Peterborough was the venue for the latest Inter Region BMX battle between East and Midlands clubs, and riders from Milton Keynes played their part in a memorable day’s racing.
With nearly 400 riders competing in glorious sunshine, MK brothers Mackenzie and Lewis Pakes, plus Ethan Hadley and Elliott Alison, were first up to race for Team MK in the novice classes, and fantastic efforts saw all four earn medals in the finals.
Kicking off the expert racing for MK in the seven and under class were Alfie Thompson, Danny Pattinson and Harry Kirby, with all three racing into the B finals after some great riding. But it was Harry who stole the show with a magnificent ride to take the win, with Alfie chasing him home in 3rd and Danny 4th.
The male 10s saw Ciaran Warner pull out all the stops to increase his regional ranking, only narrowly missing out on the A final. Ciaran had to stamp his authority quickly on the B final riders. After a mistimed start his race was looking over by the end of the first straight as he entered the first corner in last place. However, from somewhere Ciaran dug deep, and riding the unconventional long high line, he emerged to finish in 2nd place.
Toby Lachlan delivered his usual high standard of riding in the male 12s and easily made the top final. But lining up on the gate for the main event he was the only rider from the East region and the Midlands racers shut the door on him as he had to settle for 8th.
In the highly competitive male 15 age group, Ethan Cremin raised his game to a level not seen this year, smashing all three of his motos with 1,2,3 finishes to see him line up with the elite of his class from both regions. Ethan’s hardest race this year saw him perform his best ride to finish 3rd on the day.
In the girls 9-10 age group, Zara Lachlan continued her rise through the ranks. There was no way she was letting the Midlands riders steal the show as solid riding through all her motos put her into the final. Taking 5th on the day gave her enough points over the other East riders to put her into top spot overall with only two rounds to go.
MK’s Izzy Ferrada continued her battle for top spot with Peterborough’s Bethany Campbell. All day the pair raced neck and neck with each other, but home track advantage eventually paid off for Bathany, with Izzy having to settle for 2nd
The cruiser classes saw MK’s dynamic duo of Rich Ayles and Len Warner taking on the 30-39 group. Really tough, and sometimes physical, racing saw Richard finish 3rd and Len 5th, but they remain out in front in the overall standings.
In the cruiser 40-44 group, Spencer Cremin and coach Joe Mendes were MK’s top performers on the day. With such a strong class being represented from the Midlands, it was going to be tough to make finals, but even after crashing out in one of his motos, Spencer still managed to finish 2nd on the day, with Joe 3rd.
MK golden girl Sarah Fuller continued to shine in the 30 plus female group, however she realised she was not going to have it all her own way when UK number one Abi Hill from Norwich signed on to race in the morning. Sarah rode every race as if it was the final, with only a tyre’s width separating her and Abi at the finish line.
MK club chairman Marc Devereux said: “We had a great day’s racing, particularly Ethan Cremin and Sarah Fuller who have shown what this club is all about.
“Only last year we were a spent force, but we have certainly risen from the ashes and become one of the main contenders – not just within the East region, but nationally.
“The determination and fight we displayed only fuels us on to bigger and better challenges, It is only a matter of time before we start producing many national champions.”