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Bethell uses EBC braking components on his 250cc MX race bike

18-year-old Lewis Bethell is once again undertaking a number of motocross championships this year across the UK.

In 2022, he clinched gold in the MX Master Kids UK Championship, clinching several similar podiums throughout 2023 too.

Bethell’s Husqvarna FC 250 motorcycle is adorned with EBC Brakes’ MX-S-Series motocross brake pads and CX-Extreme motocross brake discs (front and rear).

You can read an update on his competitive campaigns so far this year in his own words below.

“This year has seen me only compete in the National Championships with the Bridgestone British Masters and the Nora British Cup – my main focus after the Nora Pro Championship was cancelled after one round.

“The third round of the Bridgestone British Masters took place at Hawkstone Park. As always, the track proved to be one of the toughest in the UK, and attracted full gates across all the groups which is great to see.

“I qualified 22nd, but the 10 places in front of me were covered by less than five seconds and I felt that I could improve in the race. My focus was on trying to minimise mistakes as this track can really catch you out but my main problem over the weekend was trying to get out of the gate well on the concrete start.

“Race 1 saw probably the best start of the weekend, but then a rider went down in front of me which cost me few places, I worked my way through eventually finishing 20th.

“Race 2 – didn’t get a great start which gave me some work to do, not as easy in this group as so many riders are running lap times similar to one another. I kept making time up but then made mistakes undoing the good work which was frustrating, finishing 23rd.

“In Race 3, I got a start in the top 15, but lost the front end on the first lap tangling with another rider who ended up on top of me, leaving me dead last. I felt I then rode pretty well, making up 11 places to finish 25th.

“Race 4 – worst start of the weekend, lighting up the rear tyre on the concrete start. My riding got stronger as the race went on, finishing 20th, but closing quickly on the four in front of me. I just needed another two or three laps as my fitness was really good and felt strong at the end of the race.

“Overall, finished 22nd. Although fairly happy with this in a strong field, I felt that if I could have got a bit of better start in each race I could have finished a few places higher. That leaves me currently 15th in championship.

“June also saw the second round of the Nora British Cup, held at Culham MX following the first round at Landrake in Cornwall. I am competing in the adult Expert Class against a strong line-up, most of who are on 450s. All four races across the weekend produced a number of battles within each race, making for some close racing, apart from race 3 where I lost the front end coming out of a corner and had no chance of making the time back. I finished 11th, 11th, 11th and 10th over the weekend, for 9th overall and took home £15!! This has left me 6th in the championship overall and now looking forward to the final round at Marshfield in August.

“Massive thanks to EBC for providing the stopping power for my FC250.”

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MX-S-Series Off-Road Race Pads

American-made sintered copper alloy motocross race pad, offering ultra-high friction and fast bed-in.

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CX Extreme Motocross Discs

Self-cleaning lightweight stainless-steel disc for all modern motocross machines. Size-for-size replacements for front and rear.

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