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South African Neville Bradshaw steals the show in the Evo Class with his 4-outright race wins @ Farleigh Castle VMXDN while British team take team honours.

South African Neville Bradshaw steals the show in the Evo Class with his 4-outright race wins @ Farleigh Castle VMXDN while British team take team honours.

British teams swept to victory in both blue riband classes of the Vets Nations at Farleigh Castle, winning the twin-shock and Evo classes, against tough international competition from the USA in the world's biggest retro motocross festival. The highlight in the VMXDN Evo class came from South Africa’s Neville Bradshaw, from the Global ASP, World Net Logistics, Tork Craft, RwandAir, Motul Team, stealing the show with his 4-outright race wins.

With over 600 riders competing at the historic Farleigh Castle circuit, thousands of spectators saw close racing in all the classes over two days. Overnight heavy rain hit the famous track only lots of work on Sunday morning made the wet track ridable, and it dried up well by the end of the day.

The highlight was the Evo Des Nations battle which saw current and former GP and AMA pro riders go head-to-head on bikes that officially should have been made before 1989. Although Mike Brown's Husky clearly flouted the rules as it had a very modern front end.

But it was Team England that ran away with the Evo Nations victory, as Kurt Nicoll, Mark Eastwood, Tom Church and Brian Wheeler took the win from their American rivals of Mike Brown, John Dowd, Doug Dubach and Todd De Hoop.

Dubach was not on top form, nursing a dislocated shoulder and broken ribs from a recent crash. He also rode three different bikes as he had various mechanical issues.

Third was team Belgium who only just edged out the South African Global ASP, World Net Logistics, Tork Craft, RwandAir, Motul Team, for the final podium spot despite South African Neville Bradshaw making a clean sweep of all four moto’s after fighting off challenges from Brown. Recently retired pro Bradshaw will also represent South Africa in the Motocross of Nations at Matterly Basin in the UK in two weeks.

“We know Bradshaw is a great and very capable rider and he certainly proved to all that he was the best of the best over the 2 days, he never put much of a foot wrong the whole weekend,” said SA team manager and sponsor Gavin Williams from Global ASP. Springbok and multiple MX Champion Ryan Hunt Global ASP, World Net Logistics, Tork Craft, RwandAir, Motul Team rider agreed that over the 4 heats of the VMXDN Evo Class Bradshaw was amazing, making history by being the first rider to win all 4 heats in the 7-year running of the event.

“As this event is a team event and all riders must finish well to take the overall win, South Africa was very unlucky,” said Ryan Hunt who finished 12th overall after a bad fall in the last heat, he bravely remounted to finish but just not enough points for the podium. “We really wanted to beat all 3 countries ahead of us this year, we had great sponsors Global ASP, World Net Logistics, Tork Craft, RwandAir, Motul onboard and a superb team of riders to make it happen, plus the well-prepared motorcycles. Both Tony and Andre were unlucky with DNF’s (did not finish) and crashes, finishing 36th and 37th respectfully, we certainly know that both these guys are capable of finishing far better than that, on a normal day,” said Hunt.

The SA Team paid tribute to the support from the sponsors Global ASP, World Net Logistics, Tork Craft, RwandAir, Motul, Two Wheels TV, SLFC, the UK’s Cradley Kawasaki support team, Adam Duckworth’s Motohead media group and photographer Julie Swart

In the Twin-shock Nations, team Twinshock UK's Alex Rach, Rick Du-Feu, Terry House, and Wayne Butt took the win from the North of England and Luxembourg teams.

In the individual Evo classes, EMX300 champion Brad Anderson romped to victory on a Honda CR500 in the 500 class. And in a fitting homage to the late Hakan Carlqvist, he had such a huge lead he stopped for a beer on the penultimate lap! He struggled to kick the CR back into life but still won with ease.

And former British champion Kristian Whatley won all four 125 races in his first ride back since breaking his femur. He was only given the go-ahead to ride by the doctor a few days before the event, and seized his 1989 Mugen CR125 Honda and bent its swingarm in a pre-race shakedown. But he was in top form come race day.

Nicoll was in winning ways in the Over-50 Evo class, taking a KX500 to the win over long-time rival Doug Dubach. While John Down piloted a Maico to the Over-50 Twin-shock win. But it was a disastrous weekend for Jeff Emig, who had bike problems and crashes and failed to finish a moto. But he was loved by the spectators, as was Doug Henry who made a guest appearance alongside Dakar winner Sam Sunderland who couldn't race as he had bike problems.

Even US 250 champion Zach Osborne turned up to spectate, alongside former world champion Graham Noyce. Former GP star Mervyn Anstie raced and had lots of fun with 10th overall in the Twinshock Nations races and 24th in the Evo 500s, while his son Max was in France finishing on the MXGP podium.

Results:

Vets Nations Evo overall

1. England
2. USA
3. Belgium 

4. South Africa (Global ASP, World Net Logistics, Tork Craft, RwandAir, Motul Team)

Vets Nations Twin-Shock overall

1. England
2. North of England
3. Luxembourg

Evo Individual places

  1. Neville Bradshaw RSA Global ASP, World Net Log, Tork Craft, RwandAir, Motul
  2. John Dowd
  3. Mark Eastwood
  4. Kurt Nicoll
  5. Craig Anderson
  6. Jurgen Van-Nooten
  7. Tom Church
  8. Brian Wheeler
  9. Marvin Vandaele

10. Patrick Caps

12. Ryan Hunt RSA Global ASP, World Net Log, Tork Craft, RwandAir, Motul

36. Tony Riddell RSA Global ASP, World Net Log, Tork Craft, RwandAir, Motul

37. Andre David RSA Global ASP, World Net Log, Tork Craft, RwandAir, Motul

Twin-shock

1. David Campbell
2. Alex Rach
3. Terry House
4. Didier Stommen
5. Rick Du-Feu
6. Stephen Kelly
7. Wayne Butt 36
8. Lance Marshall
9. Daniel Thomas
10. Merv Anstie

Super Evo 

1. Chuck Davies
2. Matt French
3. Chris Hind
4. Ben Popperwell
5. Lee Brown

Evo Over 50

1. Kurt Nicoll
2. Doug Dubach
3. James Deakin
4. Paolo Caramellino
5. Nick Abbott

Evo 500

1. Brad Anderson
2. Shane Carless
3. Barry Turnbull
4. Sam Chapman
5. Danny Blakeley

Twin-shock Under 50

1. Jordan Carter
2. Michael Smith
3. Todd De Hoop
4. Laurence Wiltshire
5. Luke Hill

Twin-shock Over 50

1. John Dowd
2. Kevin Reed
3. Alan Bott
4. Massimo Signorin
5. Brad van Barrelo

Evo 250

1. Luke Hawkins
2. Mark Eastwood
3. Jamie Skuse 11
4. Bradley Wheeler
5. Will Worden

Pre 85 four-stroke

1. Kris Rosenberger
2. Bjorn Verdoodt
3. Joe Melton
4. Barry Ranson
5. Pat Jackson

Pre-85 Open

1. Paul Kirby
2. James Jackaman
3. Paul Aldridge
4. Michael Hill
5. Neil Sutton

Pre-83 125

1. Andrea Storti
2. Neil Prince
3. Paul Bennett
4. Rob Mead
5. Martin Stokes

Evo 125

1. Kristian Whatley
2. Laurent Lacasse
3. John May
4. Andrew Lawton
5. Jurgen van Nooten   

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