Sudbury MCC August 2016 News




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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




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Stephen Green

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.

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Gavin Hockey.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 ClubmanJack Nicolaou 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.

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Ben RoperLongs, 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. Jake GregoryIt 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, Wooded BogBrendon 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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Ben RamusRound 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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Alex RamptonRound 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) Alex Waltonhowever 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 Gavin Hockey.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 ridersJason Morland 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 mixMark Green. 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.Nigel Ross 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



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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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Brad TomlinA 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 andGary Gladwin 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 pastNathan Charrington 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.

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Dave RoperIt will be the 7th Annual Dave Roper Memorial Event this coming Sunday 10th April 2016 and is billed as a Cross Country Event which is run on Enduro lines. As the venue of Tye Farm is not available the new venue will be at Foxborough Quarry Sible Hedingham Essex and a special course has been laid out to emulate the Cornard track on a special field which contains several cambers but no ruts or bumps which will make it easier for the older machines in the Evo, Twin Shock and Pre 65 Classes. The three other Classes are Championship, Expert and Clubman. This is a fun and relaxed day in memory of Dave Roper who was a great stalwart of the Sudbury Motor Cycle Club and its Chairman for 20 years and at last year’s meeting the homemade cake stall raised £300 which and the other proceeds from the day goes to his Memorial Fund which supports up and coming Sudbury riders in the East Anglian Enduro Championship providing them with training, team riding shirt and help with entry fees. Starting time for the meeting is 10am.




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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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Blast from the Past

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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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