It’s many congratulations to the 2020 AMCA British Motocross Champions. Also a very big well done to AMCA Events and all of the organising clubs in being positive and forward thinking to thus get the series on and done in what as surely been one of the most difficult years in living history for everyone concerned. Fingers crossed that 2021 will be far less stressful!!
In taking the crown it meant that Luke has now bagged an incredible 6 AMCA titles.Starting off with 121 points and 5th overall at Boraston in round one, the series then just got better and better for Luke. In the remaining three rounds he topped the podium in style, winning five moto’s along the way.
MX1 (Top ten) 1 Luke Burton (Geartec Honda) 553 points 2 Josh Waterman 509 (IDS Transport/Hardcore Racing Yamaha) 3 Ashley Greedy 502 (FUS Marsh MX Husqvarna) 4 Adam Chatfield 471 (Wulfsport/ Meredith MX Suzuki) 5 James Dodd 461 (JSR Thunderroad Honda) 6 Corie Southwood 446 (Langmead & Hay Kawasaki) 7 Tommy Alba 440 (The Grafix Shack KTM) 8 Neville Bradshaw 438 (500cc Honda) 9 Will Hughes 365 (SRH Racing) 10 Sean Wainwright 337 (Fast Eddy/ACE Suspension KTM).
Having initially planned to compete in the ACU this year, the Pandemic meant that Jamie had to have a change in direction and a return to the AMCA ranks. Defending his 2019 AMCA MX2 title, Jamie was simply on-fire throughout the four round series. In 12 moto’s completed he took victory in 10 0f those outings and went 3/2 in the remaining clashes, a truly great performance and worthy Champion!
MX2 (Top ten) 1 James Wainwright 592 points (Wainwright Plant & Haulage KTM) 2 Ryan Crowder 520 (Hazport/Sandiford KTM) 3 Henry Williams 506 (Apex KTM UK) 4 Josh Coleman 482 (Wulfsport/Meredith MX Suzuki) 5 Jordan Eccles 450 (FUS Marsh MX Husqvarna) 6 Jansen Day 440 (LRT Midwest Husqvarna) 7 Lewis Dowdeswell 416 (FUS Marsh MX Husqvarna) 8 Luke Dean 398 (5 Two Racing KMT) 9 Cory McShane 387 10 Mark Young 375 (JSR Thunderroad Honda).
Last year’s AMCA MX1 Champion had his plans to defend the title wrecked by a dislocated shoulder just a week before the shortened season was due to kick-off! So making a last minute decision to compete in the 2020 series, Shane instead jumped aboard a 125cc machine for the first time in some 15 years and what a wise move that was to be!
Starting with a last moto victory and 2nd overall at Boraston, Shane just got stronger as the series unfolded. In the remaining three rounds he took the overall victory on each occasion, winning a further seven moto’s along the way.
125cc (Top ten) 1 Shane Carless 582 points (FUS Marsh MX Husqvarna) 2 Jimmy Margetson 515 (Wulfsport Maico) 3 Damon Strydom 448 (Apex KTM UK) 4 Travis Steels 435 (ANSA Redline KTM) 5 Jonathan Roderick-Evans 414 6 Nathan Bache 410 (KTM) 7 Luke Newman 404 (LRT Midwest Husqvarna) 8 Matt Ridgway 403 (Midwest Husqvarna) 9 Clinton Barrs 402 (DK Offroad Kawasaki) 10 Jordan Wright 401 (Rikki Priest Yamaha).
In his second season of Vets racing, James was made to work very hard for his first ever AMCA title by brother and LRT Midwest Husqvarna teammate Simon. James though eventually got that crown in style, topping the podium in all four rounds and winning eight moto’s on his way to glory.
Vets (Top ten) 1 James Lane 584 points (LRT Midwest Husqvarna) 2 Simon Lane 569 (LRT Midwest Husqvarna) 3 Kevin Rogers 477 (Morris Lubricants KTM) 4 Anthony Bennett 464 (K & F Racing Kawasaki) 5 John Barnes 415 (Suzuki) 6 Brian Staples 408 (Redline KTM) 7 Paul Burn 399 (Yamaha) 8 Andrew Watkins 372 (MDMX Apico Factory Racing Yamaha) 9 Richard Tudor 362 (JT Tudor/ProGreen KTM) 10 Ryan Thomas 343 (JS Motorcycles/TB Grafix).
Joel was to eventually take the Youth 85cc title just 9 points clear of Yarin Evans after a great four round battle. Although Joel won a total of 10 moto’s and scored three overall victories with maximum points, a rear wheel puncture during round two had threatened his title chances. In that moto he finished 13th meaning that it was to be very close in the points standings come the final moto of the campaign!!
Youth 85cc (Top ten) 1 Joel Fisher 575 (MRS/Suomy KTM) 2 Yarin Evans 566 points (J4M54 Pratice/SRH Racing KTM) 3 Lewis Roden 503 (Kenda Tyres) 4 Caleb Greaves 478 (Dirtshifter/Devotion Ink) 5 Oliver Rigby 468 (Tom Arnold/Lucas Oil) 6 Harley Prickett 386 (M P Highclass) 7 Tyler Smith 369 ((J L Cox Cranes/Moto Marke Racing) 8 Oakley Kettle 366 (Rikki Priest Academy) 9 Harry Beach 342 (Malvern Timber Framed Buildings/Taylor Wimpey) 10 Rheanna Morgan-Rogers 339 (LR Designs/Vine Pest Control).
Words and images by Mike Wood
The results of the event are below.