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FTB

Manchester

Factory Team Bikes

Manchester

A somewhat new looking FTB team took to the track at Rounds 1 & 2 of the BC National BMX Series, as 50% of the riders on the team this season are brand new. In fact, some of the team – James Clitheroe, Leon Parker, Finley Hough and Jensen Egan – had never raced at a national BMX event before. James Ciltheroe had an over the bar incident on day 1, but stormed back to take his very first national win at only his second national race. Leon Parker didn’t have the strongest gate or first straight in his age group, but made up for it with his track craft, picking riders off down the second and third straights to make it 2 national wins out of 2. Finley Hough, another national race scene debutant managed a very solid 4th place on day 1, but didn’t make the final on day 2. W8 Gabe Simpson put in a solid performance both days making both A-finals and coming in 4th and 3rd respectively. Lewis Longley is rocking a big fat number 30 on his plate for 2015 and his target this season was to make an A-final. On day 1, Lewis scored a personal best ever result at a national with a B-final win. Then on day 2 he made an even bigger leap forward by coming 5th in the A-final. Time to reset those season targets already! Jensen Egan was also making his national series debut after success on the SW regional . Day 1 was a steep learning curve as Jensen didn’t make a final. But he rallied on day 2 and managed 7th in the B-final. Ben Curling had a very uncharacteristic day 1 by coming 8th in the B-final.

Day 2 was business as usual for Ben and he got to stand on the 2nd step of the podium. Travis Wilson is one of the smoothest riders and what he lacks in brute strength he makes up for in skill. Trav didn’t make the cut on day 1, but managed an 8th in the B-final on day 2. Reigning British Champ Connor Hedges has some tough rivals in the ultra competitive 14 year old boys class. Manchester Indoor isn’t one of his favourite tracks either. A 4th on day 1 and a 6th on day 2 for Connor. Jason Egan is our man in Masters. He grabbed a 3rd in the B-final on day 1, but redeemed himself with a 6th in the A-final the following day. With Kim Baptista and Kim Bent missing this national, Emily Brannan was the team’s only female representative. Emily was consistent making the A-final both days, scoring a 6th place on day 1 and a 7th place on day 2. Billy Stupple came out of winter hibernation and has a mini Stupple on the way in a few months time. But Mr Air proved there’s still plenty of life in this old dog yet, with a 7th and a 4th in the B-final on both days. Keith Wilson, Oz Ricketts and Wilf Pickering all battled hard but things didn’t quite go their way at Manchester. Billy Brown, Adam Sweetman and Oli Sweetman were unable to make this race but should be on track at Birmingham. Ben Longley is still injured and Shaun Mangler Andrews was probably putting fires out somewhere in Suffolk but we hope to see him lighting up the track sometime soon.

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