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We headed to London in good spirits after Sam’s step up in performance brought a deserved podium in Birmingham. More good news came in the form of our AX Pro-Am dude Luke Oldfield was keen to give it another shot after having to sit out Birmingham with his damaged shoulder from Belfast….. The two dudes bring an energy and fun to the team and both have given it their all to learn in this new world we have thrown them in. 

The Wembley track is always tight and slippery and this year was no different. 

With Sam D in a strong position to make a dream overall championship podium and two AX Futures Finals to go for it, the pressure was on. 

Luke on the other hand had a nothing to lose attitude which made for some wild shapes during the Timed morning sessions as he really stepped up his game and raced the track to take a time only a couple of seconds off some of the pro class guys. 4th in his timed Quali group really was a big step up for Lukey and this was great to see.

Sam was feeling the pressure a little and was riding safe and learning lines while trying to find his speed. The lad is a diesel…. He takes a while to warm up…. 


Lukey knows the pressure in this race and the Pro Am guys get one shot at making the night show Final…. It’s too 6 or go home, no second chances. 

Luke pulled a great start and had a chance to take the lead as things opened up in turn 1…. Luke ran 4th after turn 2 and landed on the tough blocks in the first rhythm section making for a wild ride out. For 3 sublime laps Luke held position keeping the leaders in his sights which really is quality riding for someone of Luke’s limited experience in high national level racing. The next few laps were a battle as Luke dug in to hold off some fast guys in what is essentially a last chance qualifier…. The man gave it everything on his RMZ450 and came home in a brilliant 6th with all kinds of pressure on him….. Genuinely this was brilliant as a return from some tough times the last couple of weeks. Night Show Lukey was stoked!!! 


Sam picked up the pace by the lap in each timed session and we were confident he was going to give this everything. Starts have been an issue with SD so with some work in the weekend off Sam was keen for the gate drop. A solid start on his RMZ250 and Sam put himself in a good position for a podium result. With the championship leader having some issues it was Sam who battled through to 2nd early in the race and began trying to chase down Jake Farrelly, his podium rival. Both guys rode solid laps for the entire final but the early gap was too much to bridge as Sam struggled to find his new race speed. P2 in final 1 was solid and we could look forward to an epic final night of Arenacross UK action. 


A second row start for Luke wasn’t ideal with pick 12 for the 10 rider gate but he made some strong early laps after a solid start. The pro am finals are usually carnage but this one was absolutely wild. With so many guys struggling to find drive over the finish double the laps were never clean for most of the pack making for some interesting moves in the turns… Lukey stayed as consistent as possible and in reality managed one or two clean laps where he had space to actually race the track which was the same for everyone …. Ha. It was wild. Lukey brought it home with a brilliant 9th place and a massive smile on his face. 


Sam smashed the start in final 2 and battled on lap one to keep the championship leader in sight. Sam has learnt how tough it is to make time up but the lad really gave this final his all…. The leader had been a step above all day and it was great to see Sam’s determination as he never gave up the fight as he consistently caught the leader on the majority of the track. This was brilliant to watch as this was another ‘race performance’ from Sam at a level he never dreamed of reaching. Sam raced every moment of this final to take another P2 and the overall victory in London!!!!! To say this young man was happy is an understatement as this was a next level feeling for Sam, his family and all involved here at SR75 SUZUKI powered by TRIWATER 


Honestly this is a great feeling and a fantastic story….. To take Sam as a complete novice in this kind of racing with zero national level racing experience in Motocross never mind Arenacross and watch him develop through to this achievement is really very very pleasing. To achieve this victory and 3rd overall in the AX FUTURES ACU British Championship is brilliant and this with bring positive life changing experience in Sam’s everyday life. 

Luke stepped up this weekend after a few knocks and really showed a massive determination to ride with some really quality guys out there. The most pleasing part of Luke’s weekend was seeing him push himself and the bike more to drop his lap times and look a little more Loose…. Luke really did step up a level and with more time and bike fitness as this year progresses we can look forward to a lot of fun with these guys. A massive thanks as always to Tony and Wayne in the pits, Suzuki GB and Triwater Ltd for everything they do and of course all of our team partners who give us the support to do what we do with smiles on our faces on the best equipment possible. 


“I am so happy I just can’t really describe the feeling. To race this series and to win the finale in London is unreal. I seriously don’t know what to say. My bike and everyone involved in this have been brilliant. I have learnt so much in only a few weeks and it has been amazing to be surrounded by so much experience and knowledge in the SR75 SUZUKI Team. Thanks to EVERYONE involved and I can’t wait for more experiences like this, I still can’t believe it!” 


“Oh boy that was wild, ha. What a rush, I came here determined to make that final and it felt good to feel like I belonged on track with this level. There are some great riders out there. My bike was amazing and of course it is awesome riding for the team. It’s tough but I enjoy it with the fun we have mixed with the pressure to improve each time. Thanks as always to the team and everyone involved to give us the best. I can’t wait for next year!” 


Photos credit: The Locals