Sudbury MCC September 2017 News

 

 

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The Dave Roper Memorial Event is this coming Sunday 24th September being staged at Tye Farm Great Cornard Suffolk by the Sudbury Motor Cycle Club. It is eight years since the death of former Chairman Dave Roper and the proceeds on the day goes into a Fund in his name to help and support young and up and coming riders to develop their skills.

This year is a double header first up at 9am a Hare and Hounds Enduro for 12-16 year olds running for one hour. This event is the third one this year the Sudbury Club has organised and there are a few girls who compete and they do rather well. Will it be three wins in a row for 14 year old Jake Roper who has lately been beating his Dad. All these youngsters will be riding at a historic venue where Television meetings have been televised nationally and Local and where World and British Champions have ridden in different disciplines of the Motor Cycle Sport.

Starting at 10.30am is the fourth and final round of the Dave Barkshire Motorcycles Two Man Enduro Championship running for four hours nonstop and in the Championship Class Sam Mitchell/Brendan Mayers secured the 2017 Title at round three. In second place are Rick and Jamie Roper however this pairing will not be competing as Jamie sustained an injury early May and won’t be fit until the New Year. In the Expert Class Ben Grice/Kevin Palmer holds a fourteen points lead over Mark Mitchell/Joe Marsh and a twenty points lead over Chris Wright/Dan Willis. It is very close in the Clubman Class with Will Nice/Ben Marsh on 42 points and Paul & Dan Hunt on 41 points. Two outsiders are Matt Smith/Marc Norton and Andrew Peek/Mark Grimmer both teams on 26 points.

 


 

News IconSUDBURY MOTOR CYCLE CLUB PRESS REPORT 20-08-2017
Stephen GreenThere have been some successes for Sudbury Motor Cycle Club members over the past few weeks. In the G H Motorcycles/Husqvarna/ACU Eastern Enduro Championship Dean Curry has won the Clubman Veteran Class Title with one round to go. Curry has scored a massive 84 points with three wins, a fourth and a fifth and it is the first time in his riding career he has won anything. There will be two more Titles coming Sudbury members way as there are two riders in both the Clubman and Clubman Super Veteran Classes vying for Class Titles which will be settled at the last round on 10th September at Butley. Meanwhile in the Grass Track racing field Stephen Green has retained both the ACU Eastern and ACU South Eastern 500cc Upright Titles.

Dean Curry & JoAt the two rounds of the British Enduro Championship in Hafren Wales Richard Walters finished 10th on both days in his sub class, Jack Nicolaou 9th and 6th in his sub class, Jack Berry 8th and 12th in his sub class, Rick Roper 13th and 12th in his sub class while Craig Roper could only finish on day one with 15th in his sub class. In the Welsh Two Day Enduro Classic Clubman CE3 sub class day 1 first, day 2 second and overall third Gavin Hockey 1st, 1st, 1st, Gary Drage 3rd, 3rd, 3rd, CE1 sub class Terry Allen 8th, 3rd, 7th, Martin Baker 6th, 7th, and 6th. Veteran Clubman Jeff Turner 108th, DNF, 108th. John Austin 65th, 26th, 49th, Philip Barltrop 99th, 86, 97th, Paul Belton 46th, 46th, 46th, Dean Curry 96th, 99th, 96th, Phil Roper 30th, 28th, 28th, Nigel Ross 50th, 41st and 44th.

The 2017 Dave Roper Memorial Event will be on Sunday 24th September at Tye Farm Great Cornard and will incorporate a one hour Hare and Hounds for Youth (12-16 year olds) followed by four hours of the last round of the Dave Barkshire Two Man Enduro.

 


 

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SUDBURY MOTOR CYCLE CLUB EVENT REPORT 18-06-2017

Georgia PotterIncorporated in the recent ACU Eastern Solo Enduro Championship at Little Hadham Hertfordshire was another one hour Hare and Hounds race for 12-16 year olds. The Sudbury Motor Cycle Club wants to promote events for these youngsters who ride elsewhere outside of East Anglia and there are other youths under the age of 12 riding regularly.

For this event there were twelve riders which included three females and the course was laid out in the wood which included an easy route to and through the bog. Once again the competitors had to run to their bikes and first away was Jake Roper closely followed by half the field. Following Roper on the first lap were Max Brown, Joe Phillips and Doug Lote while further down Jemma Sargeant and Maisy Hockney were holding off Louis Dutton. On lap two Roper opened up a big lead over Phillips who had in the meantime passed Lote, Georgia Potter moved into 4th place while Dutton had moved up from 12th to 5th. Following a little further behind were Max Brown,Louis Dutton Will Belton, Evan Brown, Archie Gunton, Evan Herbert and Hockney. On the next lap it was Phillips who was first round with a commanding lead over Roper who had struggled through the bog. Potter slipped past Lote with Dutton chasing hard, Belton was 6th, Brown 7th, Gunton 8th and Evan Brown 9th. As the race progressed Roper was gaining on Phillips and just over the half hour it was neck and neck and on the next lap Roper regained the lead. For the rest of the time Roper kept extending his lead which was a good thing for him as he flipped his bike over in the bog and lost several seconds. On the last few laps Phillips was gaining on Roper who had decided to pace himself as he had a good lead to take the win while Dutton had passed Potter for 3rd and Potter had to hold off a determined Lote for 4th place. Another successful event organised by the Sudbury Motor Clubs who would like to thank the parents for their help and assistance.

Race results : 1st Jake Roper 18 laps, 2nd Joe Phillips 18 laps, 3rd Louis Dutton 17 laps, 4th Georgia Potter 17 laps, 5th Doug Lote 17 laps, 6th Archie Gunton 15 laps, 7th Max Brown 15 laps, 8th Will Belton 15 laps, 9th Evan Brown 13 laps, 10th Jemma Sargeant 11 laps, 11th Maisy Hockney 6 laps 12th Evan Herbert 6 laps.

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News IconACU EASTERN ROUND 4 SOLO ENDURO CHAMPIONSHIP EVENT REPORT 18-06-2017
Dean CurryIt was a very hot and sunny day for round 4 of the G H Motorcycles/Husqvarna/ACU Eastern Solo Enduro Championship at Little Hadham Herts. The organisers Sudbury Motor Cycle Club had laid out a blistering course of five miles through ditches, open fields and woods. The bog in one of the woods caused a few problems although not as wet as usual but if you rode the wrong line you got stuck in a deep rut which meant a lot of energy was needed to pull the bike out of it. Graham MaysOn the first lap Jason Morland was experimenting on what line to ride and dropped his machine straight into the mud. However that did not deter the Halstead rider as Morland had two cracking rides on the two Special Tests beating second place man Matt Pope (Norwich) by 6.6 seconds. There was strong competition amongst the other Championship Class riders which finally saw Brendan Mayers (Halstead) 3rd, Tim Rose (Diss) 4th, Will Hughes (Braintree) 5th, Daniel Van Zyl from South Africa 6th, James Yearley (Braintree) 7th, Sam Mitchell (Woodbridge) 8th and Ed Pooley (Stowmarket) 9th. Provisionally in the overall standings Morland has increased his lead and with two rounds to go he needs 18 points to retain his Title.

The Expert Class so far has seen a battle Myles Saunders (Sudbury) and Kevin Palmer (Norwich) but Palmer pulled out all the stops having the top rides in the Special Tests beating 2nd place rider Dan Willis (Stowmarket) by 10.156 seconds with Alex Walton (Sudbury) 3rd. Lee MongerSaunders who was 12.279 seconds behind Palmer in Test Times had to be content with 4th while Jack Nicolaou (Sudbury) was 5th, Tom Sargent (Bury St Edmunds) 6th and Nick Barrett (Sudbury) 7th. Palmer has opened up a 14 point gap on Saunders for the Expert Title but still can be caught.

What can Contest Sponsor Gavin Hockey (Sudbury) do in the Expert Veteran Class to beat Michael Ridge (Stowmarket), in the first Test Ridge was .277 seconds Micheal Ridgequicker than Hockey while in the second Test Hockey hit back and was .263 seconds faster than Ridge. The win went to Ridge by .014 seconds with Hockey taking 2nd place and in their wake were 3rd Phil Roper (Sudbury), 4th Paul Spurgeon (Woodbridge) and 5th Paul Belton (Sudbury). Overall Ridge is 18 points ahead of Hockey but still can be caught over the next two rounds.

There is a keen rivalry between two Sudbury members James Barker and Lee Monger in the Clubman Class and Barker beat Monger by 13.139 seconds in the Tests however had a 20 second penalty earlier in the day for failing to start his bike in the prescribe time which gave Monger the win. Up and coming youngster George Eustace (Sudbury) secure 3rd place with Paul Hunt and Scott Chaplin (both Diss) 4th and 5th places. Barker’s lead over Monger is now down to one point. It was a third win on the bounce for Dean Curry (Sudbury) in the Clubman Veteran Class beating 2nd place Terry Allen (Sudbury) by 8.498 seconds in the two Tests while Jeff Sharp (Sudbury) was 3rd and Michael Wyatt (Diss) 4th. Curry now has a 31 points lead in this Class. Andy Mason’s (Sudbury) one hundred percent of wins in the Clubman Super Veteran Class came to an end with Graham Mays (Sudbury) beating him for the win on the day by 6.768 seconds and two further Sudbury riders Nigel Ross and Gary Drage were 3rd and 4th. Mason lead Mays by 14 points in the Super Vets but is still catchable over the last two rounds.

 


 

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News IconSUDBURY MOTOR CYCLE CLUB EVENT REPORT 14-05-2017
Georgia PotterIncorporated in the previous week’s ACU Eastern Solo Enduro Championship at Foxborough Quarry Sible Hedingham was a one hour Hare and Hounds race for 12-16 year olds. The Sudbury Motor Cycle Club wants to promote events for these youngsters who ride elsewhere outside of East Anglia and there are other youths under the age of 12 riding regularly.

For the first event there were ten riders which included two females. For the start the competitors had to run down the hill, which also happens in the Adult January Extreme Enduro, to their bikes. First away was Jake Roper leaving most of the field in his wake and poor Georgia Potter’s bike would not start eventually it sparked into life some three to four minutes behind the leader.

Jake was in top form extending his lead during the session and controlling the race and when he is 16 and is able to compete in all adult events could be a Champion of the future out doing his father Phil.Jake Roper There were a few scraps between riders and several changes of positions and Georgia was gradually catching and passing most of the field.

The one hour session seem to pass very quickly and there were three riders completing 10 laps with Jake Roper taking first place 3 minutes 53 seconds ahead of Doug Lote and in third place was Georgia Potter 4 minutes 26 seconds behind the winner and what would have happened if her bike started first time, she could have challenged the winner. There were also three riders finishing on 9 laps with Will Belton taking 4th 25 seconds ahead of Max Day 5th and 6th Archie Gunton one minutes 25 seconds further behind. Evan Herbert was 7th completing 8 laps and 8th, 9th and 10th riders finished on 7 laps. Aaron Taylor took the 8th place 25 seconds ahead of 9th Miles Twigg while Jemma Sargeant was 10th only one second behind the ninth rider.

This event was a great success and the Sudbury Motor Cycle Club wishes to thank the parents and others for marshalling without which the race could not happen.

 


 

News IconACU EASTERN ROUND 3 SOLO ENDURO CHAMPIONSHIP EVENT REPORT 14-05-2017
There were more thrills and surprises in round 3 of the G H Motorcycles/Husqvarna/ACU Eastern Solo Enduro Championship last Sunday at Foxborough Quarry Hare and Hounds Sible Hedingham Essex organised by the Sudbury Motor Cycle Club.

Joe PhillipsFirst away in the three hour marathon were the Championship Class led by Brendon Mayers Halstead) who held onto his lead for two laps being chased by Jason Morland (Halstead) and Craig Roper (Sudbury). However Morland on lap three took the lead and a little later Roper slipped into second place. Over the rest of the three hours Morland settled into a steady rhythm but behind him were several changes of positions with Tim Rose (Diss), Ben Clark (Halstead) and Sam Mitchell (Woodbridge) putting pressure on Roper and Mayers. Morland was uncatchable on the day the only person who would challenged him was Jamie Roper who after his accident at round two is out of the Contest for the year after his operation of his upper left arm. At the chequered flag Morland was a clear winner on 26 laps by 1 minute 24 seconds over Rose with Clark 3rd, Roper 4th, and Mitchell 5th. Matt Pope (Norwich) finished 6th while Mayers slipped back to 7th place and Harry Clark (Sudbury) was 8th.

Myles Saunders (Sudbury) took the lead in the Expert Class with his nearest rival Kevin Palmer (Norwich) further down the field and during the session Saunders held onto his lead for a long time however Palmer during the closing stages closed up and passed his rival. Unexpectedly Ryan McDonnell (Sudbury/Team Dave Roper) was making a real challenge passing both these riders to take his first win in this Class while Palmer had to be content with 2nd, Jack Berry (Sudbury) slipped into 3rd place pushing Saunders into 4th.

There was a great battle between Sudbury team mates James Barker and Lee Monger in the Clubman Class and it was towards the end that Barker got the better of Monger completing 25 laps to Monger’s 24. Maciej Berdysz (Sidcup) was the best of four riders finishing on 23 laps taking 3rd with Ben Marsh (Halstead) 4th, George Eustace (Sudbury) 5th and Chris Wright (Diss) 6th. It was a great day for 15 year old Joe Phillips Grandson of the legendary Ipswich Town Footballer riding in his first adult event finishing 12th and earning 4 Class points.

Three riders in the Expert Veteran Class finished on 24 laps with Michael Ridge (Stowmarket) beating his nearest rival Gavin Hockey (Sudbury) while Phil Roper (Sudbury) took 3rd place.

It was two wins in two rounds for Dean Curry (Sudbury) in the Clubman Veteran Class out riding Alex Crow (Woodbridge) 2nd, Martin Greenaway (Sudbury) 3rd and Michael Wyatt (Diss) 4th. Meanwhile it was three wins in three rounds for Andy Mason (Sudbury) in the Clubman Super Veteran Class holding off Steve Finch (Braintree) 2nd, Graham Mays (Sudbury) 3rd and Nigel Ross (Sudbury) 4th.

Unofficial positions at the half way stage after three rounds: Championship Class Morland 53 points, Rose 38 points and Roper 30 points. Expert Class Palmer 52 points Saunders 45 points and McDonnell 33 points. Clubman Class Barker 55 points Monger 51 points and Ben Marsh 28 points.

 

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News IconSUDBURY MOTOR CYCLE CLUB EVENT REPORT 09-04-2017
Lee MongerA glorious sunny day greeted the competitors for the first round of the Dave Barkshire Motorcycles Two Man Championship with temperatures soaring to 26C in the afternoon. This is the first time a Two Man event was run at Strait Mill Bocking by the Sudbury Motor Cycle Club who were rewarded with a full entry.

There was hot competition in the Championship Class throughout the morning and afternoon sessions with the lead changing constantly right to the end. The Roper brothers Rick and Jamie (both Sudbury) edged the win on 45.83 laps just .16 of a lap ahead of Sam Mitchell (Woodbridge) and Brendan Mayers (Halstead). The pairing of Harvey Mutten and Toby Morley (both Woodbridge) 3rd on 43.67 laps, Braintree pairing Will Hughes/James Yearley 4th on 41.00 laps, Steve Roper/Adam Norton (both Sudbury) 5th on 39.00 laps and Will Kerry (Woodbridge)/Chris Hockey (Sudbury) 6th on 37.5 laps.

The Expert Class resulted in a close finish for the first three places with a win for Ben Grice (Lowestoft)/Kevin Palmer (Norwich) on 43.00 laps followed in 2nd place by Mark Mitchell/Joe Marsh (both Halstead) on 42.83 laps and 3rd place Lewis Weller (Diss)/Lee Monger (Sudbury) on 42.67 laps. This is a good start for Palmer in the Expert Class as he won the Clubman Class last year with a different partner. Alex Barkshire (Diss) son of the Contest Sponsor with partner Daniel Wright (Diss) were 4th on 41.33 laps with Phil Roper/Paul Belton (both Sudbury) 5th on 40.67 laps and Nigel Ross/Graham Mays (both Sudbury) 6th on 40.33 laps.

Sudbury TrioThere was a tie on net laps completed in the Clubman Class between Paul and Daniel Hunt (both Diss) and Matt Smith/Marc Norton (both Sudbury) both teams riding 41.17 laps. It was down to the Special Test times to decide the winner team and the Diss pairing got the win by 1.08 minutes with the Sudbury pairing having to be content with 2nd place. Third were Andy Blackman (Castle Colchester) and Gary Vines (Sudbury) on 40.17 laps, 4th Will Nice (Bury St Edmunds)/Ben Marsh (Halstead) on 40.00 laps, 5th the Diss pairing of Kyle Betts and another son of the Contest sponsor Aaron Barkshire on 39.67 laps. Sixth and seventh places were taken by two Sudbury pairings of Adam Kempster/Keith Potter on 39.17 laps and James Barker/Brett Hallworth on 39.00 laps.

These are provisional results subject to change and Round 2 is on 30th April at Iken organised by the Woodbridge Club.

Photos by Paul Harding Payne - #119 Lee Monger (Sudbury). Next photo " A trio of Sudbury riders competing in three different Classes, #139 Brett Hallworth (Clubman), #128 George Eustace (Expert) and #102 Rick Roper (winner of the Championship Class with brother Jamie)"

 


 

News IconSUDBURY MOTOR CYCLE CLUB PRESS REPORT 02-04-2017
Sam Toy Will KerryThis coming Sunday 9th April see the first round of the 2017 Dave Barkshire Motorcycles Two Man Enduro Championship. This event is being organised by the Sudbury Motor Cycle Club at a new venue being Straits Mill Convent Lane Bocking near Braintree Essex. First riders are away at 10am for the morning two hour session while the afternoon session starts at 1pm with the Special Test on lap one. Sam Toy who won the Championship Class last year with Will Kerry will not be riding as he will be concentrating on his cycling however Kerry has entered and it is expected his riding partner will be nine times Eastern Centre Solo Enduro Champion Chris Hockey who last won this Class with Toy in 2010 also a few years earlier with his brother Gavin. The current Expert Champions have not entered but Kevin Palmer who won the Clubman Class in 2016 with Jeff Turner is riding in the ‘Experts’ with Ben Grice. It will be interesting to see how the competitors will cope riding a complete new venue which could throw up some surprises.

 


 

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 News IconEVENT REPORT 05-03-2017
Darren NicolaouSeveral obstacles were overcome by the Organisers and Riders at the Annual Foxborough Endurothon at Sible Hedingham. On Saturday morning the work party to set up the course was greeted with running muddy water coming down the access road. They were not deterred they set up the course then rain came making the parking and paddock very difficult to negotiate which could mean the event is cancelled but the Sudbury Motor Cycle Club’s Motto is “We don’t do Cancel”. A phone call to Steve Finch of G & B Aggregates saw over a period of three hours three Lorries arrived with earth plus a Roller to make an earth road which held up on Sunday’s race day. Thirty minutes before the start of the five hour marathon the rain came making the course even muddier and wetter but three hours later the rain stopped and at times the sun shone. The damage was done the riders found the going very difficult and challenging, of the 36 teams started only 21 finished while in the Ironman Class only 8 finished out of 34.

Dean CurryThe action in the Championship Class was between Craig Roper/Jack Berry (Sudbury) and Jason Morland (Halstead)/Ben Clark (MX Nationals) with the lead swapping constantly and towards the end of the event which was reduced to four hours Morland/Clark got the upper hand to take the chequered flag first completing 30 laps with Roper/Berry 2nd on 28 laps. Braintree’s Richard Penfold/James Yearley took 3rd place on 22 laps and Woodbridge pair of Toby Morley/Craig Page Baker was 4th on 19 laps. Team Dave Roper team mates Ryan McDonnell/Jack Nicolaou (Sudbury) won the Expert Class completing 26 laps pushing fellow Sudbury members George Eustace/Chris Hart into 2nd place on 24 laps. Joe Marsh/Mark Mitchell (Halstead) secured 3rd place on 21 laps while father & son Martin & Nathan Greenaway (Sudbury) finished 4th.

It was a win for Sudbury’s Tommy Clarke/Myles Saunders in the Clubman Class completing 25 laps with Michael Wyatt/Tom Morris (Woodbridge) 2nd 22 laps pushing into 3rd place Liam Philips/Adam Jordon (Army) by one minute 27 seconds also on 22 laps. 4th place James Hockey (Sudbury)/Steve Finch (Braintree) 21 laps with Kevin Webb/Ian Head (Sudbury) 5th 21 laps.

Nathan GreenawayIn the solo Class known as Ironman the machine of Harry Clark (Sudbury) would not start and it took several minutes to get it going by that time the whole field had disappeared into the distance and as it was his first Endurothon he was determined to ride to the finished. Slowly he made his way through the field completing 20 laps which was one short of the winner Maciej Berdysz (Sidcup). Sudbury riders filled the next four places with Darren Nicolaou 3rd, Rob Clark 4th, and Gary Vines 5th and Eldon Jackson 6th.

 


 

News IconSUDBURY MOTOR CYCLE CLUB PRESS REPORT 26-02-2017
Round one of the G H Motorcycles/Husqvarna/ACU Eastern Solo Enduro Championship in the Thetford Forest organised by the Diss Motor Cycle Club was not without drama and surprises. Chris Hockey during his first Special Test in the Championship Class machine stalled which cost him precious seconds and resulted in him finishing 16th outside the points. This is only a minor set back as there are five more rounds to go in his attempt for a record breaking 10th Title. The Class was easier won by British Enduro contender Joe Wootton with ACU Eastern 2016 Moto Cross Champion Luke Parker second. The battle for 3rd and 4th places was between 2016 Eastern Enduro Champion Jason Morland (Halstead) and Jamie Roper (Sudbury) which Roper won by two seconds. Other local riders in the points were Brendon Mayers (Halstead) 8th, Rick Roper 11th, Craig Roper 14th (both Sudbury) and James Yearley 15th (Braintree). Sudbury riders took seven of the fifteen scoring places In the Expert Class with Myles Saunders 2nd, Alex Walton 4th, Ben Ramus 6th, Glenn Walsh 7th, Jack Nicolaou 8th, Ryan McDonnell 12th and Jack Berry 13th while Bury St Edmunds Tom Sargent finished 10th. Meanwhile in the Expert Veteran Class Gavin Hockey secured 3rd place and Phil Roper 13th place.

In the Clubman Class Sudbury’s Lee Monger finished 2nd, James Barker 3rd, Daniel Piper 8th, Matt Smith 10th and George Eustace back from injury 14th while Joe Marsh was the lone point scorer for Halstead being 11th. The big surprise was in the Clubman Veteran Class with a win for Kevin Webb (Sudbury) who had not ridden for three years pushing Andrew Peck (Sudbury) into 2nd place. Six more Sudbury riders in the points with Dean Curry 5th, Jeff Turner 6th, Terry Allen 8th, Jeff Sharp 9th, Kevin Sykes 12th and Ian Head 14th. In the Clubman Super Veteran Class there were even more Sudbury members in the first 15 points scoring places with a total of 9 riders. Andy Mason the current Class Champion was unstoppable with a win of 8 seconds over Paul Davis while Graham Mays 4th, Mark Waller 7th, Gary Drage 8th, Les Rampton 9th, Nigel Ross 10th, Alister McFarquhar 13th and Trevor Scott 15th. Braintree’s Steve Finch finished 3rd.

This coming Sunday 5th March is the Sudbury Club’s Annual 5 hour Endurothon start time 9am at Foxborough Quarry Sible Hedingham Essex.

 


 

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Jason MorlandBattle commence this coming Sunday 26th February between Jason Morland (Halstead) and Jamie Roper (Sudbury) in the first round of the G H Motorcycles/Husqvarna/ACU Eastern Solo Enduro Championship in Thetford Forest Santon organised by the Diss Motor Cycle Club. Morland will have the coveted number one plate this year as he won the Championship Class Title last year. Brendan Mayers will be backing up his fellow Club member however Chris Hockey (Sudbury) cannot be discounted as he is hungry for his tenth Title. Other local riders in contention are the Sudbury trio of Steve Mason, Craig & Rick Roper but unfortunately for Alex Rampton winner of the Expert and Clubman Titles over the last two years it will be a non-start as he has broken a collar bone while at Boot Camp, however Harry Clark (Sudbury) will be riding in his first Solo Championship and hopes his Moto Cross skills will hold him in good stead. In the Expert Class if Ryan McDonnell (Sudbury) can apply himself he has a good chance of winning this Class but will opposition from Nick Barrett and Jack Nicolaou (both Sudbury) plus Ben Grice (Lowestoft.

Tom Sargent (Bury St Edmunds) looks favourite for the Clubman Class Title this year and will receive strong competition from Daniel Piper, Lee Monger and Ben Roper (all Sudbury) while Joe Marsh (Halstead) and George Warren (Castle Colchester) intend to be up amongst the leaders.

The following week Sunday 5th March the Sudbury Club will be running their Annual Endurothon for pairs and solos. The venue will be at Foxborough Quarry Sible Hedingham starts 9am and run for five hours non-stop.

 

 


 

 

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The is a gem cine footage put onto DVD. Suffolk Grand National Scramble 31-03-1963 organised by the Sudbury Motor Cycle Club at Tye Farm Great Cornard Suffolk.

 

 


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Anglia Television were doing articles on some minority sports and I was contacted by the Presenter and Interviewer Cy Percival asking me if I would set something up.Filming took place in January 1971 and it is in black and white because of a union despite with colour filming.The Sudbury Club in the 1960s organised for Anglia Television two scrambles demos at Tye Farm Great Cornard and of course we had the live BBC TV Grandstand Scramble (the second one they ever ran) with Murray Walker as commentator

 

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ACU EASTERN ROUND 4 SOLO ENDURO CHAMPIONSHIP EVENT REPORT 18-06-2017

It was a very hot and sunny day for round 4 of the G H Motorcycles/Husqvarna/ACU Eastern Solo Enduro Championship at Little Hadham Herts. The organisers Sudbury Motor Cycle Club had laid out a blistering course of five miles through ditches, open fields and woods. The bog in one of the woods caused a few problems although not as wet as usual but if you rode the wrong line you got stuck in a deep rut which meant a lot of energy was needed to pull the bike out of it. On the first lap Jason Morland was experimenting on what line to ride and dropped his machine straight into the mud. However that did not deter the Halstead rider as Morland had two cracking rides on the two Special Tests beating second place man Matt Pope (Norwich) by 6.6 seconds. There was strong competition amongst the other Championship Class riders which finally saw Brendan Mayers (Halstead) 3rd, Tim Rose (Diss) 4th, Will Hughes (Braintree) 5th, Daniel Van Zyl from South Africa 6th, James Yearley (Braintree) 7th, Sam Mitchell (Woodbridge) 8th and Ed Pooley (Stowmarket) 9th. Provisionally in the overall standings Morland has increased his lead and with two rounds to go he needs 18 points to retain his Title.

The Expert Class so far has seen a battle Myles Saunders (Sudbury) and Kevin Palmer (Norwich) but Palmer pulled out all the stops having the top rides in the Special Tests beating 2nd place rider Dan Willis (Stowmarket) by 10.156 seconds with Alex Walton (Sudbury) 3rd. Saunders who was 12.279 seconds behind Palmer in Test Times had to be content with 4th while Jack Nicolaou (Sudbury) was 5th, Tom Sargent (Bury St Edmunds) 6th and Nick Barrett (Sudbury) 7th. Palmer has opened up a 14 point gap on Saunders for the Expert Title but still can be caught.

What can Contest Sponsor Gavin Hockey (Sudbury) do in the Expert Veteran Class to beat Michael Ridge (Stowmarket), in the first Test Ridge was .277 seconds quicker than Hockey while in the second Test Hockey hit back and was .263 seconds faster than Ridge. The win went to Ridge by .014 seconds with Hockey taking 2nd place and in their wake were 3rd Phil Roper (Sudbury), 4th Paul Spurgeon (Woodbridge) and 5th Paul Belton (Sudbury). Overall Ridge is 18 points ahead of Hockey but still can be caught over the next two rounds.

There is a keen rivalry between two Sudbury members James Barker and Lee Monger in the Clubman Class and Barker beat Monger by 13.139 seconds in the Tests however had a 20 second penalty earlier in the day for failing to start his bike in the prescribe time which gave Monger the win. Up and coming youngster George Eustace (Sudbury) secure 3rd place with Paul Hunt and Scott Chaplin (both Diss) 4th and 5th places. Barker’s lead over Monger is now down to one point. It was a third win on the bounce for Dean Curry (Sudbury) in the Clubman Veteran Class beating 2nd place Terry Allen (Sudbury) by 8.498 seconds in the two Tests while Jeff Sharp (Sudbury) was 3rd and Michael Wyatt (Diss) 4th. Curry now has a 31 points lead in this Class. Andy Mason’s (Sudbury) one hundred percent of wins in the Clubman Super Veteran Class came to an end with Graham Mays (Sudbury) beating him for the win on the day by 6.768 seconds and two further Sudbury riders Nigel Ross and Gary Drage were 3rd and 4th. Mason lead Mays by 14 points in the Super Vets but is still catchable over the last two rounds.

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