2016 ClassicMXRider.com Pre-68 Championship – Round 2
AARON Graves and Mitchell Harris shared the spoils at round 2 of the Pre-68 Championship hosted by the Northampton Classic Club at Sproxton on Sunday.
A healthy amount of rain the night before kept dust down to almost non-existent levels, and the sun shone down on the twisty, natural rolling Leicestershire-based circuit, creating near perfect race conditions for the club’s inaugural hosting of the Pre-68 Championship.
In race one, Graves (750cc Triumph Metisse) took the holshot, followed closely by Red Marley Hill Climb 350cc class runner-up Mitchell Harris (500 BSA), and Gene Womack (545 Jawa Metisse). By the end of lap one, the positions remained, with Matt McCulloch (360 CZ), Nick Archer (500 BSA) and Glenn Davey (250 CZ) rounding out the top-six.
By lap three, Davey was ringing the proverbial neck of the 250 in pursuit of Womack, having passed McCulloch and Archer to take up fourth position.
On the final lap, Graves’ consistent ride awarded the current series champion with his first win of 2017. Harris, however, had retired with machine issues, leaving Womack to take second place – Davey a close third.
Race 2 saw Graves fail to make the start-line, after the Interspan ignition on his Metisse had run out of charge in the previous race – Archer suffering the same fate for similar reasons. This left the door open to the rest of the pack, and Harris took the bull-by-the-horns, occupying the lead by the end of lap one, with Womack in second place.
By the penultimate lap, Davey, in third, and Chris Collins (500 BSA), were both charging after the leaders. This time, Davey managed to pass Womack and pushed on to catch Harris, leaving Collins to battle with Womack.
By the final lap, Davey had caught Harris, who appeared to shut off moments before the finish line, almost unaware of Davey’s presence. That said, Harris took the win – just – with Womack a consistent third, Collins in fourth.
In race three, it was Womack who got off to a quick start, followed by Graves, Collins and Trevor Eadon (441 BSA). Davey made all of three corners until this chain parted company with the rear sprocket of his CZ. McCulloch suffered machine issues too.
Graves took the lead by lap two, with Womack and second and Collins third. Sam Appleton (441 BSA Metisse) overtook Eadon to move up to fourth, followed closely by Archer.Further down the field, Harris was in seventh followed by Robert Twigg (500 BSA), and a close battle for ninth was ensuing between Colin Hutton (360 CZ) and Paul Crudgington (500 BSA).
On the final lap, Graves brought the big Metisse home to a second victory, with Womack in second and Collins third. Appleton had held on to fourth with Archer a close fifth. Davey and McCulloch limped home to salvage some points.
This meant Womack took the overall win, and he now leads the championship with 117 points, 2 points ahead of Graves in second, McCulloch sits in third on 97 points, Davey a close fourth on 96.
- Thanks to the Northampton Classic Club for organising another great event and for hosting the Pre-68 Championship for the first time
- The next round of the ClassicMXRider.com Pre-68 Championship will be at Maylandsea, Essex, hosted by the Pre-65 Motocross Club on Sunday 17th April 2016. See the full classic scrambles fixture calendar
|Race 1||Race 2||Race 3|
|1||Aaron Graves||Mitchell Harris||Aaron Graves|
|2||Gene Womack||Glenn Davey||Gene Womack|
|3||Glenn Davey||Gene Womack||Chris Collins|
|4||Nick Archer||Chris Collins||Sam Appleton|
|5||Matt McCulloch||Matt McCulloch||Nick Archer|
|6||Chris Collins||Robert Twigg||Trevor Eadon|
|7||Sam Appleton||Sam Appleton||Mitchell Harris|
|8||Trevor Eadon||Paul Crudgington||Robert Twigg|
|9||Paul Crudgington||Colin Hutton||Colin Hutton|
|10||Colin Hutton||Trevor Eadon||Paul Crudgington|
|11||Adam Paxton||Daniel Womack||Greg Speed|
|12||Pat Aldridge||Pat Aldridge||John Cash|
|13||Daniel Womack||Peter Jerred||Pat Aldridge|
|14||Bob Clarke||Bob Clarke||Daniel Womack|
|15||Peter Jerred||Peter Jerred|
|16||Robert Twigg||Matt McCulloch|
Championship points after round 2 @ Sproxton