MXY2 Championship leader talks to MXGB!

07 July 2010

Leading at the mid point in the season, Team Green Kawasaki rider Connor Walkley is having his best year ever and now leads the MXY2 class together with the ACU's second important championship, the BYMX series. Whilst the BYMX is held over seven rounds, the MXY2 class in the ACU Maxxis series is different - much different!

Held over one day and to a large extent mirroring the MX1 and MX2 classes, there is no room for error. Free practise, Timed Training and then two sharp 16 minute motos is the order. Generally the person who stands on the top step of the podium in this class has to finish in the first three in each moto. Bradley Pocock (Bike it Cosworth Yamaha) took a narrow lead after the opening round of MXY2 at Mallory Park in March, but subsequently broke his leg in free practise at round two. This left Walkley virtually unchallenged and with confidence rising at each race, the teenager from South Wales notched up five straight moto wins at the recent BYMX round in Cumbria where we asked him about his season.

"Yes, this has been my goal since the start of the season and at Lyng I scored a first and second which gave me the overall win and the red plate. Hopefully I can continue this form for the rest of the year and win the championship and then go onto the MX2 class and get a pro ride for next year, and see how far I can go then. I am also an ACU Academy rider and this helps me a lot with fitness and bike time. We also have the benefit of working with Mark (Hucklebridge) and Jerry the Dietition which helps a lot. I have been riding with much more confidence in recent times and again my dad has been taking me out riding a lot more which helps even more. I find the two championships completely different, but both enjoyable. The two race format of the Maxxis is different to the five races of the BYMX, but I have got used to both now".

Connor will be riding in the MXY2 class, with the red plate at Foxhill on July 26th and has recently been tipped for a team ride in the MX2 class next season. We thank him for taking time out to talk to us and we wish him luck for the rest of the season.