It’s that time again, where all the off-season preparation and build up to the race season has finished, and the racing is finally here in the UK!
Once again Cult Moto will be back at the Revo ACU British Championship, covering the race weekends, and this year official partners of the Championship.
We’re bringing back the ‘Ones to Watch’ for the second year – to keep you guys on top of the British Motocross scene, who’s hot, who’s injured, and much more! Stay tuned on cultmoto.com for updates throughout the year.
Diving right into the premier class for 2023, we have lots of movers and shakers, making this year the most highly anticipated start to a new season we’ve had in recent years.
Undoubtedly, Tommy Searle is a heavy favourite going into 2023. Searle jumps back to Kawasaki after a three-year stint on the Crendon Fasttrack Honda team, and will marry up with GTCI Revo Kawasaki this year.
Tommy has had an abundance of success on a green bike, as well as starting the year off as Arenacross UK Champ, so the defending title holder will be looking to continue his run of form this weekend at Oakhanger.
Joining Crendon Fasttrack Honda for the 2023 season, Conrad Mewse enters his rookie year in the MX1 class. After dominating the MX2 British scene for a few years now, Mewse steps up under the wing of British Motocross legend, Dave Thorpe, in order to guide him into success on the big bikes. Mewse will be lining up in some MXGP races this year too, so look out for the progress he makes.
Some could say this guy is a sleeping giant to the MX1 class this year, as Italian Ivo Monticelli makes a move to the UK after a long spell in the MXGP series, riding for some of the top teams in the World. Yes, his pace at the GPs over the last year hasn’t been overwhelmingly quick. But could he disrupt the peace this year in the British MX1 class? Our guess is as good as yours!
Notable Mentions – We could go on forever in MX1 this year, so here’s some extra talent to keep your eye on.
Harri Kullas – Runner up in 2022 & winner of MX Nationals in 2022, always a threat & title contender.
Josh Gilbert – Back on a Honda where he had success in MX2, always at the sharp end, another title contender.
Tom Grimshaw – A very impressive Hawkstone International 2023, suits the 450 well, look out for him fighting for top 5s!
Jamie Carpenter – New team for 2023, MX2 runner up in 2022, winner of MX Nationals MX2 class in 2022.
Shock latecomer, Isak Gifting, was left without a set-in-stone ride for 2023 until this week. Stebbings Car Superstore have backed 426 Motorsports in helping secure Isak a ride in the UK for ’23. The Swedish star had an impressive 2022 showing until a knee injury cost him a run at the Championship. He’ll be gunning for the title this year.
Walsh has been trying his hand in the MX1 class for the last couple of years, but it seems that 250 racing suits him more for now. He did drop back down to MX2 half way through ’22, and looked instantly back at home. Juggling American SX with British MX this year, Walsh will be looking to win his second MX2 British title of his career.
JMT showed some impressive speed in his first year of British Motocross, and also clocked in some great results at the AMA Nationals in 2022. This year he’ll look to be at the sharp end once again, and could come home with some silverware in 2023.
Notable Mentions – it’s here again, British racing is looking good this year!
Bobby Bruce is back and is fully fit for this year! It will be interesting to see how he gets on at the sharp end.
A whole host of newcomers this year, so the MX2 class is stacking back up. Look out for; Charlie Heyman, Joe Brookes and Ollie Colmer to lead the abundance of new lads into battle in ’23.
Billy moves straight from the 85BW to a 250f for 2023, after winning virtually everything he entered last season. He also joins GTCI Revo Kawasaki alongside Searle and Walsh, which will undoubtedly help with his training and riding. He races the youth class this year to get some experience on the big bikes, so keep an eye on him for the future.
Reece Jones had a difficult season 2022, but has kicked off 2023 with a great result at Hawkstone International. He’s grown up a lot since winning the small wheel 85 class in 2021, and I’m sure he’ll have the 125cc Championship title in his mind for 2023.
Josh had a great year last year, and was one of the few to match Billy Askew’s speed in the 85BW class. This year, Vail leads the 85BW class as the favourite.
Statt had a fantastic campaign in 2022, winning the Revo ACU British 85SW title, and came runner up at MX Nationals too. Don’t be fooled by Hayden being one of the shorter riders in the class, as his talent on a bike is impressive!
Blake had a successful 2022, winning the MX Nationals 85SW class. This year he moves up to the big wheels, and under his new team GRT Impact KTM, will be looking for more success for 2023.
Tickets for Round 1 of the Revo ACU British Championship at Oakhanger are available on the gate tomorrow (Sunday 19th March). An exciting new deep sand track with a host of talent in every single class is enough to wet the appetite, to get the 2023 racing season underway. See you there!