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2012 Weston Beach Race: What the winners said

By This is Somerset  |  Posted: October 15, 2012

Weston Beach Race 2012

Weston Beach Race 2012

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Jeffrey Herlings admitted he was surprised to win the Weston Beach Race at his first attempt yesterday.

New MX2 world champion Herlings said he decided to pace himself during the early stages of the three-hour race over Weston-super-Mare's notorious dunes in a bid to save energy.

But he only needed to make two pit stops, and that proved to be the difference as he got ahead of runner-up Shaun Simpson and third-placed KTM star Ken de Dycker.

"I didn’t expect to win the first time, so I’m quite surprised with the result," said Herlings.

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"I had a couple of crashes, went through the fence really fast at one point, but anyway congratulations to Shaun in second and Ken in third because it was really tough.

"The straight was really cool, as you can get to over 100mph, which is an amazing feeling and I loved it.

"The atmosphere was great and you can’t ride race speed with the amateurs, as they go left to right, right to left and you’re not always sure where they are going to start or end, but it was a lot of fun to be with them."

On Sunday morning, Joseph won the youth quad three class win, with Lestyn Rowlands taking victory in the youth quad two class and Callum Brooks in the youth quad one race.

Tommy Clarke won the small wheel 85cc class, ahead of the Isle of Man’s Jed Etchells in second and Welshman Josh Greedy in third.

Todd Kellet, from Langport, won the 85cc big wheel class from Alfie Bowtell in second and Josh Coleman third.

On Saturday, Ben Watson won the 125/250f class race, while Tyler Rowe took the chequered flag in the 65cc youth race and Paul Winrow claimed his sixth Weston success in the adult quad race.

Read what all the senior race winners had to say after the race here, and click on the links below to see all our photos from the weekend...

JEFFREY HERLINGS - 2012 WESTON BEACH RACE WINNER

“It was really good. I was surprised how well it went, as I paced myself in the beginning to save my energy.

"I was about 30 seconds back, but I cruised around and only had to do two pit stops for fuel, which helped. It was really something I liked to do, and it’s way different than riding normal motocross or GPs.

"I loved it, so maybe it’s something to do again in the future, and I definitely think everyone should have a go at racing it at least once in their lifetime.

"I didn’t expect to win the first time, so I’m quite surprised with the result. I had a couple of crashes, went through the fence really fast at one point, but anyway congratulations to Shaun in second and Ken in third because it was really tough.

"The straight was really cool, as you can get to over 100mph, which is an amazing feeling and I loved it.

"The atmosphere was great and you can’t ride race speed with the amateurs, as they go left to right, right to left and you’re not always sure where they are going to start or end, but it was a lot of fun to be with them.

"That part was particularly difficult, not to crash with the other guys, but a big thanks to KTM for giving me a great bike.

"It was really well organised, the flag marshalls were good and it wasn’t dangerous at all, as I thought it might be, which was positive. I am really glad I came.”

SHAUN SIMPSON - 2012 WESTON BEACH RACE RUNNER-UP

“It’s been a great weekend and good to be part of. I am just really happy we got round in one piece.

"Everything went well apart from having a crash when I got a bit excited in the lead and I also had to make an unexpected pit stop.

"I was behind two guys on a jump and there were two main lines, but I thought I could make a new one to get by, and I went over the dune to find there was a big soft part at the back end of it, which sent me over the bars.

"I thought I broke my radiator too after colliding with someone, but it was a good event and I definitely need to be back next year to take the win.

"It’s nice to see so many people getting behind a motorcycling event, and it’s a bit different for everyone, so I was pleased to see it so well supported.”

KEN DE DYCKER - 2012 WESTON BEACH RACE THIRD PLACE

“My race went okay, but on the first lap I was a bit crazy and tried to jump things that just weren’t possible. I crashed a few times and got my bike stuck.

"It was a really fun race and I’ve never done anything like it before. Racing against the amateurs was the funniest part; seeing everyone in front of you doing some crazy things and I was just laughing in my helmet going round.

"I’d really like to do this again but we had to stop four times, as I had a smaller fuel tank than the others. It has been a great weekend overall.”

BEN WATSON - 125/250f WESTON BEACH RACE WINNER

“This is about my seventh time doing the race and today I took my fifth win. I had bad luck last year, as the bike blew up with eight minutes to go in the 85cc class, so it was good to come away with a win today for my first time on the bigger bike.

"It’s a great way to finish my season. The whole race went well; I managed to lap up to second and it was great to hear people cheering me on, especially in the double section.

"There are not always jumps here and there was a bit of pressure to do it every lap, but sometimes there were other riders down there so I had to roll it.

"I knew it was a quicker line and it felt good.”

PAUL WINROW - ADULT QUAD WESTON BEACH RACE WINNER

“I got a great start and normally I don’t like to lead in the first lap, but I had a good look at the track, so I knew it wouldn’t be too bad.

"I had a comfortable lead and I kept going, as I couldn’t see who was in second for a while. I rode a steady pace for until the track came good or quad friendly, as it was really rutty.

"I didn’t push too much and Carl (Bunce) came past after I pitted for fuel, but I also did a second splash and dash pit just to make sure there was enough in the tank.

"I did it earlier rather than later and then I could see Carl coming back to me a bit, so I got into more of an aggressive race pace, but I don’t know why I couldn’t find that before.

"I caught him in the last part of the race and he had a misfire; I’m not sure what was wrong but he was really unhappy, which is understandable. For me a win is a win and I will take that, so it’s been a good day for us.”

2012 WESTON BEACH RACE PICTURES - SUNDAY

2012 Weston Beach Race photos - part one

2012 Weston Beach Race photos - part two

2012 Weston Beach Race photos - part three

2012 Weston Beach Race photos - 85cc race

2012 WESTON BEACH RACE PICTURES - SATURDAY

2012 Weston Beach Race photos - adult quad and sidecar race

2012 Weston Beach Race photos - junior 65cc race

2012 Weston Beach Race photos - Saturday crowds

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