MX Nationals heads to Sherwood for season opener
The MX Nationals British Championship will open its 2019 season over the weekend of the 2nd and 3rd of March, at Sherwood MX Park, Nottingham, located just northeast of Mansfield.
Once again, the Nationals will boast the largest number of competitors in any UK national championship, with 10 classes and over 300 riders eager to get out on track and race in the first high-profile British MX event of the year. MX Nationals offers a whole weekend of entertainment and racing for the entire family. It caters for Gaerne small-wheel and Wiseco big-wheel 85s, Talon MXY1/2, Moto Connection Elite Clubman MX1/Race FX Elite Clubman MX2, Rekluse British Expert MX1/Bell British Expert MX2 and the Prox Fastest Pro MX1/MX2. Whilst some classes race together, all are scored separately.
Sadly, the 2018 Pro MX1 champ, Buildbase Honda’s Jake Nicholls is ruled out of the opening round due to an ongoing injury sustained towards the end of last season. He will be substituted for round one by Lewis Tombs, who finished third overall in last year’s MX2 class. 2018 MX1 vice-champ Elliott Banks-Browne (Geartec Husqvarna) and third-placed Ryan Houghton (Rob Hooper Racing), both return to the championship with the same teams, as will the MX2 champ Josh Gilbert (Buildbase Honda). MX2 2018 series runner-up Brad Anderson (Verdesports Substance KTM) may be forced to sit out the opener, following his Hawkstone Park crash.
A number of 2018 MXN champions have moved class for 2019, with Expert MX2 winner Jason Meara stepping up to a 450cc and joining Richard Bird, the winner of the Expert MX1; the Clubman MX2 victor Harry Foster is moving over to Clubman MX1 alongside last year’s class champ Aiden Christie; and MXY1 winner Joel Rizzi makes the move to the adult ranks, contesting the Expert MX2. Meanwhile, over in the Youth sector, BW85 winner Ryan Mawhinney will take on the challenge of MXY1 and SW85 champ Ollie Colmer becomes a BW85 contender for the upcoming season.
The weekend schedule follows a similar pattern for every round, starting each Saturday with timed practice for each from 9am, and it’s then straight into the Experts, followed by the youth classes and Clubman. The Sunday will always kick off with Fastest 40 free and timed practice, and then the programme changes, according to venue, to allow all groups to finish early. The first Pro Race starts at 12pm and the presentation at 5.30pm
Spectator weekend tickets, representing amazing value for the level of racing on offer, are just £12 when bought in advance from www.mxnationals.co.uk or £15 on the gate. Children aged 12 and under go free. Camping is available from Friday onwards for only £10. There’ll be on-site facilities as well as refreshments and trade stands.
2019 MX Nationals Championship calendar
Round 1. March 2nd/3rd – Sherwood, Nottinghamshire
Round 2. April 20th/21st – Hawkstone Park, Shropshire
Round 3. May 18th/19th – Lyng, Norfolk
Round 4. July13th/14th – Canada Heights, Kent
Round 5. August 24th/25th – Cusses Gorse, Wiltshire
Round 6. September 21st/22nd – TBA
The Sherwood venue will be signposted from both the B6035 and A6075, the postcode for those wishing to use Satnav is NG21 9HL.
Further information is available at www.mxnationals.co.uk
Pic: Elliot Spencer