IT’S NOUGHTIES TIME AT THE 2024 2-STROKE FESTIVAL

Gearing up for an action-packed weekend of racing, the ever-evolving Apico 2-Stroke Festival, featuring the Red Bull Pro-Stroke National, returns to Sellindge in Kent this summer with a three-day celebration of motocross from the 16th to the 18th of August.

A key element of the weekend is the classic Red Bull Noughties class, which runs on both Saturday and Sunday. It’s a unique class of hard-working riders and machines delivering the sound of 2-stroke motocross machines from the glory years of 2000-2008 for riders aged 25-years and over.

In 2023, Charlie Nudds was the class’s clear winner, but many others will be eyeing the prize this year.

The sound, the smell, the vibe … the Red Bull Noughties offers an intoxicating cocktail that mixes old-school 2-stroke racing with modern-day technology, and fun.

According to Apico 2-Stroke Festival promoter Dave Willet; “These machines are something special – a real blast from the past. If you own a machine from this era, you’ll love this class! Entries are filling quickly, so I urge riders to sign up and experience what the Red Bull Noughties is all about.”

Entries are now available – BOOK HERE!

Pictured: Rider Paul Thurogood. Image credit: Adam Duckworth Photography.

FLYING START FOR TEAM GB JUNIOR WORLD TRAINING

The Team GB Junior World programme enjoyed a positive start to its 2024 campaign when the first training session of the new season took place at Doncaster Moto Parc (DMP) last week.

The 2024 FIM Junior Motocross World Championship will be held at the Circuit Kamperweg Heerde in the Netherlands, on the 14th of July 2024. With only a short window of opportunity for team boss Dave Willet and his team of experts to monitor potential candidates and whittle down the field of highly-talented youth riders to just five per class across 65cc, 86cc and 125cc, dedicated ‘talent spotting’ days such as the one at DMP are crucial.

Over 40 riders of all abilities turned up to enjoy the challenging conditions on the 4th of April, and with highly-respected coaches Glen Phillips and Ashley Wilde on hand to offer a few top tips, they were able to combine a spot of fun with some serious tuition.

As he continues to cast the Team GB net far and wide in the search for the best British youth riders, Willet said: “We had a fantastic day at Doncaster Moto Parc for the first team GB Junior World training session. Despite the overnight rain, the track was in great condition and provided a challenging experience for all riders.

“As previously outlined, many British-based championships will not take place before the cut-off point when we need to make the tough call as to who to include in this year’s team. So it is necessary to run our own sessions to give all interested parties a chance to shine.

“Huge thanks go to Paul Grimshaw Vehicle Movements, the ACU, and Ed and Karen of DMP for providing the facility and for their backing. I must also give a shout out to Glen, Ash and MotoHead Mag for giving their support and helping to make the day so successful. We managed to put in nearly two hours of rider timing, giving all involved invaluable experience.”

Pictured: Alfie Geddes Green. Image credit: Adam Duckworth Photography.

BRITISH 125 CHAMPIONSHIP KICKS OFF AT HAWKSTONE

The recently-launched official ACU Apico 2-Stroke Festival British 125cc 2-Stroke Championship will kick off at Hawkstone Park in March 2024, when the Fastest 40 takes to the iconic motocross track near Shrewsbury.

The 2024 Apico 2-Stroke Festival partnership with the Fastest-40 will see an eight-round, ACU-sanctioned British 125cc 2-Stroke Championship. The Festival at Sellindge in Kent in August will include a Saturday/Sunday double-header, providing two rounds of the series. The Fastest-40 will run the other six rounds on a nationwide basis.

There are few motocross racers who don’t relish the chance to race at Hawkstone. The chance to race and to rip up the famous Hawkstone Hill is an opportunity not to be missed. And, for some of the fastest youngsters in motocross, getting to mix it with several 125cc vets in a full 40-rider line-up, all fighting for a British title, on such a challenging track, will be a dream come true.

The ACU Apico 2-Stroke Festival British 125cc 2-Stroke Championship schedule is as follows;

Round 1 – March 30th – Fastest 40

Round 2 – April 20th – Fastest 40

Round 3 – May 11th – Fastest 40

Round 4 – June 1st – Fastest 40

Round 5 – July 6th– Fastest 40

Round 6 – August 17th – Apico 2-Stroke Festival

Round 7 – August 18th – Apico 2-Stroke Festival

Round 8 – September 7th – Fastest 40

“With some of the fastest youngsters in motocross sharpening up their skills for this championship, it’s going to be ultra-competitive, especially when you add-in some of the 125 veterans,” said Apico 2-Stroke Festival promoter Dave Willet. “I’m sure the atmosphere will be off the scale, and I can’t wait to see 40 riders in the main race battling right the way through the field.”

To register for the series email kevin@fastest40.co.uk

Details of how to enter will be available at www.fastest40.co.uk and www.2strokefestival.com and on social media platforms in the New Year.

Image credit: Adam Duckworth Photography.