06 April 2017 Written by Jenni

Belfast threw up plenty of surprises with Brit Adam Chatfield taking a Pro win, and momentarily leading the championship

Round 4; Belfast

At the opening night of the only double-header of the series, leading Brit Chatfield stormed to a brilliant Pro class win, stealing the red plate from Coulon. He grabbed the holeshot and fended off a hard-charging Soubeyras and two-time AX Pro champ Ramette. The French riders threw everything they could at the Honda man, almost taking themselves out of the race at times, but the British bulldog held his ground and, to the cheers of the crowd, threw himself across the finish line to take a well-deserved win.

The highly-competitive Pro Lite class had rejuvenated Chris Bayliss, and he showed just what he was made of when he powered his Buildbase Honda to an impressive race one win, third overall and second in the championship. Local lad Meara was still a little fragile after Birmingham, but nothing was going to keep him away from riding in front of his home crowd. He engaged in an epic race two encounter with Joe Clayton, to the delight of the crowd, to take fifth overall and consolidated his fifth place in the championship. Over in the SuperMinis, Ben Clayton continued his winning ways as did Ashton Boughen in the 65s. Proving the value of racing at home, nine-year-old Charley Irwin from Ballyclare finished second and third to take second overall.

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Young Charley Irwin (#50) did his friends and family proud at his home round

Pro Main
1. Adam Chatfield (UK), #407, Buildbase Honda
2. Cyrille Coulon (FR), #5, SR75 World Suzuki
3. Thomas Ramette (FR), #1, SR75 World Suzuki

Pro Lites Overall
1. Yannis Irsuti, #170
2. Dylan Woodcock, #60
3. Chris Bayliss, #259

Supermini Overall
1. Ben Clayton, #4
2. Bobby Bruce, #579
3. Louie Kessell, #7

Youth 65cc Overall
1. Ashton Boughen, #2
2. Charley Irwin, #50
3. Jake Davies, #7

Round 5; Belfast
The Pro class Main Event was exhilarating, with aforementioned Welsh ‘bad boy’ Greedy making it through – on merit - to the final as the promoter’s choice. Buildbase Honda’s Matt Bayliss held a strong third right up until the final stages, before coming off over the finish line. The previous night’s victor Chatfield was seen trailing at the back. New-to-AX Frenchman, Adrien Escoffier took the win, giving a massive boost to MVR-D Husqvarna with a first-time team Pro win, and Soubeyras emerged as championship leader, with stable-mate Pellegrini second.

Belfast Night 2

Adrien Escoffier put MVR-D Husqvarna on the top stop of the podium with Ramette second and Soubeyras third

In an exhilarating Pro Lites final, Chris Bayliss and Team Green Kawasaki’s Dylan Woodcock were locked in battle, with Irsuti and Joe Clayton in close contention. Crowd fave local Meara, finished a credible fourth. In the SuperMinis, Ben Clayton made up for a race one disappointment, where he finished in an uncustomary second, to take a forceful win and maintain his championship lead over Bobby Bruce and Louie Kessell. The partisan crowd supporting the 65cc class were well rewarded for their support when young Irwin rode a strong race to take second place in the final race and third overall on the night.

Pro Main
1. Adrien Escoffier, #137, MVR-D Husqvarna
2. Thomas Ramette, #1, SR75 World Suzuki
3. Cedric Soubeyras, #85, RFX St Blazey MX

Pro Lites Overall
1. Dylan Woodcock, #60
2. Chris Bayliss, #259
3. Joe Clayton, #14

Supermini Overall
1. Ben Clayton, #4
2. Bobby Bruce, #579
3. Louie Kessell, #7

Youth 65cc Overall
1. Ashton Boughen, #2
2. Ben Mustoe, #3
3. Charley Irwin, #50

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Local lads Charley Irwin, Jason Meara and Matthew Beattie went down a storm with the passionate Belfast crowd

 

Tomorrow; we head to the penultimate round at Sheffield and then hit the final at Wembley!

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