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Humphreys wins Moto X Country opener
The new MXC series kicked off last weekend for the riders with WOR Events providing this new 4 round championship of exciting, fast and flowing 1.5hr races.
The tracks are aimed at being a bit easier than normal hare and hounds enduros but still offering a 3-6 mile lap of fun with rolling grasslands, mx type terrain and some technical bits thrown in the mix. The shorter 1.5hr duration allowing some riders to push harder than in a 2.5hr or 3hr event and also allowing some riders to simply find their feet in the sport abd step up to the racing and bigger tracks. It went down a storm with all the riders loving the brilliant Tyn Twyll track set deep in the North Wales mountains and seemingly in the middle of nowhere.
The massive mountains surrounding the venue where used to link the MX track and the gravel roads and trails to the massive off camber grass hills, this linked to stream crossings and some ditches and gulleys for good measure made a superb 4 mile plus lap that all of the riders from the 3 separate races enjoyed.
Race 1 was for the Kids .. Runnin g a slightly shorter circuit. The challenge was just perfect for the little riders as Clerk of the course , Steve Ireland allowed them all of the MX track and alot of the mountain to hone their skills on. Top Auto rider was Jack Maudsley followed home by Lewis Edwards and Curtis Mcaloon in 2nd and third respectively.
Jack Brooks won the 7/8 group as he continues to make this catergory his
own in 2019. Brooks stormed to the win from Charlie Walker and Leon Carthy.
Walker again making a WOR podium in his short WOR career and Carthy taking the
podium in his first ever event.
The top rider in the entire morning race was Jake Willis, riding superbley from start to finish to take 19 laps and a 2 minute advantage over his Runner Up, Ryan Griffiths. Willis and Griffiths riding superbly to take the over spoils in first arce of this new series.
After a very neat and pleasant award ceremony in was onto race 2 of the day and the "Inter adults" .. Moving onto a bigger , full loop of the course. 6 classes where to do battle in the next 1.5hr moto.
Top rider was Over 50 superstar, Chris Wagstaff, Waggy once again proving unstoppable in this class as he finished with over 6 minutes advantage over Runner Up, Colin Griffiths with Duncan Humphreys in a solid 3rd. All 3 riders compl,eting 10 laps each.
Pushing Waggy all the way though and infact taking the lead at one point of the whole race was Young Youth class rider, Sam Hughes. Hughes was fresh back from a riding trip to Bulgaria with Rcae Boss Steve Ireland and was in amazing form as he blasted his borrowed GASGAS (steve's bike) to the win in class and only 10 seconds behind Waggy. Hughes really is starting to shine and is one to watch in the very near future at WOR . Frank Skillin was also going well on his Beta 125 to take a well earned Runners up spot in class. Hayden Rainford is another young lad that is setting standards and examples, his never say die attitude and super agressive riding once again put him at the Summit of the always hotly contested Sportsman class. Rainford was pushed hard though by the super determined Damian Kzazacka and 3rd placed Dan Edwards.
The 13/14 Year olds moved up from race 1 for this series to allow the Young riders to do the bigger track and progressivley merge into adult racing, another great move by the forward thinking Events Boss,Steve Ireland. The performance of the riders in this group was nothing short of brilliant as the Top 3 did 10 laps and really where at it Hammer and Tong. Ryan Mudsley rode superbly on his 125 to take the win from Brandon Burns by nearly 1 minute and 30 seconds. A last lap big crash by Burns would have had that gap smaller but Maudsley was never letting go of this victory that was for sure as he recorded his best ride and result to date. 3rd spot went to Lewis Hurdsman whom is another stonking Youth rider coming through the rfanks and now having moved up from 11/12's for this series is again going to on the "pipe".
Topping the ladies class was Lola Stacey- Jones but only just as Annabelle Brewster was less than 10 seconds behind with both girls on 8 laps. Izzy Skillin took a well earned 5 lap 3rd place after facing her demons of off camber downhills.
Novice Honours went to Arnoldas Nauseda as he took an comfortable victory from Runner up, Adam Wagstaff and Tom Adams.
Another neat and professional Podium presentaion took place for the race with the super quick and informative results out from the WOR team in seconds after the last rider had finished the race.
1pm then had the last race of the day , The Experts, Clubman and over 40 riders. Gethin Humphreys was back from injury and looking as quick and smooth as ever as he led from the start and effortlessly floated to the event win on the GASGAS 300. Runner Up and riding very neat and fast on his YAMAHA was Jack Ditchfield with Husky Mounted Connor Bolsover going well in third. All the Top 4 Experts completed a brilliant 11 laps with Sion Jones being that 4th placed man.
Lincoln Brewster smashed his way to Expert Vets 1st place and a brilliant as always 2nd overall less than a minute behind Humphreys. Darren Skillin finishing as Runner Up in Expert Vets.
Oliver Jones is an old friend of WOR Events dating back 20 years and he was back for the forst time in a long time to win the Clubman class from Henry Rogers with Andy Smith in 3rd spot.
Jason Clarke again showed his determination and skill in the Over 40 group to pull 6 minutes on Runner Up Anthony Foulkes with Paul Hughes making his customary podium appearance in this group.
The new MXC series was widely well received and it can go down as another forward thinking and innovative event for the WOR Events team. The event ran like clockwork and the family freindly vibe and professional atmosphere around the paddock was in full flow. The MXC series got off to great start.
WOR now return to WES 2019 this weekend coming on 13/14th July at the clubs amazing Clatter venue in mid wales.