The opening round of the AMCA Championship took place this weekend at Norley, in Cheshire, with the sun shining. There were some perfect race conditions for the riders to battle through on the Sunday. With the new 125 2-stroke class and a full gate of youth 85 riders, there was plenty of exciting racing for the busy crowd of spectators this weekend. Images of the racing are here.
We had a chat with LRT's Simon Lane over the weekend, firstly, who stood on the podium alongside his brother James Lane. Next we spoke to 85 rider Ezra Blackwell, who finished a great second overall across the weekend. Moving onto the MX1 class, we spoke to JSR Thunderoad Honda rider Ashley Thomas, who looked impressive aboard his new 2019 JSR Honda and put it into ninth overall. Luke Mellows was also spoken to about his change of manufacturer within his new team set-up. All of those interviews can be found on the MX Vice Youth and Amateur YouTube channel.
The MX2 class didn't disappoint either this weekend with the mix up of new riders in the championship. With the ever impressive Team Apex rider Jamie Wainwright going 1-1 all day, at one point having a five-second lead over championship newbie Kristian Whatley, he definitely has the fire in his belly to push on and show some impressive race craft throughout the rest of the season.
Jamie Wainwright: "My first round of the championship definitely went the way I wanted it by going 1-1! My qualifying went good getting the fastest lap time, which was a surprise as I struggle to do one fast lap. In race one I didn't get the best jump out the gate having to make some passes to finally get in front and set a good pace until the end of the race.
"Race two was a better start, but still needed to make a few passes to get out in front. I made a little mistake by stalling the bike, which meant they caught up with me, but I put some good laps in after that and crossed the line with the win! Overall on the day I felt very comfy and have a lot more to give yet! Massive thank you to all the team/mechanics and people who support me."
Kristian Whatley: “Coming into the weekend with 8 months without riding and only having rode the bike the week before I was pretty happy how things went really, obviously it was all new for me at the weekend so I had to learn how it all worked. My qualifying wasn't great at sixteenth to the gate. I came back and made some adjustments on the bike and me and my suspension guy Mark at RSS had a chat and made good changes for the first race. I ended up pulling the holeshot and it was like jumping in the deep end! I rode at my own pace, didn't get too flustered and pushed at the end of the race to come away with second."
"Coming into the second race, I made changes again to the suspension and it wasn't good. I really struggled to push, had arm pump and wasn't able to push but manage to salvage a fourth for third overall. Good start so I will make little steps each week and progress."
Heading into round two of the championship at Boraston in the next few weeks, make sure to stay tuned to MX Vice for all the live AMCA updates. The MX Vice Youth and Amateur podcast is also a great source of information! Full results from Norley are available here.
Words: Sophie Mcginn | Lead Image: Supplied