Thrilling motocross finale, but Bales is just edged out

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Halstead and District Motorcycle Club’s GH Motorcycles and G&B Finch-sponsored Wednesday evening motocross meeting had a health entry of more than 80 riders across expert and juniors.

The event started with quick four-lap dashes to qualify for the semi-finals.

In heat one, there was a win for schoolboy star Alfie Smith, while heat two was won by local boy Jason Morland.

Syd Bales and South African rider Neville Bradshaw had a close race in heat three, with Bales victorious by just 0.1.171 seconds.

In heat four, Halstead club rider Brad Tomlin took the win.

The first semi-final resulted in a win for another South African, Brad Woodroffe, with a trio of Halstead club riders in second, third and fourth places in Chris Bastick, Brendon Mayers and Jason Morland respectively.

In the second semi-final, Bradshaw had his revenge over Bales with the win.

In the grand final, it was neck-and-neck for all 10 laps, with Bradshaw taking the win by 4.190 seconds from Bales while Smith took third 

In the consolation final – for riders not making the grand final – there was a win for Daniel Patterson, with Halstead rider Mark Relland taking a brilliant second place.