Roper and Hockey to battle it out for top spot in enduro

REIGNING CHAMPION: Sudbury's Jamie Roper will be looking to reclaim his title on Sunday
REIGNING CHAMPION: Sudbury's Jamie Roper will be looking to reclaim his title on Sunday

Sudbury riders Jamie Roper and Chris Hockey go into the final round of the Eastern Centre Enduro Championship locked together in first place.

The fifth and final round of the G H Motorcycles/Husqvarn-sponsored series is hosted by the Woodbridge Motorcycle Club at Butley on Sunday, with the tile still to be decided.

Current champion Jamie Roper and past nine-times champion Hockey both sit at the top of the leaderboard on 62 points.

The pair have battled against one another since 2011 with Hockey taking the title and also in 2012 with Roper being runner-up both times.

There is a third rider in the mix in Halstead’s Jason Morland, who has finished third in 2012 and last year and is only eight points behind the leading two.

With a good ride and the others failing to score points, the title could go his way in what would be a first for a Halstead club member — if not it will be 21 titles in 26 years to a Sudbury Motorcycle Club rider.

Lewis Bond (Lowestoft) has already won the Expert Class and will be riding in the Championship this weekend, which leaves the battle for second and third places which are being contested by four Sudbury riders.

Glenn Walsh, on 49 points, is second in the contest and is guaranteed third place, while Darren Nicolaou is currently third on 44 points.

Although Stephen Green (28 points) and Ian Tutton (27 points) are 16 and 17 points behind Nicolaou, they still have a chance of third place.

Mark Chapman (Diss) is on 67 points and has a 15-point lead over Graham Mays (Sudbury) in the Expert Veteran Class (over-40) and 11th place will secure him the contest title.

Four young guns are fighting it out for the Clubman Class title, with Ross Taylor (Diss) 62 points, Dean Goggins (Woodbridge) 56 points, William Hughes (Braintree) 50 points and Ben Alexander (Woodbridge) 46 points.

Fourth place would secure the Clubman Veteran Class (over-40) title for Mark Green (Sudbury) from Jason Fowler (Diss) while in the Clubman Super Veteran Class (over-50) Andy Mason (Sudbury) has an eight-point lead over Steve Finch (Braintree) and a 14-point lead over Paul Davis (Sudbury).

The Team Dave Roper Challenge, open to Sudbury members between 15 and 21 years of age, sees Alex Rampton leading Jack Nicolaou by five points and it looks like either of these two could be winning the trophy, however, if they slip up Ben Roper and Ryan McDonnell have the chance to win the contest.