A few dozen photos from the Hawkstone British MX National.
Zach Osborne rides through the shade trees. Osborne emerges from the trees back out to the sunlight. Billy Mackenzie won another British MX1 championship. What good is an English MX race without an English bulldog roaming the pits? This is an actual energy drink that sponsors one of the teams in the British MX paddock. It's been around England for four years, believe it or not. Matiss Karro (91) should've had the opening MX2-moto holeshot, but Stephen Sword (not pictured, off on the right of the frame) got credited for it on the long start. Zach Osborne battles it out for fourth in the first moto. Osborne was running second in moto two before his bike broke. A TM 125cc two-stroke! Stephen Sword cutting up a berm. Get it? Sword? Cutting? Yeesh... South African Gareth Swanepoel was third overall in MX2 action at Hawkstone Park. Shaun Simpson is moving up to the factory KTM squad next year. Sword won both motos going away. Ray Rowson won the MX1 class with a 2-1 score. Here he is going up Hawkstone's giant hill. Billy Mackenzie won the opening moto, clinching the MX1 title with it. Rowson heads down Hawkstone's giant hill. Billy Mac jumps through the ruts. The Maxxis girls shared start-board duties, with one doing the 15-second bit, while the other held it up to show the "5" for five seconds to go. The MX2 class gets off the line for moto two. Swanepoel leads Simpson in moto one. Stephen Sword. Simpson kills a sand berm. Simpson hit a homer with his first MX2 National Championship. Get it? Homer? Simpson? Eesh... The MX2 podium with Sword on top, flanked by Simpson (left) and Swanepoel (right). Simpson celebrates his championship with his team. Billy Mac rode this 500cc two-stroke in the second moto and had to pull out when the motor mounts came loose. Rowson looked good at his home track. The MX1 podium sprays champagne while the Maxxis girls (out of frame) run for cover.