MX Nationals champions at Hawkstone

MX Nationals champions at Hawkstone

The third round of the increasingly-popular Michelin MX Nationals headed to one of the riders’ favourite tracks today; the iconic Hawkstone Park circuit.

The elements helped with build up during the week, giving the track a natural watering and, yet come race, there wasn’t a drop of rain in sight. With another action-packed day of excellent racing, a well-prepped track, favoured by the racers, and a new Wildman Clubman class squeezed into proceedings; the MX Nationals crew closed the gate on a successful opening day in Shropshire.

The MX Nationals Saturday schedule remains the same for each round and, as customary, the Experts were out first with the MX2 riders. In the first race Rossi Beard took the win by just over four seconds ahead of Josh Coleman and Ryan McClean. Currently leading the class, Tom Grimshaw crashed early in the race and was down in 20th place at one stage. He steadily picked his way through the pack thought and made up eight places to finish 12th. In the second race, Ben Putnam had a great start and lead all the way to the finish line. Josh Coleman took his second runners-up slot of the day and Jason Meara crossed the line in third.

In the Expert MX1 group, Josh Waterman posted the fastest time in qualifying and then went on to win both motos. He was followed home by Richard Bird and James Dodd in the first moto and then James Dodd and Edward Briscoe in the second.

The 85s were next out, with the small-wheel riders doing battle with the big-wheels. BW85 competitor Ryan Mawhinney was in dominant form winning both races with a sizeable margin; 15 seconds in the first and a whopping 23 seconds in the second. Alfie Jones and Ethan Lane rounded out the top three in each race. In the SW85 group, Ollie Colmer got the better of racing-rival Bailey Johnston in race one, taking the win with a gap of just under six seconds. Roles were reversed in race two when Johnston won the class ahead of Colmer by just under three seconds. Ben Mustoe took third in the first race and Arai Elcock made it to the top three in the second.

MXY1/2 swiftly followed the youngsters. Aaron Lee Hanson, Callum Green and Josh Peters were top dogs in the MXY2 category race one, with Green relegating Hanson to second in race two and Peters maintaining consistency with another third. In MXY1 Adam Kovacs took two class and race wins – beating the 250cc riders – with Dominic Lancett and Bobby Bruce second and third in the first, whilst Bruce’s RFX Crescent team-mate Joel Rizzi took second in the next race and Lancett third. Rizzi crashed in the first race and cruised the remainder of the race to collect valuable championship points.

Expert MX2

  1. Rossi Beard, 2. Josh Coleman, 3. Ryan McClean
  2. Ben Putnam, 2. Josh Coleman, 3. Jason Meara

Expert MX1

  1. Josh Waterman, 2. Richard Bird, 3. James Dodd
  2. Josh Waterman, 2. James Dodd, 3. Edward Briscoe


  1. Ryan Mawhinney, 2. Alfie Jones, 3. Ethan Lane
  2. Ryan Mawhinney, 2. Alfie Jones, 3. Ethan Lane


  1. Ollie Colmer, 2. Bailey Johnston, 3. Ben Mustoe
  2. Bailey Johnston, 2. Ollie Colmer, 3. Arai Elcock


  1. Aaron Lee Hanson, 2. Callum Green, 3. Josh Peters
  2. Callum Green, Aaron Lee Hanson, 3. Josh Peters


  1. Adam Kovacs, 2. Dominic Lancett, 3. Bobby Bruce
  2. Adam Kovacs, Joel Rizzi, 3. Dominic Lancett

Clubman MX1

  1. Scott Bates, 2. Joe Roberts, 3. Jamie McCarthy
  2. Joe Roberts, 2. Aiden Christie, 3. Harry Fletcher

Clubman MX2

  1. Brad Thornhill, 2. Fabio Rizzi, 3. Adam Pierce
  2. Adam Pierce, 2. Harry Foster, 3. Fabio Rizzi

Wildman Clubman

  1. Ash Cotterill, 2. Sean Wainwright, 3. Ashley Beniston
  2. Sean Wainwright, 2. Kieron McAvoy, 3. Ashley Beniston

Pictured: BW/SW85 start.