13th July 2017
The British Youth Championship heads north on Saturday afternoon as it is the turn of Redcar to host the cream of the Young British Lions, at a 2pm start time.
After last Sunday unfortunate abandonment of Round 5 at Leicester where 500cc Series Leader Daniel Gilkes had a suspected back injury, and was taken to hospital by the Leicester track ambulance which left lack of medical cover at the track, this Saturday round now becomes even more important as it looks as if at this stage the championship will now be run over 7 rounds and not 8, although the Young Lions Management are still working with the Leicester promotion in the hope of possibly re-staging their event later in the year.
Good news received from the Gilkes household is that Daniel was just battered and bruised , and fortunately nothing was broken, although at the time of going to press it is unsure if the Redcar round will come round too early for Gilkes to make his return.
If Gilkes does not make Saturday, then Drew Kemp will be making the most of trying to make up some vital points in the chase for the 500cc British Title, although sure not to have it all his own way as riders with National League experience Kean Dicken and local Redcar rider Carl Basford are also attending.
Leon Flint who looked in such good form at Leicester last week, will be hoping to continue his form and increase his lead at the top of the 250cc series table, ahead of the likes of Jason Edwards, Nathan Ablitt, Jordan Palin and the Thompson Twins.
A large class of 20 plus riders will be riding in the support class of the 125cc which includes local lads Alex Goldsborough and Elliot Kelly