SMXF Scottish National Championship Round 1, hosted by Caithness Motocross Club at Tain Motocross Track with kind permission from Peter Mackenzie
Photo: Alexander Brown - Courtesy AJW.MX.PICS
Finally the far north of Scotland was blessed with some good weather for the start of the SMXF Scottish National Motocross Championship with the MCF. The series kicked off in the deep sand of Tain with a new 2 day format which was welcomed by the excellent turn out.
After practice and qualifying the day started with the Autos. Rhys Whyment was out of the gate and first to the holeshot line followed very closely by Liam Bell. This class had some great racing between all of the riders, Bell took the overall with 4 victories. Roddy McGillivray was 2nd with a 3, 2, 2, 3 showing great consistency all weekend.
The next class to line up was the 65cc class. Lee Cameron took 3 holeshots and 3 wins to take the overall with Troy Flockhart getting 1 holeshot and his 1st championship race win aboard this 65cc machine. Euan Watson didn’t let them have it all their own way, he was right up there battling to the end to take 3rd overall.
The small and big wheel 85 classes were combined and proved to be one of the most entertaining. Logan Hendry on his big wheel took control of the group, the run away leader in all motos and overall winner for the weekend. Reece Dawson, Tyla Moir & Jack Winthrop had some very tight battles in all 4 motos. Ayden Smith was running away with the small wheel class until an injury sustained during race 3 cut his weekend short. Dylan Kerr showed great pace and took the overall.
In the Rookies class we had 2016 85BW champion Seth Moir take the first 2 holeshots but Owen Hendry got into his stride and took the win in the first 2 races. Mechanical difficulties forced Hendry to DNF race 3 but he was back to his winning ways for race 4. Moir took the win in moto 3 and the overall with Ewan Kermack close behind to take 2nd overall.
Alexander Brown dominated the MX2 class with 4 holeshots and 4 wins putting in a flawless demonstration of how the Tain circuit should be ridden. Gavin Maclean was impressive in 2nd place showing the winter practice has paid dividends. Jordan Kerr put in a strong performance to take 3rd overall.
Brown went straight from a 20 minute moto in MX2 to line up for another in the MX1 class. After winning race 1 and leading race 2 it looked like it was going to be a perfect weekend for him but mechanical issues forced him to pull out of moto 2. Jamie George, from Lossiemouth, aboard his Tom Adamson 450 Honda put in some very fast laps and never gave up, taking the win in moto 2 and the overall for the weekend putting him in a strong position ahead of round 2. Frazer Norrie exchanged Enduro for Motocross and took 2nd overall only 1 point behind George. Steven Smyth from Londonderry made the trip worthwhile taking 3rd overall and is 2 points behind Norrie.
Round 2 is being held at Duns Motocross Track on Saturday 22nd & Sunday 23rd April. For further information on the championship please go to the facebook page Scottish Motocross Federation (SMXF).