Sunday September 11, 2016
Exciting prospect Nathan Ablitt lived up to his pre-meeting billing as title favourite by lifting the Mitas British Youth 150cc Championship that was staged at Rye House on Sunday.

The 12 year old not only went through the card in his programmed rides but also took the deciding Grande Final ahead of Sam Hagon and Mason O’Rourke to complete a simply remarkable British Youth season of not dropping a single race in some 45 heats!

But if Ablitt’s success was an expected one, it only came at the climax of some fantastic racing that saw all seven competitors truly give 100%. Examples included a gripping Heat 3 in which O’Rourke pipped Sam Hagon to victory by just half a bike length and a stunning Heat 6 that saw Ablitt himself left at the rear of the field in the early stages after missing his gear and slipping into neutral before recovering to work his way past his three rivals.

As Young Lions Manager Neil Vatcher put it afterwards, “None of those seven riders left anything in the can today. There was some really exciting racing, and every single one of the boys gave his all.”

Of Nathan Ablitt’s incredible 45-out-of-45 record for the series: “As I’ve said before, it is incredibly hard for anybody to achieve that in ANY class. To go 9 meetings and 45 races undefeated, with no engine failures or slide-offs, is absolutely amazing. All credit to Nathan to finally be crowned British Champion. He certainly deserves that title.

“It’s been a fantastic year. I say every season that the Series gets bigger and better each time around, and 2016 has been no different. Now we start making plans for next year!

“It’s exciting for us that at National and Premier League level we’ve seen some really good kids coming through once again this year, and hopefully that will continue for many years to come.”

Qualifying scores:

Nathan Ablitt 12, Sam Hagon 10, Mason O’Rourke 7, Jamie Bursill 6, James Laker 3, Kieron McCoy 2, Charlie Jenson 2

Grand Final: Ablitt, Hagon, O’Rourke, Bursill (68.4 secs)