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Nicholls on top at MX Nationals

Nicholls on top at MX Nationals
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PR- The second leg of round two of the 2018 Michelin MX Nationals British Championship again provided an day of excellent, hard-fought racing under glorious sunshine, with a seamless running programme.

Today, the Pro Fastest 40 MX1 and MX2 riders put the newly reworked Preston Docks track to test for the first time, with two 25-minute-plus-two-lap motos. Both Honda-mounted; Jake Nicholls and Josh Gilbert claimed the wins in their respective classes, with Elliott Banks-Browne, Micky Eccles, Ryan Houghton and Lewis Tombs in the top three mix.

The rest of the packed-out classes had already put in two races apiece on Saturday, and today completed their third and fourth sets.

Richard Bird once more came on strong in the Expert MX1 class to take two moto wins ahead of Brad Cavill in the first, and Ryan Crowder in the second. The MX2’s proved to be a mixed bag with Jason Meara the only rider to feature on both race podiums, but didn’t make it to the overall top three.

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Aiden Christie and Jamie McCarthy dominated the Clubman MX1, whilst local wildcard Lewis Parkinson was on top form in the MX2 group with Kristopher Rea (brother of World Superbike champ Jonathan Rea) in third overall.

Aaron-Lee Hanson and Joel Rizzi completely blitzed the pack in MXY2 and MXY1 classes, taking a clean sweep and leading their respective class championships.

In the youngest category; Jack Grayshon’s BW85 dominance was blighted slightly when he stalled his machine within sights of the finish line on the opening lap of the second race, he recovered though to take fourth and was awarded the overall on the day. In the small wheel category, it was Leeds-based Bailey Johnston all the way, with Boston Gilbert putting in a consistent performance to take two thirds and third overall on the day.

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Results (top three per class);

Pro MX1
Race 1: 1. Jake Nicholls, 2. Elliott Banks-Browne, 3. Micky Eccles
Race 2: 1. Jake Nicholls, 2. Ryan Houghton, 3. Elliott Banks-Browne
Overall: 1. Jake Nicholls 50, 2. Elliott Banks-Browne 42, 3. Micky Eccles 38
Championship: 1. #45 Jake Nicholls, Buildbase Honda 100, 2. #44 Elliott Banks-Browne, Geartec Husqvarna 82 , 3. #148 Micky Eccles 82, Manchester M/Cs Husqvarna

Pro MX2
Race 3: 1. Josh Gilbert, 2. Brad Anderson, 3. Lewis Tombs
Race 4: 1. Josh Gilbert, 2. Brad Anderson, 3. Lewis Tombs
Overall: 1. Josh Gilbert 50, 2. Brad Anderson 44, 3. Lewis Tombs 40
Championship: 1. #1 Brad Anderson, Verdesports Substance KTM 94, 2. #3 Josh Gilbert, Honda Adventure Centre 76, 3. #66 Lewis Tombs, Planet Husqvarna 60

Expert MX1
Race 3: 1. Richard Bird, 2. Brad Cavill, 3. Zac Stealey
Race 4: 1. Richard Bird, 2. Ryan Crowder, 3. Steve Bixby
Overall: 1. Richard Bird 100, 2. Ryan Crowder 82, 3. Steve Bixby 68
Championship: 1. #157 Richard Bird 157, 2. #146 Ryan Crowder 144, 3. Zac Stealey 122

Expert MX2
Race 3: 1. Jason Meara, 2. Josh Coleman, 3. Tom Grimshaw
Race 4: 1. Finley Rossi Beard, 2. Ben Franklin, 3. Jason Meara
Overall: 1. Jamie Wainwright 79, 2. Tom Grimshaw 79, 3 Ben Franklin 72
Championship: 1. #61 Tom Grimshaw 146, 2. #10 Jason Meara 133, 3. #661 Josh Coleman 115

Clubman MX1
Race 3: 1. Aiden Christie, 2. Jamie McCarthy, 3. Harry Fletcher
Race 4: 1. Aiden Christie, 2. Jamie McCarthy, 3. Guy Prince
Overall: 1. Aiden Christie 97, 2. Jamie McCarthy 89, 3. Guy Prince 71
Championship: 1. #15 Aiden Christie 158, 2. #41 Guy Prince 135, 3. #37 Harry Fletcher 125

Clubman MX2
Race 3: 1. Lewis Parkinson, 2. Harry Foster, 3. Kristopher Rea
Race 4: 1. Lewis Parkinson, 2. Kristopher Rea, 3. Harry Foster
Overall: 1. Lewis Parinson 100, 2. Harry Foster 76, 3. Kristopher Rea 73
Championship: 1. #52 Harry Foster 142, 2. #290 Fabio Rizzi 118, 3. #323 Adam Pierce 115

MXY2
Race 3: 1. Aaron-Lee Hanson, 2. Callum Green, 3. Denny Rapson
Race 4: 1. Aaron-Lee Hanson, 2. Callum Green, 3. Josh Peters
Overall: 1. Aaron-Lee Hanson 97, 2. Callum Green 91, 3. Josh Peters 78
Championship: 1. #13 Aaron-Lee Hanson 159, 2. #49 Callum Green 138, 3. #712 Josh Peters 121

MXY1
Race 3: 1. Joel Rizzi, 2. Bobby Bruce, 3. Sam Price
Race 4: 1. Joel Rizzi, 2. Sam Price, 3. Kyle McNicol
Overall: 1. Joel Rizzi, 100, 2. Sam Price 80, 3. Bobby Bruce 78
Championship: 1. #912 Joel Rizzi 175, 2. #54 Dylan Spenser 125, 3. #57 Kyle McNicol 119

BW85
Race 3: 1. Jack Grayshon, 2. Sam Atkinson, 3. Jude Morris
Race 4: 1. Ryan Mawhinney, 2. Buster Hart, 3. Sam Atkinson
Overall: 1. Jack Grayshon 90, 2. Ryan Mawhinney 88, 3. Buster Hart 74
Championship: 1. #99 Jack Grayshon 72, 2. #15 Ryan Mawhinney 69, 3. #714 Vinnie Guthrie 54

SW 85
Race 3: 1. Bailey Johnston, 2. Arai Elcock, 3. Boston Gilbert
Race 4: 1. Bailey Johnston, 2. Ollie Colmer, 3. Boston Gilbert
Overall: 1. Bailey Johnston 100, 2. Arai Elcock 80, 3. Boston Gilbert 76
Championship: 1. #9 Bailey Johnston 72, 2. #6 Ollie Colmer 69, 3. #163 Ben Mustoe 58

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