Langrish all set for drama as Ken Hall Trophy returns

Action from last year's Ken Hall Trophy. Picture: Paul Smith
Action from last year's Ken Hall Trophy. Picture: Paul Smith
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A motocross institution returns to Langrish for two action-packed days of racing from tomorrow.

The Ken Hall Trophy is back for its 46th edition as it cements its place as the longest-running motocross in Europe.

And fans of the sport will not be disappointed by the bumper races on offer at this year’s event.

Monday will see the penultimate round of the Maxxis ACU British Motocross Championship at the circuit three miles south of Petersfield.

Monster Energy Bike It Yamaha rider Mel Pocock reclaimed the red plate from HM Plant KTM’s Elliott Banks-Browne last time out, as the campaign edges towards its climax.

That should be an exciting battle, while the MXY2 Championship will feature exceptional local talent with both Portsmouth’s Robert Muscat and Waterlooville’s Fraser Wakeford featuring.

Dan Thornhill leads the championship and could wrap up the title at the Langrish Motorcycle Racing Club venue.

But second-placed Muscat will be looking to make sure he doesn’t have it all his own way and secure his position.

Wakeford is one of four riders looking to finish fifth in the event with two races remaining.

In the MX1 Class, HM Plant KTM UK’s Kevin Strijbos has opened up a 49-point advantage over Shaun Simpson.

The naturally hard pack circuit at Langrish could play into Simpson’s hands, however, as he looks to close the gap on his rival.

Tomorrow will see the British Quad Cross Championship take place, along with an Open Evo Class. The day will also incorporate the Dave Thorpe Evo Championship and there will be a treat with classic sidecar racing taking place.

That will give an emphasis on the historical significance of the event – which dates back to 1966 – and its long-running nature, with five world championship sidecar grand-prixs staged and international meetings featuring world champions.

Practice starts at 9.15am tomorrow with racing from 11am. Practice starts at 9am on Monday, with racing at 12.05pm.

Tickets cost £10 on Sunday and £20 Monday (half price for concessions) with under-14s free.

Trade and fast food stands are available along with on-site camping.