The 2021 ACU British Supermoto Championship Hots up In Cumbria

The May Bank Holiday seen the Rowrah Kart Circuit blessed with near like Mediterranean weather, full paddock and a welcome return to spectators.

Round three of the championship on the tight challenging circuit would not disappoint onlookers and the action would see no less than three separate winners across the A seeded category.

Arriving at Rowrah it was Jordan Bannon (Dave Clarke Racing) heading the leader board by just two points in the overall championship, ahead of reigning champion Chris Hodgson (Automotive Solutions). But close behind there are a plethora of riders all with their eyes on the 2021 title honours.

The Sunday action began with the regular superpole qualification where the top five riders battle it out in a one lap shoot out to claim grid positions. It would be Davey Todd on the Worthington Property Developments Honda who eventually pulled off a blistering lap to secure the front row slot. Important at Rowrah as the grid is one of the tightest of the championship and with a very short burst into the first flowing corner the hole shot is critical to achieving a race victory.

A few bike issues for Chris Hodgson the previous day would see him jump aboard Jay Smiths (HGR) Honda for all three Sunday races which shows the true camaraderie of the Supermoto paddock.

As the sun blazed down on the Lake District venue riders prepared to take to the grid for race one and as they lined up both Todd and Bannon focused on the first corner.

The lights were prepared and as Race Director David Dearden gave all clear to the gird the lights extinguished and it would be Todd who made the hole shot closely followed by Bannon and in third place Jay Smith (HGR Honda). But within sight of the conclusion of lap one Bannon took the opportunity to carry corner speed making the move on Todd for first position. Todd going wide then allowed both Smith and Hodgson to pass. Bannon began to open up a lead on the chasing pack of three riders and close on their tail was Richard Sharp (Team Bathmate).

Todd was closing down the gap on the leader, but as the chequered flag was raised it would the Bannon who took the opening race win by 0.173 seconds.

Race one winner Jordan Bannon (Dave Clarke Racing)

Race two and the familiar front row line up would see once again Todd take the holeshot, but on the second corner of the opening lap Bannon choose a tighter line and nipped through to take the lead seeing pursuing riders of Smith, Todd, Hodgson and Bradley Hardy (HGR). The following few laps would see Smith try a variety of lines and late breaking manoeuvres to challenge for the lead, but Bannon defended his lines well and managed to keep his momentum. One to watch was the hard chasing Hodgson who moved up into third spot and was right on the back wheel of Smith. And on lap six, the Cumbria rider (Hodgson) passed both Smith and Bannon to take the lead. Lap after Lap Hodgson opened the gap between himself and the chasing two of Bannon and Todd. But the race win would eventually go to the reigning British Supermoto Champion (Hodgson) by a margin of 1.662 seconds ahead of Todd.

Race two winner Chris Hodgson Automotive Solutions (aboard loaned Jay Smith - HGR Honda)

Race three would see the familiar reverse grid line up with the first eight from race two. This would put Hodgson down in eight, Todd seventh and Bannon sixth. Heading the front row Jay Smith with Tom Laycock (Automotive Solutions) alongside him and Jamie Duncan (Pope KTM) in third. The start seen Smith hold position however on the second corner Brad Hardy tumbled, bringing down Tom Laycock and subsequently caused a log jam of riders. Meanwhile Smith and Bannon took advantage of this and headed off with a following Todd, Hodson and Duncan. Wheel to wheel action followed and soon Bannon looked on the inside of Smith in an out braking move to clinch the lead. Todd would progress into second position and the lead would see a familiar battle between Bannon and Todd. With just three laps to go a charging Todd run up the inside of Bannon to take the lead and subsequently Bannon run onto the grass area leapfrogging back onto the circuit. Soon after Smith took a tumble allowing Hodgson through. But after a race of changing places, it would be the Worthington Property Developments Honda Rider (Todd) who would take the win some 2.593 seconds ahead of Hodgson, Bannon in third and Duncan in fourth.

Davey Todd race three winner - Worthington Property Developments Honda

Leaving Rowrah it is both Bannon and Hodgson on joint points, with Todd and Smith close behind.

Rider Team Points

Jordan Bannon Dave Clarke Racing 142

Chris Hodgson Automotive Solutions 142

Davey Todd Worthington Property Developments 137

Jay Smith Humber Garage Racing 130

Richard Sharp Team Bathmate 118

Tom Laycock Automotive Solutions 118

Casey Jones HGR/DRC 104

Chris Eastwood Dave Clarke Racing 142

Luke Howson 101

All championship results / classes can be found

The next round moves to Crail in Scotland on the 12th - 13th June and you can catch all the main Sunday A races via the Norapsort TV 'Live Feeds'

All images provided by Geoff Brooks Official Norasport Photographer

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