Sun Shines on Wasps final round of wintern series for 2013 at Highley

The Warley Wasps held their final round of the Winter Series at Highley just outside Bridgnorth last Sunday.  With the weather uncommonly mild for this time of year, riders were all treated to amazing conditions and yet another one of Nigel Bache’s meticulously prepared tracks.  The new start and revised layout for this meeting was complimented by Highley’s loose sandy soil plus all the additional work completed on the jumps made for some great spectating with the triple step down proving to be a particular favourite with the riders.

With everyone carving fantastic lines in the super soft terrain, practice turned into a freight train of riders all on the gas and enjoying the conditions.  It wasn’t long before the berms began forming nicely as the track bedded in for the day’s racing ahead.

In the Auto’s action, it was young Tyler Smith who emerged with the overall victor on the day after 3 great rides on the full track ahead of regular front runner Joe Brookes in second and Tyler Shedden bringing it home for his well deserved 3rd overall.

Junior pilots were in great form and none more so than Hedley Longford who showed impressive speed all day to fend off the intentions of another regular front runner, the charging Ben Watkins on his KTM in second.  Young Harvey Matthews put in a great consistent showing for his 3rd overall on the day.

Honours in SW85’s belonged to the fast improving Luke Woodhouse.  Woodhouse was ultra quick out the gate in every race and nicely managed to get himself a comfortable margin over Dominic Lancett who took a well fought 2nd place ahead of another frequent wasps podium lad Joseph Davies on his KTM in third.

BW85’s battled typically hard all day for position with no quarter given as per usual! At the end of the day it was the KTM of Jordan Riley that emerged with the victory although on this occasion he didn’t get it all his own way after a small crash in the second outing.  Suzuki pilot Nathan Bache had every intention of mixing it up where he could and rode very well for his second overall ahead of recent BW85 rookie, Brooklyn Evans in third on his KTM.

In the Seniors, Brad Freeman chose to ride his 2 stroke machine for Highley and as anticipated showed once again, devastating pace that nobody could really match as he produced 3 superb rides for his maximum on the day.  Behind Freeman Jake Ford & Kieran Cooke were never far apart as they battled for the runner up spot.  Both were really lucky to escape injury in the 2nd race as Ford miscued the double in the lower part of the track in spectacular fashion and Cooke, already mid-flight & committed behind, had nowhere to go but into the carnage of Fordy’s cartwheeling Kawasaki.   Thankfully Cooke got to his feet quickly and put on an impressive charge back through the pack to the flag.  Ford took a somewhat bigger impact but eventually got to his feet and limped back to the paddock to begin work on a pretty twisted up bike.  It ended Freeman 1st, Cooke in 2nd & Elliot Hawkes taking a great 3rd overall and capitalizing on Ford’s mishap.

The Warley Wasps held their final round of the Winter Series at Highley just outside Bridgnorth last Sunday.  With the weather uncommonly mild for this time of year, riders were all treated to amazing conditions and yet another one of Nigel Bache’s meticulously prepared tracks.  The new start and revised layout for this meeting was complimented by Highley’s loose sandy soil plus all the additional work completed on the jumps made for some great spectating with the triple step down proving to be a particular favourite with the riders.

 

With everyone carving fantastic lines in the super soft terrain, practice turned into a freight train of riders all on the gas and enjoying the conditions.  It wasn’t long before the berms began forming nicely as the track bedded in for the day’s racing ahead.

 

In the Auto’s action, it was young Tyler Smith who emerged with the overall victor on the day after 3 great rides on the full track ahead of regular front runner Joe Brookes in second and Tyler Shedden bringing it home for his well deserved 3rd overall.

 

Junior pilots were in great form and none more so than Hedley Longford who showed impressive speed all day to fend off the intentions of another regular front runner, the charging Ben Watkins on his KTM in second.  Young Harvey Matthews put in a great consistent showing for his 3rd overall on the day.

 

Honours in SW85’s belonged to the fast improving Luke Woodhouse.  Woodhouse was ultra quick out the gate in every race and nicely managed to get himself a comfortable margin over Dominic Lancett who took a well fought 2nd place ahead of another frequent wasps podium lad Joseph Davies on his KTM in third.

 

BW85’s battled typically hard all day for position with no quarter given as per usual! At the end of the day it was the KTM of Jordan Riley that emerged with the victory although on this occasion he didn’t get it all his own way after a small crash in the second outing.  Suzuki pilot Nathan Bache had every intention of mixing it up where he could and rode very well for his second overall ahead of recent BW85 rookie, Brooklyn Evans in third on his KTM.

 

In the Seniors, Brad Freeman chose to ride his 2 stroke machine for Highley and as anticipated showed once again, devastating pace that nobody could really match as he produced 3 superb rides for his maximum on the day.  Behind Freeman Jake Ford & Kieran Cooke were never far apart as they battled for the runner up spot.  Both were really lucky to escape injury in the 2nd race as Ford miscued the double in the lower part of the track in spectacular fashion and Cooke, already mid-flight & committed behind, had nowhere to go but into the carnage of Fordy’s cartwheeling Kawasaki.   Thankfully Cooke got to his feet quickly and put on an impressive charge back through the pack to the flag.  Ford took a somewhat bigger impact but eventually got to his feet and limped back to the paddock to begin work on a pretty twisted up bike.  It ended Freeman 1st, Cooke in 2nd & Elliot Hawkes taking a great 3rd overall and capitalizing on Ford’s mishap.

 

The recently crowned 2013 AMCA MX2 Champion Jack Cox was a welcome entrant in the AMX class demonstrating just why he owns that title with very impressive speed as he styled his way around the track.  Cox took 3 convincing wins on the day ahead of 2nd place man KTM mounted Josh Chapman.  Chapman’s continues to gain strength every outing as he fights his way back from a wrist injury.  3rd on the day went to KTM runner Jordan Saunders on his 250F.

The Vets/EVO class at Highley was owned by local Bridgnorth man John Evans on his Honda.  Evans made usual light work of the circuit to take another great overall victory ahead of the consistent riding Gary Skelding in 2nd and Kawasaki man Laurence Edmonds in 3rd.

 

Auto’s

1.       Tyler Smith

2.       Matt Tolley

3.       Tyler Shedden

 

Juniors

1.       Hedley Longford

2.       Ben Watkins

3.       Harvey Matthews

 

SW85

1.       Luke Woodhouse

2.       Dominic Lancett

3.       Joseph Davies

 

BW85

1.       Jordan Riley

2.       Nathan Bache

3.       Brooklyn Evans

 

Senior

1.       Brad Freeman

2.       Kieran Cooke

3.       Elliot Hawkes

 

AMX                                                     

1.       Jack Cox

2.       Josh Chapman

3.       Jordan Saunders

 

Vets/Evo

1.       John Evans

2.       Gary Skelding

3.       Laurence Edmonds