Foxhill Preview: Searle V Simpson & Sterry V Clarke!
The last round of the Maxxis British Championship takes place at Foxhill this Sunday! It has been one of the most exciting season in recent years. Heading into the last round both championships are still to play for, they will go right down to the wire!
In the MX1 class only eight points separate Tommy Searle and Shaun Simpson in the championship chase. Searle will be happy to race some hard pack for a change as the British races so far this year have been mostly sand, he will be confident for this weekend’s race. However, Searle did suffer from a big crash in Glen Helen so hopefully that won’t affect him to much this weekend.
Searle has had a very successful career but it’s hard to believe he has never won a title! It would be nice to see Searle win a British championship in his career. Searle has had a lot of bike problems throughout the course of the season that has held him back, he will be hoping for no problems this weekend as it would see his championship hopes go up in smoke.
Simpson on the other hand hasn’t had the best end to the season, it went downhill a little after the Assen GP. Of course, he rode brilliant there like he always does in the sand and won a moto before a couple of crashes in the second moto ruined any chance of the overall. Switzerland and the two US GP’s haven’t gone quite as well. Shaun did end up tenth in the overall championship which is solid, Searle ended up twelfth.
Heading into Foxhill, it’s honestly a tough one to call but I would give Searle the slight advantage as an eight point gaps could be enough.
The MX2 championship battle is even closer! Only one point separates Adam Sterry and Steven Clarke, it doesn’t get much closer than that! In terms of the championship race the momentum is currently with Sterry as he has won the last four rounds of the series. Sterry was also forced to miss the first round due to injury so has been playing catch up ever since.
This weekend the series hits the hard pack, Foxhill track. That is one of Steven Clarke’s favourite tracks and he is also much better in hard pack. Clarke has the experience of winning championships, he was impressive winning the EMX250 championship with the pressure on him at the final round at Lommel but he seems to thrive under the pressure.
Sterry has been racing the MX2 World Championship this year and that has clearly helped his speed but at times he has been up and down at the hard pack tracks. This weekend will be a big challenge for him and tougher than what some people may think. It’s unlikely that Sterry will compete in the British Championship during the 2017 season as he moves to the Factory Kawasaki Racing team, which is extra motivation for Sterry to clinch the title.
This Sunday promises to be a good last round of the series, let’s hope for some good racing and may the best guys on the day win the title!
Article: Andy McKinstry
Pic: Nigel McKinstry