There will be a reason to pay attention to the lower half of the top twenty in Britain this year, as those riders will be vying for a specific title. An all-new series, named the British Expert Championship, will supposedly encourage participation from those who fail to finish in the top ten overall in each class and run alongside the Maxxis British Championship.
"There are a lot of talented up-and-comers out there," said Stuart Drummond. "This new championship gives them something to aim for. It is a credible title and I hope it will be a stepping stone for riders who will be able to showcase their talents to new sponsors and teams and then move on to challenge for full Maxxis championship titles. This is the biggest stage in the UK and racing on the same programme as riders like Tommy Searle and Graeme Irwin makes it the perfect platform to get noticed by the industry, even at such an early age," Drummond concluded.
Those who finished in the top ten in either MX1 or MX2 will be excluded from the series, along with riders who have competed in a round of the FIM Motocross World Championship over the last two seasons and those who plan to venture into MXGP over the next twelve months. That obviously removes Tommy Searle, who finished twenty-second in MX1 last year, from the equation.
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