JAMES LODGE has won the Relentless 125GP British Championship!
The 20-year-old from Brockholes finished seventh over at Oulton Park yesterday to earn the national crown.
It was the climax to a terrific season for KRP/Earnshaws Motorcycles rider Lodge, who has piloted his Honda machine to 182 points in the campaign.
After problems at Cadwell Park and Croft and then a third-place finish at Silverstone in the previous race, Lodge went into yesterday’s event knowing he needed only to finish eighth or better to take the title – and that was if main rival Martin Glossop won.
Rainham’s Rob Guiver, in fact, took second place in the championship with 170 points, Glossop finishing third on 155.
Lodge, who had a wildcard ride in the British MotoGP at Donington, hasn’t really looked back since winning at Scotland’s Knockhill, although he suffered injuries in a road accident before Cadwell which hampered him quite badly.
Meanwhile, latest circuit rumours suggest Huddersfield’s Tom Sykes could be riding for Paul Bird’s Kawasaki works team next season in World Superbikes after losing his ride with Yamaha WSB.