MOTOCROSS: Motocross stars flocking to Foxhill for the British Championships (From This Is Wiltshire)
MOTOCROSS: Motocross stars flocking to Foxhill for the British Championships
The third round of the Maxxis ACU British Motocross Championship heads to Foxhill near Swindon on Sunday.
An entry of 120 riders will be in action, a field which will include no less than six international riders who have been away on GP duty for the past five weeks taking in rounds in Quatar, Thailand, Brazil, Italy and Bulgaria.
The Foxhill venue is sure to produce some exciting bar-to-bar action as the battle to claim the upper hand in the championship continues.
In the MX2 class, Latvian Matiss Karro has been a dominant force on the Wilvo Forkrent KTM taking four out of the six race wins so far this season, unfortunately two crash-filled races have stopped Karro from claiming the Red Plate.
That honour goes to Mel Pocock on the HM Plant Revo KTM UK machine, who has taken the overall victories at the opening two rounds and leads the series by a small margin of just two points.
Wild card entry Max Anstie will be looking to take all three race wins in a rare appearance at the Maxxis Championship.
The MX2 GP front runner on the Bike It Cosworth Yamaha will be using the meeting as a chance to gain yet more valuable race time on the all-new 2014 machine.
Other MX2 front runners include Scotland’s Bryan MacKenzie and young talent Adam Sterry who have already taken race wins this year, while South African Neville Bradshaw and Frenchman Steven Lenoir have already stepped onto the podium this year.
In the premier MX1 class, the battle at the top of the championship sees Scotland’s Shaun Simpson on the HM Plant KTM UK machine lead East Anglia’s Jake Nicholls on the Wilvo Forkrent KTM by just five points.
So far this season the racing has been extremely close with the pair taking five of the six race wins, with Dantac Husqvarna’s Nathan Watson claiming the other race win.
Foxhill also marks the second round of the Veterans Championship and at the opening round it was reigning champion, Phil Mercer on the IDS - Chambers KTM who took the overall victory by the narrowest of margins over Gloucester’s Brian Wheeler on the GL12 Racing Kawasaki .
Foxhill is situated three miles to the East of Swindon and will be sign-posted from the roundabout of the A419/B4192 junction near the village of Liddington.
The action starts with qualifying at 9am and the first of eight races at 12.15pm.
Admission prices, at the gate, are £20 for Adults £5 for Children under 15 and Children under 5 are Free, Family Tickets are available at £45.
The riders will be available to sign autographs for the general public between races, specifically at 11.15am to 11.45am.
The organisers have also arranged a free to enter competition for fans to win some championship branded clothing on the day.
For more information about the championship please visit www.mxgb.co.uk.