15-year-old EBC-equipped motocross racer is competing in 125cc-class races this year, with some great results so far
Northampton-based Lewis Bethell continues to show extremely promising signs in his motocross career, with several races within the Cotswold Motocross Championship over the last few months further confirming his impressive abilities on two wheels.
Bethell uses EBC Brakes components on his 125cc Husqvarna motorcycle. You can read his thoughts on his latest outings below.
Cotswold Championship, Round 3 – Highley
“This round was held at the newly-revamped Highley track, near Kidderminster, with another strong line-up of 40 riders.
“Race 1 saw a difficult start from an inside gate, leaving me 19th after the first lap. Working my way through the field to 9th and looking to make a move for 8th saw me taken out by a back-marker on the last lap and eventually finishing in 12th.
“Race 2 saw a better start, picking up several places to finish a more respectable 6th. In Race 3, I saw a really good start, going in to the second corner 3rd, only to come together with the rider in front leaving us both on the ground and dead last. I battled through the pack to finish 14th and a disappointing 9th overall for the day, not reflecting my overall pace.”
Cotswold Championship, Round 4 – Hazeley Grange
“The next round saw the championship move on to Hazeley Grange, where I had never ridden before, with my mum and brother taking over as ‘pit crew’ as my dad was unwell and couldn’t travel – they did a great job!
“The track was wet for qualifying but I managed to set the 4th fastest time, so wasn’t too far off the pace. Better starts saw me take 4th in the first race, another 4th in the second race and 8th in the final race after getting caught up behind a crash in the first corner.
“Overall, I finished 3rd for the round, which I was pleased with to keep me in the hunt for the championship.”
Cotswold Championship, Rounds 5 & 6 – Walterstone
“These rounds saw us make a return to Walterstone, near the Welsh border.
“Round 5 was on the Saturday, and the first race saw a bad start out of the gate, getting stuck mid-pack and finishing 9th.
“The second race saw a good start but was then red flagged following a big crash on the 1st corner. The restart saw me get a really good start running second then, with two laps to go, made the pass to take the lead, going on to win by 5 seconds.
“Race 3 was cancelled due to the dust but it gave me a 3rd overall for the day.
“Round 6 on the Sunday saw a further two races in very warm conditions. I got good starts in both races which saw me finish 4th in the first race and 3rd in the second race – enough for third overall for the day and second for the weekend… a great result!
“With results going my way, that’s enough to take the overall lead in the championship after 6 rounds, although still a long way to go.
“Huge thanks to EBC Brakes for the support and providing the unrivalled stopping power on my Husqvarna TC 125.”