Maxxis 2-Stroke - Canada Heights  (May 1, 2017)

The first round of the Maxxis British 2-stroke championship, which runs alongside the British MX2 and MX1 championships, took place this past weekend at the legendary Canada Heights circuit in Kent.

The TM UK team were in attendance to compete in this new, 4 round series for 2017, that is filled with some incredible talent from both the UK and overseas. Our regular 'smoker' pilots of Jim Davies, Troy Willerton, Ryan Butler and Richy Roberts. The latter of the 4 to be the only one not competing on a TM 300cc machine, but going up an octave on the soundtrack and riding his 125cc machine in this 'larger capacity' dominated field of riders.

With some small delays during the day due to some bad crashes, to which we wish all those involved the speediest of recoveries, the day ran well and the forecast rain held off until we had left the facility on Sunday evening. The track, now in 'reverse', still contained its large gradient changes, spectacular big jumps and the 'wooded' section at the summit. Prepped and watered in advance the track still became tough to negotiate as the surface became choppy in places whilst slick in others, it certainly made hard work for the riders.

Ryan Butler, who has suffered from a bad spate of niggly and reoccurring injuries, once again succumbed to the discomfort of riding. After struggling to ride the machine, let alone race it, Ryan decided enough was enough and retired from the event after the qualifying session. We hope to see Ryan back and 100 percent in the near future.

Richy Roberts and his 125cc machine struggled on the starts and up the hills against the larger machines, as would be expected. However Richy kept plugging away as best he could on the difficult track aboard the 125 and had some great battles in both races trying to maintain pace and make places. Richy screamed the little 125cc machine around to finish both scheduled races with a 32 / 29 scorecard from a full field.

Troy Willerton suffered in both races from falls which did little to help his overall finishes. In race one a poor start from a bad gate position left him with work to do, to which a small crash only impeded his progress further ending in 26th place. In race two a difficult first turn left Troy making up ground early doors but once again a fall pushed him to the back of the field, Troy remounted to make some places in the dying stages of the race to end in 25th.

Jim Davies and his TM 300 machine, one that Jim has had very little time on since its arrival on a few weeks ago, qualified in 6th place and gave himself a fighting chance on the gate picks. In race one a good start saw Jim running well inside the top ten and battling to progress, sadly little bike and set-up time took its toll in the latter stages and fighting a 'soft' machine left him settling for an 8th place finish. Race 2 again saw a good start for Jim and he battled hard in the early stages inside the top 5, however whilst Jim was mounting a charge forward to pass into 4th the rider ahead of Jim fell, Jim had nowhere to go and the collision saw Jim fall too, losing multiple places in the process that he could never recover from. Jim ended race 2 in 8th place.

A big well done to all the riders, the mechanics, supporters and of course to all of the sponsors that make it all possible.

Thank you, TM UK.