Halfway house!

13 July 2018

Go Back The Maxxis ACU British Motocross Championship supported by Pro Clean officially hit the halfway mark at Desertmartin at the end of June so nows as good a time as any to take a look at the state of play.

So far weve raced Culham, Canada Heights, Blaxhall and Desertmartin and weve got Duns, Hawkstone Park, Foxhill and Lyng still to come. Four mighty tracks down, four mighty tracks to go.

Lets start with the MX1 top five.

It looks likely that Tommy Searle (Bike It DRT Kawasaki) is going to wild card at every remaining round. That puts an over-sized cat among the pigeons but take him out of the equation and its still a level playing field and right at the front is

1st Jake Nicholls (Buildbase Honda)
176 points
The 28-year-old has never won a major adult title. Hard to believe but hes always chucked himself down the track racing GPs. He did pretty much the same at Desertmartin but, fortunately, he managed to walk away in one piece. Currently 19 points ahead, Jakes the man everyones shooting at.

2nd Evgeny Bobryshev (Lombard Express Suzuki with PAR Homes)
157 points
The big Russian, champion all the way back in 2010 with CAS Honda, is a machine and his GP credentials hes currently 11th in the world are an advantage. If youre racing Jeffrey Herlings most weekends it can only make you faster.

3rd Graeme Irwin (Hitachi ASA KTM UK)
147 points
The defending champion, Graeme won the opening round but has since discovered that theres some truth to the saying that its easier to win a title than to defend one. He showed what hes made of at Blaxhall when he raced with severe burns and was second at his home race at Desertmartin to reduce the gap to the leader to 29 points.

4th Elliott Banks-Browne (Geartec Husqvarna)
123 points
A two-time MX2 champion, EBB has suffered more than his fair share of injuries since trading up to a 450 but this year hes fit and hes flying. He hasnt won a race so far this season but hes got podium-topping pace

5th Ivo Monticelli (iFly JK Racing Yamaha)
116 points
On his day the 23-year-old Italian has top-10 GP pace and has impressed in his debut Maxxis season. A second-placed moto-two finish at Desertmartin helped him to his first overall podium so theres no doubt about his speed.

Okay, now lets check out the MX2 top five

1st Conrad Mewse (Hitachi ASA KTM UK)
188 points
Conrad is the man on a 250F in the UK at the moment. Hes won seven out of eight races in his first full Maxxis season and is showing no signs of stopping. As long as he stays upright and barring any mechanical problems hes a shoo-in for the title.

2nd Josh Gilbert (Buildbase Honda)
157 points
Laidback and affable, Josh has been a revelation this season with three overall runner-up finishes so far. Mewse and Martin Barr have kept him off the top step of the podium but the young Cornishman is perfectly placed to pounce if the series leader slips up.

3rd Mel Pocock (REVO Husqvarna UK)
142 points
The rapid redhead has been championship runner-up twice in his career and would love to go one better. Currently second in the EMX250 title chase, Mel knows its time to pick up the pace if hes finally going to claim that elusive Maxxis crown.

4th Liam Knight (Pope Racing KTM)
137 points
After finishing fifth in 2016, the Hampshire rider had a bad year in 2017 but hes back to his best this season with the highlight being a fantastic opening moto win at Blaxhall.

5th Martin Barr (REVO Husqvarna UK)
124 points
Overall winner at Blaxhall, the super-experienced 30-year-old from Northern Ireland is as tough as they come. His championship got off to a terrible start at Culham where he crashed hard and picked up an injury and hes suffered some bad luck this season but hes not a man who gives up and will push hard until the chequered flag drops on the final moto of the season.

Picture Image Rich Media

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