Team Belgium and Germany MX Classic take honours

Team Belgium and Germany MX Classic take honours

In what many describe as the "best ever", the eleventh running of the event took place in perfect conditions over the weekend.
As expected, Belgium, USA and England were the front runners in the main Evo competition which was decided in the final moto of the day when the Belgian squad doubled their advantage to nineteen points over the USA quartet. England suffered an early setback when Stephen Sword crashed heavily early on Saturday in the qualifying session so the three remaining riders had to ensure they finished all four motos.
In the secondary Twinshock Vets MXdN, Team Classic Germany dominated proceedings, packing their three point scoring riders into the top six positions in every moto. England finished second thanks to the USA suffering one maximum in the final moto when only two of their team finished the race.
Impressive racing was also witnessed by the large crowd in the supporting races and we look forward to a full report from our Media Partners, Trials and Motocross News on Thursday.
Details of the 2020 event will be released on this website during November.

This weekend - final update. Monday 2nd September.

Gates open at Noon on Thursday. Please try not to arrive early.
Each rider will gain free entry to himself plus one mechanic.
Rider camping for one vehicle is included in the Entry Fee already paid.

Admission charges for 2019 will be as follows;
Adult weekend pass - £30,. Child weekend pass - £10
Adult Sunday only ticket - £25. Child Sunday ticket £10.
Camping from Thursday onwards (includes Sunday if required) £40 per pitch.
Camping from Friday onwards £35
Camping from Saturday £30.
Camping charges are in addition to individual entrance tickets.

The bands booked this year are COLT 45 for Friday evening and AUDIO ALL STARS for Saturday evening.

Tickets can be purchased at the entrance gate on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Gates open at 7.30am each day

Field of dreams, ready to race.

Field of dreams, ready to race.

With fine weather this weekend the team have been busy laying out the circuit for the event next weekend.
Our image, taken at lunchtime today (Sunday) shows the whole track staked and spectator barriers in place.
The report indicates that the circuit is around one hundred meters shorter than previous years, with the dreaded bog not included.
This means there is a completely new exit to the woods, where spectators will get a short glimpse of the riders ahead of them returning to the main area.
A new Disabled Area has been formed at the bottom of the circuit which means there are now two dedicated zones. The new one is situated on the outside of the first bend so fantastic viewing is assured. The Organising Club ask that this is ONLY for blue badge disabled holders and this is respected.
Further updates will be posted here later in the week.

Noyce confirmed to race this year.

Noyce confirmed to race this year.

Graham "Rolls" Noyce will take part in this years event which will celebrate forty years since his World Championship triumph.
Riding a specially prepared Honda, Graham will ride in the four Twinshock Over 50 races - two each day.
Commenting on receiving the entry from the Hampshire based rider, A Club spokesman commented, " We are delighted that Graham has confirmed that he will be at the event in September. He has agreed to be available to mingle with riders and fans on the Friday, ahead of taking to the track on Saturday and Sunday. We are sure that the other fifty nine riders in the race will be pleased to rub shoulders with such a legend.

The event takes place on the weekend of the 7th & 8th of September starting at 9am on each day.

2019 Ticket Prices

Each rider will gain free entry to himself plus one.
Rider camping for one vehicle is included in the Entry Fee already paid.

Admission charges for 2019 will be as follows;
Adult weekend pass - £30,. Child weekend pass - £10
Adult Sunday only ticket - £25. Child Sunday ticket £10.
Camping from Thursday onwards (includes Sunday if required) £40 per pitch.
Camping from Friday onwards £35
Camping from Saturday £30.
Camping charges are in addition to individual entrance tickets.

The bands booked this year are COLT 45 for Friday evening and AUDIO ALL STARS for Saturday evening.

The gates will open to riders and public who are camping at noon on Thursday 5th September.
Friday, Saturday and Sunday gates open at 7.30am.

Three weeks to go. 15th August.

Three weeks to go. 15th August.

With just three weeks to go to the event, final Team and Rider lists are now published on the left hand side of this website.
Final Instructions have been sent to all Team Managers and individual class Riders.
The gates will open at noon on Thursday (5th September) at Noon. Please do not arrive too early as we cannot block the road.
The gates will open again at 7.30am on Friday, Saturday and Sunday mornings, with qualifying starting at 8.55am on Saturday.
Signing on will commence at 3pm on Thursday afternoon, but there will be no Technical Control for machines until 9am on Friday (6th)
A full list of race order was published here just over one week ago - please scroll down to view.

Teams update 9th August

Teams update 9th August

All of the Team details have now been released, although there are still a few riders names to be named.
2019 appears to be the most competitive contest since the inauguration of the event eleven years ago with the USA, Belgium and the UK fielding strong teams in both classes, whilst Germany should not be discounted, especially in the Twinshock class.
All of the Teams are listed by clicking onto the link on the left hand page of this site.
On the individual front, the organisers are just awaiting a signed declaration from Graham Noyce, who took the World Championship by storm forty years ago in 1979 that he will be COMPETING at the event. Watch this space.

Race Order 2019. Released 8th August.

RACE ORDER
Saturday, 7th September Practice / Qualifying (all groups 10 minutes)
Over 50 EVO
EVO Challenge
VMXdN Twinshock
EVO 500
Twinshock Over 50
All 125
VMXdN EVO
EVO 250
Twinshock Under 50
Super EVO____________________________
VMXdN Twinshock Qualifying Race 5 laps
Block One
Over 50 EVO 5 laps
EVO Challenge 5 laps
VMXdN Twinshock 6 laps
EVO 500 5 laps
Twinshock Over 50 5 laps
All 125 5 laps
VMXdN EVO Qualifying Race 5 laps
EVO 250 5laps
Twinshock Under 50 5 laps
Super EVO 5 laps
Block Two
Over 50 EVO 5 laps
EVO Challenge 5 laps
VMXdN Twinshock 6 laps
EVO 500 5 laps
Twinshock Over 50 5 Laps
All 125 5 laps
VMXdN EVO - RACE 1 6 laps
EVO 250 5 laps
Twinshock Under 50 5 laps
Super EVO 5 laps
Sunday, 8th September.
Block Three
Over 50 EVO 5 laps
EVO Challenge 5 laps
VMXdN Twinshock 6 laps
EVO 500 5 laps
Twinshock Over 50 5 laps
All 125 5 laps
VMXdN EVO - RACE 2 6 laps
EVO 250 5 laps
Twinshock Under 50 5 laps
Super EVO 5 laps
Block Four
Over 50 EVO 5 laps
EVO Challenge 5 laps
VMXdN Twinshock 6 laps
EVO 500 5 laps
Twinshock Over 50 5 laps
All 125 5 laps
VMXdN EVO - RACE 3 6 laps
EVO 250 5 laps
Twinshock Under 50 5 laps
Super EVO 5 laps
VMXdN EVO – Race 4 6 laps

Sword drafted into Team England.

Sword drafted into Team England.

Stephen Sword has been drafted in to the England Team following the withdrawal of Billy MacKenzie due to injury. Team Manager, Dave King was quick to react to MacKenzies demise and Sword is bound to be a favourite choice with supporters and fans.
Sword will team up with Kurt Nicoll, Mark Eastwood and Phil Mercer in a strong squad which will have one aim - to win!
They will face strong opposition from the USA who are always at the sharp end and a revised Team Belgium who are fielding two ex world champions.
The 2019 Vets MXdN at Farleigh Castle is now just six weeks away and is likely to be the biggest ever.
Our picture shows Sword in typical action in his heyday as four time British Champion.

Strongest competition in EVO contest for many years.

More names have now been released for the Team contest and with the maximum fifteen teams entered in the Evo Vets MXdN picking a winner is not easy.
Many teams have a good individual rider but the USA and Belgium appear to be the strongest quartet on paper.
Dave King has yet to announce his fourth rider to go alongside, Kurt Nicoll, Mark Eastwood and Phil Mercer, but these guys will need to be on top of their game to take the win. Of course, the British fans could make the difference.
Last years winners, Team USA are once again fielding the strong quartet of John Down, Ivan Tedesco, Doug Dubach and Mike Brown. However, Belgium have upped their game by fielding Steve Ramon, Ken De Dyker, Sven Breugelmans and Filip Van Dijck.

Belgium sending strongest Team possible.

Belgium sending strongest Team possible.

Having been outclassed by the USA and Team Great Britain in recent years, Belgium have put together a very strong Evo Team for this years event.
They are sporting two World Champions, one in the competitive MX1 (now MXGP) class and one in the old MX3 category.
Steve Ramon will be the headline act, ably backed up by Sven Breugelmans and Ken De Dyker who unfortunately had to withdraw from the 2018 event. The fourth member of the team is Filip Van Dijck.
We now await the announcement on the American Team but there is no doubt they will have their work cut out to match Team Belgium on paper - the question remains, who will come out the best on track?
It should be noted that a new innovation for this year will be an actual qualifying RACE for the team contest which will determine grid positions for the whole weekend. Effectively, this means that all teams will face five races over the duration of the weekend.
Our Dave Rich image shows hectic third corner action from a previous Team Race in 2017.

Provisional List of Teams 8th July

Provisional List of Teams 8th July

A provisional list of Teams and riding numbers for the two Team classes - Evo MXdN and Twinshock MXdN have been released and can be viewed on the left of this page.
There is a full quota of fifteen teams in the EVO contest, but there is a possibility of two spaces for Teams in the Twinshock races.
Anyone wanting to form a team in the Twinshock category and the age of riders meets the criteria in the regulations- should immediately contact Sonia Goggin at the ACU Office on 01788 566404 or e-mail sonia.goggin@acu.org.uk
It should be noted that any Team who has not completed all documentation and made payment has not been included.
Our Dave Rich image shows Kurt Nicoll in action. Kurt is expected to be announced in a team again shortly.

Individual Class Riding Numbers released 5th July.

On the left hand side of this page you will see the eight individual classes.
By clicking onto each one it will bring up the name - in alphabetical order - with the riding number beside it.
We have tried to accommodate as many requests as possible and where double applications for the same number were received we have tried to grant an acceptable related number.
Any rider who did not request and therefore not been allocated a number should please contact Di by e-mail dithompson15@gmail.com
We apologise for the late release of these numbers and the Team entries will be notified directly to the Team Manager shortly.

Trade Stand Space and Press Accreditation.

A reminder that the discounted rate for Trade Stand space finishes next week and that the Entries List will be posted next Monday, (1st July).
Additionally, any bona fida Photographer who is working for any of the National or International publications need to apply for a Track Pass forthwith, together with a confirming letter from the Editor concerned. The number of track passes for 2019 will be limited. Likewise, Journalist who would like accreditation need to apply by e-mail with confirmation of where any pre event publicity will be featured.
Please contact dithompson15@gmail.com for all enquiries.

June update on this year

We can now confirm that all riding numbers will be posted on this website shortly and that Team details will be released by July 21st.

Trade Stand completed forms should be submitted before the 1st July deadline, with payment.

Admission charges for 2019 will be as follows;
Adult weekend pass - £30,. Child weekend pass - £10
Adult Sunday only ticket - £25. Child Sunday ticket £10.
Camping from Thursday onwards (includes Sunday if required) £40 per pitch.
Camping from Friday onwards £35
Camping from Saturday £30.

Trade Stand bookings now being taken.

Di has sent an invitation to previous Traders who may like a Trade Stand at the 2019 event, but anyone new who would like information should e-mail now to dithompson15@gmail.com.
Prices have been held the same from 2018 which represents good value for money for three full days of trading.

EBC to be 2019 Sponsor

Whilst we will announce other sponsors in the coming weeks, we can immediately confirm that EBC Brakes will be the main sponsor for the 2019 event. Dave King confirmed the arrangement in March and we can expect a high profile presence at the event in September.

Backdrop raises £300 for charity

Backdrop raises £300 for charity

Thanks to bids from several individuals the 2018 podium backdrop has raised £300 for injured riders via the ACU Ben Fund.
Rather than waste the large curtain this year, Organisers decided to auction the one off piece at the end of last month and was pleased with the £300 raised, the whole of which will go to the charity.
Our thanks to the winner who has allowed us to publish his details which is Andrew Simpson from Orpington in Kent.
Andrew remarked upon hearing the news that he had won, "I am delighted to have won this backdrop and even more pleased that the money will go to such a good cause".
It is expected that the 2019 edition will be auctioned in the same way and will be advertised on this website in November.

An extra class sanctioned by the ACU

Due to the over whelming number of registrations in the Evo Over 50s and Super Evo classes the ACU have allowed us to make another class for the British Evo Challenge. We view this slightly as a "Gentleman's race" which is a combination of mostly Evo Over 50s together with a few Super Evo riders who did not make it through the ballot.
This will still consist of the usual Saturday Qualifying session plus four races over the weekend.
Invitations for this class have now gone out to pre registered riders who will need to confirm their acceptance by paying the entry fee as there are still Reserve riders for this class.
We would respectfully ask that no new riders apply for this class as there are still riders who have already registered who would like a place.

Entry status update 27th February

The Twinshock Under 50, Evo 500, Evo 250 and the 125cc class applicants have all been notified as to their entry status whilst the other three classes should be advised by midnight on Thursday.
There will be three methods to complete the payment process - on line from the website, cheque by post or a bacs transfer.
All three are simple but please follow the instructions carefully.
If you have been offered a Reserve place the following extract from the Supplementary Regulations applies;
Reserve Riders. Reserve riders who do not get a guaranteed place by the start of the event will be required to go into the Saturday qualifying session whereby the fastest RESERVE rider will be the first reserve for all of the races and the second fastest the second and so on.
It should be noted that in past events ALL reserves have been on the start line by the second group of races - most in the first races.





Individual Entries now closed 14th February

With a massive number of riders wishing to enter for the 2019 event, pre registrations have now closed for all classes. Approximately 800 applications, both on line and postal were received, but some are duplications and some for riders who were blocked by the inability to use the same e-mail address twice - but another one was used. Licences and date of births will now be recorded, although a high percentage of entries are for a one event licence which does not render the applicant to any disadvantage.
The ballot takes place on the 23rd February, but this will be done class by class so it may take up until the 1st March for all riders to be notified of their entry status. Please be patient.
Team Entries are still open with Sonia Goggin at the ACU office, Sonia@acu.org.uk

Three days left to register for an entry 10th February

This Wednesday at midnight, the facility to register for the ballot for a place in the 2019 event closes. To date, there are just under 800 applicants for the 525 guaranteed and reserve places! There will be some disappointments after the ballot has taken place.
Apart from the Twinshock Under 50 class it is pointless for younger riders to apply for the second ballot because all places are well oversubscribed.
Foreign riders should consider looking at entering a team in the EVO or Twinshock Vets MXdN class which will almost certainly gain a place at this stage. Anyone not sure if they have completed the registration process should e-mail dithompson15@gmail.com
A further update on total numbers will be released later this week.