Morland dedicates race win to poorly son

FAST AND FURIOUS: Sudbury's William Hughes flies round a corner during Sudbury's meeting
FAST AND FURIOUS: Sudbury's William Hughes flies round a corner during Sudbury's meeting

Halstead’s Jason Morland 
survived a dramatic race to win the third round of the Eastern Centre Enduro 
Championship on Sunday.

Current champion Jamie Roper took an early lead in Sudbury Motorcycle Club’s competition at the Foxborough Quarry circuit in Sible Hedingham, before being quickly overtaken by Morland in the early stages of the two-and-a-half-hour championship class race.

Roper was overtaken by Ricky Roper and Chris Hockey after the Sudbury rider twice dropped his machine.

Hockey moved into second place and started to chase after Morland during the last 30 minutes of the race.

The 41-year-old was neck-and-neck with the leader heading into the final minute before the pair came across the finishing line with 30 seconds left, with enough time to complete another lap.

Morland held on to a broken bike to pass the chequered flag in first after Hockey lost precious seconds when he took a different line in the bog.

The Halstead rider dedicated the win to his son who had been in hospital in the last few days.

“I dedicate this win to my son Kyle,” said Morland. “He’s been very poorly lately and he asked daddy if I could win.”

Ricky and Jamie Roper finished third and fourth, with Tom Braddock, Craig Roper, Ian Parker and Sam Toy completing the top eight.

Morland is third in the championship standings 
on 39 points, with Hockey three points ahead of Jamie Roper on 45 points at the top.

Elsewhere, Sudbury’s Glenn Walsh and Stephen Green finished second and third respectively in the expert class race behind championship leader Lewis Bond.

Sudbury riders filled the podium in the expert over-40s class with Andy Quorn edging out Les Rampton and Graham Mays to the race win.

Ed Pooley won the clubman class, while championship leader Sudbury’s Mark Green was victorious in the clubman over-40s class.

Sudbury’s Andy Mason extended his lead in the clubman over-50s class after edging out Gary Drage in Sunday’s race while Sudbury riders filled another podium in the sportsman class.

Warren Whitaker finished ahead of Paul Webb and Samantha Webb to take the win.