British Motocross Championship

Jake Millward mixes it up with the GP pack at Lyng MXGP

Jake Millward

Jake Millward

The Revo ACU British Motocross Championship fuelled by Gulf Race Fuels this weekend finally allowed spectators for the first time since 2019. This second round was held at Cadders Hill in Lyng, Norfolk – an iconic sand track that attracted more than a hand full of top-class GP riders.

Jake Millward – MX1

After a three-year break, Jake Millward is back racing with Verde Substance KTM. This year he feels confident that this season will be the turning point in his career.

He loves the bike, feels comfortable with the team and has been putting in plenty of pre-season training.

Millward qualified sixth which suited him fine, just a split second behind Searle. However, it was race one that really showed the pace Millward is capable of. He got a good jump out the gate and hauled up the start straight in fourth. He was among all the GP riders who switched about a bit for the first half of the race.

Walsh then crashed putting him back to eighth and Millward moved up to third place behind Herlings and Wason.

He was pushed hard by the chasing threesome of Sterry, Searle and Kullas but none could find away around him. Then with two laps to go Millward stepped up the pace and pulled a comfortable gap, sealing an excellent third.

Race two wasn’t quite as straight forward and nerves on the start meant he set off without his holeshot devise activated, which left him in 12th place. It was a tough, rough track and one that was extremely hard to make a pass on. However, he managed to pick his way through riders one by one. He was on the back wheel of Kullas as he approached the chequered flag but couldn’t quite make his move in time.

Millward would finish a respectable eighth place, giving him fifth overall, and level on points with fourth-place Sterry.

Brad Anderson – MX2

Ando managed sixth place in qualification which he was more than happy with and his first race was awesome. Ando got the holeshot and hauled up the Cadders Hill out front on his two-stroke KTM. Mewse soon made a move leaving Ando in a comfortable second. But a mistake partway through the race saw the EMX Open champion have a big off down into the bombhole leaving him battered and bruise. But angry Ando jumped straight back up and charged after the pack – picking them off one by one he managed to finish in sixth place.

Brad Anderson

Brad Anderson

Race two was okay but his foot slipped off the footpeg during the sighting lap and his back ached from his big off.

He got a bad start sitting down in 10th but caught up to the pack, picking off a few to finish a respectable eighth place. He was disappointed with seventh overall as he had hoped for a podium finish. But he remains positive going forward to the next round at Canada Heights.

Jake Preston – MX2

Jake Preston, the newest member of the team is also new to the ACU MX2 class. Having been sweeping the podium step in all the expert classes, moving up to the pro class was the next obvious move, but a massive jump all the same.

Preston was pleased with his performance today, especially as it was his first time racing at Lyng, a brutal sand track and a packed class of 40 riders. He managed only 34th in qualification but improved as the day went on. In race one he finished 27th and race two, an excellent 23rd for 27th overall. He would have liked to hit the points bracket but now feels confident looking ahead to the next round at Canada Heights in a couple of weeks time.

Team Manager Adrian Kirk: “It was a stressful start to the weekend with over half the team having vehicle issues on the way down, but we managed to pull together to gain some good results on race day.

“Jake Millward rode awesome in race one, not buckling when put under pressure from Sterry and Searle.

“Ando got the holeshot and miraculously managed a fantastic ride in his first race too, despite a massive off which most wouldn’t have managed a race recovery from.

“Jake Preston also rode awesome. It’s the first time racing this brutal track, and alongside a new level of talent he could easily have knocked his confidence but he dug deep and made an improvement in his second race. I feel confident for all the team going into round three at Canada Heights.”