Sudbury MCC June 2017 News




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Round 4 of 6 of the G H Motorcycles/Husqvarna/ACU Eastern Solo Enduro Championship take place this coming Sunday at Little Hadham Herts being organised by the Sudbury Motor Cycle Club. It is expected to the more thrills, spills, surprises and drama similar to the first three rounds.

It looks like Jason Morland is on his way to win the Championship Class; he has 53 points 19 points advantage over Tim Rose, 20 points over Matt Pope and 26 points over Craig Roper. His main rival winner of three ACU Eastern Enduro Championship Titles Jamie Roper is out of the series due to an injury sustained at round two. There is a strong battle in the Expert Class between Kevin Palmer on 52 points and Myles Saunders on 45 points, while round 3 winner Ryan McDonnell has 33 points and Jack Berry 29 points. Michael Ridge has a 15 point advantage over Contest Sponsor Gavin Hockey in the Expert Veteran Class, in round two Hockey had fuel problems on his last lap and pushed his machine for a mile to record a finish of 10th place. Behind these two are Mark Green and Paul Spurgeon with 27 and 28 points deficit.

There is a ding dong battle in the Clubman Class with James Barker of 55 points and Lee Monger on 51 points and this will continue until the last round. Ben Marsh is in 3rd place on 28 points and George Eustace in 4th place on 24 points. What a great Contest it has been this year for Dean Curry in the Clubman Veteran Class, he recorded his first ever win in his riding career at round 2 and followed that up with another win at the last round. He has 51 points ahead of Andy Peck 36 points, Alex Crow 28 points and Jeff Sharp 24 points. Current Clubman Super Veteran Champion Andy Mason has won all the last three rounds and has a 15 point lead over Steve Finch, 17 points over Graham Mays and 24 points over Nigel Ross.

Although some riders have a good points lead in their various Classes, a lot can change over the next three rounds with machine failure, an injury etc which could result in finishing at the lower end of the top 15 thus scoring very few points or out of the top 15 thus scoring no points.

Before the start of the main event there will be another Hare and Hounds race for 12-16 year olds and this time Joe Phillips who rode his first Adult Enduro at round three will be competing in this event. 15 year old Joe cannot ride in the main event as it is on a Time Card format as any 15 year old when riding in an Adult event must be visible at all times to the Marshals around the course and this is not possible for a Time Card event. However it will be interesting to see how he gets on against 14 year old Jake Roper who won the race last time.



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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.



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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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)"



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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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.



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.



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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Extreme EnduroConditions were perfect for the third Extreme Enduro at Foxborough Quarry Sible Hedingham organised by the Sudbury Motor Cycle Club, the rain the previous day didn’t have any affect and the sun shone all day. One disappointment the 2016 British Extreme Enduro Champion, Tom Elwood couldn’t make the event however the 2016 British runner up and last year’s winner Charlie Frost did and made his debut on the Active Bike Sport/Malcolm Rathmell Sport Sherco.

All four Classes, Pro, Expert, Clubman and Trials lined up on the hill beside the Sudbury Club’s banner and at 11am the Pro riders ran down the hill to their bikes followed at intervals by the Experts, Clubman and Trials riders. The course had been extended this year with extra obstacles including a see saw. First Pro rider round was Ben Wibberley with quite a lead and Charlie Frost was nowhere in sight, he had got stuck in one of the bogs and by the time he freed himself the Clubmen had caught up with him. Wibberley was having it all his own way while leading the field however Frost getting used to his new bike was gradually picking off his competitors Jamie Roper, Stevie Roper, Craig Roper and Jason Morland riding in his first Extreme event then he got severe arm pump which affect his control of his machine. Frost ploughed on and still manage to gain on Wibberley and around 75 minutes of the two hour event he manage to pass Wibberley and from then he extended his lead to win the Class completing 15 laps. Next came a trio of Ropers, 2nd Jamie on 14 laps, 3rd Stevie 13 laps 2 minutes and 38 seconds ahead of 4th Craig also on 13 laps. Jason Morland was in 3rd place but with one or two fall offs towards the end was relegated to 5th followed by Brendan Mayers. There was bad luck for Wibberley with three laps to go his chain came off and got well and truly stuck in his wheel and try as he might could not free it so had to retire.

There was a battle throughout the day in the Expert Class with Mark Kirby securing first place on 11 laps while the next two finishers rode 10 laps with Toby Morley who has grandparents in Halstead, took 2nd place by 1 minute and 32 seconds from Chris Cook. Fourth, 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th were Kevin Silvain, Jake Purcell, Daniel Piper, Gene Womack and Jason Green.

Fred Adams won the Clubman Class quite easily completing 14 laps with Dawson Marriott 2nd 11 laps, 3rd Keith Maude, 4th Daniel Hunt both 9 laps followed by Lee Boulden and George Eustace both 8 laps.

In the Trial Class the first two riders both completed 10 laps and first place went to Ben Grice being 3 minutes and 29 seconds ahead of last year’s winner of this Class Paul Nash.




Course preparations are taking place during the month of December for the third Extreme Enduro at Foxborough Quarry Sible Hedingham being organised by the Sudbury Motor Cycle Club. This time the event is on Monday 2nd January a public holiday start time 11am and runs for two hours. This will be open to spectators and more details will follow later. 2016 winner Charlie Frost from Bath is looking forward to this event.

The Sudbury Club’s fixtures for 2017/2018 are : Sunday 5th March Endurothon Sible Hedingham, Sunday 9th April first round Dave Barkshire Motorcycles Two Man Enduro Championship Bocking, Sunday 14th May round of the G H Motorcycles/ACU Eastern Solo Enduro Championship Sible Hedingham, Sunday 18th June another round of the G H Motorcycles/ACU Eastern Solo Enduro Championship, Sunday 24th September final round Dave Barkshire Motorcycles Two Man Enduro Championship Great Cornard and Sunday 7th January 2018 Extreme Enduro Sible Hedingham.



Jack NicolaouSeveral 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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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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