The British Cycling BMX national
Series headed back up North to Manchester for rounds 6 & 7,after visiting Manchester indoor track it was the turn of Platt Fields to host the penultimate 2 rounds.
Practice went down on the Saturday and so did Aggro Racings Taylor Andrews…hard,a slipped chain saw him face first into the first jump,out cold for a bit before coming round with short term memory loss,stretchered off and a trip to hospital,CT scans and X rays passed him clear to leave and support his team mates,a slight reminder of the risks these kids take when riding.
Cruisers as usual started the day with current National & British Champion Oli Cutmore staking a claim on retaining his national title,the motos went well and a surprise in the cruiser line up against him was Crupi’s Jimmy Orena,Oli qualified for the final with two first places sandwiching a 2nd,unfortunately he didn’t get the best start in his final which he’d been getting in the motos but a charge down the last straight saw him get a 2nd on day 1.
Next up was James King in the 12’s,James wasn’t looking too happy all day with the track but managed to qualify for the quarter final,a 3rd place saw him progress to the semi but unfortunately a squeeze in the first turn saw him finish in 6th,giving him a ‘B’ final,a good ride in that final placed him 2nd.
The 13’s saw Myles Fisher Cruise into the quarter final with consistent moto results,a solid 3rd in his quarter pushed him into the semi but losing grip as he gated left him in 8th,Myles went into the B final and finished with a close 6th on the line.
Josh Legrove was another struggling to get to grips with the track,he just managed to get out of his motos,but unfortunately didn’t progress from the next round.
Ryan Hutchinson looked to have the track sussed in the 15s,advancing into the semi with a 2nd,3rd & a 1st,again things didn’t go his way in the semi as he qualified in 5th but did manage a decent 2nd place in his B final.
Willis White continued to impress in his motos with a 1st & two 2nd’s,an awesome 2nd place in his Semi progressed him to the final and although he wanted more had to settle for a 5th.
In the 15/16 Girls Kelsey Dixon managed to make the semi final with some consistent finishes,a poor gate in the semi left her in 7th but pull a move in the first turn to put her in contention,a 5th place was the outcome aling with a good 3rd place in her respective B final too.
Oli Cutmore was in amongst the mix in the biggest class..the 17-29,brilliant finishes in the motos with a 3rd and two first places,quarters were up and he sneaked a 3rd to advance again to the semi where he stole a 4th place,on to the final and the gate with a trademark first turn move but unfortunately getting squeezed and doing well to stay on the track on the second straight finishing in 8th.
Beth Campbell’s persistence paid off with another place in the Championship Women final,a crash in front of her left Beth with nowhere to go except straight into the mayhem,a 7th place finish was her final placing.
Sunday and day 2 round 7 started brightly,the sun made an appearance throughout and the racing didn’t disappoint either,Cutmore advanced on his previous days results,winning 2 out the 3 motos,he found himself in 2 all the way around the final until he went for a move,the 1st & 3rd place riders collided and Cutmore cleared up the pieces finishing with a win.
James King was desperate to make the A final,consistant moto results and a 3rd in the quarter final put him into the semi where he managed a 5th,and 3rd in his B final.
Myles Fisher too was hoping to build on his Saturday result,a 4th,5th and a 3rd saw him into the quarters final where he grabbed a well deserved 4th,the semi final didn’t go as hoped for and a 7th place was the outcome and also the same position in the B final getting pipped on the line for 6th.
Josh Legrove made it out of the motos and into the quarter final,a poor choice of corners saw him finish in 7th and unable to progress to the next round.
Ryan Hutchinson made the semi final with some great moto results,two 2nd places and a 4th saw him progress and a 2nd in his semi final gave him a good gate choice in the final,unluckily for Ryan he unclipped just as he got to the bottom of the start hill and finished in 8th.
In the 16’s Willis White made the semi finals,a squeeze in the first turn dropped him back and could only manage a 7th,a B final was the outcome and was on for a win as two riders went down in front of him only to get a touch from one of them as they crashed,an unlucky 6th was where he finished.
Kelsey Dixon motos results earned her semi final place but got caught in a crash while challenging for a top 4 spot,a B final was the outcome and although the start was typically good she managed to leave enough room for a couple of riders to pass her,she finished in 5th place.
Oli Cutmore rose to the occasion on his 20″ again in 17-29,he breezed in to the quarters and won that with his usual style,a decent 3rd in the semi final gave him another place in the main,his gate in the final was good to stay in contention down the first straight,a brilliant lap saw him finish in 4th place overall.
Last on the list was Beth Campbell,four 4th places was enough to see her through to the Championship women final,as the gate dropped she stayed focused and within the front runners,a crash in the last corner looked like it was going drag Beth down again as it did on Saturday but she avoided the riders & bikes and finished in 3rd place overall and her first Championship Women podium.
All in all a great weekends racing,the next rounds take place in Gosport for the final rounds but before that Oli Cutmore & Kelsey Dixon head out to Belgium for the European Championships on the 11th July.
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