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James Stewart

Round 2 Maxxis British Championship this weekend

After the excitement of the opening round of the Maxxis ACU British Championships down at Little Silver, the series now moves to Canada Heights in Kent with the second round taking place on the 27th March hosted by the Sidcup MCC.

The Kent circuit situated next to the M25 always produces superb racing across a circuit which features a mix of sand and clay, with the track designed on the side of a hill, spectators are able to get really close to the action.

In the MX2 class Zach Osborne who was dominating the opening two races at Little Silver was robbed of the overall after a cruel DNF in the final race. Osborne’s misfortune opened the door to his Bike It Cosworth Wild Wolf Yamaha team mate Arnaud Tonus to take the overall win. Big news going into round 2 is the unfortunate news the last years runner-up Jake Nicholls has broken his ankle while training for the Hawkstone International.

Route 77 MVR-D’s Matiss Karro is another rider who will be pushing for a race win as he gets to grips with the Honda. British hopes will be focused on DB Honda’s Elliott Banks-Browne as he hopes to improve on his fifth overall following a number of small crashes. Other MX2 riders to look out for will be Mel Pocock, Bryan Mackenzie, Luke Hawkins, Ray Rawson and Scott Elderfield all looking for strong results at this early stage of the season.

In MX1 Red Plate holder Shaun Simpson will be returning to the championship for another Wildcard ride and again hoping to produce a strong result. Simpson has a good record of results at the Kent Circuit. Joining Simpson as Wildcard entry is Sebastien Pourcel from the Factory Kawasaki Racing Team. Both Wildcard riders will be looking for strong results as they prepare for the Opening round of the FIM World Championship in Bulgaria. But the GP riders will not have it all their own way as a whole host of British Championship regulars will be battling for the win.

A disappointed Stephen Sword (pictured) will be out to make up the points lost at Little Silver after two DNF’s. Sword’s team mate Tom Church will be looking to close the gap on Simpson in the championship as he currently sits in second place. Jason Dougan on the Bike It Cosworth Wild Wolf Yamaha will be looking for more of the same, after producing a Moto win at Round one. Other riders to look out will be Brad Anderson, Kristian Whatley, Martin Barr, Gordon Crockard and Gert Krestinov.

Also competing at Canada Heights will be the MXY2 in the opening round of their championship. The MXY2 class features some of the brightest talents coming out of the Youth ranks, including the likes of James Dunn, Bradley Pocock, Ryan Houghton, Jake Millward, Dan Thornhill and Harry Snow. James Dunn will be coming into the opening round on top form after winning the opening round of the BYMX championship at Brampton last weekend (12/13 March).