AX Throwback IV; Sheffield
As the 2017 Tour reached its penultimate round, there was all to play for across all classes and there were a couple of new Americans in the mix.
Round 6: Sheffield
A packed and raucous Sheffield Arena witnessed plenty of close action, with different race winners featuring throughout the four AX classes. We welcomed back Washington’s Collin Jurin who was injured out of the 2016 series at this very venue. Together with Californian Dylan Schmoke, he joined the MotoHead-backed WD-40 X-Bladez team.
Cedric Soubeyras was dominant in the heats and qualifying. After winning the Hot Lap, he rode a near perfect Main Event to slightly stretch his Pro championship lead over his team-mate Angelo Pellegrini. Reigning AX champ Thomas Ramette was still in the thick of it in third place, just one point behind the Italian.
Pellegrini, Soubeyras and Ramette left Sheffield with all to play for at Wembley
Dylan Woodcock and Yanis Irsuti took a win apiece in the fast-paced Pro Lites group, with Joe Clayton and Jason Meara also in contention. Chris Bayliss was struck with a stomach bug and missed the evening’s set of races, putting paid to his championship chances. SuperMini championship leader Ben Clayton and race rival Bobby Bruce each claimed a share of the winner’s spoils to tie on points in the overall on-the-day.
In the first Youth 65cc race, Belfast hero Charlie Irwin took his first win of the series, and Ben Mustoe finished second, relegating championship leader Ashton Boughen to third. The series leader bounced back to take the second race win. Local lad Harvey Shaw, fresh from a day of media interviews, bagged an impressive fourth.
Belfast hero Charley Irwin (#50) got stuck in to win his first Youth 65cc race
1. Cedric Soubeyras (FR), #85, RFX St Blazey
2. Angelo Pellegrini (IT), #941, RFX St Blazey
3. Thomas Ramette (FR), #1, SR75 World Suzuki
Pro Lites Overall
1. Yannis Irsuti, #170, I-Fly JK Yamaha
2. Dylan Woodcock, #60, Team Green Kawasaki
3. Jason Meara, #10, RFX St Blazey
1. Bobby Bruce, #579
2. Ben Clayton, #4
3. Carl Osterman, #10
Youth 65cc Overall
1. Ashton Boughen, #2
2. Ben Mustoe, #3
3. Charley Irwin, #50
Local lads and cousins, Harvey Shaw and Kian Knowles helped with AX PR
Pictured [top]; Collin Jurin [#476] on his return to AX, tackles Adrien Escoffier [#137]