Up next, the 1985 NBMXA British Championships at Derby Greyhound Stadium. Politics came into full effect here as UKBMX decided to run a National at Exeter the same weekend meaning you had to choose if you raced both federations. The only positive was the Pros were able to race Exeter Sunday and blasted up the motorway to Derby Sunday night and raced the British Championships Monday which was a Bank Holiday.
Still, Derby had 1200 riders despite the clash and even though a lot of the Factory big names were in Exeter it opened the door once again like the 84 British Championships for new names to shine. One of these guys was Tim O’Shea, who had spent some time in the States and took the double in 17+ and also 16+ Cruiser.
In the Pros, Pete Middleton took the win (325 pounds) over the 3 finals keeping it consistent all day long. Geth Shooter placed 1, 1, 6 in the finals but handed the win to Pete with that last main finish but still earned himself an extra 250 pounds for the NBMXA overall Series for 85.
16s Tim O’Shea, Will Smyth, Ian Carroll 15s Robin Mason, Ivan Bass, Kim Carbutt 14s Paul Clarkson, Nigel Kenning, Ian Dixon 13s Simon Blinkhorn, Lee Mullarkey, Peter South 12s Jeremy Kenning, Adrian Newberry, Darren Currie 11s Gareth Shea, Neil Johns, Chris Bennett 10s Nathan Bash, Mark Boulden, David Higgins 9s Paul Hancock, Karl Moult, Graham Wardale 8s James Renton, Simon Jones, Stephen Craigan 7s David Maw, Richard McEwan, Barry Scott 6s Graham Strickland, Paul Richter, Darren Keown 5s Stu Wilson, Owen Vallender, Tom Mounsey
Cruiser 16+ Tim O’Shea, Ian Mason Cruiser 13/15 Darren O’Neill, Nick Fiddler, Tristan Tack
14+ Girls Nicola Dodwell, Karen Richmond, Maria Hall 12-13 Girls Lisa Wright, Debbie Maltby, Chaire Rivans 10-11 Girls Caroline Goward, Andrea Haltam, Debbie Freeston 8-9 Girls Donna Hoffman, Natalie Long, Adele Croxon 5-7 Girls Jane Hibbert, Charlotte Clark, Jill Fitzgibbon