Richardson scoops two British titles

Mark Richardson.
Mark Richardson.

BOSTON’S Mark Richardson has scooped two British motorcycle racing titles.

He has claimed the 2011 Shorttrack UK Grand National Mini-bike title and the MCF British Mini-Bike Dirt Track crown.

The Mini-bike event is a UK-wide series run over five rounds, ranging from the tight confines of Rye House Speedway track to the wide-open half mile track at Amman Valley in South Wales.

Mark began the year as defending champion, and was determined to retain his crown.

With the added advantage of works support from, he scored maximum points at the first four rounds and took the title with one round to spare.

He also branched out this year into another Shorttrack class on the CB-Tuning Honda CRF450.

In this class, Mark qualified for the final of the inaugural Tir Prince event in Towyn, North Wales.

He won one of his three heat races in wet and difficult conditions on the very impressive half-mile trotting track course.

In the final he was battling with former British and European Shorttrack champion Pete Boast for fifth place, but suffered a major engine failure on the last lap.

The next outing on the 450 was the very tight confines of Buxton Speedway in the Pro class.

Mark scored consistently to finish seventh out of 12 in the final.

The final outing on the 450 was at Rye House speedway in Hertfordshire.

Having already won the mini-bike title, Mark rode in the Shorttrack Grand National class.

Mark again scored consistently in the heat races and easily progressed via the semi-final to the 12 lap grand final.

He finished the final in a very creditable eighth place.

This year has also seen Mark win the inaugural MCF British Mini-Bike Dirt Track title.

Held over three rounds at the former Oxford Speedway track at Cowley, Mark dominated each and every one of the races, again on the 150cc pit-bike, finishing the championship on maximum points, 18 races and 18 wins.