ACU Maxxis British Championship Round 8 Foxhills Moto Park
As the Motocross season comes to an end, team Verde headed off to the iconic Foxhills Moto Park with high hopes of excellent results from both Brad Anderson and Jake Millward. Both riders are seasoned sand riders but this weekend both put on outstanding performances on this hard pack, fast track. The sunny Sunday brought in a packed crowd of spectators, the atmosphere had a good vibe and the racing was fabulous to watch. A perfect day to finish off the season.
The track was very slippery especially on the corners during practice, making it hard to put in a safe fast lap. But both classes had top line ups, and points were very close for taking both the MX1 and MX2 championship trophies.
Jake’s speed was spot on but he struggled big time on the slippery track. He kept washing out and spinning round on the corners making it difficult to put in a solid fast complete lap. He did managed to get 9th fastest MX2, but still this gave him a limited choice on the gate.
Brad also didn’t take to this track in practice. It was very slippy, slidy and not enjoyable. Lap times were very similar for a number of riders and Brad slotted into 8th fastest MX1, which wasn’t the best gate pick, but a lot better than it could have been.
Jake got a terrible jump out the gate and had to cut in tight on the first bend and scoot down the pit line to pass a few riders to move him into 7th. He was on it until he had a coming together with another rider on the uphill, leaving Jake on the floor with bent bars and having to come through the pack from the very back. It was tough but he picked them off one at a time and finally managed to move into the points, finishing 19th and scoring 2 points.
A terrible start for Brad. He got boxed in coming down the start straight and had to cut in tight on the first bend to get past everybody. Then throttle back and a few more down the pit lane, pulling him in to 12th place. By the end of the first lap, Brad had passed more again and moved into 8th. Then Edmonds got stuck in a rut right in front of Brad, leaving him nowhere to go and loosing 3 places, pushing him back to 11th. Lenior got in the way a couple of times, but Brad pushed on through taking him, Harrison and Coulon. He then lost quite a bit of time trying to pass Alex Snow on the narrow Foxhill track, who kept blocking Brad’s passes. On the last lap Brad took him on one of the long uphill’s moving Brad into 7th place, with the 4th fastest lap time of the moto. Not sufficient time left to catch Nicholls, Krestinov and Leok meant Brad settled for a 7th place finish in moto 1.
Jake Millward got the hole shot in the second moto. He was way out up front. One fabulous start to the race. It took a couple of laps to settle into a rhythm as Jake wasn’t used to being out up front on a hard pack track. Brian McKenzie and Steven Clarke got passed before Jake managed to settle, as did Luke Norris (a hardened hard pack rider) and before long Martin Barr made his move too. Jake settled into a comfortable 5th place and the group of 5 moved away from the rest of the riders. Jake started to close on Norris but couldn’t quite find a way past on this narrow track. So it was Clarke from Barr, McKenzie from Norris, then Jake Millward coming home 5th place MX2. He was chuffed to bits.
Brad didn’t get a fantastic start again, coming round the first bend in around 9th position. It didn’t take long for Brad to find his speed and he soon powered past Jake Nicholls and 2 other riders, moving him into 6th place. Brad looked comfortable, fast and stylish over the jumps (not a word commonly associated with Ando #60). His speed was there and he rode well, closing in on Lenior on more than one occasion, but he couldn’t quite get close enough to make his pass. It was a good race and Brad finished 6th ahead of Krestinov, Nicholls, Snow and Wilde. This gave Brad 6th overall for the day and just 1 point off 5th place Krestinov.
Due to Jakes unfortunate luck in race one, his overall for the day didn’t really reflect on his speed and performance on a track not usually suited to his riding style. So Jake got 13th overall for the day and took a hit in the championship standing, leaving Jake 7th in the final MX2 British Championship standings, just 5 points shy of Brad Todd.
A 7th and 6th place finish today gave Brad a total of 29 points, sealing 6th place in the MX1 British Championship. However just 1 more point would have seen Brad pass Tanol Leok into 5th place. Brad had a slow start to the Championship with his good results only really coming together part way through the season. Getting better results early on may have seen him even higher up the finishing Championship table.
Quote from Jake Millward:
A crash on the first lap of the first race left me with only a 19th in moto 1. Moto 2 was a different story. Pulled the hole shot of the year and came home with a happy 5th position.
Was happy with how I rode all day just was a shame about the first moto crash. My speed has started to show over that last few weeks it’s just a shame the seasons over so soon. Can’t express how much I appreciate all the hard work put in by the whole team all season long and all the ‘Jacksons’ for their support Adroian Kirk, Niki Hessey, Matt Hunt, Chrish Muir, Arran Kirk, Tom Duddle, Sean Radcliff aka batman and Steve Clitheroe. Thanks also to my personal sponsor #CS2transport for all their support.
Best get my ass into gear for next season and start getting up on that box!
Quote from Anderson:
Last round of the Maxxis British championship yesterday and I didn’t know how my shoulder was going to be. First race I got bad start was coming through but got stuck with a rider that crashed in front of me! Got going again. Passed another 3 riders and finished up to 7th. Had good lap times and the speed was there. In the second race I got another bad start but got through to finish 6th. I will have to practise my starts this winter! Thanks to team Verde sports KTM, top team and all my sponsors for 2016. Couldn’t of done it without u lot Adrian Kirk, Niki Hessey, Matt Hunt, Arran Kirk,Chris Muir, Steve Clitheroe, Phillip Anderson, Hayley Ruth Anderson, RJS builders, RG rentals, Planet Suspension, ASA scaffolding, MRS, Judith Rochford, Michael Rochford, 100% Bob Buchanan, Andrew Redford & Stephen Murphy.
Till next year thanks again.
Quote from Team Manager Adrian Kirk:
A good solid day. Both riders rode well but both were unlucky in the first moto which cost them dearly. A good way to finish the Championship with some excellent riding out on the track. We finished the Championship with a 6th and 7th place position which was excellent and higher up than Jake’s 10th place last season. It has been a pleasure working with both Brad Anderson and Jake Millward this season. A massive thank you to all of our sponsors who have helped us get where we are today and hopefully will continue to support us next year, to achieve more podiums and even better results.