Roper brothers take top spot from reigning champions

WHEELY GOOD TIME: Ian Tutton, on his KTM 350 flies into a corner
WHEELY GOOD TIME: Ian Tutton, on his KTM 350 flies into a corner

Sudbury Motorcycle Club had two wins from the three classes in their sixth 2013 meeting, a non-championship two-man enduro at Chappel.

There were 45 teams competing in north Essex over the three classes of championship, expert and clubman on Sunday.

In the morning session, the course was ridden clockwise through two woods, part of the motocross track and long grass, which was very slippery due to heavy moisture, while the afternoon session the course was ridden in the opposite direction with drier conditions.

Tom Braddock (Lowestoft) and Toby Morley (Woodbridge) were out to show everyone why they are this year’s winners of the two-man championship class with Braddock first out, taking an early lead.

However, the opposition were not going to allow them an easy day with 2013 Eastern Centre Solo Enduro Champion Jamie Roper (Sudbury) partnered by his cousin Ian Parker (Sudbury) and the other two Roper brothers, Stevie and Ricky, (Sudbury) riding together in hot pursuit.

Throughout the morning and afternoon sessions these three teams battled it out with the lead changing with the older pairing of Stevie and Ricky Roper taking first place with 38.00 points while Braddock/Morley and Jamie Roper/Parker tied on 36.83 points, but Braddock/Morley secured second place with a better special test time.

Other positions were: 4th Craig Roper/Jack Berry (Sudbury), 5th Gavin Hockey/Steve Finch (Sudbury), 6th Chris Hart/Mark Waller (Sudbury), 7th Lee Whitney (Diss)/Stephen Revett (Stowmarket), 8th Michael Wyatt/Chris Wright (Diss).

The expert class was closely contested with cousins Richard Walters/Andy Tyler (Sudbury) taking first place, pipping Phil Roper/Paul Belton with William Hughes riding all the sessions solo in third place.

Graham Mays/Nigel Ross (Sudbury) secured fourth place with Tim Ford (Lowestoft)/Jeff Sharp (Sudbury) fifth and Kelvin Vant/Stephen Green (Sudbury) sixth.

The clubman class was a clear win for the Stowmarket pairing of Jake Gregory/Richard Squirrel with father-and-son duo Gary and Dale Gladwin (Sudbury) a worthy second, holding off the challenge of Jeff Turner/Daniel Piper (Sudbury).

Other positions were: 4th Phil Roberts (Halstead)/Don Blackman (Colchester), 5th Dean Curry (Sudbury)/Duncan Griffin (Diss); 6th Sam Dimmock (Whitley)/Greg Simon (Sudbury).