Blaxhall Showdown: Riders Battle for Supremacy Under the Radiant Sun
28th May, 2023

Fans were treated to an endless day of gate drops under the radiant sun of Blaxhall in Suffolk, a thrilling spectacle unfolded as racing enthusiasts were treated to a day of unforgettable competition across multiple classes. From the adrenaline-fueled BW85cc to the lightning-fast 125cc, 250cc, MX2, and MX1 classes, the track came alive with the thunderous roar of engines and the spirit of fierce rivalry. As riders geared up and unleashed their machines, each corner and jump became a battleground for supremacy, pushing the boundaries of speed, technique, and sheer determination.

It all started with an intense and full line-up in the 125cc and 250cc classes warming up the track after qualifying. In the 250cc class, we saw Billy Askew continue his winning streak taking race one and two victories. In race one Askew had over 30 seconds of play time ahead of wildcard Bayliss Utting who we last saw on the podium at Lyng. The #421 would eventually claim second. Mckenzie Marshall who sits second in the Championship would round out the race in third. Then came the second moto of the day that saw #711 Joel Fisher take the 24MX Holeshot and position seventh overall. Jak Taylor led the whole race before being passed by Bayliss Utting on the last corner of the last lap. Taylor would go on to finish third overall.

Race one of the 125cc class saw Wal Beaney take his second race win of the season in race one and second in race two tying for points with Championship leader Reece Jones, lending the upper hand to Jones to grab first on the podium as he took the win in race two. With Tyla Hooley making his first appearance of the season he positioned third overall, taking third in both races.

The Big Wheel 85cc class has been highly contested by Josh Vail as he continues to show his strengths going 1-1 here at Blaxhall. With another 90 points under his belt, he will continue to run the red plate when we next go racing at Hawkstone. Jamie Keith was only seven seconds behind Vail in race one as he increases his points in the Championship taking second overall with two second-place finishes. In third today was Charlie Richmond with his 3-3 scorecard.

The MX2 class had a drama-filled day with numerous race restarts due to an issue with the start gate. After the two re-starts in moto one, we were all systems go with an old-fashioned flag drop. Bobby Bruce was off the line first, grabbing himself the holeshot in both races. He would eventually be passed by Isak Gifting in both races. Despite the chase, Gifting was able to pull away lap by lap and remain in that top position going 1-1 for first overall. Foxhill winner Elliott Banks-Browne was consistent throughout the day coming third in both motos and on par with Bruce for points he managed to pull ahead and place second at the podium after Taylor Hammal stormed for second in moto two knocking both Banks-Browne and Bruce down a place.

In the MX1 class, a number of riders had their sights on the red plate held by the #151 Harri Kullas. But it was the #426 of Conrad Mewse who would win the duel of the Crendon Fasttrack Honda riders, beating Josh Gilbert to the chequered flag in both motos to claim a perfect scorecard and the championship lead. Gilbert would take the second step on the podium to round out a perfect weekend for Dave Thorpe’s team. With Kullas completing the podium in third.

The championship now heads north, ready for another assault on the historic Hawkstone Park on the 17th & 18th of June.

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