The AMCA Superclass Championship kicks off on Sunday (April 15) with the first of two rounds being run at Lower Drayton promoted by Cannock MXC.
As usual, the Superclass format will be three unlimited-capacity motos at each round as the fast MX1 lads go head-to-head with the high-flying MX2 pilots. Invited to enter the title chase are the final top 16 from both the 2017 AMCA MX1 and MX2 British championship classes along with the top two finishers from the 2017 AMCA Two-stroke and Vets championships.
Already confirmed as starters for round one are a whole host of potential podium-finishers including the defending champion Luke Burton, James Dodd, Gary Gibson, Paul Neale, Josh Waterman, Ryan Crowder, Richard Cannings, Andrew Smart and Jack Gardner. Also on the card and new for 2018 as support for the main event will be a Superclass Challenge open to all 2017 AMCA Expert licence holders which will be filled strictly on a first-come, first-served basis.
Although it’s still early season, you can expect the Superclass action to be red-hot as for the first time ever there’s going to be prize money – a tempting total of £4,260 over the two rounds – for the top five overall at both rounds and in the final 2018 standings along with random pay-outs for riders finishing anywhere between sixth and 36th.
With a history stretching all the way back to 1952, the AMCA Superclass has an illustrious list of former winners including Dick Clayton, Gary Evans, Adrian Bradley, Gary Davies, Phil Mercer, Lee Dunham and back in 1978 future world champion Dave Thorpe. The last time the event was run in 2016, Burton (FUS Husqvarna) took the title.
Lower Drayton will be signposted from Junction 13 of the M6 and Penkridge town centre.