Sudbury MCC December 2016 News
Extreme Enduro 2nd January
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SUDBURY MOTOR CYCLE CLUB PRESS REPORT 20-11-2016
Several members of the Sudbury Motor Cycle Club were amongst 200 plus riders who competed in the 9th and final round of the British Enduro Championship at Thetford Forest organised by the Diss Motor Cycle Club. Overnight rain made the going tough with several retirements however there were successes for Sudbury riders. All eyes were on Jack Nicolaou to see if he could improve on his 5th place in the Clubman E2 Sub Class. He managed 17th overall in the Clubman Class with fellow Sudbury member Alex Walton 14th and Tom Sargent (Bury St Edmunds) 15th while other Sudbury riders Ben Ramus, Nathan Greenaway and Lee Monger were 33rd, 38th and 50th. In the Clubman E2 Sub Class Walton was 4th, Sargent 5th and Nicolaou 6th and with this sixth place Nicolaou is the fourth best rider in Great Britain in his Sub Class. Daniel Piper finished 27th overall in the Expert Class but was 7th in the E1/2 Sub Class scoring 9 points.
In the Expert Over 40 Class Mark Green finished 15th, Richard Walters 17th, Gavin Hockey 23rd and Phil Roper 24th. Nigel Ross riding in a British Championship for the first time in the Expert Over 50 Class had a creditable 11th place.
The next Sudbury Club event is the Extreme Enduro at Foxborough Quarry Sible Hedingham on Monday 2nd January 2017 which is a public holiday. Meanwhile Sudbury’s President Roger Chaplin has been re-elected as one of the Vice Presidents of ACU Eastern the governing body for Norfolk, Suffolk and Essex. He has held this position for over 40 years.
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Weston Beach Race 09-10-2016
Several riders from East Anglia made the annual trip to the Weston Beach Race held over three days at Weston Super Mare. Sudbury Motor Cycle Club can claim a winner for the first time at the Weston however it was in the fun run on the Friday with the route on part of the course and over the Dunes and the worthy victor was Steve Mason followed by Rob Blackman (Castle Colchester). In the Adult Race on the Sunday Stevie Roper having taken over his brothers Jamie Roper’s ride was best Sudbury member finishing 64th and completing 16 laps only five laps behind the first two riders. Other Sudbury finishers were Ryan McDonnell 88th (15 laps), James Barker 111th (15 laps), Graham Mays 189th (13 laps), Ed Kerridge 340th (9 laps) and Pete McDonnell 406th (7 laps). Both Craig Roper and Carl Lawrence could only manage one lap each before retiring. Halstead riders Brendon Mayers finished 33rd (17 laps) with Jordan Cutting 87th (15 laps), Tom Sargent (Bury St Edmunds) 107th (15 laps). Rob Blackman (Castle Colchester) finished further up the order with a 76th place and 16 laps while behind him were Ben Alexander (Woodbridge) 77th (16 laps) and Ross Taylor (Diss) 173rd (13 laps).
SUDBURY MOTOR CYCLE CLUB PRESS REPORT 02-10-2016
The seventh and final round of the ACU Eastern Moto Cross Championship took place the other Sunday at Wattisfield Hall Suffolk organised by the Diss Motor Cycle Club. Sudbury Motor Cycle Club had three members scoring points on the day in the Junior Championship. However all three rode in the Premier Class with the Experts as they were some of the fastest riders in timed practice and all eyes were on 18 year old Harry Clark to see if he score enough points to finish in the top three Juniors over the series. He had three very good rides and finished 11th in race 1, 10th in race 2 and 13th in race 3 and was second best Junior rider. In his three rides Ryan McDonnell finished 17th, 33rd and 15th with 10th overall while Rick Roper finished 15th, 29th and 26th with 14th overall. Clark managed to secure third place in the series of the Junior Championship with McDonnell 38th and Roper 45th while in the Club Championship Sudbury finished 6th scoring 334 points of which Clark scored 311 and Jamie Roper in round 5 scored 23. Next year Clark will ride in the Premier Class as an Expert and it will be interesting to see how he gets on in only his third season of racing against the very top riders.
Photo right of Harry Clark taken by Peter Cutts
SUDBURY MOTOR CYCLE CLUB PRESS REPORT 25-09-2016
Just recently six riders from East Anglia competed in Natterjack Enduro organised by REME/Army MCA at Eelmoor near Aldershot which formed rounds seven and eight of the British Enduro Championship. On day one, 7th round, Jack Nicolaou (Sudbury) and Tom Sargent (Bury St Edmunds) finished 22nd and 37th overall in the Clubman Class and were out of the points however both of them scored points in their sub Class Clubman E2 with Nicolaou 6th and Sargent 13th. In the Expert Class Rick Roper (Sudbury) was 26th overall and 11th in his sub Class while Will Hughes (Braintree) had a DNF (did not finish). James Yearley (Braintree) was 30th overall in the Expert Class and 7th in his sub Class. Day 2 the 8th round they all had better rides with Nicolaou 21st and Sargent 31st overall in the Clubman Class while in their sub Class Nicolaou was 4th and Sargent 10th. Overall in the Expert Class Roper was 23rd, Hughes 26th and Yearley 29th and in Expert E2 sub Class Roper was 10th and Hughes 12th while Yearley was again 7th in the Expert E1/2 Class. Excitement is building up for 9th and final round at Thetford Forest organised by the Diss Club on Sunday 20th November. The current positions after the eight rounds show Nicolaou 38th overall in the Clubman Class but he is 5th in the Clubman E2 sub Class with Sargent 14th. Andy Blackman (Castle Colchester) is 13th in the Clubman E1/2 sub Class. Rick Roper is in 8th position in the Expert E2 Class with Hughes 29th and Craig Roper (Sudbury) 35th. In the Expert E1/2 sub Class Rob Blackman (Castle Colchester) is 8th and Yearley is 10th while John Bishop (Woodbridge) is in 21st position in the Veterans over 40 Class.
Great Cornard Event Report 18-09-2016
The 4th and final round of the Dave Barkshire Motorcycles Two Man Enduro Championship at Tye Farm Great Cornard organised by the Sudbury Motor Cycle Club produced some very close racing. The track was in perfect conditions with the help of the rain two days before which kept down any dust and two of the original fields were stubble instead of grass which provided a challenge. The Championship Class was a closely fought battle all day In the end Craig Roper (Sudbury)/Rob Blackman (Castle Colchester) took the win on 71.67 laps with the next two teams tying on 71 laps so it was down to the special test and by 11 seconds Jamie Roper/Glenn Walsh (both Sudbury) took 2nd place with Rob Aldridge (Diss)/Ed Pooley (Stowmarket) 3rd, Lewis Bond’s (Lowestoft) usual riding partner Tom Braddock was not available due to family reasons so he teamed up with Ben Grice (Lowestoft) and they finish 4th Rob & Aaron Nicoll (Halstead) were 5th pushing Will Kerry (Woodbridge) and Sam Toy (Sudbury) into 6th place by a better time of 16 seconds in the special test. In the last session Toy had a bad fall dislocating his knee and with help of a fellow rider Michael Ridge he got on his bike and finished without penalties. With the Braddock/Bond unable to score any points would Kerry/Toy low finish on the day be enough to win Class Title and provisionally they have won the 2016 Championship Class Title by 6 points with Braddock/Bond 2nd while there is a tie for third place between Nicoll/Nicoll and Aldridge/Pooley and this will be decided on the Series tie break rules. In the Expert Class Ross Taylor(Diss)/Michael Ridge (Stowmarket) were unstoppable taking the win on 69.33 laps with Michael Wyatt/Richard Bensley(both Diss) 2nd on 67.67 laps, Dan Willis (Stowmarket)/Chris Wright (Diss) 3rd and Daniel Piper/Stephen Green (both Sudbury) 4th. Overall Taylor and Ridge have a perfect score by winning all four rounds with Wright and Willis 2nd and Danny Wright/Alex Barkshire (both Diss) 3rd.
There were six teams in with a chance of winning the Clubman Class Title and one of the favourites Aaron Barkshire/Kyle Betts (Diss) were not riding so what could the other teams do. On the day Kevin Palmer (Norwich)/Jeff Turner (Sudbury) had a perfect ride completing 67 laps with no penalties with James Barker/Brett Halworth (both Sudbury) 2nd 65.67 laps, Duncan Griffin (Diss)/Dean Curry (Sudbury) were 3rd, Matt Smith/Marc Norton (both Sudbury) 4th and Tom Morris/Paul Wright (both Diss) 5th. Provisionally the Clubman Class Title has been won by Kerry/Turner with a tie for 2nd place between Barkshire/Betts and Morris/Wright and this will be decided by the Series tie break rules unless there is a revision of this last round results.
Photos taken by Anthony Ridge
SUDBURY MOTOR CYCLE CLUB PRESS REPORT 11-09-2016
This coming Sunday 18th September the Sudbury Motor Cycle Club will be running their last event for 2016 and it is the fourth round of the Dave Barkshire Motorcycles Two Man Enduro Championship. The venue is the legendary Tye Farm Great Cornard Suffolk and local resident and Sudbury member Stephen Green will put his Grass Track machine to one side to ride this event teaming up with his brother Mark. The other week Stephen won all his four races at the Fenland Grass Track Meeting and it seems he can’t stop winning. The Enduro starts at 10am with the first four riders away and during the two hour morning session will change over to their team member every 30 minutes. The afternoon session starts at 1pm with the course being ridden in the opposite direction and a timed special test on the first lap. Proceeds from this meeting will go to the Dave Roper Memorial Fund. Meanwhile round 3 took place last Sunday at Kenton organised by the Stowmarket Club and it was a win in the Championship Class for Sudbury’s Craig & Rick Roper with Sam Toy 2nd partnered by Will Kerry (Woodbridge). It was a 5th place in the Expert Class for Graham Mays & Nigel Ross (both Sudbury) while Jeff Sharp (Sudbury) & Tim Ford (Lowestoft) secured 10th. Jeff Turner (Sudbury) made up for his disappointing ride last week in the Solo Championship by winning the Clubman Class partnered by Kevin Palmer (Norwich) with John Austin/Terry Allen (both Sudbury) 3rd, Jason Carsboult/John Roach (both Sudbury) 5th, Andy Mason/Richard Reeve (both Sudbury) 8th, Matt Smith/Marc Norton (both Sudbury) 9th with Philip Barltrop (Sudbury)/Trevor Scott (TBEC) 15th.
In the Moto Cross world Harry Clark had a very successful day at the recent meeting at Cadders Hill Lyng being the best rider in the Premier Class and has leapt into second place overall in this Contest.
ACU EASTERN ENDURO EVENT REPORT 04-09-2016
Every round this year of the G H Motorcycles/Husqvarna/ACU Eastern Enduro Championship has thrown up surprises and the fifth and final round last Sunday held at Butley by the Woodbridge Motor Cycle Club was no exception,
Jason Morland in the Championship Class was in a determine mood although he was trailing by nine points at the start of the day in the Contest this was still the best chance for him to snatch the Title. He out rode everybody in the three Special Tests pushing Chris Hockey (Sudbury) into second place by 5.202 seconds and his rival for the Title Jamie Roper (Sudbury) into third by 6.716 seconds who broke his brake lever in the second test and fell off in his third test. Clearly the race for the win on the day was between these three riders and went down to the wire to the fast last lap. Roper and Hockey came in on time so did not incur any penalty points and both rider had to wait for Morland who started two minutes behind them. The wait was agonising could Morland come in on time as the clock ticked by, suddenly he appeared all eyes was on him and he reached the yellow flags well before his time was up and secured the win on the day. This is Morland’s first Championship Title which will be well celebrated by his Club Halstead who are celebrating their 90th year. Roper finishes second two points in arrear in the Class with Hockey third a further 13 points behind. Other positions on the day were Ricky Roper (Sudbury) 4th, Tom Braddock (Lowestoft) 5th and Craig Roper (Sudbury) 6th.
Alex Rampton (Sudbury) won the Expert Class from Ed Pooley (Stowmarket) by 6.413 seconds with Ryan McDonnell (Sudbury) 3rd, Tim Warnes 4th Ben Grice (Lowestoft) 5th and Kevin Silvain (Sudbury) 6th. Unfortunately Class Title contender Jake Gregory (Stowmarket) was unable to ride due to an injury so Rampton wins the Expert Title equalling the feat of Lewis Bond by winning the Clubman and Expert Titles in successive years. Mark Chapman (Diss) won the Expert Veteran Class with ease with John Bishop (Woodbridge) 2nd, Paul Spurgeon (Woodbridge) 3rd and Mark Green (Sudbury) 4th. In the Clubman Class there was a three way fight between Dan Willis (Stowmarket), Alex Walton and Ben Ramus (both Sudbury) for the Class Title and on the day Walton won, Willis 2nd while Ramus was pushed into 4th place by Kevin Palmer (Norwich). Overall Willis has clinched The Clubman Title and it has been a long time since a Stowmarket rider has won anything the last known rider was his father Alan. What a miserable day it was for Jeff Turner (Sudbury) in the Clubman Veteran Class dropped his bike in all three special tests dropped his bike on the last lap losing two minutes finishing 8th on the day and his rival for the Title Peter Andrews (Woodbridge) only finished 3rd behind Kevin Gore (Norwich) and Duncan Griffin (Diss) but it was enough to the give Andrews the Class Title. The battle for the Clubman Super Veteran Title was between two Sudbury riders Graham Mays and Andy Mason who pulled out all the stops to win on the day with Nigel Ross (Sudbury) 2nd and Mays 3rd. Mason’s win was enough to win the Class Title for 2016 with Mays 2nd. Sudbury’s Pete McDonnell had a shattering win in the Sportsman Class.
Above photos taken by Anthony Ridge #9 Jason Morland Championship Class, #24 Alex Rampton Expert Class and #46 Mark Chapman Expert Veteran Class #50 Daniel Willis Clubman Class #80 Peter Andrews Clubman Veteran Class and #108 Andy Mason Clubman Super Veteran Class
ACU EASTERN MOTOR CYCLE ENDURO PRESS REPORT 28-08-2016
The G H Motorcycles/Husqvarna/ACU Eastern Enduro Championship reaches its climax this coming Sunday 4th September when the fifth and final round takes place at Butley organised by the Woodbridge Motor Cycle Club. Five of the six Titles are up for grabs and in the prestigious Championship Class two riders are vying for the Title. This year Jamie Roper (Sudbury) has Jason Morland breathing down his neck and if Morland is successful he would become the first Halstead Club member to win this Class which would be an added bonus as it is that Club’s 90th year. Morland is nine points behind Roper which seem a daunting task but as the riders best four scoring rounds out of five counting it will make his task easier as his current worst position is 9th to Roper’s 4th. A win for Morland with Roper third or a second place to Morland and a fourth place to Roper will give Morland the Title but the most interesting situation is a win for Morland and a second to Roper will give them equal points and the tie break rule will not be able to separate them so they would share the Title. Any other results will give Roper a fourth Title
The Expert Class is between two riders with Alex Rampton (Sudbury) 68 points and Jake Gregory (Stowmarket) 63 points. Gregory’s chances of winning the Class Title are good if you win on the day with Rampton 5th the Title is his but if Rampton finish 4th the Title will be shared as the tie break rule will not separate them. If Rampton finish 3rd on the day the Title will be his and he will equal Lewis Bond’s feat of winning The Clubman and Expert Classes in successive years. Mark Chapman (Diss) has already won the Expert Veteran Class this year.
The Stowmarket Club rider Dan Willis leads the Clubman Class on 68 points with Alex Walton (Sudbury) on 63 points and Ben Ramus (Sudbury) 49 points. Ramus who has only scored in three rounds need to win on the day with Walton 2nd and Willis 5th to take the Class Title which would be a nice reward for him as he became a father four months ago. However Walton who himself became a father three weeks ago has a greater chance of taking the Title but it looks odds on for a Willis win. The battle for the Clubman Veteran Title has been between Peter Andrews (Woodbridge) and Jeff Turner (Sudbury) throughout the series and if Andrews can finish 1st, 2nd, 3rd 4th or 5th with Turner behind him then the Class Title is his. It will be down to Turner to have a consistent ride and finishing in front of Andrews to win this Title and if both slip up Dean Curry (Sudbury) is waiting in the wings. Sudbury members have the first four places in the Clubman Super Veteran Class with Graham Mays 69 points, Nigel Ross 56, Less Rampton and Andy Mason 54 points. The good news for Mays is that Ross and Rampton cannot catch him but the bad news is Mason can as he has only scored in three of the rounds so all the points he score will count. Mason needs a first or second place with Mays behind him to win the Class Title for another year however a third place for him would see the tie break rule go in favour of Mays.
SUDBURY MOTOR CYCLE CLUB PRESS REPORT 21-08-2016
Round 2 of the Dave Barkshire Motorcycles Two Man Enduro Championship took place last Sunday 21st August at Wattisfield Hall Wattisfield organised by the Diss Motor Cycle Club. It was a win in the Championship Class for the favourites Lewis Bond and Tom Braddock (both Lowestoft) by point 33 of a lap. The next four teams tied on 32 laps each and after the tie break second place went to Brendan Mayers/Joe Marsh (Halstead) by 11.45 seconds from Sam Toy (Sudbury)/Will Kerry (Woodbridge) while in 3rd place were Craig Roper (Sudbury)/Rob Blackman (Castle Colchester) only point 89 seconds behind. Taking 4th place were the Halstead pairing of Aaron & Rob Nicoll son and grandson of the legendary Moto Cross rider Dave Nicoll. Jamie Roper (Sudbury) was riding to retain his fitness for the final round of the Solo Championship and finished 8th partnered by Lewis Perkins.
The Expert Class saw a four way tie for first place and the Sudbury pairing of Dean Southernwood/Kevin Silvain managed to secure 3rd place just 4.04 seconds behind the winners. Also in the points were Graham Mays/Nigel Ross (both Sudbury) in 12th place with Jeff Sharp (Sudbury)/Tim Ford (Lowestoft) were 13th. Ben Roper/Matt Smith (both Sudbury) had to settle for 7th place in the Clubman Class while Darren Carsboult (Sudbury)/Lee Kirkpatrick (Woodbridge) finished 8th followed by Jason Carsboult/John Roach (both Sudbury) 9th, Dean Curry (Sudbury)/Duncan Griffin(Diss) 11th and Joshua Bryenton (Sudbury)/Mark Tuck (TBEC) were 14th. Round 3 takes place on 11th September at Kenton organised by the Stowmarket Club and round 4 is on 18th September organised by the Sudbury Club at a legendary venue but before that is the final round of the Solo Championship where 5 of the 6 Titles will be settled
SUDBURY MOTOR CYCLE CLUB PRESS REPORT 31-07-2016
Lewis Hamilton has had a great July in the Motor Racing sport however whatever Lewis can do Stephen Green of Great Cornard can do just as well in the Motor Cycle Sport.
Green has just won his third Title in the Grass Track sport by winning ACU Eastern 500cc Upright Grass Track Championship at Iken near Woodbridge organised by G W Racing, previous weekend he won the ACU South Eastern 500cc Upright Grass Track Championship and of course previous to that the British 500cc Upright Grass Track Championship.
He has become the Sudbury Motor Cycle Club’s most successful Grass Track rider since Tom Smith in the early 1960s and the season is not over yet so could there be more Titles to win.
Image/Video By Roger Chaplin
Welsh Two Day Enduro 03-07-2016
Around 30 riders from East Anglia made the long trek to Wales to compete in the popular Welsh Two Day Enduro and most were successful. The Sudbury Motor Cycle Club members had great success with Jack Nicolaou finishing 3rd in the Clubman E2 Class and he puts this down to the training he had in Wales a few weeks ago which was sponsored by the Dave Roper Memorial Fund. Sudbury Club Chairman Gavin Hockey was well in contention for a win in the Classic Clubman Class but had to settle for 4th place with Gary Drage 9th. Scott Smith was 13th in the Clubman E1 Class while Phil Roper finished 7th in the Clubman Veteran Class with Gareth Young 30th, Paul Belton 35th, Terry Allen 79th, Martin Baker 80th, Paul Willis 90th and Dean Curry 94th. The Sportsman Class saw Peter Barltrop 52nd and Simon Larner 57th. The other riders from the East did very well with Duncan Griffin (Diss) 13th in the Sportsman Class, Rob Aldridge and Ross Taylor (both Diss) were 7th and 8th in the Clubman E1 Class. In the Clubman Veteran Class the Woodbridge pair of Paul Spurgeon and Carl Walker were 10th and 66th while Tom Sargent (Bury St Edmunds) finished 10th in the Clubman E2 Class with Richard Penfold (Braintree) 29th. Other Braintree members in the results were Steve Finch 6th Classic Clubman Class, James Yearley 9th Expert E1 Class, and Will Hughes 10th Expert E2 Class with Time Rose (Diss) 14th. Harry Clark (Sudbury) qualified for the Premier Class in round 4 of ACU Eastern Moto Cross Championship at Mildenhall however he could not repeat his feats from a few week ago finishing 23rd in Race 1, 19th Race 2 and 23rd Race 3 however he did add 37 points towards the Junior Championship.
Photos by Paul Webb
SUDBURY MOTOR CYCLE CLUB EVENT REPORT 19-06-2016
Longs, bogs, woodland and cambered fields were the order of the day at the 4thround of the G H Motorcycles/Husqvarna/ACU Eastern Enduro Championship staged by the Sudbury Motor Cycle Club at Little Hadham Herts. With the rain days before the event and the sunshine on the day made the conditions perfect for the well laid out course.
It was Chris Hockey (Sudbury) who set the best times in the Championship Class two Special Tests some 11 seconds faster than Jamie Roper (Sudbury) who fell off on the first test and a further 17 seconds faster than Jason Morland (Halstead) who fell off on the second test. This Class has been about these three riders could Hockey win his 10th Title, could Morland win his first Title or Roper go on to win his fourth Title and throughout the day these three battled away. It came to the last session where the time limit is very tight with Roper, Hockey, Craig Roper and Rick Roper (both Sudbury) set off on the same minute and R Roper was in third place after the two special tests. It was Hockey’s event to win but disaster struck half way round the lap his bike suffered a mechanical failure so he was out which left the three Ropers to fight it out. J Roper finished ahead but was a minute late thus incurring 60 penalty points while the other two Ropers were two minutes late. It now rested on Morland who set off a minute later and if he came in on time he would be the winner however he was one minute late giving the win to J Roper, Morland 2nd, Tom Braddock (Lowestoft) 3rd, Brendon Mayers (Halstead) 4th and Tim Rose (Diss) 5th. Provisionally although J Roper now has a nine point lead over Morland with only 4 rounds out of 5 counting Morland has a great chance of taking the Title.
Jake Gregory (Stowmarket) who was leading the Expert Class before the day was only one second after the special tests behind 18 year old Alex Rampton (Sudbury) and again it was down to the last session unfortunately Gregory came off in the woods making him 4 minutes late at the finish which relegated him to 6th place. Meanwhile Rampton went to win with Ed Pooley (Stowmarket) having his best result in the Contest in 2nd place, followed by the Sudbury trio of Jack Nicolaou 3rd, Ryan McDonnell 4th, and Nick Barrett 5th. Ben Grice (Lowestoft) battled his way to 7th place despite being 11 minutes late at the finish. Gregory still has a chance of winning the Title as does Rampton.
In the Expert Veteran Class Mark Chapman (Diss) held off his nearest rival Gavin Hockey (Sudbury) to win the Class by 4 seconds with Mark Green (Sudbury) 3rd, Paul Whitehead (Castle Colchester) 4th and Jason Green (Diss) 5th. Provisionally Chapman has won this won for the third year running.
Dan Willis (Stowmarket) was unstoppable in the Clubman Class by taking the win by 12 seconds over Daniel Piper (Sudbury) who had his best ride ever in this Class. Alex Walton (Sudbury) was 3rd with Lee Monger (Sudbury) 4th, Tom Sargent (Bury St Edmunds) 5th and George Wolfe (TBEC) 6th. Willis, Walton and Ben Ramus (Sudbury) are the three riders in contention for the Class Title.
The first five in the Clubman Veteran Class were Duncan Griffin (Diss), Dean Curry (Sudbury), Jason Carsboult (Sudbury), Jeff Turner (Sudbury) and Peter Andrews (Woodbridge). The 2016 Class Title will be between Andrews, Turner and Curry.
Sudbury riders took the first four places in the Clubman Super Veteran Class being in order Andy Mason, Graham Mays, Nigel Ross and Les Rampton with Nick Airey (TBEC) 5th. The battle for the Class Title will be between Mays and Mason with the 5th and final round on 4th September at Butley.
Photo 1 Ben Roper (nephew of the late Dave Roper) wearing his Team Dave Roper Race Shirt waiting to start a session. Ptoto by Beverley Callaby Watson.
Photo 2 Jake Gregory where he fell off in the woods making him 4 minutes late costing a possible win in the Expert Class. Photo by Beverley Callaby Watson.
Photo 3 four rider fighting to get back on their bikes in the wooded bog area. Photo by Anthony Ridge.
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SUDBURY MOTOR CYCLE CLUB PRESS REPORT 05-06-2016
Round 4 of the G H Motorcycles/Husqvarna/ACU Eastern Enduro Championship takes place on Sunday 19th June at Home Farm Little Hadham Herts start 10am and is organised by the Sudbury Motor Cycle Club. The Contest is over 5 rounds with the rider’s best scores from 4 rounds counting.
The Contest is hotting up and there is everything to ride for so Hadham is not a round to miss. Jamie Roper’s lead in the Championship Class has been reduced to six points over Jason Morland and Chris Hockey while further down the Standings Brendon Mayers, Craig Roper and Tom Braddock are still in contention. Jake Gregory on 50 points leads the Expert Class from Alex Rampton 47 points, Ed Pooley 36 points with Alex Barkshire on 30 points and as he has only scored in two rounds puts him into a very good position as all his scores will count over the next two rounds. Once again it is a battle in the Expert Veteran Class between Mark Chapman 57 points and Gavin Hockey 54 points with Michael Ridge 38 points, Paul Whitehead 33 points and Jason Warren 25 points waiting to pounce if the top two slip up. The Clubman Class is very close with Ben Ramus on 49 points, Dan Willis and Alex Walton on 48 points, Kevin Palmer 39 points while Tom Sargent on 24 points from only two rounds could eclipse the riders above him. Peter Andrews on 43 points now leads the Clubman Veteran Class followed by Jeff Turner on 38 points with Kevin Gore and Dean Curry on 28 points and Gore has only scored in two rounds. Graham Mays on 52 points leads the Clubman Super Veteran Class from Les Rampton and Nigel Ross both on 41 points, Nick Airey is next on 35 points while Andy Mason has 34 points still has a chance to retain his Title as he has only scored from two rounds.
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SUDBURY MOTOR CYCLE CLUB EVENT REPORT 08-05-2016
Round 3 of the G H Motorcycles/Husqvarna/ACU Eastern Enduro Championship proved to be a scorcher in racing and weather with temperatures up to 25C. The organisers Sudbury Motor Cycle Club laid on a very long lap at their Foxborough Quarry Sible Hedingham Essex venue to cater for the whole entry competing altogether in the three hour marathon. The Championship Class set off first and at the end of the first lap they were all together being lead by Jamie Roper (Sudbury) however the volume of riders confused the transponder timing system which froze for several seconds and when it cleared it was Rick Roper (Sudbury) in the lead followed by his brother J Roper. Some of the fancy riders were further down the field but they were pacing themselves for the three hour session. Tom Braddock (Lowestoft) eventually took over the lead pulling away from the rest of the field but Jason Morland (Halstead) was having done of it and he up his pace and slowly gained on Braddock. After two hours Morland caught Braddock and after passing him increased his lead. Chris Hockey (Sudbury) was now on the charge moving up six places into third place while J Roper was falling back his injured finger which he sustained a few weeks ago was giving him trouble and it look like he would have to retire. As the clock ticked down there was still drama Braddock’s chain came off and it took him vital minutes to fix it and four riders passed him. At the chequered flag seven riders completed 23 laps with 1st Morland, 2nd Hockey, 3rd Brendan Mayers (Halstead), 4th Jamie Roper, 5th Rick Roper, 6th Braddock and 7th Craig Roper (Sudbury). J Roper still leads the Championship Class on 48 points with Morland and Hockey on 42 points and Mayers 30 points. The Expert Class proved to be a three way battle throughout the whole three hours between Stowmarket team members Jake Gregory and Ed Pooley with Alex Rampton (Sudbury) also in the mix. All three riders completed 21 laps with Rampton taking the win by 36 seconds from Gregory with Pooley 3rd a further 12 seconds behind. Provisional Standings Gregory 50 points Rampton 47 points and Pooley 36 points. Expert Veteran Class leader Mark Chapman (Diss) had to settle for 2nd place being trounced by Contest Sponsor Gavin Hockey (Sudbury) by 3 minutes and 27 seconds. Jason Warren (Castle Colchester) was 3rd, Arran Nicoll (Halstead) 4th and Gareth Young (Sudbury) 5th. Chapman still leads the Class on 57 points, Hockey 54 points with Michael Ridge (Stowmarket) 38 points. Alex Walton (Sudbury) completed 21 laps in the Clubman Class to take the win and the next five riders completing 20 laps and they were 2nd Dan Willis (Stowmarket), 3rd Ben Ramus (Sudbury), 4th Tom Sargent (Bury St Edmunds), 5th Kevin Palmer (Norwich) and 6th Jamie Lagden (Sudbury). Provisional Standings Ramus 49 points, Willis and Walton 48 points with Palmer on 39 points. In the Clubman Veteran Class Mark Green (Sudbury) was 1st, David Stokes (Aldermaston) 2nd, Peter Andrews (Woodbridge) 3rd and Dean Curry (Sudbury) 4th. Andrews now leads the Class on 43 points, Jeff Turner (Sudbury) 38 points with Curry and Kevin Gore (Norwich) on 28 points. It was a great day for Nigel Ross (Sudbury) with a first win in his riding career coming first in the Clubman Super Veteran Class, 2nd Graham Mays (Sudbury) 3rd Nick Airey (Newmarket), 4th Les Rampton (Sudbury) and 5th Michael Harrison (Diss). Mays still leads the Class on 52 points with Rampton and Ross on 41 points and Airey on 35 points.
Round 4 takes place 19th June at Little Hadham Herts.
(photos on right by Anthony Ridge ) six Class winners. #15 Gavin Hockey Expert Veteran Class, #10 Jason Morland Championship Class, #16 Alex Rampton Expert Class, #59 Alex Walton Clubman Class, #86 Mark Green Clubman Veteran Class and #117 Nigel Ross Clubman Super Veteran
SUDBURY MOTOR CYCLE CLUB PRESS REPORT 01-08-2016
After a break of two months the 2016 G H Motorcycles/Husqvarna/ACU Eastern Enduro Championship resumes on Sunday 8th May the venue being Foxborough Quarry Halstead Road Sible Hedingham Essex. It will be run on the Hare and Hounds format and this year there will be only one session of three hours for all six Classes instead of the Classes were split into two sessions. The Championship Class will be first away at 10am followed at 30 second intervals by the Expert, Expert Veteran, Clubman, Clubman Veteran, Clubman Super Veteran and Sportsman Classes.
Overall there are five rounds in this year’s Contest with the rider’s best four scoring rounds to count for the six Titles. Current Eastern Champion Jamie Roper who has won the Title three times leads the Class on 35 points with Chris Hockey (winner of 9 Titles) second on 25 points and Jason Morland third on 22 points. Favourite to win this year Aston Bird only has 10 points which he scored in round one however with all the points he score over the next three rounds counting he is not out of the reckoning. Jake Gregory leads the Expert Class on 33 points with Alex Barkshire next on 30 points and last year’s Clubman Champion Alex Rampton on 27 points. Ed Pooley is 4th on 21 points and Jack Berry 5th on 20 Points. In the Expert Veteran Class Mark Champion leads with maximum 40 points with Contest Sponsor Gavin Hockey next with 34 points followed by Michael Ridge on 28 points. With two second places Ben Ramus leads the Clubman Class with 34 points followed by Dan Willis 31 points and tied in third place are Alex Walton and Kevin Palmer on 28 points. Twenty eight is the theme in the Clubman Veteran Class with Kevin Gore, Jeff Turner and Peter Andrews all tied in first place on 28 points. Wayne Fulcher 20 points and Jason Carsboult 15 points are closely lingering behind the leaders and to their advantage their scores have only come from one round. Current Clubman Super Veteran Andy Mason is in second place on 34 points with the leader being Graham Mays on 35 points. Les Rampton is in 3rd place with 28 points and Nigel Ross 4th on 21 points.
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FOXBOROUGH SUDBURY MOTOR CYCLE CLUB EVENT REPORT 10-04-2016
A Sunny and windy day greeted the 106 riders for the seventh Dave Roper Memorial Event this year being a Cross Country Enduro for the first time being held at Foxborough Quarry Sible Hedingham. A fresh course was constructed with a Spinney, open hilly fields with lots of cambers to emulate the legendry Tye Farm track.
The entry was split into three groups of Championship/Experts, Clubman and Evo/Twinshock/Pre 65 and each group rode in three events to decide which final they raced in. Championship & Experts riders lined up for events 1, 4 and 7 to decide which final they qualify for. With event 1 being a warm up one so was down to the other two events. Jason Morland took the lead from the start with Brad Tomlin and Brendan Mayers hot on his heels and these three riders battled it out throughout the 15 minutes however towards the end Tomlin slipped past Morland to take the win with Mayers third. In the next event Mayers took the lead followed by Morland and Tomlin but as the event went on Mayers came unstuck letting Morland and Tomlin through and with a lap to go Tomlin got the better of Morland with Mayers third. In the Clubman first event it was a win for Harry Moore with Kevin Palmer 2nd and Richard Squirrell 3rd and in the second event it was another win for Moore, 2nd Palmer and 3rd Lee Monger. Gary Gladwin was untouchable in the Evo/Twinshock & Pre 65 events winning both by a long distance. Louie Leneord Price took 2nd place in both events while Don Blackman took 3rd in one and Nathan Charrington took 3rd in the other.
The first final was the Evo/Twinshock/Pre 65 machines and from the start Gladwin took the lead which he extended lap by lap although in the latter stages Rick Roper was gradually catching him up but had to settle for 2nd behind Gladwin while Phil Whiting finished third making it a Sudbury 1-2-3.
Andy Mason shot into the lead in the Non Qualifiers Final followed by Gary Drage with Ben Marsh and Ben Roper following. Nathan Charrington was making up ground after a poor start passing Roper, Marsh and Drage and set about catching Mason who had a big lead. Charrington who is nearly 40 years younger than Mason rode his heart out and with two laps to go caught and passed Mason to take the win. Mason had to settle for 2nd with Drage 3rd making another Sudbury 1-2-3.
The Premier Final event was what everyone was waiting for with three riders hungry for the win. It was Mayers who took the lead followed by Morland and Tomlin and what a battle these three had. Mayers looked comfortable in the lead and look he could take the win but once again he had slipped around the course which let Morland, Tomlin, Brad Woodroffe and Alex Rampton through. However it was Morland dominating and started to increase his lead but Tomlin was having nothing of it and was gaining on Morland but it seemed impossible for him however with second wind he managed to catch and pass Morland to secure his third win at a Dave Roper Meeting. Morland finished 2nd, Woodroffe 3rd Mayers 4th and Will Hughes 5th. Alex Rampton had a spill while in 4th place at the beginning of the last lap and several riders past him before he could get his bike started but carried on to finish 13th.
Bev Roper presented champagne to the first three in each final and thanked everyone for supporting the event.
Above photos taken by Paul H Payne
Foxborough Results download and report 13 March 2016
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Blast From The Past
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.
Blast from the Past
By & featuring Roger Chaplin
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
|Tye Farm 1971 Trials|
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