturday’s racing would be held in rain and wet conditions before the weather cleared for Sunday to produce some excellent racing.
In the 65cc class Archie-Jay Girdham and Reece Jones arrived sitting 4th and 5th in the championship. This weekend Reece was on fire and took a dominant overall victory, claiming 4 out 5 race wins and finished second in the other race. The overall victory saw Reece jump from to the top of the championship standing and take a 23 point lead.
For Archie-Jay it was to be a solid weekend with four results inside the top 6 including a career best finish of 2nd place in the final moto to claim 5th overall, but his result would have been much better if it wasn’t for a 13th place finish in the second race. Girdham now sits fourth in the championship standings and just 36 points off Reece at the top of the standings.
Once again in the Small Wheel 85cc class Finley Evans continued to produced fantastic results to claim another race win on route to taking the overall victory for the second round running and extending his championship lead to 6 points.
Whitby saw the return to form of Billy Askew who claimed a well-deserved 7th overall after taking a third, a fourth and 2 fifths but his result was hampered by an incident with the track fencing that saw him down in 33rd in the second moto. Askew’s overall result saw him move up to 9th in the championship. Female rider Lucy Barker also produced some good results to take 26th overall and 26th in the championship standings.
In the Big Wheel 85cc class the team were down to just two riders as Hudson Roper and James Barker both continue to recover after recently coming out of cast and resuming their training. Charlie Heyman arrived leading the championship but knew that it was going to be tough to maintain after picking up an ankle injury less than two weeks ago. Alongside Heyman in the class was Jayden Haigh who was looking to improve on his 11th place. Saturday was to be tough conditions for Heyman as he took two second places while Jayden claimed a 6th and 13th.
Sunday saw the Heyman feel more comfortable when the conditions improved and took a race win and two more seconds to finish second overall. Heyman now sits second in the championship and just 6 points behind the championship leader. For Haigh it was another good day as he finished 12 – 8 – 10 to claim 9th overall and move up to 8th in the championship.
With two riders leading their classes and others close in the points standings the team are now looking forward to the next round at FatCat at the start of July.
Leighton Haigh – Team Manager – This weekend has been another great weekend for the team with two riders take victory and leading their classes. Both Finley and Reece rode great all weekend. Charlie also did great this weekend to finish in second overall with his injured ankle and is close in the championship. It was also great to see Archie get his career best finish of 2nd place in the last moto and for both Billy Askew and Jayden Haigh improve their positions and results, while Lucy once again rode well and held her own in the class.
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