Maxxis British 2-Stroke Championship  (Jul 17, 2017)

Picture courtesy of Scott Dunne.

The penultimate round of the 2017 British 2-Stroke Championship took place at the 'Blaxhall Pits' circuit near Ipswich this past weekend.

This time out the TM UK team of assembled riders was a little different than normal, Jim Davies sadly missed this round due to a niggly injury, whilst Ryan Butler made his return from injury on his 300cc machine to ride alongside Troy Willerton, also on a 300. Callum Gasson also made a comeback to 'British' MX at this event on his 125cc machine, with Richy Roberts, also on a 125, completing the '2+2' four man line up.

Upon arrival we were greeted with a very well prepared and 'polished' looking venue, a superb circuit, with some great viewing areas and an impressive paddock area that the organising club should be very proud of. For sure this circuit would provide some good racing in the 2-stroke class, a class which consists of some of the best 2-stroke riders that Europe has to offer and where the outright pace at the sharp end of the field is incredible. The sandy and pebbly surface of the track 'roughed' up over the duration of the event and along with some very humid weather, gave all the riders some testing conditions.

It was mixed day for all of the riders with each having their own little challenges to overcome throughout the qualification session and 2 races of the event.

Troy Willerton came back from a bad start in race one after being blocked in the first few turns, Troy battled hard through race one to come from the rear of the pack to a very credible 18th place. Race 2 however did not go to plan, after getting a much better start Troy began to slip down the order at the halfway point as something began to make Troy's machine lose power, this forced Troy to ride the remainder of the race outside of the points sadly. Some great positives again for young Troy this weekend in this tough going despite the unwelcome result in race two.

Ryan Butler, sadly another 'victim' to injury over the past few years, is now back to good health but has had little to recondition himself physically with little bike time. No matter, Ryan was as determined as ever to push onward and after a good start and opening laps in race one was sadly forced to retire with a puncture. Race two saw Ryan take the hole-shot and lead the race early doors, fighting to stay at the front Ryan did drop a few places as the race unfolded but still hung in there until, another puncture!. With yet another deflating tyre Ryan was forced again to retire.

'Up against it' in this primarily 'open' class field of large capacity machines, the 125cc riders were, as would be expected, 'out-dragged' on the huge sweeping start.

Richy battled hard in race one from the get-go and kept the 125 on the pipe for the duration, staying upright and out of trouble, Richy continued to push as hard as he could to the flag for 29th place. In race two after being, swamped by the 'big' bikes at the start, Richy once again knuckled down and gave it his all. Another 'sensible' ride saw him stay upright and stay clean, pushing hard until the end for a well earned 25th place. Again, some great positives for Richy this weekend pushing his limits from start to end in both moto's.

Callum, like Richy, also struggled against the large capacity bikes from the gate, and in race one, after making a few positions in the first turn melee, Callum unfortunately slipped off the bike in the wooded section of the circuit and found himself well in arrears at the back of the pack. Working overtime to make up lost ground Callum soon started putting in some good laps that saw him winding in the field ahead as the race counted down to conclusion, Callum managed to make it back to 28th place. Race two again saw Callum boxed in from the gate and working from the back of the pack forward. Again setting some good times Callum managed to get into some drawn out battles trying to pass the larger capacity bikes on the now very rough circuit. Callum ended race 2 in 22nd place.

A big well done to all of the riders in some tough conditions in an ultra competitive field.

With greatest thanks to all of the supporters and sponsors.

Thank you, TM UK.