Morland clinches top spot at memorial event

MEMORIAL EVENT: Action from the second-annual Dave Roper Memorial held by Sudbury Motorcycle Club
MEMORIAL EVENT: Action from the second-annual Dave Roper Memorial held by Sudbury Motorcycle Club

Jason Morland came out on top in the qualifiers race held during the second-annual Dave Roper Memorial event on Sunday.

Held by the Sudbury Motorcycle Club, the event saw the first 20 from the two separate classes go through to the qualifying final at the end of the day.

The event started with two 10-minute warm ups for the riders to familiarise themselves with the Tye Farm circuit.

In the Evo/Twinshock/Pre 65 class the heats were contested between Jamie Roper, Paul Bennett, Gary Gladwin and last year’s winner Paul Owen.

Roper managed to be the best qualifier however in the final was left on the line, leaving himself with it all to do if he was to repeat last year’s feat, which saw him go through the entire field and win the event.

Gladwin led at the end of the first lap, and was followed by Bennett and Owen, while to everyone’s surprise Roper had risen up to fourth place.

For the next 12 minutes the positions never changed, but Roper was gaining on the top three and soon after went past Owen to take third place.

On the next lap down the start straight Roper nudged into the lead, and shortly afterwards Bennett overtook Gladwin.

These three riders battled it out for the remainder of the final, with Roper increasing his lead over Bennett and Gladwin.

In the first group class Alex Rampton was in rampant form, beating the opposition with ease.

Alex Gill finished second, as the pair along with 38 others qualified for the final event.

In the second group class it was Morland who stormed to victory ahead of Jake Gregory in second and Roper in third.

In the non-qualifiers final Gareth Robertson took the lead from the start.

But after two laps Andy Mason went in front and hung onto his lead for the next five minutes.

Josh Kell had moved up into second and after great pressure slipped past Mason to claim the victory.

In the qualifiers final Morland was unstoppable and led from start to finish, which turned all the attention onto the battle for the next four places.

Glenn Walsh came in at second , while Gregory, Mason and Roper completed the top five.

Overall it was a great day for the Dave Roper Memorial Fund, with the cake stall taking in more than £300.