Hockey clinches it

IT WAS a two-way fight between two Sudbury riders in the first round of the EMG/Eastern Centre Solo Enduro Championship.

Chris Hockey and Jamie Roper of Sudbury Motorcycle Club jostled for the lead throughout the championship class, with last year’s champion, Hockey, clinching it by just 0.75 of a second.

Ricky Roper, riding for the first time after a year’s absence due to an injury, finished in a creditable ninth with his cousins, Craig Roper and Ian Parker, 10th and 11th. Jack Berry finished 14th, Steve Mason 15th, and just outside the points were Chris Hart (16th) and Sam Toy (17th).

It was bad luck for a past Eastern Centre Champion, the eldest of the three Roper brothers, Stevie, who was in contention for a win but had to retire with two laps to go with a split tyre.

In the experts class, highest placed Sudbury riders in the points were Andy Mason (11th) and Graham Mays (14th), who are both in their 50s and showing the younger members how to do it.

Ian Tutton came second in the clubman class with Kevin Webb fifth and Gareth Young seventh.

Fifteen-year-old George Warren, competing in his first full season, was forced to retire as the conditions on the day got the better of him.

Round two of the 2012 championship is on May 13 at Foxborough Quarry, Sible Hedingham, but before that the Sudbury Club is running the third Dave Roper Memorial Motocross on April 15 at Tye Farm, Great Cornard.