Second round thrills in Enduro escapades

RIDING HIGH: Action from Sunday's EMG/Eastern Centre Solo Enduro Championship at Foxborough Quarry, Sible Hedingham, hosted by Sudbury Motorcycle Club.
RIDING HIGH: Action from Sunday's EMG/Eastern Centre Solo Enduro Championship at Foxborough Quarry, Sible Hedingham, hosted by Sudbury Motorcycle Club.
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SUDBURY Motorcycle Club staged a thrilling second round of the 2012 EMG/Eastern Centre Solo Enduro Championship on Sunday at Foxborough Quarry, Sible Hedingham.

The event, held in glorious sunshine, was run on the Hare and Hounds format.

First up were the clubman and sportsman classes with nearly 120 riders on the line, dispatched 40 at a time with a suitable interval in between.

There was keen and fierce racing between Stephen Green, Ian Tutton, Gareth Young and Ben Alexander with the lead changing several times as these four stopped to refuel on different laps.

The bog was not used for this class, but with water lying on parts of the course there were still muddy conditions to be found.

The provisional results showed a Sudbury 1-2-3 with Green first, Tutton second and Young third with Alexander fourth, all four completing 13 laps averaging just over nine minutes per lap.

The provisional standings after two rounds see Tutton first on 34 points, Young second on 24 points, Green and Andrew Greenwell joint third on 20 points, with Kevin Webb and Paul Belton joint fifth on 16 points.

Next up were the championship and expert classes which rode for two-and-a-half hours on a slightly amended route which included an extreme section and one of the two bogs.

With 40 riders lined up it was another good, clean start. Racing into the lead was eight-times champion Chris Hockey with Jamie Roper and Jason Moreland in hot pursuit.

They had no trouble in the bog and as they were in front of the pack they managed to negotiate the extreme section which consisted of three half tractor tyres sticking halfway out of the ground followed by two lots of tree trunks the width of the track evenly spread apart which meant riding with the front wheel in the air to so as not to ground their machines.

This proved difficult for most riders in the early stages as some got stuck on the obstacles and fell off, narrowing the route down to one line. With riders arriving within seconds of one another it caused delays, giving spectators a treat.

Around the half-hour mark Hockey became stuck behind a stationary backmarker at the beginning of this section. Moreland appeared, having overtaken Roper, and rode round Hockey to the next available line to take the lead before Hockey could change course.

For the rest of the time the first three positions did not change. They all refuelled at the same time but Roper began to fall back on the front two, his injured shoulder giving him problems. Moreland took the chequered flag 28 seconds in front of Hockey, both completing 20 laps.

Roper hung on to third place one lap behind with Julian Harvey fourth, Stevie Roper fifth and Ricky Roper sixth.

The overall provisional standings after two rounds are: Hockey 37 points, Moreland 33 points, J Roper 32 points, Julian Harvey 23 points and Ricky Roper 17 points.

The expert class was hotly contested and it was a win for 52-year-old Andy Mason by 12 seconds over Phil Burton with Nick Barrett, wearing one of the Team Dave Roper shirts, a creditable third in his first season in this class.

Graham Mays, club secretary, had a steady ride throughout the whole two-and-a-half hours and finished a creditable sixth.

The provisional overall position over two rounds is Phil Burton 37 points, Andy Mason 25 points and John Bishop 21 points.

All the positions and placings are provisional while the third round is on June 17 at Home Farm, Little Hadham, Herts, again organised by the Sudbury Motor Cycle Club.