Hockey loses championship lead in eventful third round

Sudbury Motorcycle Club-hosted Round Three of the 2013 G H Motorcycles/Husaberg/Eastern Centre Solo Enduro Contest at Foxborough Quarry.
Sudbury Motorcycle Club-hosted Round Three of the 2013 G H Motorcycles/Husaberg/Eastern Centre Solo Enduro Contest at Foxborough Quarry.

Chris Hockey saw his Eastern Centre Solo Enduro Championship lead relinquished to teammate Jamie Roper in an eventful third round.

Staged by the Sudbury Motor Cycle Club at Foxborough Quarry Sible Hedingham, Essex, the nine-time champion was out to extend his lead in this year’s contest from fellow Sudbury rider Roper, but it proved not to be the outcome he was hoping for.

Sudbury Motorcycle Club-hosted Round Three of the 2013 G H Motorcycles/Husaberg/Eastern Centre Solo Enduro Contest at Foxborough Quarry.

Sudbury Motorcycle Club-hosted Round Three of the 2013 G H Motorcycles/Husaberg/Eastern Centre Solo Enduro Contest at Foxborough Quarry.

Riders had the option of riding the big bog or take the longer alternative route, which included the extreme section around it. The quicker route was through this bog, but those getting stuck lost the advantage.

Jamie Roper was in scintillating form, riding through the big bog every time with great ease to open up a good lead after the early laps.

Hockey was also riding the bog while Jason Morland and the other riders opted for the longer route.

At the two-hour-mark Jamie Roper had a 78-second lead over Morland and 123-second lead over Hockey, who was back in fifth place.

BATTLING THE ELEMENTS: Action from the 2013 G H Motorcycles/Husaberg/Eastern Centre Solo Enduro Championship including Sudbury's Chris Hockey (rider number one) in challenging conditions at Foxborough Quarry Sible Hedingham, Essex

BATTLING THE ELEMENTS: Action from the 2013 G H Motorcycles/Husaberg/Eastern Centre Solo Enduro Championship including Sudbury's Chris Hockey (rider number one) in challenging conditions at Foxborough Quarry Sible Hedingham, Essex

A quick refuelling stop reduced his lead to 15 seconds, but it would not affect his chances of winning as he crossed the line first ahead of title rival Hockey in third, while Morland clinched an impressive second.

The result sent Roper four points ahead of Hockey in the standings with Morland 10 points further back in third, Rick Roper fourth, Tom Braddock fifth and Steve Mason sixth.

Elsewhere, Dexter Wharton clinched victory in the Expert Class ahead of championship leader Michael Ridge in second, Phil Roper in third and Jason Warren in fourth.

On the same day, 115 riders, dispatched into three groups lined up for the morning session to compete in the clubman class.

Sudbury Motorcycle Club-hosted Round Three of the 2013 G H Motorcycles/Husaberg/Eastern Centre Solo Enduro Contest at Foxborough Quarry.

Sudbury Motorcycle Club-hosted Round Three of the 2013 G H Motorcycles/Husaberg/Eastern Centre Solo Enduro Contest at Foxborough Quarry.

After an eventful ride, it was the more-experienced riders that took the main places with Lewis Bond claiming the victory ahead of Jack Grice and Jason Ager, extending Bond’s lead in the overall leaderboard to 23 points over second-placed David Stevens.

The next round will take place on Sunday, June 16, at Home Farm in Hadham.

n At the Eastern Centre Solo MX Championships round two, organised by Norwich Viking MCC, former champion Chris Bastick, of Halstead MCC, claimed fifth place overall in the Lyng Expert Championship.

In the Junior Championship, current series leader Carl Parker still holds the lead in the series standings by two points over the second-placed rider.