British Youth Nationals: Round 3 - Leuchars  (Jul 11, 2016)

Round 3 of the British Youth Nationals took place this past weekend at the Leuchars circuit in in Scotland.

Nestled on the east coast of Fife, just north of the legendary 'St Andrews', it was a pleasure to finally arrive at the venue for the TM UK team support vehicle after a somewhat long journey to say the least. The circuit was prepped well and, after holding the adult British Motocross Championships the weekend previously, the riders knew what they could expect in terms of the track 'roughing-up over the duration. Showers of rain during the early hours of Saturday morning actually improved the track surface further and added some welcome moisture just in time for the qualifying sessions to take place.

Supporting the VRM riders of Jack Grayshon and Troy Willerton the TM UK awning was once again filled with the smell of premix from the 85cc and 125cc machines and after completing a brief free practice session it was time for action.

In the 125cc class Troy set a quick time early doors and gave himself second gate pick for the 5 main races. It was a weekend of ups and downs for Troy with some good rides mixed alongside some falls and injuries that gave a set of varied results. Race 1 saw Troy finish in 7th place after recovering from a mishap ealry on, race two showed improvement and he took a 5th place after a consitent ride. Race 3 saw Troy falling from 5th place on the early laps and being hit by a fellow rider, a quick remount saw Troy back on the bike and crusing into the pits to try to straighten out his machine, pushing hard for the remaining time, and whilst setting some of the best lap times, a 15th place was not the result he wanted. Race 4 saw Troy battle hard for the first half of the race and then settle into a steady rhythm to to take a well earned 4th place, sadly a twisted ankle in race 5 saw and early retirement.

After qualifying 4th In the 85cc Small Wheel class, 11 year old Jack, put together some great rides with just one big crash putting pay to a better overall result. In race one Jack had some work to do after a difficult start, however he pulled back well to take a good 5th place. In race two, whilst running 4th, a big crash saw Jack remount the bike battered and bleeding to complete the last 3 laps for a 17th place finish. Race three saw Jack's start improve and after a good charge he ended the race in 4th place. Once again in race 4 a good start put Jack in the mix and with another consistient ride he took 3rd place. The final race of the weekend was to be Jacks best, on an ever worsening and roughening track Jack powered his way to a great 2nd place finish and earned himself a great 5th overall for the weekend after a big 'off'. Jack sits in 3rd place in the current championship standings.

A big well done to all of the TM Riders, the supporters, and of course to the sponsors.

Thank you, TM UK.