British Youth Championships caught on camera

Northside winners of the day including local lad Kyle Bickley, from Workington.

Northside winners of the day including local lad Kyle Bickley, from Workington.

The Six Series overall winners, including Jack Parkinson-Blackburn who won two trophies.

The Six Series overall winners, including Jack Parkinson-Blackburn who won two trophies.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The final round of the British Youth Championships took place at Northside, Workington on the 26 September.

The fixture had been scheduled to run in August but the delay did nothing to dull the competitive nature of the talented youngsters. The Championship has four different classes with 500cc and 250cc counting as championships and 125cc and 150cc.

The 500cc and 250cc Championships had been decided in earlier rounds with Jack Parkinson-Blackburn having won all five previous 500cc events but in a series that has seen riders such as Kyle Howarth come through it could he go a step further and claim a sixth victory on a tricky track. While Tom Brennan had clinched the 250cc title.

The event got off to an exciting start as in the first heat of the day a 125cc race, McGuirk and Shimelt retired from the race giving Wright the win ahead of the only female rider Thirtle. The 150cc were next with only four riders for the competition it gave a good opportunity for the riders to show how they progressed through a meeting and Palin took the chance by winning four of the five races.

Then battle started in the 250cc with local rider Bickley showing there is talent in the area as he romped to a win. The main event started with Blackburn riding in the first heat and showing why his is tipped for big things with an easy win. As the meeting progressed several riders stood out along with Blackburn and the Grand Finals at the end showed that there is a future for the sport.

The 125cc final had as much drama as the first heat with Farish and D. Thompson not finishing as J. Thompson beat Hitchen. The 150cc final had everything with false starts and riders crashing but all four finished with Palin beating McCoy, Morris and Clayton. The final of the 250cc saw Bickley looking to win on his home track and up until the final lap Flint was going to stop him when entering bend two he fell allowing Bickley through to take the win. The 500cc final saw Blackburn looking to remain unbeaten in the competition and did so with style beating Halder, Douglas and Whitmore.

As it was the final round there were presentations of not only the meeting trophies but the overall winners with the Championship winners enjoying a champagne moment even if it was only fizzy orange.

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