UK Bike park was dry and sunny and the course was nearly dusty in places. A great entry for the first round this year series with a swap from the traditional season opener at Chicksands to the hard packed stone and flint of Dorset.
There were plenty of new riders taking part this year with nearly all the entries in the Series categories, making it looking like a good turn out for the rest of the season.
The course is built on hard stony ground with a long first straight with ends with a tricky quad section before entering the first tight berm then off into double and then the choice of going round the long right hand berm or the tight inside line which leaves you with less speed to enter the mogul section with three different lines, the best option was hit the middle mogul and land just to the left of the next one to give a clean run through which is easy when you are leading but when your racing elbow to elbow this whole different ball game and then onto the left hand hip down into the final berm corner which is built up the side of the trees into the short sprint to the finish.
The Second corner would prove to the real decider in most of the racing with most of the overtaking going off in the mogul sections.
Last year series winners got there new Number 1 plates so everyone can spot who the guys and girls then need to beat.
Juvenile – Dominic BARDEN
Youth – Alex METCALFE
Juniors – Tom Knight
Seniors – Kieron MCAVOY – Spank Prize Winner
Masters – Dominic BENT – Halo Wheel Set Winner
Veterans – Jason Carpenter
Ladies – Charlie PHILLIPS
Pro Elite – Scott Beaumont
They all got a custom made Trophy from Hope, Senior won a load of Spank rims, handle bars, stems and Chocolate flavour grips, Master winner took home the Halo Wheels Set and No Limits t-shirts to winners.
Also worth mentioning is some quite amazing racing.
Pint sized Joe BUCK taking 2nd Juvenile on a big bike.
Adam Thomas rode well to take second
Isaac MUNDY got push off the track but was really on it.
Mike Yard won every moto but out in the Semi Final for crossing the start line
Chris CUMMING man to watch out for in Seniors.
Big old Paddy Baker racing in skin tight jeans! UCI ruling on Skin Suits will have to be enforced to stop any more complaints from spectators!
David HERMAN ripping it up on a little single speed jump bike
16 year old Manon CARPENTER taking 2nd place!
Suzanne LACEY taking a hard slam but getting back on her bike and riding to finish.
Liam Phillips breaking four chains and not racing.
Will Evans was on a mission and trying every move in the book to win.
The next round of the nps4x series is a double header at Bridgnorth on May 23/24th
All the stuff about the series on www.nps4x.com
NPS 4x results