The penultimate round of the 2019 British Masters Championship took place this past weekend at the legendary Hawkstone Park circuit in Shropshire. The track was in prime condition, but the weather was hot and humid and created some challenges of its own. However, it remained dry when it mattered, allowing the ever-changing sandy surface to give us some great action in the 125cc class.
With 4 riders entered in the 125cc class on their TM Racing MX 125 2S machines, it certainly kept everyone on their toes throughout the weekend, each having their own share of incident and accident.
Troy Willerton, who continues to nurse a small injury, rode in a calculating and consistent fashion and for his efforts, regained the series lead. After taking 2nd in qualifying Troy went on to end his weekend with a 5 / 5 / 5 / 7 scorecard to take 5th overall and just edge the championship lead as we look to the final round.
Chuck Davies, a man with little like for sand, showed great improvement. After struggling in qualifying with set-up, he progressed as the weekend went on. A big crash early-doors did little to help Saturdays results, however some small changes to the machine over the course of the weekend made things a little easier and Chuck went on to end his weekend with a 14 / 10 / 9/ 8 scorecard for a well-earned 9th overall.
Liam Gale once again showed some great speed coming through the field, but a modicum of restraint would pay larger dividends. Pushing a little too hard at times on the loose surface cost Liam time and a large fall in race 2, followed by a quick pit-stop to repair the bike sadly cost him further. Liam went on to end his weekend with a 9 / 24 / 13 / 10 scorecard for a hard fought 13th overall.
Archie Hicks made his first ‘National’ appearance in a good few years and his first appearance at Hawkstone park since he rode in the 85cc class. A ‘baptism of fire’ if ever there was, but one that Archie stood up to and showed his worth. Archie went on to end his weekend with a 16 / 13 / 23 / 12 scorecard and improved every time out, albeit for being deliberately run over after falling by a competitor, that only narrowly missed Archie having his hand in someone’s rear wheel, one for the Clerk of the course. Archie took a well-deserved 14th overall.
Well done to all involved and a big thankyou to all the team sponsors and supporters.
Thank you, TM UK
Image: Chuck Davies.