VIDEO: Corad Mewse vs Jeffrey Herlings – ACU British Champioship – Round 3 Blaxhall

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It’s been the battle of five-times world champ Jeffry Herlings and current British champion Conrad Mewse in the British championship this year, with every single moto being won by one of them.

Herlings took the overall at the first two rounds and arrived with a six point lead in the series. But Mewse was in the mood for a battle on a track he loves.

For Mewse, he was in incredible form all day. He set the fastest time in qualifying then came from third place through to take the lead away from Herlings and he held it to the flag in a shortened race so an injured rider could be attended to. But it was an event cut short after the first block of racing when three of the four on-site ambulances had to rush to hospital with two injured riders and a spectator thought to be having a heart attack. Without the required emergency cover, the event was abandoned so Mewse’s moto win meant he was the overall winner. And he moved to within three points of red plate holder Herlings in the championship.

Tristan Purdon took third overall, but veteran Martin Barr moved up to third in the series.

Conrad Mewse: “It’s so special to get the win by coming from behind and overtaking Herlings. Right from the start of the day I felt really good, and I had some good lines. I followed him and he made a little mistake, so I capitalised on it. I knew I had the pace from the start and felt comfortable leading. He’s winning GPs so to be battling with him is great. I’m a bit disappointed I didn’t get to race with him again in the second moto, but the win is fantastic for me and the team. For the last four weeks I was away from home, riding and testing to get ready for this event which is on a track I love. It was where I won my first MX1 race last year and I like the conditions – sandy and rough. You need an incredibly good bike and my Crendon Tru7 Honda certainly is that – a credit to the whole team.”

Top 10 MX1 Results:

  1. #426 Conrad Mewse (Honda)
  2. #84 Jeffrey Herlings (KTM)
  3. #41 Tristan Pourdon (Husqvarna)
  4. #714 Brad Todd (Honda)
  5. #50 Martin Barr (Honda)
  6. #16 Tom Grimshaw (KTM)
  7. #6 Carlton Husband (Kawasaki)
  8. #10 Jason Meara (GasGas)
  9. #92 Dan Thornhill (Husqvarna)
  10. #301 Shaun Southgate (Yamaha)

The sole MX2 race was initially led by Elliott Banks-Browne who soon succumbed to pressure from Cas Valk and red plate holder Jack Chambers, followed by Joel Rizzi.

Jake Nicholls rounded the first lap in fourth place, one spot in front of Taylor Hammal in a show of strength for the Crendon Tru7 Honda machines. For the next six laps, the pair battled it out until Hammal got by then he rapidly deposed of Rizzi and caught up to third placed Banks-Browne.

Cas Valk

The pair rode hard and when Hammal made a passing attempt, Banks-Browne parried back but lost the front end and crashed. Hammal hit his rival’s bike and also went down, remounting in distant eighth place which is where he finished. Local favourite Nicholls was right there to snatch fourth place, and crossed the line in the shadow of third place man Rizzi. Valk’s win mean he now has moved to within two points of American GP rider Chambers.

Cas Valk:  “Happy about the day at Blaxhall. I had a good qualifying with p2 only 0.1 of p1 and had a good start in race1. I quickly got in the lead and managed the race good to win it! Unfortunately there was no second race due to some circumstances with the ambulances. This gave me the win on the day so happy with that! Now I have 2 weekends off before we go again in foxhills!”

Top 10 MX2 Results:

  1. #172 Cas Valk (KTM)
  2. #12 Jack Chambers (Kawasaki)
  3. #912 Joel Rizzi (Kawasaki)
  4. #45 Jake Nicholls (Honda)
  5. #53 Dylan Walsh (Kawasaki)
  6. #100 Tommy Searle (Kawsaki)
  7. #98 Todd Kellett (Yamaha)
  8. #25 Taylor Hammal (Honda)
  9. #616 Ollie Colmer (KTM)
  10. #731 Alfie Jones (Husqvarna)


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