Blast off!

Blast off!

Just one week after the awesome action at the Hawkstone Park pre-season international the Maxxis British motocross championship kicks off at Cadders Hill, Lyng, in the beautiful county of Norfolk on March 12.

This year’s British series looks like being one of the strongest domestic championships anywhere in the world as 20 GP contenders – a handful of which have won events at the very highest level – will roll into town for round one of the eight-round series. The battle for the podium places promises to be a pleasing one as wild cards Tanel Leok and Marc De Reuver will take on the series’ regulars.

In the MX1 division it’s defending champ Josh Coppins who must surely start as favourite although he’ll have to work hard to beat off championship challengers James Noble, Ken De Dycker, Stephen Sword, Neville Bradshaw, Jussi Vehvilainen and Gordon Crockard.

And the MX2 class is also packed full of talent. East Anglia’s Carl Nunn comes into round one sporting the big fat #1 plate he won in last year’s championship battle and he’s very keen to retake the title. But Nunn will be right up against it as Billy MacKenzie is looking to go one better in ’06 and Brad Anderson, Tommy Searle, Wayne Smith and Dutchman De Reuver will all surely be chasing hard in the two points paying motos.

With MX2 qualifying kicking off at 9:30 and the first race going to the line at 12:30 it’s worth getting to Cadders Hill nice and early so you can soak up all the atmosphere and excitement of the eagerly awaited opening round of the series.

Cadders Hill can be found situated just three miles north of the A47 next to the picturesque village of Lyng. The track will be well signposted from the A47 Norwich to Kings Lynn road and also the A1067 Norwich to Fakenham road. Entrance costs £20 for grown ups with accompanied children under 14 getting in for free.

And just four weeks later on April 9 the championship heads south to the awesome Canada Heights venue in Swanley, Kent, for round two. The sandy hillside circuit normally hosts the opening round of the series and is perennially the most well attended event of the season due to its geographical location just to the east of London and right on the doorstep of the M25 and M20 motorways’ interchange.

For more details on the Maxxis British motocross championships check out the official website –