Maxxis 2-stroke Championship - Round 2 - Hawkstone Park  (May 16, 2017)

Picture credited to ACU. It didn't look this smooth for too long!

Round two of the 2017 Maxxis ACU British 2-Stroke Championship took place this past weekend at the legendary Hawkstone Park venue in Shropshire. The spectacular sandy circuit looked prime upon arrival, but as expected, it really 'roughed-up' over the duration of the event giving the riders some intensely challenging conditions, conditions where 'racing' the circuit paid more dividends than 'attacking' ones rivals.

The three man TM UK team, sadly Ryan Butler is still out with injury, consisting of Jim Davies and Troy Willerton on 300cc machines and Richy Roberts on a 125cc machine, survived the event but not without having there own fair share of hurdles to overcome on the demanding circuit.

On the 125cc machine Richy is always going to be fighting hard it in the essentially 250cc and above dominated field but if determination could score points, Richy would be on a maximum. The deep sand sections and the big hill certainly made Richy and the little 125 work and for his efforts Richy ended race one in 31st place and after a bad tumble in race 2 took 28th place, albeit a few laps in arrears after stopping to assess bike damage and take a little time to catch his breath.

Young Troy Willerton up his game in the sand and showed some good pace in this competitive field of riders. Troy qualified 16th out of a full group but struggled to make good starts on the jump from 'concrete to sand' gate giving himself work to do in both moto's. In race one, after being impacted in the ribs by a large stone and knocking the wind out of himself, Troy battled back only for a rear brake problem to hamper his progress further, Troy ended 25th. In Race two a cleaner, problem free race, saw him inside the top twenty battling hard and ending in 18th place, collecting his first Maxxis points in the process.

After qualifying in 7th place in conditions that are not favoured, Jim Davies gave himself the chance of a decent gate pick. However, after a good start in race one a small fall left him with work to do early doors, battling hard to regain positions Jim fell again whilst running inside the top ten, this time with consequences. Whilst trying to rejoin the race after falling hard on the downside of a jump, not only was Jim hit by a rider, but also his machine was hit which sustained damage in the impact. With a missing rear fender, smashed front fender, bent sub-frame and a smashed exhaust Jim remounted and continued but with both rider and machine feeling second hand 13th was to be the result. Race two did not fair much better for Jim after a bad first corner and then struggling to get into a rhythm on the now very rough circuit, Jim worked himself up into 12th place by the chequered flag.

Well done to all of the riders, and thank you to all of the helpers, supporters and of course the team sponsors.

Thank you, TM UK.

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