Race Reports

Derby SSquared

Birmingham - Rd 3&4

With Round 3&4 of the British BMX series taking place over the weekend at our Midland neighbours Birmingham BMX Track, the team were nearly up to full strength with only a couple of riders missing.
Our youngest rider Max Clare, started off with some great moto results in the 8’s but couldn’t convert that important semi final to put him into the main with a 5th place, however come Sunday he was even more keen! He looked to pick up where we left on Saturday and made it through the motos, quarters and into the semi this time taking that all important 4th place. His final didn’t go to plan ending in an 8th place but he had the biggest smile and that’s all that mattered!
Our newest rider on the team Zach Reeves was also mixing it up. He’s so new to the team his jersey is still in the post, however that didn’t make any difference as he set about his first national weekend. Zach’s gutsy performance proved some strong moto results however wasn’t quite enough to make it through to the quarters. Still a great weekend from the youngster.
Zak Greene had to work for it in the 9’s. He easily made it through to the quarters on both saturday and Sunday, however Saturday saw him slacking a bit and couldn’t make that 4th place in the semi with a 7th so had to settle for a B final. Sunday saw the return of the “Zak Attack” looking convincing and taking a moto win in moto 2. Making the quarters and the semi with both 3rd places he had made his 3rd main of the year taking 6th.
The 11’s saw Jack Boocock and Arthur Ellis in action. Arty is one fast and improving rider over the winter and we are sure his race results will only be a matter of time. He only raced round 3 and made it through to the quarters with a 5-4-4 unluckily taking an 8th place and not progressing further.
Jack had a sense of determination and was on fire with 1-1-2 in moto’s, he continued his form through the quarters and semis making his second main for 2016 with a 6th place. Sunday saw Jack easily making it through the Motos and quarters but couldn’t quite see the same form in the semi and went on to take a 6th place in the B final, shows how close this age group is!
Charlie Clare wasn’t in action this weekend as he’s currently recovering from injury but will be back firing for Scotland!
Josh Merchant, 13’s, is another one of our fast improving riders. He seems to have upped his game over the winter and it is starting to show. He started the weekend with a great 2nd place in his first moto and looked to gain confidence from there. Unfortunately round 3 saw him not make it past the quarters. Sunday’s motos were no different again starting with a second place in the opening moto and convincingly through to the quarters. However this time managing to battle out and make the important 4th place stick, taking him to his first semi final of the year. He couldn’t make that 4th place but battled hard to the line not giving an inch in the turns and showing real speed on the straights. He’s still waiting for that elusive A final but should be stoked with his 6th place in the B. Your time will come Josh!

BMX Widow #654 Zach Reeves
BMX Widow Max Clare

Alex Reade was up in the 14’s. Saturday saw Alex consistent with 3-4-3 in motos and 4th in the quarter and made it through to the semis but a crash meant he couldn’t reach the A final, so went onto take a creditable 4th place in the B final. Sunday was unlucky with good moto results of 4-4-2 but in the quarter a slip on the gate meant he needed to play serious catch, he battled hard and made up ground but couldn’t pass 4th so ended with the dreaded 5th place, his day was done and onto Round 5.
The 16’s saw both Poulter brothers back in action. Owen and Cameron were both on the track looking smooth and fast in motos both making it through to the quarters. With Owen taking 2nd and Cam 4th they were both through to the semis. They couldn’t quite find the move and had to settle for the B final. Both boys continued 100% effort and Owen put in his best 2016 result to date with a 3rd place and Cameron started his series with a 7th place finish.
Sunday saw them turn up the heat! Owen taking his opening moto win and Cam taking a second, they continued on to both make the quarters. They got the dreaded semi draw of both being in the same moto and also having a semi that looked as if it could be the main! With a host of World and Euro finalist riders both boys battled their hearts out to try make that top 4, however they just fell short with Owen in 5th and Cameron in 6th. They went on to put in great performances in their B final with Cam taking 3rd and Owen unfortunately crashing out to take 8th.
Our other 16’s rider Daniel Walker also found it tough, both days making it through to the quarters he took 6th place both times. He had better luck with 4 from 4 A finals in his cruiser class. Saturday saw Dan best results to date with both his first 2 motos taking second places, he then went one better with his first moto win and making the main and a 4th place. Sunday also saw him make the main but couldn’t make his ride stick but still took a valid 7th place.
The team now look to put some hard work in before heading North of the Border for the next rounds.

TT photos #23 Cameron Poulter
Smithy Photography #9 Zak Greene


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