Grayshon Takes to the Podium at BYN  (Sep 26, 2016)

Picture: Jack Grayshon sweeping into the first turn.

The final round of the 2016 British Youth Nationals took place this past weekend at the Cusses Gorse circuit near Salisbury, Wiltshire. The spectacular looking venue, chasing up and down the valley, looked in prime condition, slick and fast as was to be expected. Its hard-pack base required frequent watering sessions throughout the weekend as the sun and wind made brief appearances and keeping the dust down became a priority, even a torrential downpour during Saturday night did little to 'soften' the surface.

Once again the TM UK crew were there to support their riders at the event, Jack Grayshon on his TM 85 MX machine in the small wheel class, and Troy Willerton, on his TM 125 MX machine in the 125 class.

In the 125cc class Troy showed some great pace once again in this exciting, action filled class, but struggled a little with the track conditions. Finding it difficult to settle into a rhythm on the slick surface, being much more used to riding sand base tracks, Troy battled hard but sadly injured himself in the penultimate race. Catching his foot in a rut and hitting his own leg hard with his back wheel, Troy had to limp back to the pits and into retirement having only completed 3 of the 5 scheduled races to seek medical assessment. Troy ended his weekend with a 6th, 8th and 7th place before retiring. Troy ended the season with a well earned 10th place in the championship standings.

In the Small Wheel 85cc class it was all action as usual with many battles happening throughout the field. Jack, one of the younger and smaller riders of the class, once again had some great starts, showed great speed, but as did Troy, struggled a little bit on the hard-pack surface losing a little time in certain areas. Nevertheless some great consistency was found and settling into a comfortable pace got Jack the results required. Jack ended his weekend with a 2/4/4/4/4 scorecard for 4th overall for the event, but more importantly, a very well deserved 3rd overall in the final championship standings. A great result to go alongside his recent Premier Cup championship win.

A big well done to all of the riders, parents and assistants, and, a heartfelt thanks to all of the sponsors and supporters who make it all possible. Thank you. TM UK.