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Debut Double Win for Shipton and Crescent KTM at MX Nationals

Crescent KTM MX rider Jake Shipton put on a masterful performance at last weekend's Michelin MX Nationals, stunning the crowd with a double victory as the privateer outclassed the factory outfits in both 19 and 14 lap races respectively. Having started the weekend in a strong position, qualifying third, the 23-year-old from Wareham also went on to take the fastest laps in both races, leaving the fifth round second overall after a confident performance and eager to get back to action at the final round in a fortnight's time.

“Race one was really good! I started around fifth or sixth, made a few passes within the first turn and then was I was alongside the front runners. I passed Brad Anderson and Elliot Banks-Brown in one turn as they both ran wide and I stayed tight being gentle on the gas. Graeme Irwin was leading and I was maybe behind him for a lap then made the pass and just went for it. I didn't worry about anything else and just concentrated on clean laps. It got to the 10 minute stage and I thought, yes this is cool, 20 minutes in and I thought no one is coming past me now and manage to pull a good gap to the flag!”

You then went straight on to win the second race, clearing the event as overall winner. How was the second race and how do you feel coming away from such a successful weekend?

“Race two I was nervous as although I knew I had the speed from the morning's race I also knew Anderson was going to give it his all. I followed Brad for a couple of laps and felt I was a little faster one side and he was on another. When I made a move I managed to get some solid laps together and again pull a good lead ahead of the guys.”

Shipton's results this season mirror the hard work and dedication he puts in behind the scenes. Utilising the Crescent Racing network, he began training with WorldSBK racer Alex Lowes and the focus has paid off.

“This winter was amazing and I believe it's built me up to be both physically and mentally stronger, just knowing the correct things to do, what times and how to do them correctly is a massive help. Kirk Gibbons trains the likes of Tommy Searle, Alex and Sam Lowes and many other guys from different sport disciplines like boxing with Dave 'Rocky' Ryan. I didn't manage to get up there as much as I would have liked to but I can honestly say I stuck to the programme he gave me day in day out and it has made a massive difference. Depending on the race schedule, I train five days a week, but for me I'm also a mechanic so I have to spilt my time to make sure my bikes are serviced, working and ready to go, while also working with Crescent Motorcycles. “

It's been an eventful season for the Crescent KTM rider, competing in both MX Nationals and the Maxxis British MX Championship, alongside his continued training and appearances at local races while working for Crescent mid-week.

“This season has been the best for me so far, even though I damaged the ligament in my knee at the start of the year and missed a round of the MX Nationals. Unfortunately I then rode through it to do the other knee a month or so ago doing a local race. I kept it quiet and just had to get on with it - it was that or go dig holes again which I don't want to be doing just yet! I'm lying second in the MX Nationals ProX Pro class and tenth in the British with a couple of rounds to go which is good for me. MX1 is stacked with talent this year so I'm pretty happy with the results but for sure I'm looking and believe I have more!

“This year I wouldn't be racing without the amount of backing Paul Denning and Crescent Motorcycles have given me. It's tough doing it all on your own when you going up against some big names but it's been a big learning curve and I couldn't thank the whole Crescent Motorcycles family enough. It's a little job to help at the shop but it's also given me the opportunity to focus on a job that is massive for me which is my riding, working with and getting the support from Crescent allows me to get everything into place ready to race while training during the week so I'm 100% come race day. I know I leave mud and stuff here and there but if I didn't it wouldn't be the same!”

Shipton is competing this season on the new 2016 KTM 450 SX-F and last year's anticipation seems to have been firmly justified.

“We are running the 2016 450 SX-F which was obviously a whole new project from KTM and I think they have done an awesome job! Not just from me personally loving the bike but from Crescent customers asking questions and telling me how much they enjoy the new model. The strengths are endless in comparison – power, handling, wear and tear and even down to working on them. I really like the machine and look forward to swinging my leg over it time and time again. We've only fallen out a few times this year but that's when I laid her down in the mud!”

With only one round left to run of MX Nationals, Shipton remains determined to put in a good performance, but eager to continue improving as he looks ahead to 2017.

“The season is nearly over but I'm still training hard and I want to continue to better my results. I only want to go up so until the last race I'm still giving it 100%. I want to prove that I deserve a good shot at the sport I love and it would be a dream come true to get there! “

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