Radstock ace Hawkins gets closer to clinching the title
By Western Daily Press | Tuesday, September 03, 2013, 05:00
Radstock's Luke Hawkins extended his Expert Championship lead with a hat-trick of wins at A and A Moto Parc picture: Dave Rich
Radstock Honda star Luke Hawkins is poised to win the Premier Motocross series following his triple success in the eighth of the ten round contest at the A & A Moto Park at Smeathorpe on the Blackdown Hills between Taunton and Honiton on Sunday.
With close rival Shane Carless away at the Red Bull Championship round in Shropshire, Hawkins had plenty of incentive.
He snatched the lead from early leaders Kelvin Townsend and Luke Mellows on the third lap of the 13 lap race and went on to win by 12 seconds.
In his wake James Dodd and Mellows became engaged in a close scrap for second place. It ended with Dodd crossing the finish line with a one second advantage.
Hawkins led the second race from the word go whilst Dodd was engaged in another second place battle, this time with Jake Shipton in which he came off second best.
Bristol's John May and Luke Mellows both fell in the early stages, but May recovered well to finish fifth.
Shipton led the last race for four laps before Hawkins broke through and went on to win by a ten second margin.
Current champion Jamie Skuse went out with a puncture and May was involved in a lap five crash.
Rick Hanson won the first over 35 years of age race, but suffering severe back pain he opted out of the other two which were won by Mark Wilde and his brother Keith, was robbed of a possible hat-trick of wins in the over 50's races by Ian Nott.
Welshman Jay Thomas equalled Hawkins feat by winning all three junior championship events.
Peter King, Richard Cant, Alan Wheeler and Neil Clarke were the main overall class winners in the Kingswood club's aggregate two-day trial at West Harptree. Twenty one contested two laps of 15 sections at Beaconsfield Farm on Saturday afternoon and 26 took part in a similar event on Sunday. But only 12 competed in both events and only they were eligible for an award.
Sam Mortimer was easily the best expert who took part in the Lyn Club's Baker Trophy trial at Barbrook near Lynton in North Devon.
He lost 13 marks in three laps of twelve sections at Shallowford Farm. But he was overshadowed by Tom Hooper, from nearby Porlock, who lost five marks in three sections on the first two laps before completing his final lap for a nil score.
Clubman expert winner Mike Champion lost eight in four sections as did Ian Baker in the clubman class . He lost three marks less than John Anstey.
Premier Motocross Championship round at Smeatharpe, Devon – Experts, first race: 1, L Hawkins (Honda) 2, J Dodd (Honda) 3, L Mellows (Suzuki) 4, J Skuse (Suzuki) 5, K Townsend (Suzuki) 6, J May (Suzuki). Second race: 1, Hawkins 2, J Shipton (KTM) 3, Dodd 4, Skuse 5, May 6, Townsend. Third race: 1, Hawkins 2, Shipton 3, Dodd 4, B Cavill (Honda) 5, Townsend 6, L Maggio (Honda).
Junior Championship, first race: 1, J Thomas (KTM) 2, J Taylor (Suzuki) 3, A Milliar (Honda) 4, T Kellett (Kawasaki) 5, R Williams (KTM) 6, L Barfoot (Honda). Second race: 1, Thomas 2, Milliar 3, Kellett 4, Barfoot 5, Williams 6, Taylor. Third race: 1, Taylor 2, Kellett 3, Milliar 4, C Dezis (Suzuki) 5, C Dicks (KTM) 6, R Churchill (KTM).
Over 35 years, race one: 1, R Hanson (Suzuki) 2, C Brown (Honda) 3, G Flagg (Suzuki) 4, M Wilde (Suzuki). Second race: 1, Wilde 2, Flagg, 3, J Deadman (Honda) 4, J Fraser (Honda). Third race: 1, Wilde 2, Flagg 3, Brown 4, Deadman.
Over 40 years, first race: 1, M Roberts (Honda) 2, D Ford (KTM) 3, J Tarr (Yamaha), S Lock (Honda). Second race: 1, Tarr 2, W Gill (Suzuki) 3, Ford 4, Lock. Third race: 1, Tarr 2, Roberts 3, Ford 4, Lock.
Over 50 years, first race: 1, K Hanson (Honda) 2, I Nott (Kawasaki) 3, T Hawkins (Honda) 4, S Chugg (Honda). Second race: 1, Hanson 2, Nott 3, Hawkins 4, Chugg. Third race: 1, Nott 2, Hanson 3, Hawkins 4, Chugg.
Junior B race winners: G Beale (Honda) L Holder (Yamaha) and T Dorran (Kawasaki). Group C: J Warren (KTM) 2 and T Barfoot (Suzuki).
Lyn MCC trial at Barbrook, North Devon – expert class awards: S Mortimer, 13 marks lost, J Tarrant 60. Youth experts: T Hooper 5, J Glover 37. Clubman experts: M Champion 8. Clubman awards: I Baker 6, J Anstey 9, K Laskey 10, N Andrew 12. Novice award: D Luham 6, M Hitchcott 11, S Pritchett 14, L Dascombe 22. Over 50 awards: M Cox 15, M Hann 18. Twin shock awards: M Gilbert 8, R Sully 20. Youth D Class: L Manuel 16.
Kingswood MCC Aggregate trials at West Harptree, Somerset – Best expert: P King (Ossa) 17 marks lost (9 Saturday, 8 Sunday). Best Twin Shock: R Cant (Fantic III) 63 and 48. Best over 60 years of age: A Wheeler (Yamaha) 29 (14 and 15). Best pre 1970 competitor: N Clarke (BSA) 5 (2 and 3).