THE racing was fast and furious as 157 riders tackled Sudbury Motor Cycle Club’s six-hour Foxborough Endurathon.
The Sible Hedingham course was in excellent condition on Sunday, with Wednesday’s rain settling the dust and helping to create several riding lines on the open fields as well as freshening up the two bogs.
Several championship class riders took up the challenge of riding through the bogs, some with great success and others getting stuck, or in the case of Jack Berry, flying over the handlebars and landing squarely in the mud.
One of the diversion sections was the extreme route where the riders had to ride over fallen large tree trunks, a tractor tyre and a big hole; here Julian Harvey excelled, riding all the obstacles standing up on his footrests in true trials riding style.
The racing was highly competitive throughout the day, although in the last hour tiredness was creeping in – in the last minutes of the event 15-year-old Ryan McDonnell dropped his machine on an easy part of the course and took nearly five minutes to get going again.
In the championship class the first three pairs completed 45 laps each but on overall time first place went to Julian Harvey and Jason Morley, with Chris Hockey and Sam Toy second, and Ricky and Craig Roper third.
They were followed by Stevie Roper and Ian Parker fourth, Tome Howe and James Yearley fifth, Steve Mason and Jamie Roper sixth, Jack Berry and Chris Hart seventh, Bradley Howlett and Lucas Harris eighth, with the pairing of the two heroes from the 2012 Inter Continental Rally, Gavin Hockey and Steve Finch, ninth.
It was a win in the experts class for the Sudbury pairing of Mark and Robbie Waller, completing 40 laps.
In second was father and son team James and Jim Holt, with Richard Walters and Andy Tyler third. Sudbury duo Nigel Ross and Graham Mays were sixth, and 15-year-old Jack Nicolaou, riding with his father Darren, came 10th.
In the clubman class the winners were Ben Alexander and Tom Fazah completing 37 laps, ahead of Dean Curry and Danny Street, and Ross Taylor and Tom Sargent. The 15-year-old pairing of George Warren and Ryan McDonnell completed 30 laps and finished a creditable 20th.
Forty-seven riders opted to take part in the solo ironman class with Paul Belton completing 34 laps for first place. With the next three riders finishing on 30 laps, second place on time went to 17-year-old Matt Rampton, third Lawrence Motts and fourth his brother Alex Motts.
Sudbury Motor Cycle Club’s next event, on April 15, is the Dave Roper Memorial Motocross at Tye Farm, Great Cornard.