We witnessed some of the best racing for a long-time last weekend at Afan. Saturday saw the fight to crown our new national champions for 2019, meaning that every race counted that little bit more! Sunday, riders were back at it, fighting and proving themselves from yesterday’s wins or mistakes!
The new gate start would open up new lines. About Afan:
Afan has been part of the British 4x calendar since 2011 and has also hosted a round of the European 4x series. It’s a stand-out track in the UK because of its line choice, big pro line and rock garden. It’s the roughest and most demanding track in the series, making it the perfect location for this year’s national championships.
The track has had a slight alteration this year. Saturday saw the start gate being moved to point directly down the hill into what was the 2nd turn, making it faster and challenging. On Sunday, it was back to original start, making the track longer and physical on the riders.
Riders were keen to get underway to fight for the jersey this year, with many alternating to a full suspension bike to tackle the terrain. It was also an opportunity for the Women and Senior/Elite men to put their hand up for the World Championships next month in Val Di Sole, Italy.
Davi Roberts Would win qualifying by half a second in the men's field. Racing
The format for Women and Senior/Elite Men would be a qualifying run before knock-out rounds to see who would make it to the A-Final. All other categories would have 3-Motos before knockouts and Finals.
As racing begun, the rivalries started to unfold. Scott Beaumont was going for his 10th jersey but underdogs such as Will Evans, Charlie Currie and Qualifying winner Davi Roberts were not going to make it easy. In the women’s, Natasha Bradley displayed dominance by being the only girl to jump the ‘Pro Line’ and win every race. Megan Wherry and Courtney Abbiss did not make it easy while having their own battles throughout.
In the Other Categories, battles were forming nicely in each heat with every point counting to make sure you had a good gate selection into the first turn. As finals started, there was a sense of adrenaline in the air. Everyone knew that there was something more than just a win on the line, it was a chance to show you are the very best in the country. And your Winners are…
Scott Beaumont tangled with Ben Jones and crashes out early, he would have to sit out the next day and rest for Wold Champs. Davi Roberts was on a stormer all day but luck wasn’t on his side, crashing out in the Semi’s. Into the finals and it was the Cornish pasty Will Evans who lead from the start to take a comfortable win, Dan Wagstaff would crash in the last turn, opening the door to Charlie Currie for 2nd and Connor Hudson who takes another 3rd place of his career.
The women’s final had a close final battle as Megan kept Natasha in her sights. The advantage of the Pro Line allowed Natasha to improve her lead, it was a fight for 2nd between Megan and Courtney with Hannah Escott bringing it home in 4th.
Your new National Champions are:Will Evans
– Senior/Elite MenNatasha Bradley
– WomenBen Tyas
– 13 to 14 BoysFinn Clarke
– 15 to 16 BoysWill Mills
– 17 to 18 BoysJames Wilson
– 30-39 Men Richard Barrett
Will Evans and Natasha Bradley would be wearing the jerseys (or sleeve) for the next year.A quick Overview of Sundays Racing:
Again, the 1st turn provided plenty of action because of the variety of manoeuvres and line choices taken by the racers. It was also time to ‘prove a point’ if you did or didn’t win the day before. Riders focuses now switched the overall series with more points up for grabs in the Semi’s and Finals.
The Pro Line would again catch some people out due to the wind and hit the ground hard. Luckily, no one injured. It would be a day of redemption for some with Duncan Ferris taking the win in the elite class and Megan Wherry in the Women’s due to Natasha becoming ill overnight. Ben Tyas and Will Mills displayed why they are national champions by winning the A-finals in their categories. Lewis Ashe arrived late Saturday evening to take the win in the Seniors while ‘Snap Attack’ Michael Dewsnap took the win in the combined master’s and Grand Vets class.
The next round will be at Falmouth on 25th and
the 26th August, meaning it is a double header
of racing again!
We hope to see you there!
Video and Writing: Behind The Tape Productions
Photos: Charles A RobertsonResults: Saturday