Maximum Madness at Brookthorpe

Severn Valley had a last minute venue change to permit problems and came up trumps with the Brookthorpe circuit being like a childs playdoh playtrack, berms, ruts and braking bumps didn’t stop 6 riders getting class maximums. Opening race saw the AMX and Open put together but scored separately with domination from the two class winners battling together for the duration of the first race after a spill from Dan Thornhill on his CRF250 saw a last lap comeback to take the win, but Adam Harris was right there on his 250KX 2 stroke to give him the Open win. The pair dominated the class with Thornhill taking all 3 wins. Andrew Sherad and Lee Truman came through the pack to take the other podiums in the AMX while Rob Lewis battled with James White-Williams to secure 2nd over him in the open.
The Vets looked like it was going to be a clean sweep but for a mistake in the final encounter with Paul Longford taking the first two, not without challenge from Jamie Grindle who in turn was kept honest by Guy Longmead and Lee Barrett with Max Hendy up front in all his races initially but looking like fitness was his enemy. The final race going to a determined David Cooper in a race long battle with Grindle depriving him of the overall.
The pre 85 bikes took to the stage with some really exciting action and great interest from the crowd as they rubbed paint 3 abreast in the rutted corners with big 500 Honda of Carl Pope hitting the front in all the races only to be bumped back by the likes of Nick Selwyn and the number 27 Yamaha of Paul Kirby with the latter taking the overall.
As usual the novice line up was busting at the seams with Brodie Rogers looking to have the measure of the opposition winning the first 2 but a fall in the final left the door open for Ryan Thomas to take the overall, he managed to tie on points but lost out to Rogers by virtue of the highest place finish going in Rogers favour, consistent scoring put Tillings on his 450 Honda into 3rd just ousting last years champion Tom Herring back to 4th.
The seniors was a complete domination by Tyron Cleaver on his 2 stroke KTM, not headed all day showing great speed and style in his first season on the full size bikes and one to watch. Fighting hard to stay on terms Dan Wheeler just missed out on a brace of seconds with Josh Bishop beating him to second in the first race but had no answer to Wheeler’s speed in the other 2 having to settle for 3rd.
James Bates put on a fine display of riding to head across the line 1st in each of the big wheel 85 races with a much improved Ross Millard getting closer as each race went by to grab a comfortable second spot and another Wheeler, this time William keeping it in 3rd each time despite some competition from Grady Jones, Solly Carter and Ben Davis.
Small wheels was another domination this time Dom Lancett had the measure of Jayden Murphy with Murphy grabbing 2nd overall from from a tight battle for the remaining podium places, 3rd going to James Hyett and with only 4 points separating 2nd to 4th James Smith was unlucky not to have finished higher.
The anticipated battle between regular hotshots Charlie Palmer and Billy Duke lived up to its billing in the 65’s with Duke taking the advantage in race 1 only to fall handing the win on a plate to Palmer, Palmer then gaining the advantage in race 2 leaving Duke needing a win and his rival to be several positions further back to take the overall in the final race. Duke put in a gritty ride to hold off a determined Palmer at the flag but it wasn’t enough to stop Palmer getting the overall with Hedley Longford securing a comfortable third in each.
There was to be no stopping the flying Zach Dunton as he streaked away to a maximum 3 out of 3 in the auto’s but it was a close thing for the remaining podium places with the third of the Wheeler brothers,Oliver just being pipped by Ollie Havell but it could of gone eithe