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Maxxis 2017 UK Flat Track Championships Round Five

July 7, Adrian Flux Arena, Kings Lynn

Report by IAN OSBORNE

Round five of the 2017 UK Flat Track Championships put on by the DTRA (Dirt Track Riders Association) saw the series continue in spectacular fashion at the Adrian Flux Arena in Kings Lynn. A well prepared and fast riding track, live online coverage and a warm sunny evening that led into floodlit finals provided the perfect setting for some top class flat track racing.

The Pro class A-final saw Tom Neave get a flying start as he led Alan Birtwistle, Toby Hales, Aidan Collins and Sam Hurst through turn one. Neave was on top form and started to open a gap on his competition. He continued to ride with flawless precision to take the win. Behind, Birtwistle held his line to take second with Hales continuing to ride well as he beat Collins for the final spot on the podium.

In the Restricted class it was Louis Breton who had the edge into turn one with Neil MacQueen, Jon Bell and Joe Banks hot on his heels. It remained tight at the front but MacQueen found his way through into the lead. He continued to ride well to take a well-earned win. The battle behind continued with James Andrew snagging second and Bell held on to third.

The Vintage class saw some closely fought action as Gary Birtwistle, Frank Chatokhine and David Webb all hit the first turn together. It was Birtwistle who pulled ahead with Webb second and Chatokhine chasing hard in third. The battle of the top three continued all the way to the line with Birtwistle taking the win. Chatokhine got the edge on Webb in the final turn relegating him to third as they hit the line.

Mike Hill continued his dominance in the ever-competitive Thunderbike class. Hill got a fast start, moved straight to the front and pulled away for another win in the series. Behind, Geoff Cain was in second with Ross Herrod third. A fast charging Jon Bell worked his way through taking both Herrod and Cain to take second. Herrod held strong for third.

In the Rookie class Grant Martin instantly grabbed the holeshot as he led Lee Sadler and Martin Mills. Martin was on fire as he pulled away for a classy victory. The battle behind continued all the way to the line. Sadler held strong for second with Mills having to settle for third.

The Youth Junior class saw Charlie Kelly back on fine form as he took the win with Wilbur Skip and Thomas Hunt taking second and third respectively. In the Youth Intermediate class Jack Bell rode a brilliant race to take the win ahead of his rival Ted Wilkinson. Luke Gardner rode well to round out the podium.

Round six and seven of the Maxxis 2017 UK Flat Track Championships will place at Amman Valley Trotting Track on August 12-13.

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Few videos

 

Look like they are having trouble with the track here.Not sure if there were problems,but they seem to be poodling a bit or is it just me?

 

Carl Fogarty crashing

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DvbuU3p4ycE

 

Guy Martin racing a chopper!!!

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mEgxvX7ajF4

 

Bit of a round up

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bW-9dR8esYk


Report of Foggy's crash and injuries

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hyMULM7ID1I

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Dirt Quake is a unique event that has mostly inexperienced riders competing on unsuitable machinery so it is fair to say they are 'poodling'.

 

The allure is lost on many of us who race flat track the rest of the season but it is hugely popular, far more so than the DTRA Championship which is what I would consider 'proper' racing. Each to their own I guess and at least it does get a lot of motorcyclists attending a Speedway track.

 

The report you included is actually from Friday nights DTRA Championship event which is still available to be seen on the Dirt Track Riders Association page on Facebook. Doubtless it will appear on youtube eventually.

 

Keep an eye open for the Pro class B final which has an old feller on #95 leading it while there is a very spectacular crash behind him with a bike and rider managing to fly the length of the straight.

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I watched this last night. Most noticeable thing, after watching speedway on these tracks, is how slow it looked in comparison.

 

Interesting that Kevin Doolan took part in one of the races. Not surprisingly, with speedway experience, he won it.

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Yes,i have to say when i watched the first video i was wondering if it was the end of a race(poor editing i thought) and they were riding back to the pits,until they just kept going.....That is just an observation and not a criticism by the way.

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I watched this last night. Most noticeable thing, after watching speedway on these tracks, is how slow it looked in comparison.

 

Interesting that Kevin Doolan took part in one of the races. Not surprisingly, with speedway experience, he won it.

 

Yes, Kevin Doolan had one race win at the meeting but also finished fairly low down the results in another race:

Kevin Doolan In Flat Track Action

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Yes, Kevin Doolan had one race win at the meeting but also finished fairly low down the results in another race:

Kevin Doolan In Flat Track Action

So he had two races?Or could you explain what you mean.I am confused now.....

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Reading about Fogarty's injuries, I've seen speedway riders have much harder falls, howarth on Monday for example, and walking away, is that down to the protective gear of just luck?

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Yes,i have to say when i watched the first video i was wondering if it was the end of a race(poor editing i thought) and they were riding back to the pits,until they just kept going.....That is just an observation and not a criticism by the way.

 

To be fair that isn't proper flat track but lads on unsuitable bikes having a go at racing. The regular flat track series is quite a lot faster though will never be as quick as Speedway bikes as they are not as specialised and also run on road legal tyres. It's a similar sport to Speedway only in so far as it's two wheels on a Speedway track, the way it's ridden is very different, very much more like early Speedway from what I have seen on video of those days.

 

Race from 3 years ago at Kings Lynn and it's getting faster every year without a doubt. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xllaEoiKiNQ

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On Eurosport now

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