Buildbase boss Blaxhall!

11 May 2018

Go Back While Buildbase Honda’s Jake Nicholls was running away with his second Maxxis MX1 win in a row, Josh Gilbert – who races for the Honda Adventure Centre satellite team – came tantalisingly close to making it a double for Dave Thorpe in MX2 at last Sunday’s round of the Maxxis ACU British Motocross Championship supported by Pro Clean at Blaxhall.

Josh, son of top ’80s rider Andy, was 0.3 of a second away from a debut Maxxis race win in the opening moto and then came home third in race two. The result put him equal on points with Martin Barr but he lost out on a tie-break.

“It’s been a good day but annoying at the same time,” he said. “I had to take not winning the first race on the chin. In the second I had Martin [Barr] in front of me and I knew if I could get him I would have had the overall.

“I’m nearly there, just not quite. My fitness is good which showed in the first race when I put the hammer down in the last few laps – I felt really strong but it was a tough track to pass on.”

Although Josiah Natzke failed to score there was more good news for DT whose MXY2 rider Callum Green took the overall to lead the championship.

“I’m glad to finally get a win,” said the 18-year-old. “It’s my first Maxxis podium and even better to come away with the red plate. I stayed consistent and that’s what got me the overall. The first race I got a mint start – the second and third weren’t so good but I managed to pull through quickly.”

DT was delighted to see Jake take a double win.

“It’s been an amazing day,” he said. “It was Jake’s home race so there’s been a lot of pressure but he dealt with it well. He didn’t get flustered in qualification when he was fifth and his first race was faultless. It was textbook stuff – a great holeshot and he was gone.

“The second race he was very unlucky with the backmarkers but he still kept calm, kept on pushing and I’m absolutely delighted for him, Rob, Ry and the whole team – it’s been a really good British championship round.

“Josiah’s having a tough time at the moment. It’s really, difficult for him but I’m so pleased for Josh. After the last British championship we talked about a few things and everything we spoke about he implemented today. He was aggressive when he needed to be and fought right to the end and never gave in. He’s coming of age.

“And Callum’s had a brilliant day. We’re delighted for him. He’s a prospect for the future.”

Picture © Nuno Laranjeira

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