It’s all change for Buildbase Honda in 2018 with Jake Nicholls and Josiah Natzke joining Dave Thorpe’s title-winning team.
With Graeme Irwin and Martin Barr both leaving the set-up after two very successful seasons, Dave unveiled his new star signings at the International Dirt Bike Show on Saturday.
The finally two rounds of the British Enduro Sprint Championship headed to Green Hall farm in Powys, Wales. From the chalky fast course at Rogershill for rounds one and two, to Bicton for the natural tight twisting test of rounds three and four, this past weekend would offer the riders another chance to show their strengths and consistency over a seven minute technical Enduro test full of river crossings, steep cambers and some big tree roots for rounds five and six.
Alex Snow has made the tough call to withdraw from this weekend's home Enduro GP at Hawkstone Park after suffering from tendonitis in his right wrist, an injury that seems to have spread through the Enduro paddock this year for several riders.
Buildbase Honda’s Graeme Irwin wrapped up the Michelin MX Nationals MX1 title at the final round of the series at Crookwood Motoparc on Sunday to make it two major championship wins in as many weeks.
The 24-year-old Irishman, who sewed up the Maxxis crown a fortnight earlier, travelled to the new venue in Wiltshire with a 24-point lead in the championship and after qualifying in second he retained his crown with victory in the opening 30-minute plus two lap race.
After a fantastic 2017 Maxxis ACU British Motocross Championship that’s seen Graeme Irwin win the MX1 title and Martin Barr finish second in MX2 the series ended on a low note for Buildbase Honda at the eighth and final round at Foxhill on Sunday.
Martin’s day finished prematurely with a huge crash in the opening MX2 moto while Graeme, who decided to ride both MX1 and MX2 classes at the spectacular Wiltshire circuit – scene of many epic British GPs in the 1990s, was forced to pull out after two races through illness.
Buildbase Honda’s Graeme Irwin raced to the 2017 Maxxis ACU British MX1 Motocross Championship with his fourth consecutive double win at round seven of the series at Preston Docks on Sunday.
The 24-year-old from Carrickfergus in Northern Ireland sewed up the title with one round still to go thanks to a commanding performance that saw him take his eighth consecutive moto win aboard the CRF450R.