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Race report: Wembley Arenacross

Race report: Wembley Arenacross
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PR- The barnstorming final of 2018 Power Maxed Arenacross Tour held at The SSE Arena, Wembley this evening, again demonstrated just why it is one of the most entertaining and fastest growing indoor motorcycle championships in Europe.

A massive turnout for the increasingly-popular track walks set the tone for the evening with hundreds of fans eager to soak up everything AX had to throw at them. The antics of the AX Freestyle crew kept the carnival atmosphere bubbling along in the arena, which was a welcome distraction from the tension in the paddock, and FMX crew chief Dan Whitby was speechless when he was presented with an award for his 100th show

I-Fly JK Yamaha’s Dan Reardon carried his morning qualifying speed through to the Pro heats to take first pick on the start gate. Charles Lefrancois (Buildbase Honda) set the fastest Hot Lap time and collected six points, whilst Cedric Soubeyras (Team FRO Systems) collected a championship-changing four. The always-entertaining Head-to-Head, aka the Greedy-demolition-derby saw Elliott Banks-Browne, Jack Brunell and Ashley Greedy all safely through to the Main Event, whilst Matt Bayliss won the vote of the fans, by a considerable margin, to lay claim to the final place.

The Pro Main Event was unusually incident-free, but with so much at stake for the leading duo of Soubeyras and Ramette, it was always going to be fraught. Aussie Reardon shot off the line, followed by Ramette, Soubeyras and Buildbase Honda’s Fabien Izoird, and was in a class of his own. Back markers came into play at around two thirds race distance, and Izoird did his utmost to catch Soubeyras, but didn’t upset the order of play. The chequered flag fell on Reardon and his first AX win, with Soubeyras in third and the championship finally his.

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Said an ecstatic Soubeyras; “I’m in a dream I wanted it so badly. All day I’ve been trying to relax and not think about it, but it’s been difficult. I knew in my mind that I had to beat Thomas in the hot lap and then I knew it would be enough to finish behind him in the race. Now it’s starting to sink in, I’m really, really happy.”

Second overall and second in the championship, the three-time AX champ Ramette, commented; “I made a mistake on the quad, but that’s racing. I’ve won it three times!”

Winner on the night, Reardon added; “I’ve had an awesome time with the Tour and hope to come back and give it another shot. It’s been tougher than I imagined but, in true Aussie style, I never gave up. My I-Fly JK Yamaha team have been brilliant and we pulled it all together tonight.”

Pro Main Event
1. Dan Reardon, 40 points
2. Thomas Ramette, 36
3. Cedric Soubeyras, 32
4. Fabien Izoird, 30
5. Adam Chatfield, Team Green Holeshot Kawasaki, 28
6. Charles Lefrancois, 26

Pro Overall
1. Dan Reardon, 42 points
2. Thomas Ramette, 36
3. Cedric Soubeyras, 36
4. Charles Lefrancois, 32
5. Fabien Izoird, 30
6. Adam Chatfield, 28

Pro Championship
1. Cedric Soubeyras, 142 points
2. Thomas Ramette, 139
3. Charles Lefrancois, 115
4. Fabien Izoird, 111
5. Dan Reardon, 107
6. Adrien Escoffier, 89
7. Cyrille Coulon, 77
8. Hugo Basaula, 73
9. Adam Chatefield, 66
10. Jack Brunell, 51

Team Championship
1. Buildbase Honda, 233 points
2. SR75 World Suzuki, 219
3. Team FRO Systems, 193
4. I-Fly JK Yamaha, 149
5. MVR-D St Blazey Husqvarna, 137
6. Team Green Holeshot Kawasaki, 117
7. Shocktech Kawasaki, 73
8. Geartech Husqvarna, 48
9. RFX Suzuki, 44
10. GL12 KTM, 12

The Pro Lites second race was red flagged and declared null and void due to an accident involving Harry Kimber. Joe Clayton (Team Green Holeshot Kawasaki), Jason Meara (I-Fly JK Yamaha) and Chris Bayliss (Wooldridge Demolition) rounded out the first race podium, and the results of that one race went towards the overall championship. Clayton’s dominance in the series took him to a convincing championship win with 256 points over Bayliss on 225 and Meara on 207.

Pro Lites Final 1
1. Joe Clayton, 20 points
2. Jason Meara, 18
3. Chris Bayliss, 16
4. Harry Kimber, 15
5. Billy King, 14
6. George Clarke, 13

Pro Lites Championship

1. Joe Clayton, 256 points
2. Chris Bayliss, 225
3. Jason Meara, 207
4. Harry Kimber, 163
5. Scooter Webster, 163
6. Ben Clayton, 154
7. Billy King, 147
8. George Clarke, 141
9. Ben Burridge, 136
10. Josh Greedy, 128

The 2018 Power Maxed Arenacross team will now regroup and make plans for next season’s return to the arena track – watch this space 

Words and pic: AX UK

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