Anderson in motocross form at Lyng
MOTOCROSS: Brad Anderson, the 2009 British Champion, took control of this year's MX1 title chase with a determined display at Cadders Hill, Lyng, on Sunday.
After qualifying, less than a tenth of a second separated him and Buildbase CCM's Stephen Sword.
When the gate dropped for the opening race it was Sword's CCM team-mate Tom Church who led the field for nearly eight minutes of the 20-minute plus two lap encounter.
Anderson had followed in his wheeltracks from the first lap and made his move for what turned out to be a winning pass on lap five. Sword immediately followed him through into second but made an error on the next lap which allowed Church to retake the position.
As the chequered flag was unfurled Sword made a last-lap challenge to grab the runner-up spot from Church.
Second time around Sword took the honours with a gate-to-flag victory ahead of Whatley, who had passed Gert Krestinov's Maxxis Kawasaki on lap seven.
Anderson forced his way through to snatch third just two laps from the end, while Church had to settle for seventh.
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In the final MX1 race it was Whatley who took the early initiative and it looked like he may grab a priceless senior class win before Anderson came sweeping past at two-thirds race distance. Sword got the better of Church to take the final podium place.
Brad Anderson now heads the MX1 table with a slender 12-point advantage over Kristian Whatley, with Tom Church a further 14 points adrift.
At the previous two rounds the MX2 class has been dominated by the Bikeit Yamaha duo of Arnaud Tonus and defending champion Zach Osborne, and after qualifying it looked a repeat was on the cards for round three.
Race one saw the American, Osborne take control with his Swiss team-mate following in line astern. Just as it was looking like a straight forward one-two, Tonus' machine succumbed to a broken waterpump housing. This allowed Bury St Edmunds' Elliott Banks-Browne to take a superb second.
Normal service was resumed in race two as Osborne and Tonus headed home the chasing pack.
Having suffered a mechanical stoppage in the first, and having to claw back from a poor start in the second, Arnaud Tonus was in no mood to be beaten in the final outing.
Tonus broke through and went on to win by a 23-second margin. Osborne has leapfrogged his team-mate Tonus in the MX2 standings but has the slimmest three point margin, with Banks-Browne moving up to third.
HM Plant Red Bull KTM prot�g� Ryan Houghton was hoping to take a stranglehold on the youth championship, after series leader Jake Shipton was a non-starter.
Having set the fastest time in qualifying, and enjoying a clear win in his first race, it all went wrong for Houghton in race two as he failed to finish. James Dunn took full advantage on his Doodson KTM to win the second race after following home Houghton earlier in proceedings.
It was Jordan Divall who benefited most though as his third and fourth place finishes on the Evo-Tech Honda have pushed him to the top of the MXY2 table, seven points clear of Houghton.