Round 5 of the Mitas British Youth Championship at Leicester produced another great afternoon of British Youth Speedway, and again all credit to all the competing riders and also the Leicester track staff for producing such a great race circuit.
The 500cc class seems to be the class of 2016, with a number of riders chasing the top spot.
The favourites for this class before the season started were both Kyle Bickley and Tom Brennan and as expected both riders are right up there with three rounds to go, but also don’t rule out Jordan Jenkins who won his first British Youth Championship round since he won a round at Iwade in the 125cc class back in 2014.
Jenkins who only turned 15 last Tuesday, had a tough afternoon just to make it to the final, as was harshly excluded in a first bend incident in his third ride, and then had the pressure of a must win fourth ride to qualify for the final, and ended up having the last pick of gates in the all important final.
Brennan who was undefeated in the heats chose gate two, with Bickley who only dropped one point coming off the inside, and Luke Woodhull for the third consecutive round making it to the final coming from gate three.
This left Jenkins the outside gate, and if the truth was known Jenkins was happy with his pick, as he had the chance to do a big swoop around the first and second bend, and that’s exactly what he did.
Perhaps both the series top two of Bickley and Brennan were concerned with each other, and with this in mind, Jenkins made the gate of his life, and was gone in the distance with no chance of the other three getting anywhere near him, to clinch what was a tremendous win on the afternoon and keep the series in this class wide open.
Bickley and Brennan were fighting the whole four laps for the minor places, and although Bickley held second for three and a half laps, Brennan never gave up and managed to pass Bickley on the last corner, and this could be vital come the end of the series.
It would also be fair to say that Luke Woodhull at this stage of the season would be the most improved rider in this class, although a top three finish in this round was just out of reach for the Leicester born rider, who doesn’t turn 15 until November.
With only four riders competing in the 250cc class, Leon Flint was the stand out performer in this round, although didn’t have it all his own way, as was beaten in the third heat by the impressive Drew Kemp just to keep him on his toes for the final.
Jason Edwards had a quiet afternoon not winning a heat although still is leading the series along with Flint on 82 points, so definitely still all to ride for in the last three rounds.
If Woodhull is the most improved rider in this years series, then it would be fair to say that Kemp in the 250cc class would be the best newcomer thus far.
In the support classes Nathan Ablitt incredibly went through another round undefeated to make that five rounds out of five undefeated in the 150cc, and the home pair of Joe and Dan Thompson who ride at Leicester on a weekly basis dominated the 125cc class and again finished first and second in this class.
Young Lions would also like to thank the Leicester supporters for turning out in good numbers to give their support to the British Youth.
The next round is at the National Stadium Belle Vue on Sunday 14th August, and probably the round that all the riders are looking forward to the most, riding in what is undoubtedly the best stadium in the UK.