18th August 2016
The Mitas British Youth Championship enters its penultimate round this coming Saturday at the Arlington Stadium Eastbourne for a 6pm start time.
With six rounds completed and two rounds to go, the conclusion of the final two rounds is not for the faint hearted.
The 500cc classes is a straight race for the title between the two riders who have been vying for the top sport all year Kyle Bickley who comes from Workington and Tom Brennan who has recently made his National League debut for the Eastbourne Eagles, with current third place rider Jordan Jenkins with an outside chance of sneaking the title if he was to win the last two rounds.
The championship is run over eight rounds with each rider being able to drop one round, and currently with Bickley and Brennan dropping their worst round to date, Bickley is leading the championship by four points, with Jenkins a further thirteen points behind Bickley.
Also competing in the 500cc class is 14 year old Luke Woodhull who has qualified for the last four finals, so in good form, and also riders who have all made their National League debuts this year and hoping to follow in to the footsteps of 2015 competitors the likes of Birminghams Jack Parkinson Blackburn and Coventry’s Jamie Halder will be Sam Bebee, Taylor Hampshire, Kean Dicken and Sam Woolley.
In the 250cc class Leon Flint who hails from Berwick near the Scottish Borders is leading the series by four points from Jason Edwards again at this stage with each of the competitors dropping their worst round, so again in this class with thirty six points still available over the remaining two rounds it is certainly all still to play for.
Drew Kemp looks certain to claim the third place prize in this class, unless he can finish the series with two wins to put the pressure on both Flint and Edwards.
Probably the most amazing story to come out of this years series to date is that Sussex born Nathan Abliit who competes in the 150cc support class, has yet to lose a race in the whole series, and again with two rounds to go, can Ablitt be the first rider ever to go a whole eight round series undefeated?
Also in the 150cc class local riders to the Eastbourne venue are competing Saturday, James Laker, Mason O’Rourke and Jamie Bursill.
In the 125cc class with both the McGurk brothers and Thompson Twins away in the Czech Republic competing for the European 125cc title, there is still a good turn out in this class with Yorkshire boy Jordan Palin favourite to claim his second win of this years series, although don’t rule out Mickie Simpson and nine year old Luke Harrison.
Across the four classes there will be 30 riders competing in 34 races.