Senior becomes supercross national champion

Ashley Senior
Ashley Senior
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Royal Navy air school instructor Ashley Senior became the Minibike StockMod Supercross champion with a race to spare at the International Dirt Bike Show in Stoneleigh.

Portsmouth-based Senior capped off a fine competition as he finished all of his eight races on the podium, with five wins, two second places and one third place.

His triumphant campaign started impressively, with three wins from four races, before sealing the championship by 25 points with a further two race victories.

Senior, based at HMS Sultan, was relieved to secure the title with such a healthy advantage going into the final rounds.

The 27-year-old said: ‘In the end I didn’t have to go out in the last race as you can only get 20 points for a win and I was 25 points clear.

‘It made quite a change as in most things I have won, it is usually nail-biting right down to the last race.’

He added: ‘Working from HMS Sultan has made chasing the win much easier than when I had been in other establishments and squadrons as I could never commit to a full championship.

‘My parents had to go and pick up the first championship that I had won as I was on draft, so it was great to be able to get my hands on the trophy myself this time around.’

However, it wasn’t all plain sailing for Petty Officer (Airman) Senior.

After winning the minibike northern and southern nationals at the start of the season, a pile-up during the first race of the British Championships ended Senior’s hopes of claiming another title.

But he put the setback behind him to take the honours in Stoneleigh with 152 points.

Senior added: ‘When I crashed at the British Championships I was gutted and I could not wait for the British Minibike Supercross Championships.

‘I was determined to keep myself out in front and clear of trouble.’