Round 7 of the Revo ACU British Motocross Championship Fuelled by Gulf Race Fuels sees us head to Skelder Bank, Whitby. The circuit offers good viewing for spectators in front of the impressive backdrop of Whitby Bay. The Skelder Bank track is widely recognised as one of the best in the Northeast and is always popular with both the riders and race fans alike. At this round we will see the 65cc, 85SW, 85BW, 125cc, 250cc, MX2 and MX1 classes all competing.
The 65cc class provided some fantastic racing at Fatcat and they will be back out to entertain us at Whitby. Wildcard Brian Gyles showed up at Fatcat with a tone of speed and stunned his competition impressing a lot of people as he dominated and took all 4 race wins. He is looking to make another appearance at Whitby which spells bad news to the rest of the class. Marty Spires is the young man that currently leads the Championship on 291 points and has been in control this season until the appearance of Gyles. Spires is 26 points clear of Harley Marczak who has shown his speed this year and is improving each round. Arthur Moore is 3rd in the Championship on 257 points, 8 back from Marczak. Casey Lister and Leo Wilson sit 4th and 5th in the series.
The 85SW class is currently lead by Robbie Daly on 374 points, Daly has been impressive this year however Hayden Statt is only 13 points back and will be looking to mount a challenge at the coming rounds. Blake Ward-Clarke is 3rd in the series on 343 points and is only a further 18 points off Statt, so as you can see it is tight at the top which should make for an exciting couple of rounds. Sonny Rooney and Joel Winstanley Dawson sit 4th and 5th in the series, both within touching distance of the top 3.
The 85BW class has been exciting to watch all season and the battle at the front really intensified at Fatcat as Championship leader Billy Askew and Josh Vail went toe to toe all weekend providing some of the best racing we’ve seen all year. Billy Askew has a commanding lead in the series on 579 points however the battle for next spot in the Championship is tight and through performances at recent rounds Josh Vail now jumps to 2nd place ahead of Jake Walker in the series by 3 points, Walker will be looking to reverse this at Whitby. Charlie Richmond and Freddie Gardiner sit 4th and 5th in the Championship.
The 125cc class has been one to watch this year with a whole host of riders capable of winning however one man has been a step ahead in raw speed, and that man is Charlie Heyman. Heyman leads the series on 323 points and was flawless at Fatcat so he is coming into this round in supreme form 81 points clear of his nearest challenger. Cole Mccullough in his rookie season in the 125cc class finds himself 2nd in the Championship having been consistent all year. After another troublesome round at Fatcat, Ollie Colmer drops to 3rd in the series, he will be looking to find his form again at Whitby. Joe Brookes is 4th in the series and was showing he was back to his brilliant best at the last couple of rounds however, unfortunately he sustained an injury at Fatcat which may side-line him for a while. Ben Mustoe sits 5th in the series.
The 250cc class has been under the control of Tyler Westcott this year, Westcott has been dominant and through this has amounted 332 points and a 53-point advantage over his nearest rival, Jak Taylor. Taylor has been getting quicker and quicker all season long and will be looking to steal a win or two in the remaining rounds. Taylors Team Green Kawasaki teammate Hudson Roper finds himself 3rd in the series, 56 points behind his teammate. Roper has been consistent all year however Dominic Newbury and Callum Murfitt are both snatching at his heels for 3rd in the Championship.
The MX2 class has been filled with drama so far this season and has been a real fan favourite. After taking a flawless 1-1 finish at Fatcat, Conrad Mewse is your Championship leader on 229 points, he will be looking to stay clean and drama free for the remaining rounds in his bid to wrap up this title. GRT Impact KTM rider, Jamie Carpenter finds himself 2nd in the series on 187 points, 42 back from Mewse. It needs to be noted that if Conrad wins both motos at Whitby, Carpenter will need to finish 2nd in both races to ensure he takes the Championship to Landrake. Isak Gifting was your Championship leader up until he was stricken with injury, he will be out for the remaining rounds. Tom Grimshaw has really found his feet in the MX2 class this season and finds himself 4th in the series, 18 points back from Carpenter. Apico Husqvarna rider, Jamie Law in what is said to be his last year in the sport at this level is 5th in the Championship on his 250 two stroke machine.
Tommy Searle aboard his Crendon Fastrack Honda is your MX1 Championship leader on 277 points, Searle seems to be relishing the challenge this year and enjoying his riding, he will be looking for another win this time out at Whitby to further solidify his points advantage. Cabscreens Crescent Yamaha man Harri Kullas is 2nd in the standings, 13 points back from Searle, he will really be looking to put in a charge to try and snatch the title in the remaining rounds. Shaun Simpson has had an up and down year and finds himself 3rd in the Championship however he has shown a lot of speed in the last couple rounds, and he will be wanting to finish the year out strong. Josh Gilbert is 4th in the series 20 points back from Simpson after a difficult couple of rounds. ASA United GasGas rider Jon Adamson has been flying of late and has really raised some eyebrows in the paddock, he has been improving each round and was a force to be reckoned with at Fatcat, he will be one to watch at Whitby.
Words by Rhys Roberts
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