Anyone who thought the 365 metre track at Berwick on Saturday night would be too big to host the British 125cc Final, were to be proved wrong, as the 8 qualifying heats and 1 final produced some fantastic races.
Infront of a good turn out from the Berwick faithful in what was more like autumn weather conditions, the top 8 from this years British Youth Championship not only impressed the watching public, but also the 16 competing “Stars of Tomorrow” senior riders and the Berwick and Edinburgh promotion who were both in attendance.
It was always going to a difficult night for the 8 riders as proved with each of them being beaten at least once on their way to trying to make the winner takes all final.
It would be no surprise that after the 8 qualifying heats the top 4 of Joe and Dan Thompson, Jordan Palin and Harry McGurk, all secured enough points to make the final, and even though Sam McGurk, Mickie Simpson, Luke Harrison and Corban Pavitt were all disappointed not to make the final, they all enjoyed the occasion and to be sure their time will come.
Dan Thompson who was only beaten by his twin Joe on the way to the final, had 1st pick of gates and selected the outside to hopefully make a big swoop around the first corner, Jordan, who’s only defeat was by Dan selected the gate 3, Joe Thompson went off 2, which left Harry the inside gate 1 start position, which as Harry had last pick he was pleased with.
Coming in to the 1st bend, you could not call it, and coming down the long back straight, it was anyone’s to call, as all 4 riders were neck and neck going in to lap 2.
The Thompson twins just about edged in front, with Dan having slightly more speed than Joe, and with both Jordan and Harry chasing hard to try and get in the mix for a rostrum position.
After Joe winning this British Title in 2015, and Dan finishing runner up, this time round it was Dans turn to stand on top of the rostrum with the title of British Champion, and Joe had to settle for the Runners Up position.
Jordan Palin completed the rostrum places with his first top 3 finish, and perhaps this British Title came slightly too early for Harry, who has recently just returned from a double fracture of his upper arm.
All in all yet another great event, and now the Mitas British Youth Championship moves on to Leicester for Round 5 on Sunday 31st July
Young Lions would like to thank the Berwick promotion for hosting the event, making us feel so welcome, and we look forward to returning in the near future.