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Grant takes fight to series leader Johnson

B12H6922It looked as though usual service would be resumed in the DFDS Yamaha Past Masters, with series leader Anthony Johnson qualifying on pole position, coming off the back of another dominant weekend at Silverstone.

However, he was challenged by former Rookie champion Scott Grant in race one, with the featherweight youngster hanging on to take the win by six hundredths of a second as the pair drag-raced to the line.

Doug Edmondson came out on top in the battle for third, holding off Neil MacQueen. Michael Stanley’s Prentice’s 12th gave him the Clubman win, with Rookie honours going to Alan Wood in 16th.

B12H2838A downpour prior to race two made for some last minute decisions on tyre choice, with Edmondson and Paul Toland forced to pull in on the warm-up lap having opted for wets. With the race run on a dry track, Johnson and MacQueen battled at the front, before Johnson began to stretch his advantage. A mistake for MacQueen on the last lap assured Johnson of victory, with MacQueen taking second, as Grant took third.

Stanley picked up another 25 points in the Clubman championship in sixth, with Wood’s 11th enough for the Rookie spoils.

Johnson doubled up with a win in race three ahead of Grant and Giles Harwood, but a DNF in race four left MacQueen to take victory. Edmondson took second, bettering Grant, who took third. There were two more Clubman wins for Stanley, with seventh and eighth placed finishes, with Wood and Paul Godbold taking a Rookie win each.

Another 100% weekend for Johnson at Silverstone

B12H6611Anthony Johnson enjoyed another 100% weekend in the DFDS Yamaha Past Masters championship, it means the championship leader has only not finished on the top step of the podium once this season.

Johnson qualified on pole ahead of Scott Grant and Doug Edmondson, and went on to win race one by seven and a half seconds. Edmondson and Grant swapped positions off the grid to finish second and third. Lee Huff’s 10th place gave him the Clubman class win and Paul Goldbold’s 17th gave him the Rookie win.

Race two saw Johnson take a second win, with Edmondson back on the podium in second. Giles Harwood bettered Grant by a tenth of a second for the final podium spot. Michael Stanley’s 10th place finish was enough to hand him the Clubman win. The final point-scoring position went to Alan Wood, who took the Rookie win.

Johnson made it three from three, as Andy Davies, who is the only rider to beat Johnson this season, finished second. Harwood added another podium to his tally with a second third placed finish.

Seventh for Marc Prentice saw him pick up 25 Clubman championship points, with Wood taking another Rookie win.

It became a 100% weekend for Johnson in the final race, as he took his fourth win ahead of Edmondson and Harwood. Stanley’s seventh place meant he took another Clubman win, as Wood collected another Rookie trophy.

Davies breaks Johnson winning run but 'AJ' extends series lead

B12H0203Andy Davies broke series leader Anthony Johnson's winning run at Cadwell Park, after Johnson had dominated the opening round of the DFDS Yamaha Past Masters series at Brands Hatch. However, despite Davies' victory, 'AJ' further extended his series lead after taking three wins around the Lincolnshire circuit.

His weekend started with a third place in race one, after the first attempt to run the race was red-flagged. Re-started in wet conditions, Davies broke away from the rest of the field to take a commanding win ahead of Scott Grant, with Johnson third.

Johnson returned to dominant form for the three remaining races of the weekend, winning Saturday’s second race by over 20 seconds from Grant and Davies. He then won both of Sunday’s races beating Davies and Grant in race one, before finishing ahead of Doug Edmondson and Grant in the final race.

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Lee Huff took a trio of wins in the Clubman class, with a best finish of eighth in race one. The other class win went to Steve Redhead in race two, as he crossed the line in the points 13th place. Alan Wood and Douglas Beacock shared the Rookie spoils, with two wins apiece.

Taylor Claims DFDS Yamaha Past Masters Championship

13907042 889894244450667 634795288009302823 nThe 2016 DFDS Yamaha Past Masters title was decided with a round to spare, with Mark Taylor clinching the championship at Brands Hatch, despite not winning a race on the GP circuit.

Taylor - who is also the reigning BMZRC 250 champion - held a 120-point lead over 2015 champion, Matt Barber, coming into the weekend, and did what was required to ensure he lifted this year’s gong at the first attempt. Three second placed finishes and a third were enough to keep his championship lead at over 100 points, with just one round to go, while Barber did all he could to keep his title defence alive, with three wins and a third.

But it was neither Taylor or Barber that started the weekend on top, as Doug Edmondson, starting from pole position, took the win in race one. Edmondson slipped to second in the early laps, circulating behind the champion-elect, but hit the front on lap three.

From there, he stretched his advantage, eventually pulling out a lead of over two seconds to take the chequered flag and 25 points, as he bids to secure third in the championship, currently held by Scott Grant, who failed to finish the opening race.

Behind Edmondson, Taylor and Barber raced for second place. Taylor held the advantage for the duration of the race, with Barber never able to make a pass. With a tenth of a second between them at the line, the gap was close, but the four-point difference in Taylor’s favour moved him one step closer to the championship crown.

Giles Harwood took the Clubman win, after a battle with Pete Fishwick for fifth place, with Mark Ewens continuing his run of from from Cadwell Park, taking the Rookie win.

With his title defence on the verge of crumbling, Barber did all he could in the final three races of the weekend, taking a hat-trick of victories and setting a blisteringly fast new lap-record for the class on a TZR250 along the way.

His first win came ahead of Taylor and Edmondson in race two, but it was in race three the record was set, his fastest lap a whole 1.6 seconds faster than anyone else in the same race. It gave him the win, as Taylor again finished second ahead of Edmondson.

Taylor’s third place in the final outing was enough to secure the championship, despite Barber’s third win of the weekend, the points difference standing at 105 with 100 left to play for. Edmondson made it another podium finish in the last race, taking second place.

Harwood added three more Clubman wins to his name, with Ewens sweeping the Rookie wins.

Grant Takes Maiden Win At Oulton Park

13502647 867973739976051 4811909266007188560 o2016 is just Scott Grant’s second year of racing anything bigger than a pit bike. In his maiden season he won the DFDS Yamaha Past Masters Rookie championship and finished on the overall podium. He also qualified on pole at Pembrey.

At Oulton Park he impressed with the second pole position of his Bemsee career, but topped it off with his first win. And It was by no means a comfortable victory either.

Mark Taylor, who also qualified on the front row, led the race in the opening stages before Grant assumed the lead on lap three. Joining in the fight for the win was also reigning champion Matt Barber, the three the clear class of the field.

13495394 869599183146840 3920961025607904088 oGrant led the way until the penultimate lap, when Barber made a move and hit the front. But it wouldn’t last, and Grant attacked, taking the lead and pulled a relatively large margin of half a second at the chequered flag.

Barber took second place ahead of his main championship rival, Taylor.

A hard-fought battle for fifth saw Giles Harwood take the position, and with it the Clubman class win, while the Rookie honours went to Allan Sexton.

Mark Taylor was the victor in the the second race, fending off the attentions of Grant to take the win by half a second. Barber, meanwhile, was embroiled in a scrap for third place, as Doug Edmondson chased him down and pressured the reigning champion all the way to the flag.

Another fifth place for Harwood handed him another Clubman win, with Sexton the Rookie winner.

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