Ashton lines-up Landrake!

05 September 2019

Go Back You could be forgiven for thinking that Ashton Dickinson (Craigs Motorcycles KTM) has come from nowhere to establish himself as an MX2 front-runner in this year’s Maxxis ACU British Motocross Championship supported by Pro Clean – but you’d be wrong!

The 20-year-old from Leeds – who could secure fifth in the championship at the final round at Landrake on September 22 – has spent virtually his full racing career based Stateside at the Millsaps Training Facility in Georgia.

However, competing in the UK and Europe has always been his primary goal and after finishing 12th in last season’s series he’s charged up the championship ladder.

Visa problems prevented Ashton from spending the off-season at MTF as usual so instead he headed to Spain to escape the British winter.

“Actually, I think it helped me a lot more than America would have just because the tracks are a lot more similar to what we’re racing in England,” said Ashton. “It was a blessing in disguise.”

Ashton came out swinging in terrible conditions at the opening round at FatCat in early March, holeshotting the first moto and leading for a couple of laps. His 6-17 scorecard was only good enough for 11th overall but it was sufficient for him to re-evaluate his goals.

“Me and my dad always sit down before each season and talk about what we want and where we want to be by the end and at the beginning we were saying that top 10 would be good. After FatCat we changed our goal and started looking at the top five.”

On paper this new target may have looked unrealistic on the back of one good moto but solid scores at Lyng and Canada Heights kept the momentum going before he arrived at Blaxhall for round four where he took his first-ever Maxxis overall podium finish.

“Blaxhall was unreal. I had a bit of luck but that’s part of racing. I didn’t know when I came off the track after the second race where I’d finished and my mum told me I’d got third overall and at first I thought she was joking. I enjoyed the moment, definitely.”

Since then Ashton’s continued to make his presence felt with a string of solid finishes and he’s determined to sign off on a high at the eighth and final round at Landrake.

“I’m going to be looking for good starts and then I’ll try and stay at the front. If I pull a holeshot I want to stay there for as long as possible and hopefully even keep it for the whole race. I need to keep that mentality that I need to win.”

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