MX Premier Cup Round 4  (May 24, 2016)

Round 4 of the 2016 MX Premier Cup took place this past weekend at the Fat-Cat Moto Park facilty near Doncaster. The sandy circuit was in prime condition upon arrival and after an overcast and breezy Saturday, the big downpour on Saturday evening definitely altered the conditions slightly, both on and off the track, for Sunday. However, some great work by the track team and waking-up, to what was a glorious day of sunshine, restored the equilibrium somewhat.

Once again the TM UK team was there to compete, although a little depleted these days with riders out with injuries and ailments, and, with other riders moving classes, it was a little less frantic for all involved.

In the small wheel 85cc class rising-star, Jack Grayshon and his Vampires Rock supported TM 85 MX machine, once again dominated proceedings. Young Jack would of taken a clean sweep of 5 wins albeit for a puncture in race two that saw him end up in 10th place after leading from the off and pulling clear. This 10th combined with 4 wins gave Jack a well deserved 2nd overall and he maintains his championship lead.

In the Big Wheel 85cc class the TM UK pairing of Archie Hicks and Sam Hunt took to the track to do battle. Archie showed some great speed and good line choices and proved to all that his sand technique is improving. However, combined with some mixed starts, line changes, and some small falls in some races, he left himself a little work to do to cut through the pack. Nevertheless Archie fought on in his own unique way to end his weekend with a 8/11/12/17/13 scorecard for 12th overall, Archie sits in 8th place in the current standings. Sam Hunt had a weekend of great highs and great lows, some great starts and good rides showed the likeable young Cornishman to be adapting well to these 'National' status events, again showing a good improvement in sand technique. For all the positives there was one negative, Sam unfortunately crashed in race 4 on Sunday and was subsequently landed on by an opponent, the resulting impact left him with a fractured eye socket and some cuts to his face. A trip to the medical facility and then on to the hospital ensued, we are glad to say that Sam is okay but will require a little rest for sure to heal and recover.

In the 125cc class a very sparse field of riders lined up on the gate, not the full field of 125cc machines we are accustomed too. Even the TM UK team were two men short, Jim and Ryan out injured, plus 3 other TM riders that could not attend, 5 riders down to start with sadly. In the 125cc class it was Richy Roberts and VRM supported rider, Troy Willerton, who took to the track. Richy had some great starts and good rides but some niggling injuries hampered him slightly on Sunday on the difficult surface. Some contact with fellow riders also left Richy with work to do and for his efforts he ended his weekend with a 13/8/11/10/9 scorecard for 10th overall, Richy sits in 9th place in the current standings. Troy once again showed incredible pace and ability but never transformed that into the result he deserved after suffering with with visibility issues after losing his goggles on numerous occasions as they became filled in with sand, some crashes putting him off the back of the pack with a mountain to climb, and subsequently some small technical problems that forced early retirements. Troy ended his weekend with a well earned 3rd place in race one coming from the back, and a 5th place in race three after doing likewise.

In the Rookies it was young Liam Gale who is on a large learning curve this season after recently having to change from a Big Wheel 85cc TM machine to a TM 125 MX machine, Liams legs have forced the issue for him to move up to the 'adult' bike, he is simply to tall for an 85cc machine now. Still finding his feet on the big bike, a determined Liam took to the gate in this large class and for his efforts ended his weekend with a 18/20/17/17/16 scorecard for 17th overall, showing some good improvement on his new steed.

Once again we must congratulate all of the other TM riders at the events, most notably Alfie Rickwood in the small wheels 85cc class who is showing some great promise on his Wildmoor supported TM 85 MX machine, great starts and some great rides, well done to all there. And to all the other TM entrants a big well done to all of you too.