Motocross - Tomlin retains title in memorial event

CHAMPION: Allcomers final winner Brad Tomlin is presented his award by Bev Roper.
CHAMPION: Allcomers final winner Brad Tomlin is presented his award by Bev Roper.
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BRAD Tomlin made it two in a row as he bagged the title in the Dave Roper Memorial Motocross for the second year running.

His triumph was the culmination of a packed programme at Tye Farm, Great Cornard, organised by Sudbury Motorcycle Club.

The weather was a mixed bag but the track was in ideal condition, leading to high quality racing from the 120 entrants.

Jake Morphey dominated the NGR Championship, winning all three races and coming out overall winner, with Paul Hubbard second and Mark Sandie third. Also clinching podium finishes in the individual races were Steve Bottoms and Luke Dowsing.

Sam Arbon took an early lead in the first Group A race, as the experts and juniors battled it out for a top 20 finish to qualify for the Allcomers final.

He held off the competition, beating David Frankland into second and Jason Moreland into third. Sudbury riders Glenn Walsh and Sam Toy put in strong performances for fourth and eighth respectively.

Arbon and Frankland swapped places in the second race, with Moreland again third, Julian Harvey fourth and Toy seventh.

Last year’s winner, Brad Tomlin, showed his fighting spirit to win race one of Group B, ahead of Matthew Skeet and Luke Parker, with Sudbury’s Craig Roper fourth and Steve Mason sixth.

Tomlin, who has had a disappointing start to the season, took the chequered flag again in the second race, pipping Bradley Howlett and Parker.

There was some good racing in the non-qualifiers’ race with James Newstead clinching the win.

Steve Cadd came third, Thomas Farthing fourth and Andrews Cattermole fifth. Positions six to 10 were filled by Sudbury riders with Kevin Webb leading the pack followed by Stevie Roper, Danny Street, Matt Rampton and Jeff Turner. The final race of the day, the Allcomers final, had a very strong line-up.

First out of the starting gate was Tomlin, who seemed to be at home on the Tye Farm course. Moreland was riding at his best and put in a strong challenge, but Tomlin showed his determination and, helped by a last lap slip by Moreland, took the chequered flag for the second year running.

In the early stages, Frankland was up with the leaders but could not keep up the pace and finished third.

Best Sudbury member was Mason in seventh place.

It was a very successful day for the club. The cake stall, run by Roper’s widow, Bev, and her daughters and nieces, took £400 and five of the 11 riders sponsored by the 2012 Dave Roper Fund – set up in memory of the former club chairman who died following an accident in 2009 – wore the new Team Dave Roper shirt.

Bev Roper thanked everybody for their help and support.