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Jamie Roper wins third title in a row

Sudbury Motorcycle Club’s Jamie Roper claimed his third straight title in the Championship Class in the final round of the G H Motorcycles/Husqvarna/Eastern Centre Enduro Championship.

With five of the six class titles up for grabs at Butley, Suffolk it promised to be a dramatic end to the season.

In the prestigious Championship Class, Roper needed a third-place finish on the day to become the Eastern Centre Enduro Champion, and despite coming under pressure from Chris Hockey (Sudbury), he managed to win the event and secure the title.

Aston Bird, of Woodbridge, who had led going into the last race, finished second with 65 points, Sam Toy (Sudbury) came third with 58 points while Hockey finished fourth on 52 points.

This now mean Sudbury Club riders have won this Title 22 times over the last 27 years.

Will Hughes (Braintree) had already won the Expert Class Title but was forced to retire. Ben Alexander (Woodbridge) stepped up to the mark and won the final race of the season.

Hughes won the title with 64 points, from Alexander on 61 points, with Rob Blackman third on 56 points.

Mark Chapman (Diss) current holder of the Expert Veteran Class Title needed a win on the day to retain his title from Gavin Hockey (Sudbury), who could not add to his score unless he won on the day.

These two fought it out tooth and nail with Chapman leading by 0.23 seconds at the start of the last session. Chapman was a minute late while Hockey was a further minute late giving Chapman the win and the title.

Alex Rampton (Sudbury) held on to win the Clubman Class title from Ryan McDonnell (Sudbury), with the two finishing first and second on the day.

John Austin came out on top of an eight strong field to win the Clubman Veteran title on 66 points from Jason Carsboult (Sudbury) on 57 points.

Andy Mason (Sudbury) won the final race of the Clubman Super Veteran Class to retain his title with Graham Mays (Sudbury), riding in the class for the first time, finishing second.

In the Sportsman Class Pete McDonnell (Sudbury), who came fifth in the first round, moved to first place in the final round. Alex Rampton won the team Dave Roper Challenge with Ryan McDonnell second and Nathan Greenaway third.

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