After taking care of business at Manchester Charlotte Green was looking to keep the momentum going in Championship women. Saturday she won her first moto, then easily cruised through the next motos transferring to the final in second seed. The final saw her get an awesome snap and she powered into the hole shot, leading the lap all the way to the last straight where Beth Shriever, who’d been chasing her down the whole lap, railed the corner and pulled up next to Charlotte and after a great drag race to the finish our girl was taken on the line and pushed back into the two spot. Sunday went pretty much the same way as Saturday, with Charlotte going about things in her usual business like fashion, her gate and fist straight power was untouchable, her winter training was paying off dividends seeing her progressing out of the motos easily. The final ran in a pretty similar way too, Charlotte leading things out, only to be passed by Beth again before the line. A win is coming soon and we’re pretty sure it’s going to be in Scotland on a track that suits her down to the ground.
Our Superclass duo of Rhys Wood and Billy ‘the Butcher’ Luckhurst were out in action and facing the big pro section. Rhys didn’t have the best Saturday, he got some great first straights, but he was getting caught in the first corner and shut down, or caught in cross winds, so he just couldn’t get the pro straight done cleanly. Sunday was a great improvement for Rhys though, he was looking far more assertive in the first berm, combined with his great first straight he was pulling to the front of the pack and getting cleanly though the pro section, this saw him through to the semi finals. Unfortunately his luck ran out there, things got busy in turn one and he lost a little bit of speed, but he went for the big gaps anyway, he didn’t make it and struggled to get out of his clips sending him crashing down hard. His ribs were still sore days later, but he’s got a few weeks to recover before he has to race Cumbernauld. Big Billy was on fire all weekend, he loves Birmingham, and the fans and photographers love Billy, he was sending it to the moon in practice and occasionally in racing, getting the T bogs, turn downs and X ups out, check out social media from the event it’s all there! In racing Billy was on it too, in his first moto of the day on Saturday he managed to pull clear of the pack chasing GB team rider Paddy Sharrock round to finish in a great 2nd place, the second moto was the complete opposite though, billy slid out in third place and hip checked the tarmac, luckily there was no harm done, but he did enough in his 3rd moto to make it through to the semis. Bill had the last gate pick and ended up in 8, but he rode a sensible race, railing the first berm, then sneaking down the inside of the the pro section past 3 riders, putting him into 4th place and a qualifying spot for the final, which he held to the line. A rider flipped the gate in the final putting Billy off, he couldn’t get across despite all his efforts and came away with a 7th. Sunday saw Billy full of confidence, he smashed his first moto leaving everyone in his wake, so the pressure was off, then rounding the motos off with a 3rd and 2nd. The semi went pretty well for Bill, he slotted into 3rd place and the fight for the final qualifying sport behind him allowed him room enough to cruise it through safely to the main event. Billy, proving he is just as big kid as the children on the team went cardboard box sledging (and Instagrammed it) to warm up for the final, but his luck ran out, he crashed out down the first straight, but making the final both days in the top class was good points for the team and his overall ranking.