Weather fails to put brakes on endurothon

Rain in the week, followed by snow Saturday night and Sunday did not stop the Sudbury Motor Cycle Club endurothon at Foxborough Quarry.

It did, however, take its toll, with the Sible Hedingham event cut from six hours to three-and-a-half, the start delayed by 30 minutes, a slightly depleted line-up and a high retirement-rate as riders struggled to cope with the challenging conditions.

The Championship Class riders started first, running to their machines in a Le Mans style, followed by the Expert, Clubman, Sportsman and Ironman classes.

The riders had to contend with falling snow for nearly two hours and the going was very muddy and all the riders faced a gruelling contest, many of them retiring before the end.

Making his debut as clerk of the course was Jamie Roper who had to make several decisions during the day and he acted like a veteran.

The provisional results show a good day for the Sudbury club, with members winning six of the seven classes.

The Championship Class was a battle between brothers and cousins with Craig Roper and Ian Parker finishing first, followed by Ricky Roper and Steve Mason second, and Stevie Roper and Jack Berry third.

The first two pairs both completed 20 laps averaging 10 or 11 minutes each lap.

Sudbury riders also took the top three spots in the Expert Class. It was won by Phil Roper and Paul Belton, with Steve and Mark Green second and Danny Street and Dean Curry third.

Ben Martin and Mark Fenwick (Sudbury) won the Clubman Class ahead of Ross Taylor and Tom Sargeant (Bury St Edmunds) and Chris Wright (Diss) and Tristan Hales (NSJMCC).

Making his riding debut, Sudbury’s Gary Freear won the Sportsman Class with his partner Stuart Wells. Another Sudbury pairing, Stuart Cooper and Mark Lloyd, took second place with third going to Halstead’s Alex and Tony Claydon.

The Solo Ironman Class was a win for Michael Ridge while in the Expert Class Sudbury’s Daniel Piper and Andy Quorn took first and second.

The Clubman Class was another Sudbury 1-2-3 with Trevor Scott first, Adrian Wicks second and Peter Barltop third.

Next Sunday is round two of the G H Motorcycles/Husaberg/Eastern Centre Solo Enduro Championship at Iken near Woodbridge.