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Herlings Heads to England

Herlings Heads to England

May 20

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With the opening round of the AMA Nationals this weekend, we all know where our eyes will be focusing as young Australian Jett Lawrence tries to continue his undefeated run in the Outdoors. No doubt with Tom Vialle and Dylan Ferrandis and Hunter Lawrence also racing, us GP fans will be following their performances as well, but in Europe, it is Canada Heights in the UK that will attract most of our attention on Sunday.

The former fastest man on the planet, Jeffrey Herlings of the Red Bull KTM Factory team will be racing, up against young lion, Conrad Mewse, with the defending champion hoping he can hang with the Dutchman, just as he did in the last round, when Herlings won, but Mewse showed all his talent to battling the five time World motocross champion.

Jeffrey Herlings: For me, racing these type of races really helps me get sharp for the MXGP series, and I really enjoy racing in front of the English spectators, who are often some of the best in our sport. It is the perfect preperation for the next round of the World MXGP championship in Germany and I will be a great chance to work on my starts.

Herlings won the first round of the British Championship in Lyng back in April as he took part in the race in Lyng to keep the race pace high and to prepare himself for what was the next three races of the MXGP world championship. However, his injured ribs still bothered him during the day.

The weather conditions were not positive in Lyng because it rained a lot. This made the circuit muddy and Herlings took his time during training to build up his speed. He ended up third fastest, which was enough for a good starting position in both heats.

In the first heat Herlings had a consistent race. In the treacherous conditions he rode in second place for the entire race and increased the pressure in the closing stages to overtake the race leader. Herlings tried everything but couldn’t find a place to take over the lead and came home in second.

In the second moto Jeffrey immediately took the lead in the race. He set a fast pace and started walking away from the rest of the field. Herlings won the heat with a lead of 47 seconds and thus secured the overall victory.

Herlings leads the championship with Mewse, both in 47 points, with Josh Gilbert third on 38 points.

Nestled in Swanley, Kent, Canada Heights stands as a testament to history, once a campsite for Canadian troops during World War I. Since 1952, it's been a cornerstone of off-road motorcycle sports, hosting events from local competitions to international races.

Legendary Terrain: The circuit's layout, with its long straights and sharp turns on tricky slopes, challenges riders' endurance and skill, demanding precision and determination for victory. From Past to Present: Despite its humble beginnings, Canada Heights underwent a transformation in 1985, becoming a premier motorcycling destination thanks to support from the Sidcup Club, the Sports Council, and sponsors.

Home of Champions: Today, Canada Heights welcomes the second round of the Dirt Store ACU British Motocross Championship. Spectators can expect a day filled with adrenaline-pumping races, family-friendly atmosphere, and unforgettable moments as riders compete for victory.

Excitement Awaits: From the thrilling races to the crowning of round Champions, the Dirt Store ACU British Motocross Championship promises excitement and entertainment for all, marking another milestone in the circuit's rich history.

More information later in the week and no doubt, we will have the live results and a round-up throughout Sunday. If you are looking at going, get your tickets right HERE. Ray Archer image

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