Wilkinson and Brown go for Dean Moor glory

Wilkinson and Brown go for Dean Moor glory

Sidecar-cross is arguably one of the most fascinating and physically demanding forms of off-road bike sport and attracts a limited but enthusiastic number of race crews, many of whom race in the FIM world championship series as well as UK events.

Rarely is there the opportunity to see the best crews in action in the north, but on Sunday July 2, the British Championship series visits the Dean Moor Motocross Park near Workington where just about all of the leading crews will be in action, so if there is little else on in the area for you to do that weekend, then why not visit the track and enjoy some hot sidecar action.

The opening round of the series was at the Halstead Club’s Wakes Colne track in Essex where Brett Wilkinson and Joe Millard  (lead pictures) won all three races, continuing their 2023 run of success having been on the podium at every meeting in which they have raced this year. The current British Champions will be racing at Dean Moor which is the second round of the series as they prepare for the British round of the FIM World Championship series at Cusses Gorse over the last weekend of  the month, July 29th and 30th

Close action for a British crew in Spain

It is to be hoped that 18 time British Sidecarcross Champion Stuart Brown will be fit enough to race at Dean Moor as he gears up  to be back to his best for the forthcoming British Sidecarcross GP which takes place at Cusses Gorse MX on the 29th and 30th July following his injury sustained back in April.

At the first 2023 sidecar GP in Spain at Tallevera, Stuart with new passenger Nathan Cooper, landed short on one of the big jumps, immediately feeling  a lot of pain in his ankle, however the local hospital said it was just bruised and with a GP the following week in Portugal he pulled out of the meeting.

But in Portugal he was still in pain  and once back in the UK  he sought a second opinion  which  confirmed there was a fracture which needed an operation. This meant the team had to miss the GPs and even the first round of the British championship.

After 6 weeks with plenty of rest, the team are working back to race fitness. With the ankle strapped up and braced, they have raced at both a NETT and NORA sidecar championship event in the last few weeks and should be contesting the British Championship this weekend in Dean Moor.