Dobby back for more as KWSMX series heads for Donington
JAMIE DOBB makes his third appearance on home soil in ’03 when he lines up at round two of the KWS British International Masters MX series at Donington Park on March 22/23. Dobby, the ’01 world 125cc champ, picked up a foot injury at the opening round at Matchams in February but it’s not going to stop him going for the win at Donington. “It’s my last race before the first GP and I’m looking forward to it,” he says. With Dobby sitting out the second race at Matchams – and winning wild card Pit Beirer not in action – Chambers KTM’s Mark Hucklebridge takes centre stage with a six-point lead over MJ Church Kawasaki’s Carl Nunn. “Hopefully this is an indication of the way my season’s going to go and the KTM’s great – she’s awesome,” reckons Huck. “We’ve been testing in Spain and have put a lot of work in which is starting to pay off.” The Pro 125 division saw reigning champ Stephen Sword tie on points at the end of the day with Wayne Smith. Swordy won the first moto fairly comfortably but two crashes in race two allowed Y-Bike KTM’s Smith to level things up. And Tom Church – Swordy’s team-mate on the Albion KTM team – is snapping at their heels in third, just seven points adrift. The Rob Herring-designed track will be run in the reverse direction to that used last year at the ’02 series opener with Robbie helping reprofile the jumps for the meeting. Alongside the two Pro classes there will be a full programme of youth races and AMCA supports. Admission charges are £15 for adults, £5 for five to 14-year-olds and free for under fives – although dbr readers can once again cut out the coupon so save a five. There will also be free camping and a bar and disco on the Friday and Saturday nights. For more information contact the info lines on 01942 866669/07774 217932 or check out the website at www.kwsmx.com Donington Park is situated off junction 23A of the M1. Youth and AMCA races kick off at noon on the Saturday and Pro qualification gets the ball rolling on the Sunday at 8.30am.
Why Jeffro’s hungry for more…
“More sweet and sour than the chicken from Mr Wang!” That’s what I told my mate when he asked how the racing went at the weekend. “Oh yeah, why was that?” So I explained to him that the first round of the KWS International series was awesome, it was just me who was a shambles – the day almost finished me. I tell ya, this series is as sweet as candy and hopefully you’ll all get enough to rot your teeth. Matchams Park was heaving with MX fans who have been starved of quality meetings for so long they’ve probably been bingeing on MX videos instead. The track was gnarly – huge bumps, technical jumps, big berms and deep ruts, everything an MX track should be. Lovely stuff! If you’re a true fan of the sport that alone should stir movement in the under-carriage department. The event ran as smoothly as the mellow tones of Sir Jack Burnicle on the mic, who along with ex-British champ Paul Malin kept everyone informed of what was happening (and those two know more info about the riders than anyone needs to know – good for the fans, bad for us riders). The racing in the youth classes was excellent. Those young ones shift on at some pace – I hope they remember to respect their elders or I’ll have to start dishing out Chinese burns. Like I said, the event was sweet and I’m sure the taste will linger in my big gob for some time to come. And just like all things good, I’m looking forward for more…starting at Donington on March 22/23. See you all there! Jeffro Standings Pro 125 1 Sword 57 points, 2 Smith 57, 3 Church 50, 4 Lyons 42, 5 Law 28, 6 MacKenzie 23, 7 Winstanley 21, 8 Mercer 18, 9 Gowland 18, 10 Saunders 17 Pro Open 1 Beirer 60 points, 2 Hucklebridge 52, 3 Nunn 46, 4 Kovalainen 44, 5 Noble 38, 6 Flockhart 34, 7 McCullough 28, 8 Dobb 27, 9 Anderson 22, 10 Lillywhite 18 AMCA 125 1 Powell 79 points, 2 Brewster 76, 3 Chillemi 69, 4 Mathia 60, 5 Gray 59, 6 Lane 57, 7 Hodgson 44, 8 Brightmore 42, 9 Smith 38, 10 Clark 37 AMCA Open 1 Aisworth 87 points, 2 Hollis 82, 3 Kenningley 71, 4 Marshall 69, 5 Burgess 67, 6 Buck 55, 7 Locke 44, 8 Grimshaw 43, 9 Osmond 35, 10 Jones 28 Remaining dates March 22/23 Donington Park April 26/27 Douglas Point, IoM June 14/15 Foxhill, Swindon August 15/16 Lisburn, NI September 20/21 Leisure Lakes, Lancs