British Motocross Championship

Jake Nicholls brushes off ‘silly mistakes’ to turn Culham into good day

Jake Nicholls

Jake Nicholls

Crendon Fastrack Honda’s Jake Nicholls missed most of last season through injury but left the Culham circuit happy despite a troubled first race at the opening round of the Revo ACU British Motocross Championship.

After setting the fourth quickest lap in qualifying, he got boxed in on the start then crashed twice while working his way through the pack with a damaged bike. But in the second race, the popular rider made amends and was challenging the leading group all moto.

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Following some fierce battles on the roughening track, he took a strong fifth place to secure a ninth overall and 24 championship points.

Jake Nicholls

Jake Nicholls

Jake Nicholls: “It was a good day. I was good in qualifying, then in the first race had two crashes with silly mistakes – I rushed into it instead of taking my time. I bent the front disc and had no front brake but came home 13th.

“The second race I got a good start and got stuck in. I was really enjoying it, being back in the mix. It was nice to have proper battles.”

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Team owner Dave Thorpe was full of praise for his squad. “It’s a testament to how hard the riders and whole team have worked all winter. So we leave with lots of positives,” said the triple world 500 champion.

Team-mate Tommy Searle started the defence of his British championship title with a flawless ride to a double race win.