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Teenager Todd Kellet Wins Weston Beach Race

Local Somerset 19-year-old claims dramatic victory in grueling race

CRESCENT KTM rider Todd Kellett, 19, has won the Weston Beach Race, narrowly beating experienced GP racer Tanel Leok with Martin Barr third.

Local Somerset lad Kellett, who finished fifth last year, got the holeshot after the first straight, with Red Bull KTM’s Extreme Enduro specialist Jonny Walker and Leok close behind.

Walker crashed on the second lap over one of Weston’s infamous dunes, around the same time as experienced former GP racer Leok took control of the race. But the three hour beach race is a tough one and Kellett’s consistency hauled Leok back as the race wore on.

With the pair together on track for the latter stages it was a dramatic finish, with Kellett just ahead on the final lap. Todd’s brother Ty (pictured above-left with Todd) also finished inside the top 10. Walker eventually finished in sixth behind Jamie Law in fourth place and Matt Moffat in fifth.

Kellett said after the race: “It’s a really emotional win. I think eight years ago I won in the 65cc class, four years ago I won in the 85cc class, but to win the adult class, well I can’t put it into words, I’m over the moon. I got the holeshot, and the battle was so intense it was like a motocross race. Every time I tried to get close to Tanel or pass him, it took a lot of energy. In the first hour I let him go, as I didn’t think he could go that fast for that long, but I eventually caught him.”

World famous stunt rider Robbie Maddison and MotoGP star Scott Redding all finished the 34th running of the event, which attracted a claimed 70,00 spectators and over 800 entries in the solo race.

Isle of Man TT racer Martin Jessop was in fact the best of the non-dirt bike riders, finishing 37th, while MotoGP racer Scott Redding was 96th. Robbie Maddison was 46th in his first competitive race for decades.

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