Vets MXDN 2017

hasn’t it? Is this the big­gest event of its type in the world? Got to be up there

Classic Dirtbike - - Vets -

There were ju­bi­lant scenes at this year’s vets MXDN at Far­leigh Cas­tle as the home teams scored sen­sa­tional vic­to­ries in both Tw in shock and Evodes Na­tions classes. Strong per­for­mances from each squad with all four mem­bers claim­ing over­all po­si­tions in­side the top eight en­sured both teams came home with the sil­ver­ware, de­spite some tough op­po­si­tion and some ex­tremely chal­leng­ing con­di­tions on day two fol­low­ing heavy overnight rain. First up was the twin­shock class, and there was cruel luck in store for team Husq­varna In­ter­na­tional squad. Amer­i­cans Mike brown and Jeff Emig who were fastest in prac­tice both suf­fered me­chan­i­cal is­sues with their Swedish ma­chines ru­in­ing any pos­si­bil­ity of an over­all vic­tory. Ex GP run­ner Mervyn An­stie and fel­low Brit Ross Sturmey both rid­ing two-stroke husq­varna’s com­pleted the squad. An­stie fin­ish­ing as top scorer for the team with four steady races. With triple race win­ner Brown suf­fer­ing a dnf in race three, it was dave camp­bell rid­ing for Te am North of Eng­land who grabbed the in­di­vid­ual over­all hon­ours a head of Te am Eng­land’s alex Rach and Terry house with Rick du-fue back in fifth and Wayne Butt in sev­enth. Their close for­ma­tion en­abling them to runout easy vic­tors a head of the North of Eng­land and Lux­em­bourg. It wasn’t so con­vinc­ing in the Evo class though as Te am USA put up as­trong chal­lenge right up un­til the fi­nal moto. But it was south African ex GP run­ner Neville Brad shaw who stole the show claim­ing four straight vic­to­ries over an im­pres­sive field. With as lender ad­van­tage go­ing into the fi­nal race, team Eng­land ap­peared con­fi­dent, and with all four rid­ers gat­ing in­side the top 10 it looked to be all over bar the cel­e­bra­tions. But as the field emerged from out of the woods on the open­ing lap, Brian Wheeler, who was pre­vi­ously hold­ing atop-three slot, was­miss­ing. “ryan Hunt crashed in front of me and I went down ,” he ex­plained af­ter the race. “I got back up and slid off again com­ing down the hill, ”headded in his usual colour­ful man­ner to the amuse­ment of the crowd. Luck­ily the re­main­ing team mem­bers kurt Nicoll, Mark east­wood and To mchurch were all well placed and on fire with Nicoll hold­ing se­cond spot, Church steal­ing third spot on the fi­nal lap and East­wood, who fin­ished as top scorer for team Eng­land se­cur­ing sixth spot at the flag. Far­leigh favourite John ‘Junk­yard’ Dowd fin­ished se­cond in the over­all stand­ings ahead of East­wood and Nicoll with Church in sev­enth and Wheeler one place fur­ther back in eighth spot. Un­for­tu­nately for team us a, mike brown who had se­cureda2-2-4 fin­ish in­his ear­lier races didn’t even com­plete alap as the big Huskylet him down, leav­ing Todd De­hoop

and abe­low par Dr Doug Dubach to main­tain m the hon­ours. du bach who was re­cov­er­ing from two bro­ken ribs and a dis­placed shoul­der came home in 17th spot while De­hoop claimed four top 15 plac­ings. De­spite los­ing Brown in the fi­nal moto Team USA held on to se­cure run­ner up spot on the podium ahead of Te am Bel­gium. Euro champ Brad An­der­son, who com­fort­ably won his race sin the EVO 500 CC class, repli­cated the in­fa­mous ‘Hakan Car­lquist stop­ping for a beer’ at na­mur on the fi­nal lap. it al­most back­fire dont he pop­u­lar north-east­erner, as his ma­chine stalled and took sev­eral kicks to come back to life. There were wins for John Dowd (Twin­shock over 50s), Kurt Nicoll (Evoover 50s), Kris­tian What­ley(evo125), Luke­hawkins (EVO250), Brad An­der­son (EVO500), Chuck Davies (Su­per EVO), Jor­dan Carter (Twin­shock un­der 50s), Paul Kirby(pre 85 Open, Pre 83 125, Four-stroketwin). 

Words &P Pics: Nick Haskell and Tim Br­rit­ton

Kev­in­reedleads the field­inthe Tw in­shock over 50s. Start lin­e­ac­tion at the­be­gin­ning of thevet­sevo class race. Paulo Caramellino takesthe lead in the over50s Evo­race. Kurt Nicoll, out on hisown...

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