Day one of the final round of the Red Bull Elite Youth Cup at Culham has finished and we’ve crowned two more champions!.The track has been prepped to perfection and looks superb and we were treated to some spectacular riding in all the classes.
The Rookie class had promised to be one of the showdowns of the season but with McCanney still injured I tmade life a little easier for Nathan Watson. However, Watson aboard his HM Plant Red Bull KTM was untouchable today. In the first race he worked through the pack from 12th, in the second he came through from 19th and in the last a much better start in fourth gave him an easy run home. Watson made it three from three today with the determination worthy of a champion. However the weekend is not over and the other riders on form are Oakleaf Kawaski rider Tommy Alba with a solid days riding putting him in second overall at the end of day 1 with Shaun Springer in third after a fantastic third moto finish of second place.
The Big Wheel class has already been settled by the younger Watson (Ben) who is away racing in Holland this weekend. With Watson away the others will play, so to spea,k and they certainly did. Robert Davidson was keen to make his mark and took two victories to be the points leader going into day two. Tom Neal sits in second after taking a fourth, a win and a second. Jack Gardner had a solid day of riding and led a couple of the motos but couldn’t quite hold on for the win, but could be one to watch for tomorrow.
The Small Wheel class is yet another one to be wrapped up by the end of day 1. Sid Evans had a comfortable margin going into the last round but the day didn’t start off well with a DNF after bike troubles and again he was plagued with problems in the second mot slipping back to sixth. All sorted for the third moto he took a fourth place and with Jay Hague DNF he took the championship. The rider of the day however was William Keogh who just seems to keep pumping in consistent rides every weekend. He must be thinking if only he’d not been injured for the first round as he would have been a title contender. Keogh sits at the top of the days points but only 6 points ahead of Jordan Eccles, as there has been little to separate them all day. Once again one of the fastest riders out on track has been Jay Hague but as mentioned a DNF in the third moto ruined his chances of taking the title. Another rider who keeps getting stronger and stronger in his first season in the small wheel is little Taylor Hammal. A class act and with a fourth, seventh and third he sits in third place going into day two.
Alexander Brown set off like a man possessed today just like he did at the opening round back in April. He has taken three wins from three and puts himself in a strong position for the tittle going into the final day and has a 54 point lead over Jed Etchells. Harry Kimber returned to form back on a slightly more hard pack circuit which is much more to his liking and two second places and a third and sits second in points for the day. Good rides once again from Tom Grimshaw, Oliver Consterdine and Charlie Cole as they battle it out for the remaining trophy spots.
Photos: Ian Roxburgh