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British Masters Motocross - March 14th 2005

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    The British Masters Motocross season roars into action at the beginning of April with the title race in both of the Pro classes looking wide open. The Pro 125 class looks most open with any one of a dozen riders capable of challenging for a race win and the championship is very hard to call.

    The Pro Open class title is also up for grabs over six rounds as the most exciting new national motocross series for many years continues to grow. The series is that well supported that over 350 riders have registered with only a handful of places left in the Pro ranks.

    The AMCA have taken over the series from the KWS organisation but have retained the same staff to give riders in all classes through Pros, Amateurs and Youth the security that the events will be staged to the same high standard.

    In the 125cc class the O'Neal Yamaha of defending champion Brad Anderson is likely to be challenging for honours along with Hooper Suzuki team-mates Lewis Gregory and John May, Innovate Honda's Wayne Smith and Danny Smyth, KTM UK's Oliver Sandiford-Smith, Phoneparts KTM's Jim Murro, Ben Saunders on the Ray Hockey Racing Roberts Plant Yamaha and Graeme Gowland on the ARW Racing Kawasaki are also in contention.

    Some of the rising stars just out of the youth ranks who have been making their names with the series are now moving into the Pro 125 ranks. Some of those entered for this season include Team Green Kawasaki duo Ray Rowson and Tommy Searle, Moto Vision Suzuki's Kristian Whatley and Cradley Kawasaki's Chad Yarranton.

    The Pro Open class sees Innovate Honda strongly represented with new team-mates Jody Smyth, Stuart Flockhart and Alex Rach in a three-pronged attack on the championship. Also challenging for honours are Moto Vision Suzuki's Ben Taylor, Meredith TM's Jordan Rose, Glen Phillips on the O'Neal Yamaha and the unpredictable Jason Higgs back on the 500cc two-stroke Kawasaki.

    The series, which will also includes a fully subscribed field of youth and amateur racing, begins with the opening round at Culham on April 2-3, followed by Hawkstone Park on May 7-8.

    Anyone interested in being a marshal for the opening round at Culham should call Polly Gatehouse on 07974 761464. All trade enquiries should be made to Ken Winstanley on 01543 466282 For more details visit the series website at