Battling through mixed weather conditions in the picturesque Welsh countryside, Danny McCanney took top honours in both the overall classification and the Under 23. After a closely fought race with Husaberg’s Alex Rockwell, the Manx youngster managed to steal the win by virtue of his final lap effort. Making a cautious start to the morning, McCanney found himself trailing both Rockwell and KTM’s Johnny Walker by almost seven seconds. Getting to grips with the slippery wet surface, the Manxman inherited the lead on lap four only to lose it again on the penultimate lap. Upping his pace on the final lap, McCanney pipped Rockwell for the win by less than three seconds.
“It’s been good to start off the weekend with victory in both the Under 23 and overall classification,” commented McCanney. “Alex and myself were pushing hard for victory. He had the edge on my in the morning and I had to work hard to recover. Thankfully I was able to do enough in the final test to win.”
Switching to his Husaberg TE 250 for round five, Rockwell instantly felt at home on his new bike and immediately set the fastest time in the opening special test. After a fierce battle with McCanney, Rockwell was unluckily pipped for victory in the final test of the day. Starting off fast Walker looked capable of mixing it with the leading two riders until catching wire in his rear wheel during the third special test. Losing touch with the leaders, Walker ended his day third in Under 23. Husqvarna’s Jack Rowland finished in fourth place while Lewis Belfield (KTM) rounded out the top five.
After threatening to grab a win all season, Electraction TM’s Jordan Rose finally delivered his first victory in the BSEC with a win in Elite at round five. Finishing behind Crescent KTM’s Daryl Bolter at the end of the opening lap, Rose soon pushed his way to the front. Finding the tricky wet conditions to his liking, Rose quickly began to stretch a lead at the end of lap three. Holding his pace for the remainder of the day, Rose eventually finished almost 20 seconds clear of Bolter.
“It feels great to finally get a win in the BSEC,” remarked Rose at the end of a tough day. “The conditions seemed to suit me today and I was able to find a good pace early on. Once I got into the lead I just tried to control my advantage throughout the day to claim the win.”
Putting in his best performance of the season so far Bolter finished runner up in Elite. Setting the fastest time in the opening test of the day, Bolter kept the TM rider within range to finish in second place. After matching the pace of the leaders during the first two laps, Husqvarna’s Jamie Lewis made some costly mistakes during the middle part of the day that pushed him back to third. Husaberg’s Simon Wakely finished fourth with Lee Edmondson putting in an impressive ride to end his day in fifth.
Once again stamping his authority on the Under 19, KTM’s Steve Holcombe claimed his fifth victory of the season. Placing over three minutes clear of second place rider Joe Wotton (Kawasaki), Holcombe also finished ninth in the overall classification. With Wotton securing the runner up position, KTM’s James Dent completed the top three. Husqvarna’s Robert Johnson finished two minutes behind Dent in fourth while Andrew Bull (KTM) was fifth.
In the 125 Youth Cup, Edmondson’s Racing KTM rider Brad Freeman best mastered the at times slippery wet conditions to claim his first victory of the season. Behind Freeman, Lee Sealey (KTM) fended off a late charge by TM’s Josh Gotts to claim second. With Gotts in third, Jack Staines (Yamaha) finished fourth while Luke Flack (KTM) finished fifth.
Midwest Husaberg’s Tyson Maytom Jones secured his first victory of the season with a comfortable win in Expert. Setting the pace throughout the majority of the day, Maytom Jones finished almost 40 seconds in front of Richard Ely (KTM). James Jackman (Honda) got the better of KTM’s Oliver Hart by eight seconds to finish in third. With Hart in fourth, Carl Tiley (TM) rounded out the top five.
Gethin Francombe (TM) was the clear winner of the Clubman class finishing over 70 seconds ahead of second place rider Lee Jones (KTM). Paul Davies (KTM) was third while Chris Lappin (TM) pipped Jamie Jenkins (KTM) for fourth.
Jane Daniels (KTM) was fastest in the Women’s class while also placing 48th in the overall classification. Rhian George (KTM) finished in second with Liz Childerley (Gas Gas) in third.