In the Male 8s Ben Longley, Finley Hough and Leon Parker battled hard all weekend in mixed conditions against a super tough group of riders. Unfortunately battling Ben went out in the Quarters on Saturday so it was up to Finley and Leon to keep the grab some glory for FTB in the final, where they managed to secure 2nd and 3rd respectively. Sunday’s weather was a bit brighter but the racing was just as tough. Once again, Ben saw his race end in the Quarters again, but Finley and Leon hammered home another final with Leon took 2nd on the line from Finley who took 3rd. Finley now sits in 3rd overall with Leon sitting in 2nd place with 4 rounds to go.
Now the 9s saw the return of Gabe Simpson back from his broken collar bone, this weekend was about testing his fitness, and his commitment in the heat of battle, he passed both tests and made it all the way to the final which in this age group is an excellent achievement considering his time off the bike and still being in comeback mode. 5th in the Main was a perfect start on the road back to full fitness. Sunday was a mixed fortune day for Gabe, who smashed it all the way to the Semifinal, but he got boxed in on the start hill, and had to settle for the B final, which he duly went out and won, welcome back Gabe, you’ve been missed.
There is some talent on show in the Male 10s, with FTB’s Jensen Egan and Lewis Longley, who both rode very strong motos in a stacked group of riders. However, like his brother Ben, Lewis’ also went out at the Quarter Final stage, which left team mate Jensen to fly the flag for FTB in this age group. Jensen rode with speed and style into the main event, where he finished 6th overall for the day. Sunday saw a change in fortune for both riders ultimately resulting in them both being in the same Quarter, and drag racing down the last straight to battle for that all elusive 4th place. On this occasion it was Lewis just getting the better of Jensen to take 4th place in the Quarter and eventually a 2nd in the B Final. Male 10s is such a tough age group but Lewis and Jensen are real battlers.
Male 11 is another super tough group, and up and coming new FTB team rider Bailey Miller worked really hard throughout the weekend, in tough conditions to make it through to the quarters on both days, sadly just missing out on the Semis, but Bailey is progressing well, and it won’t be many more rounds before he is making Semi Finals and hopefully finals not long after that.
In the Female 11-12s Hannah Hedges had a tough weekend, after making a great start to the season she struggled at Manchester in really tough conditions. Unfortunately Hannah got moto’d on both days (first time ever!). But she’ll be back raring to go at Braintree for the next national event.
Onto the Male 12s where Leon Parker-Livesey was battling hard all weekend. Super strong riding on Saturday put him in contention for another win, but leading the main into the last turn he unclipped and had to settle for 4th overall, disappointed, but huge positive knowing that he almost won but for his pedal letting him down. Sunday was back to business for Leon, no messing around just wins, and then a fantastic final saw him take 2nd overall, and into 2nd spot in the UK National Series Standings.