Simpson and Anstie in dominant form at Lyng
Shaun Simpson (MX1) and Max Anstie (MX2) showed their world championship credentials when they rode to victory in all three of their respective British Championship class races at Lyng yesterday.
Simpson had to settle for third pick on the start gate after timed qualifying in the morning, and when the gate dropped for the first MX1 race he found himself in amongst the pack as they headed off into the Norfolk countryside. At the end of lap one it was Kristian Whatley on the Buildbase Honda who had put a three second gap between himself and second placed Graeme Irwin on his Heads & Threads Suzuki, with Simpson charging through the field to third. The defending champion took two more laps to move into second and then set about catching Whatley, who by this time enjoyed a five second advantage and was making easy going of the demanding Cadders Hill track.
Irwin was pushed back to fourth by Wilvo Forkrent KTM's flying Frenchman Steve Frossard, and Whatley's Buildbase Honda team- mate Gert Krestinov was moving up the leaderboard.
Simpson forced through into the lead at three quarter race distance, and went on to win by a comfortable margin from Whatley, with Frossard third. Krestinov made it through to fourth at the flag, and Estonian Tanel Leok, who always enjoys a partisan following, grabbed fifth on his LPE Kawasaki after the luckless Irwin suffered a broken chain within sight of the finish, and pushed his bike home for sixth place.
In race two Simpson charged into the lead at the first corner and was never headed for the duration of the 20 minute plus two lap race distance as he took a gate to flag victory. Irwin's day got even worse when the Irish rider was forced to retire after sitting comfortably in the top three, and it looked like Whatley would be enjoying another second place until Leok upped his pace and grabbed the runner-up spot just two laps from home. Martin Barr on the ERT KTM enjoyed a steady race into fourth.
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Simpson completed his afternoon's work with another flawless display to take the overall victory on the day, and consolidate his position at the head of the MX1 standings with a 100pc record after two rounds. Leok kept him honest for the duration of race three, and Whatley once again filled the third spot on the podium. Krestinov had a lonely ride to fourth, with Frossard fifth.
Norwich's Aiden Wiggers, in his first full season in the British Championship, showed true grit on his local track after a torrid afternoon. In his opening race he suffered a mechanical problem with his bike, and in race two he was involved in a multi rider pile-up at the first corner which saw him stretchered off to the medical centre. But the 20-year-old was passed fit, and he dusted himself down to make it to the start of race three and completed the full race on his DPA Motorsports KTM.
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Adam Sterry qualified his Wilvo Forkrent KTM on pole positon for the MX2 class and made full use of his gate pick by leading the first race for the initial five laps. However, Max Anstie powered his Monster Energy DRT Kawasaki to the front on lap six and maintained station to win by two seconds, with Frenchman Steve Lenoir riding a consistent race on the Dyer & Butler KTM in third. Ben Watson, who was leading the MX2 championship after the opening round was fourth on his Hitachi Construction Machinery KTM.
Anstie cruised to victory in race two, ahead of Lenoir who had caught and passed Sterry at the midway point. Watson was again fourth.
Anstie completed a perfect day with win number three, followed by Sterry, Lenoir, Watson, Bryan Mackenzie and Neville Bradshaw.