The British MX Show: #3

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Another week and another episode of The British MX Show on the MX Vice network! Rob Holyoake, who has competed in the EMX2T series that runs alongside the FIM Motocross World Championship as well as the notoriously difficult Le Touquet beach race. Listen in for insight from the British rider who’s really done it all. This podcast’s available on iTunes, Spotify, SoundCloud, Google Play and Stitcher.

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First Look: Hitachi KTM

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Conrad Mewse and Bas Vassen lead the team into 2020

Hitachi KTM Fuelled by Milwaukee is proud to announce an extension to their rider line up for 2020 for the FIM Motocross World Championship, ACU British Motocross Championship and the European 125 Motocross Championship.
The British KTM team will run four riders for the up and coming season, with 2018 British MX2 Champion Conrad Mewse once again competing in the MX2 class. Mewse will race alongside his teammate of 2019, Dutchman Bas Vassen, both on the KTM 250 SX-F.

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Joining Mewse and Vassen for 2020 will be 16-year-old Eddie Jay Wade and 15-year-old Ethan Lane. Wade, who was Junior World Champion in 2017, will be switching between the KTM 125 SX and the KTM 250 SX-F during the season as the Brit will be competing in his third season of the EMX 125 Championship, as well as debuting in the MX2 class of ACU British Motocross Championship. Lane will be riding the KTM 125 SX in both the EMX 125 championship and the MXY2 class of the ACU British Motocross Championship with his goal set firmly on building experience within the highly competitive domestic and European series.

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With a total of 21 events in 15 different countries, both Mewse’s and Vassen’s goal for 2020 is to stay healthy and consistent after their 2019 seasons were cut short by injury. Both will be looking for redemption in the form of the coveted British MX2 title and fulfilling their podium potential in the World Championship.

Hitachi Construction Machinery and Milwaukee Power Tools remain the title sponsors for 2020, with KTM, WP Suspension and Motorex all providing state of the art products to ensure the machinery is performing at its optimum level. A new sponsor for 2020 is Seven apparel. Seven’s clothing offers the next level in athlete performance through innovation. The riders will also be equipped with Alpinestars boots and Oakley goggles.

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Hitachi KTM Fuelled by Milwaukee Team will make their 2020 racing debut at the MXGP of Great Britain on Sunday 1st March 2020.

Conrad Mewse, MX2:
“I’m really happy to be going into the 2020 season with Hitachi Fuelled my Milwakuee for a third year. We’ve built a good base over the last two years, so it’s great to return and continue that form. My goal this year is to be the British MX2 Champion again and to have a consistent year in MXGP with some top 10 finishes.”

Bas Vassen, MX2:
“I am very happy to be back with Hitachi KTM Fuelled by Milwaukee for 2020. I have had a long time off the bike, but have been training hard during the winter. I love being on the bike, so I am ready for the season to get going and get some good results in.”

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Roger Magee, Team Principal:
“We retained Conrad Mewse and Bas Vaessen for 2020 to compete in the MX2 class of MXGP and the ACU British Championships. We know that the riders have the potential to succeed at the highest level. Both riders have been working relentlessly on their fitness since the end of last season in order to be fully prepared for the first MXGP at Matterley Basin in a few weeks’ time.

“Our team ethos is always to try and assist young riders who have genuine potential. In 2020, we have drafted in Eddie Jay Wade and Ethan Lane to compete in the ultra-competitive EMX125 rounds. Both riders will also race the in the British Youth Motocross and ACU British Motocross championship, with Wade competing in the MX2 class and Lane in the MXY2 class. We will also be supporting Oli Benton who will be riding MX2 on a KTM 250 SX and Cain McElveen and Conor Mullan, who will both be riding the KTM 250 SX-F in the UK and Irish Championships.

“Without the financial commitment of our loyal joint title sponsors – Hitachi Construction Machinery and Milwaukee – it wouldn’t be possible to run our team at both World and British Championship level. We greatly value their support, alongside our other industry sponsors – most of whom have been associated with the team since its inception in 2005. We look forward to a healthy and successful 2020 season to reward all our sponsors for their confidence in Hitachi KTM Fuelled by Milwaukee.“

Words: Press Release | Lead Image: KTM

News: Alexander Brown

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Alexander Brown has had a turbulent year, with highs like scoring points in the FIM Motocross World Championship. Injuries and other health problems have forced him to hang up the boots and give up on adding more points to his tally as a Grand Prix rider. The news was confirmed via the following social media statement moments ago.

“New year new me is what they say. You won’t see me on the start line anymore unfortunately due to injury and other health issues. Instead you’ll see me as the other side of the fence cheering on this awesome team. Thanks for having me for 2020. A huge thanks to everyone and anyone who has helped me in my racing career unfortunately it has come to a end but one door closes and another opens. Hope to see everyone at the races… Matterley Basin will be our first race of the year. @HitachiKTMFuelledByMilwaukee let’s have a f*cking awesome year.”

Brown scored his first and only point as a Grand Prix rider in the MX2 class at the Grand Prix of Portugal last year – he was acting as a fill-in for Hitachi KTM fuelled by Milwaukee at that point. A shoulder injury eventually forced him to withdraw from the series and now he will never return to the track at the highest level. Brown will still be involved in the sport with Hitachi KTM fuelled by Milwaukee and work with Bas Vaessen as his practice mechanic.

Words: Lewis Phillips | Lead Image: Ray Archer

The British MX Show: #2

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Josh Spinks joins MX Vice host James Burfield in-studio for the second episode of The British MX Show on the MX Vice network. Spinks talks about his career, highs, lows and trying to make it as a British rider with a lot of potential. There is a ton of insight and information to digest in this episode! The podcast is also available on iTunes, Spotify, SoundCloud, Google Play and Stitcher.

Host: James Burfield | Lead Image: Ray Archer

Pre-Entry Lists: MXGB in 2020

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The pre-entry lists for the 2020 ACU British Motocross Championship were uploaded to the official championship website moments ago. Who is in for the full series? Entered riders for MX1 and MX2 can be viewed below. There are additional points of interest in here, like the fact that both Jake Shipton and Jake Millward have ditched the numbers that they have used for a majority of their respective careers.

MX1

4

Jake Shipton

10

Jason Meara

14

Luke Burton

15

Jake Millward

17

Luke Smith

22

Richard McKeown

24

Shaun Simpson

28

John Robson

29

Keirren Genge

32

Brent Van Doninck

45

Jake Nicholls

49

John Adamson

50

Martin Barr

57

Tony Craig

60

John Meara

65

Jacob Joyce

66

Lewis Tombs

68

Josh Bentley

69

Aidan Wigger

95

Dan Thornhill

100

Tommy Searle

119

Mel Pocock

134

Liam Knight

151

Harri Kullas

162

Stuart Edmonds

180

Josh Spinks

295

Ross Rutherford

300

Charlie Hamlet

311

Aaron McCarroll

360

Nathan Dixon

714

Brad Todd

777

Evgeny Bobryshev

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MX2

3

Josh Gilbert

4

Robert Yates

6

Carlton Husband

9

Lewis Hall

10

Michael Ellis

11

Matt Burrows

16

Tom Grimshaw

19

Tom Neal

25

Jamie Law

32

Calum Mitchell

40

Jamie Wainwright

48

Adam Collings

49

Callum Green

52

Jack Bintcliffe

60

Brad Anderson

63

Oliver Benton

77

Jay Hague

82

Charlie Cole

91

Charlie Putnam

98

Bas Vaessen

99

Howard Wainwright

103

Max Broadbelt

110

Max Ingham

111

Ben Putnam

115

Ashton Dickinson

122

Jake Sheridan

123

Rossi Beard

161

Aidan Williams

212

Ben Clarke

217

Eddie Jay Wade

261

Jorgen Matthias Talviku

300

Ben Franklin

337

Glenn McCormick

365

Sam Nunn

426

Conrad Mewse

511

Steven Clarke

575

Taylor Hammal

712

Josh Peters

912

Joel Rizzi

998

Todd Kellett

Words: Lewis Phillips | Lead Image: Sean Ogden

New Deal: Lewis Tombs

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It’s been rumoured that Lewis Tombs would race for Verde Substance KTM for quite some time now, but the British outfit only just made the move official. Tombs will pilot the 450 SX-F in the MX1 category in the ACU British Motocross Championship and the Michelin MX Nationals. Stability will be a welcome change for Tombs, who was just a fill-in rider for Buildbase Honda this year. Adrian Kirk, the team manager at Verde Substance KTM, released the following statement announcing his team.

“It is a pleasure to have Lewis [Tombs] join the team for this coming season. He is already adapting well to the KTM and we are confident that he will do well in both series. Brad [Anderson] is excited to be allowed to race his two-stroke in the 250 class and will definitely be worth watching. Dominic [Lancett] on the other hand is itching to get back on the bike after being injured for the past six months. It will be tough moving straight up to MX2 from injury, but we know that Dominic will give one hundred percent!”

Verde Substance KTM has retained the services of Brad Anderson and Dominic Lancett, as mentioned above, with the only change being that Anderson will race in the MX2 class in the ACU British Motocross Championship. Tombs is effectively replacing Liam Knight, who has moved to the Gabriel Insulation KTM team.

Words: Lewis Phillips | Lead Image: ConwayMX

Have Your Say: British Youth Championships

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In 2019 RHL Activities & MX Vice brought two rounds of the British Youth Championship live on social media for the first time ever in UK history. This was a huge success and was received positively across the industry with high viewing figures not only from the UK but from across the world.

For 2020 RHL are looking to increase the live streaming at the British Championship events and would like your input by completing a short survey, where on completion you will then be entered into a prize draw to win a signed Robbie Maddison race shirt.

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New Deal: Martin Barr

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KTM UK and the irrepressible Martin Barr will once again join forces for a two-pronged assault in 2020 – first on the Pro Lites class of the Arenacross series and then on the ACU British Motocross Championship. The hugely experienced and universally popular Northern Irishman will straddle a KTM for the first time in five years, having spent much of his 27-year career on Austrian machinery. Barr has ridden the last four seasons on MX2 machinery, and will transition easily to the KTM 250 SX-F for his Arenacross attack, before switching to the KTM 450 SX-F for the challenge on the MX1 British Motocross Championship crown.

Barr has established his own BRT KTM team to run his efforts, using his extensive experience to focus on all of the important elements of a team, bike preparation and rider development. This isn’t the first time that Barr has run his own KTM team, having done so between 2013 and 2015. The evergreen MXON competitor – Barr has ridden for Team Ireland for the last 15 years – will face a very competitive field of Pro Lite and MX1 rivals, but his consistency and regular podium appearances throughout 2019 means that he will start among the favourites ahead of the 2020 season.

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Barr’s competitive KTM return will be in Belfast on the 17th and 18th of January, while the British Motocross Championship begins at Little Silver in Devon on 15th of March.

Martin Barr (BRT KTM): “I’m really excited about running my own team, BRT KTM, in 2020. For the British Motocross Championship I’m moving up to the MX1 class where the KTM 450 SX-F has proven to be race winner straight out of the box. This gives me a lot of confidence ahead of the first races and I can’t wait to start my season prep. I’m very grateful for this opportunity from KTM UK to become an official team for the coming season, along with my good friend and personal sponsor Neil from N.H Trade Frames for helping to make this happen. It’s going to be a busy season but one I can’t wait to get started with a few more announcements in the coming weeks.”

Matt Walker (KTM UK Managing Director): “It’s great to welcome Martin back to the Orange fold. He is a great ambassador for the sport. The passion and drive he exudes means he’ll fit back in with KTM perfectly. An Arenacross campaign will start his season off on the right foot and ensure he’s sharp for the start of the outdoor season. 2020 is going to be very competitive, but this will only fire Martin up more and we wish him the best of luck throughout the season.”

Words: Press Release | Lead Image: KTM UK

Statement: Canada Heights

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The 2020 ACU British Motocross Championship calendar looks rather different than recent years, most notably because of the lack of a visit to Canada Heights. The circuit has been a staple on the schedule for many, many years but will not be visited next year. Why is that? Those of us at MX Vice are working on gathering an answer but the Sidcup and District MCC – the club behind Canada Heights – did release the following statement on social media.

“The Sidcup and DMCC were surprised to see the press release regarding the venues for the 2020 British Motocross Championship. We are disappointed in the lack of communication from the series, however we wish all the clubs involved the very best for 2020 and we look forward to connecting with the ACU for 2021.”

The 2020 ACU British Motocross Championship will kick off at Little Silver – a circuit that has not featured on the calendar since 2012 – on March 15.

Words: Lewis Phillips | Lead Image: ConwayMX

Schedule: 2020 in MXGB

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November 17 (10:08)

Following the announcement of the 2020 ACU British Motocross Championship calendar yesterday, the date of the Culham round has been amended slightly. Please note that the penultimate round of the series will be run on July 11/12 2020.

November 16 (11:48)

The ACU is ecstatic to unveil the 2020 ACU British Motocross Championship schedule, which includes eight rounds that are run across the nation from March to the end of August. A number of positive changes have been introduced for the new term and these eight tracks are best suited to prompt the best racing possible.

The 2020 ACU British Motocross Championship will kick off at the old-school circuit of Little Silver – a layout that has not featured on the calendar since 2012 – and then visit various fan-favourite stops like Hawkstone Park, Lyng, Foxhill, Blaxhall and Desertmartin. Culham will return following a one-year hiatus and host the penultimate round in July, before the campaign wraps up at Landrake on the final weekend in August.

Four of the 2020 ACU British Motocross Championship rounds will be run in conjunction with the Judd KTM British Youth Championship. Youth stars will be on track at Little Silver, Desertmartin, Culham and Landrake just as they were at the final round in September this year. The MXY2 division will be run at all of the 2020 ACU British Motocross Championship events – there will also be a WMX class at Lyng in April.

Steve McCauley (ACU MX Chairman): “The 2020 ACU British Motocross Championship calendar is exciting on paper. We really focussed on visiting tracks that would please both riders and fans alike, hence why we are returning to scenic circuits like Little Silver and Culham. All of us at the ACU are counting down the days until March 15! It is going to be a brilliant season with great racing in every single class.”

March 14/15*

Little Silver

MX1, MX2 and MXY2

March 29

Hawkstone Park

MX1, MX2 and MXY2

April 12

Lyng

MX1, MX2, MXY2 and WMX

May 03

Foxhill

MX1, MX2 and MXY2

May 31

Blaxhall

MX1, MX2 and MXY2

June 20/21*

Desertmartin

MX1, MX2 and MXY2

July 11/12*

Culham

MX1, MX2 and MXY2

August 29/30*

Landrake

MX1, MX2 and MXY2

Words: Lewis Phillips | Lead Image: Ray Archer