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GHP Factory Team

Manchester

 

GHP Factory Team

Manchester

 

There were some awesome results for the GHP team over the two day event in Manchester this weekend. with nearly 900 entries and some very strong Elite teams this year we knew nothing could be taken for granted. The supercross saw GHP’s Damien Godet take the win on Saturday night, which was a fantastic result with Greg Hill sending his congratulations from the U.S. Block 1 and day one saw British and National Champion Lightning Louise Abbott get the win in the ladies Cruiser class, not dropping a point all day, European No.3 Harry Tanner fought hard in a very tough class for a third place finish in the Male 9’s. Josh Chiziwa is one to watch for the future finishing 7th in the Male 10’s, with over 50 riders entered the class is tough. In the Male 11’s class Rupert Twitchett was on fire all day finishing a very respectable 4th with New Factory team mate Lucas Craik getting a fantastic 3rd place.

 

Lily Brindle and Sienna Harvey had it tough this weekend, with their race being more like a European round than a national, with European Champion and World No.4 Paula Kibare from Latvia making the trip and the Wolf sisters from Belgium on the sheets. Lily took it all in her stride and showed her world class potential pushing Paula all the way for a well deserved 2nd place finish, Super Sienna who lives 7 hours from the NCC and does not get to practice on the track much was excellent with a fine 4th place finish. without the Europeans it would have been GHP 1 & 2 on the podium. The girls 11 group is tough this year and Isla Harvey battled all day eventually winning the B Final, some great racing by this young girl today.

The bruisers on the cruisers were next with National No.2 Tom Whipham getting a well deserved 4th, Chris ”The bullett” Brant was looking very fast in his motos but ended up sliding out on the second berm and ending up with an early shower. Chris”007”Maddren was on fire all day and hit the podium with a third place finish. special mention on day one goes to young Taylor Yardley who battled like mad and finished with dreaded 5th in the quarters, so close Taylor, itll come kiddo. Block 2 saw some great riding with Keon Smith McDerermott smashing all his moto’s, winning the semi final and getting 2nd in the final, the kid should be called Mr Smooth as he glides over them jumps. The boys 14 saw another extremely talented rider on the track in Ethan Craik, Ethan was so unlucky not to make the final but made up by smashing the B Final, another new rider for the team showed just how good he can ride a bike in James Wilson, the former 4 X Elite racer was on fire in the Masters class finishing 4th in the final, in what is a very tough class indeed. National No.2 John Price was unlucky and wiped out in his first moto on track breaking his elbow, he was soon back trackside on sunday having a laugh with the team, we wish him a very speedy recovery. The 13 -14 year old girls were up next with team mates Molly Cranshaw and Lauren Anyon being at the younger end of the age limit, that didnt stop these two speed demons though, Molly pushing ODP rider Ellie Featherstone to the line in the semifinal and a photo finish for 2nd place and both hitting the final with Molly getting 5th and Lauren 3rd.

 

Willis White was looking fantastic all day finishing 6th in the final, what a rider this lad is, we can see some great results fror Willis this season. day 2 was a crazy day, we were running a trade stand in the hall and running back in to try and catch as much of the racing as possible. some great results again with Louise Abbott, again getting maximum points for the day with a fantastic win  in the ladies cruiser final. Harry Tanner was on the podium again with 3rd, Chris 007 Maddren was on fire and hit the 3rd spot again, Chris the bullet Brant, was on fire until getting tangled up on the 3rd straight and wiping out a roller, his forks and both wheels but like the Barnsley Terminator he is, he got up dusted himself off and said ” I’ll be back”. Keon Smith McDermott won all his races and was looking like an unstoppable machine but went high on the first berm in the final letting Matty Gilston through and having to settle for 3rd, great racing by Keon though. Ethan Craik made the main in the boys 14’s, again looking the class rider that he is, finishing a well deserved 4th. Rupert ” The Rocket” Twitchett made the final with a great 3rd place finish with brother Felix finishing 8th, these two boys are something else. The girls were up next with Lauren Anyon going unbeaten all day in the girls 13-14 class, Molly Cranshaw showed why shes on the factory team with a display of great racing, both made the final with Lauren taking the win and Molly finishing 5th, great results from these two as they were the only 2 girls from the younger age group to make the main (and win) in a very tough class. Overall the weekend was as expected, great team spirit, a lot of laughs and shenanigans going on in the team tent(ask Rob Hawker) and we can’t wait until we get to Birmingham. Well done to all the team you have all performed fantastic. See you in Brum

 

 

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