The AMCA Weymouth Beach moto-cross was back for 2021 and what a simply superb event it was! With a massive crown in attendance and able to watch the action for FREE, nearly 300 riders then entertained them with an afternoon of sand surfing. Hosted by the Purbeck MCC in conjunction with the Weymouth and Portland Lions Club and aided by their reliable army of volunteers, this latest staging was to be another classic, immaculately presented with it’s usual precision and class.
After six hotly contested races, the end result was to be overall victories for Todd Kellett (Experts), Alfie Calvert (Seniors) and Ajay Litt (Juniors). Whilst Kellett’s success was rather straight forward and expected, youngsters Calvert and Litt certainly had to work a bit harder for their ultimate wins!
So, after a delayed practice due to a slower than expected retreating tide, it was eventually time for the racing to start. First up was the full Juniors Unlimited class and as Purbeck’s very own Jim Shipton dropped the flag, the rush was on to fire the dead engines into life and stretch the throttle wire to the absolute max in the long blast down the beach to turn one. Quickest away was Danny Morris with Harry Burton, the very experienced Leonard Paget, Tommy Hobday, Ricky Hayles, Sam Wilson and Ajay Litt giving chase. By lap two, Paget had moved into pole position but his joy was to only last for one further circuit of the Weymouth Beach as Litt now controlled proceedings. Looking a very likely winner, Litt though was passed on the final lap of the contest by Thomas Sharpe on the 150cc KTM who had initially gated in 11th. With Litt getting home in 2nd, Hayles, Wilson, Paget and Hobday completed the top six.
In moto two, Mark Morris, Wilson and finally Litt enjoyed the glory of race leadership. With Litt taking the win, the ride of the moto was produced by Ben Boare. Starting down in 25th, he got right up to 4th following seven hot, highly contested laps. Those Junior results meant that Litt was to be the 2021 Weymouth victor, a truly fantastic result bearing in mind that he is not a regular competitor, this being his first race of the season and first ever win! Joining him in the top three was Sharpe and Wilson.
Jack Hooper led the pack away in the Seniors Unlimited moto one with young Weymouth debutant Alfie Calvert on his tail ahead of Bradley Frost, Luke Scott, Ashley Locke and Lewis Scard. That leading pack was to be then joined by Harvey Cashmore in what was developing into a super scrap. Calvert took over the race leadership for two laps before Cashmore who had started 8th then blasted to the front. On lap seven, Calvert in very determined mood responded in style by fighting back again and thus retake the advantage before keeping his composure to thus bag the win. With Cashmore in 2nd, Charlie Nightingale, Ryan Tanner, Frost and Jack Hooper completed the top six.
After Hooper then led the pack down the beach and into turn one of the second Seniors clash, both Tanner and Calvert found a way through before locking horns in a serious head to head battle for glory. Swapping positions at the front, Calvert appeared set to make it a moto win double only to then fall on lap seven and be trapped under his machine. Quickly though, Calvert was able to remount and regain forward momentum, still having enough time to maintain 2nd spot. In another late twist though, Tanner then went out of the contest on the penultimate lap and the new race leader was Ashley Locke who had initially started in 7th. From here onwards he remained in control, and after being forced out of the opener on lap one, he brilliantly steered his tiny 125cc Husqvarna to victory, taking the chequered flag from Calvert, Cashmore, Nightingale, Frost and Vincent Branch. The overall top three saw a deserved success for teenager Calvert in what was his Weymouth debut after being too young to compete the last time the event was held back in 2019. Another teenager Cashmore finished 2nd overall with Nightingale 3rd.
Fresh from his fourth Weston Beach race title and getting some last minute practice in before the opening round of the French Beach Race Series this coming weekend, Todd Kellett was in a very buoyant mood at Weymouth and what a start he made in the opening Experts Unlimited race. With an incredible display of smooth, very fast but totally controlled sand racing, the Drag ‘On Tek Yamaha rider lapped the entire field in winning moto one. Taking second spot was the very loyal Weymouth regular James Dodd who had enjoyed a great ride himself with Brad Thornhill, brother of ACU British Championship star Dan in a super 3rd. Out on his new 250cc 2T KTM, AMCA Championship front runner Josh Coleman got home in 4th as Henry Siddiqui, Charlie Putman, Aaron Patstone, Mark Young and Lee Truman were next up.
Making a simply supersonic start, Ultimate Wheels/Thunderroad Honda star Dodd made a fantastic getaway in moto two, leading the contest for a couple of laps with Kellett quickly moving into 2nd spot. Eventually though the dynamic Todd got through and despite a serious issue with his goggle roll-on’s sticking and forming a trail, clear vision was never going to be a problem as he stormed to another win. In this one Doddy was also right on it and along with Kellett completed 15 laps, one circuit more than the rest of the field. Taking 3rd was Scott Elderfield from Putman, Simon Booth, Truman, Young and Siddiqui. After their super opening rides, Thornhill and Coleman suffered mixed fortunes in this second clash. Brad was going well early on in 5th before falling and going right back to 49th. Undeterred though the Gloucestershire rider dug deep to come right back to 17th and 8th overall whilst Coleman went out on lap two. Special mention in this Experts class goes to Luke Newman who campaigned a 150cc Husqvarna and brought it home in 11th overall, a super result! Indeed throughout the day there had been plenty of other very impressive results recorded by riders on small capacity 2T mounts!
So that’s it for 2021 and with the Purbeck MCC handing over a cheque for a fantastic £1,800 to the local Weymouth and Portland Charities, proceeds raised from a percentage of the riders entry fee, all eyes now turn to 2022 and what is sure to be another memorable event!
Juniors Unlimited (Sponsored by Caroline Racing)
Moto one (Top ten) 1 Thomas Sharpe (150cc KTM) 2 Ajay Litt (450cc Yamaha) 3 Ricky Hayles (250cc Decent Concepts.com Yamaha) 4 Sam Wilson (300cc Sam’s Caravan Hire Husqvarna) 5 Leonard Paget (450cc KTM) 6 Tommy Hobday (125cc KTM) 7 Ben Boare (250cc Kawasaki) 8 Luke Robinson (150cc KTM) 9 Harry Burton (450cc Kawasaki) 10 Mark Morris (450cc Suzuki).
Moto two 1 Litt 2 Morris 3 Wilson 4 Boare 5 Johno Hoskins (250cc Honda) 6 Sharpe 7 Adam Dixon (250cc Yamaha) 8 Hayles 9 Paget 10 Andy Biles (250cc Suzuki).
Overall 1 Litt 97 points 2 Sharpe 89 3 Wilson 88 4 Boare 80 5 Hayles 80 6 Morris 78 7 Paget 74 8 Hoskins 71 9 Hobday 66 10 Dixon 65.
Moto one (Top ten) 1 Alfie Calvert (250cc Husqvarna) 2 Harvey Cashmore (250cc Husqvarna) 3 Charlie Nightingale (125cc GasGas) 4 Ryan Tanner (250cc KTM) 5 Bradley Frost (450cc Honda) 6 Jack Hooper (450cc Kawasaki) 7 Vincent Branch (300cc Beta) 8 Bradley Hicks (250cc KTM) 9 Adam Ford (250cc S and N Keylock/Dorset Racing KTM) 10 David Colton (300cc Husqvarna).
Moto two 1 Ashley Locke (125cc Husqvarna) 2 Calvert 3 Cashmore 4 Nightingale 5 Frost 6 Branch 7 Hooper 8 Lewis Dorling (450cc Yamaha) 9 Jamie Wilson (250cc Husqvarna) 10 Ford.
Overall 1 Calvert 97 points 2 Cashmore 92 3 Nightingale 88 4 Frost 82 5 Branch 76 6 Hooper 76 7 Ford 64 8 Dorling 63 9 Hicks 63 10 Wilson 60.
Experts Unlimited (Sponsored by Poole Motorcycles)
Moto one (Top ten) 1 Todd Kellett (450cc Drag ‘on Tek Yamaha) 2 James Dodd (450cc Ultimate Wheels/Thunderroad Honda) 3 Brad Thornhill (350cc KTM) 4 Josh Coleman (250cc Wulfsport/ Meredith MX KTM) 5 Henry Siddiqui (250cc Yamaha) 6 Charlie Putman (450cc Husqvarna) 7 Aaron Patstone (450cc Shaw/L&D Supplies KTM) 8 Mark Young (450cc Ultimate Wheels/Thunderroad Honda) 9 Lee Truman (250cc IDS/Redelevencreative KTM) 10 Bradley Rowland (350cc KTM).
Moto two 1 Kellett 2 Dodd 3 Scott Elderfield (450cc Husqvarna) 4 Putman 5 Simon Booth (450cc KTM) 6 Truman 7 Young 8 Siddiqui 9 Billy Saunders (450cc Honda) 10 Harry Linton (Bridgestone/ Arthur and Linton Building Services Kawasaki).
Overall 1 Kellett 100 points 2 Dodd 94 3 Putman 82 4 Siddiqui 76 5 Truman 72 6 Young 72 7 Booth 71 8 Thornhill 69 9 Patstone 65 10 Saunders 65.
Words and Images by Mike Wood
The results of the event are below.