Ipswich motocross racer Jake Nicholls flies to victory at Lyng, in Norfolk, in British Championships
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Ipswich’s Jake Nicholls made it two out of two of the Maxxis-sponsored British Motocross Championships at Cadders Hill, Lyng Norfolk, on Sunday.
Having won round one at Culham Moto Park, Nicholls was in fine form once more and stretched his lead at the top of the Championship by a point.
Despite injuries picked up while away on World Grand Prix duty in Argentina and Mexico, Nicholls was still too good in what was a tough field,
“I’m happy to get another round win in, but I’m a bit frustrated I couldn’t ride how I can around Lyng, because of a few knocks and bruises.
“I crashed in Argentina and have a rib injury, which is not too bad when I race. But I can’t sleep well at the moment with the injury and that is no fun. In Mexico I blistered the palms of my hands because of the sweat and heat in my gloves as I tried to hold on.
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“So to make it two in a row if good news and now I look forward to Canada Heights in Kent later this month.”
Nicholls is targeting the British title this year having been runner-up twice.
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In MX1, race one, chased by Irishman Graeme Irwin and French star, Steven Lenoir, Nicholls made a good start.
These three set a fast pace, thrilling the large crowd. The order remained the same throughout the 30 minute long race, with Bury St Edmunds’ star, Elliott Banks Browne, finishing fourth.
Estonian rider, Gert Krestinov led race two, chased by Irwin, Nicholls and Lenoir, with Banks Browne crashing at the first corner. Several times during the race, Irwin and Nicholls tried to pass Krestinov, but he held on to take the win.
In the Mx2 class for 250cc machines, Nicholls young team mate, Ben Watson led both races, but could not hold off the strong challenge from Harri Kullas from Finland, who took victory in both races. Watson’s two second places was enough to see him still leading the MX2 championships. Former European champion, Mel Pocock was third overall, and Bury St Edmunds Lewis Tombs rode consistently for two 6th places.
Results. Round two Maxxis British Championships.
MX1 Class Race one. 1st Jake Nicholls KTM, 2nd Graeme Irwin Honda, 3rd Steven Lenoir Kawasaki. 4th Elliott Banks Browne Husqvarna, 5th Kristian Whatley Husqvarna, 6th Harri Kullas Husqvarna
Race two. 1st Gert Krestinov Honda, 2nd Irwin, 3rd Nicholls, 4th Lenoir, 5th Brad Anderson KTM, 6th Whatley
MX2 race one. Harri Kullas Husqvarna, 2nd Ben Watson KTM, 3rd Martin Barr Honda, 4th Mel Pocock Husqvarna, 5th Brad Todd Husqvarna, 6th Lewis Tombs Lings Husqvarna
Race two 1st Kullas, 2nd Watson, 3rd Pocock, 4th Barr, 5th Todd, 6th Tombs
MXY2 Youth overall. 1st Keenan Hird Kawasaki, 2nd Tom Grimshaw Yamaha, 3rd Jake Edey KTM, 4th Joe Cadwallader Husqvarna, 5th Charlie Cole Husqvarna, 6th Jake Curtis Stevens Kawasaki
Meanwhile round one of the Eastern Centre Motocross Championships starts on Sunday at the iconic Wakes Colne circuit in Essex. The Halstead club are the hosts at the venue which is situated midway between Halstead and Colchester.
A full line-up of expert graded riders have entered, and will compete in the Premier class races, while the junior grade championship races will be made up of the fastest 40 competitors from the timed practice sessions. The practice sessions start at 10am, with the first of 12 races starting at noon. Admission is £10, with concessions for senior citizens and children.