Round 1 of the 2011 ACU Metzeler British Enduro Championship
Brandon - 27th February
In bright early Spring sunshine David Knight has won Diss MCCs Muntjac at Brandon on Sunday 27th February.
All week long bands of heavy rain had swept across the country and drenched the Thetford Forest. In scenes that were reminiscence of last year's event, Saturday's ritual of "walking the test" was more like "wading the test". Fortunately some glorious early Spring sunshine was on it's way from Wales to save the day and - as an AC/DC tribute band rocked the sleepless streets of Brandon on Saturday night - some brighter stars began to appear in the sky overhead.
Sunday morning broke sunny and clear. It was an early start for the organisers and the riders with scrutineering between 7.30am and 8.30am. The first riders were away at 9.00am.
The special test was alongside the start and only five minutes away on the course. David Knight set the fastest time on his 530 KTM. He was 7 seconds ahead of the second fastest rider - KORRacing's Greg Evans on the KTM 350. TM's Stuart Edmonds made a smooth transition from motocrosss to skip through the tree in 3rd. 17 year old Australian Ben Burrell was 4th and Fast Eddy Edmondson Racing teammate Tom Sagar was 5th. The slick condition caught several riders out. Alex Rockwell and Daryl Bolter both dropped time when they dropped their bikes.
The 22 mile course was 90% new going and at the end of the first lap most of the riders came home in their start order. David Knight once again set the fastest time on the test but as the lines and the berms developed - it was much closer. Simon Wakely was second fastest on the Midwest Husaberg UK 250 with less than a 3 second deficit. Stuart Edmonds was 3rd and Alex Rockwell began his fight back by setting the 4th fastest time. ISDE team managers Dusty Martin, Mike Davies and Sam Davidson were at trackside monitoring the riders progress and possibly wondering if Ben Burrell has a British grandfather.
There was no test for the Championship on the 3rd lap as the schedule coincided with clubmen but there were 2 tests back to back on the 4th lap. Greg Evans dropped 3 places when he crashed on his third test. David Knight reacted to the chasing pack by setting the fastest time of the day - 6 seconds ahead of Simon Wakely. Alex Rockwell was 3rd.
The tests were an exciting spectacle for the spectators but Clerk of the Course Andy Waters had a sting in the tail that would split the top riders up into neat 60 second packages. The last 2 laps were tight. Mark Chapman had ridden the course on Friday & set the target time at 47 minutes. From this Andy had cut 2 minutes off lap 5 and another 2 minutes off lap 6. For tired riders on a tired course it was a tough end to a long day.
David Knight had no problems. At the end of lap 5 he had time to adjust his rear shock settings and change his seat. For the rest it was tight particularly for the riders on thirsty bikes who needed refuelling. The definition of walking pace in a blue tape area was stretched. To misquote Sting "a gentleman will walk but never blast through the pits on the back wheel".
With nothing more to do the support crews gathered around the clock to wait. Forty minutes later the distinctive thump of Knighter's 530 began to reverberate through the pines and in a moment he was over the line clean on time. He was the only one. There was a final special test but for many riders the 2011 Muntjac had been won or lost on the going.
David Knight led from start to finish and he won the Premier. Despite a recent back injury. Alex Rockwell was 2nd on the Midwest Husaberg UK FE390. He also won the Junior class. Defying his age Paul Edmondson (right) was 3rd. It was is a magnificent achievement from a rider who first stood on the Diss podium over 20 years, Greg Evans was 4th. Like Alex and Paul he only dropped one minute on the final lap. Simon Wakely was 5th. Alongside David and Alex only 3 riders set test times under 5 minutes. Unfortunately for Simon his lowly start position of 20th meant he was hampered by slower riders on the tight final lap and he incurred 2 minutes time penalties.
Tom Sagar was 6th. Ashley Wood was 7th. He won the E1/2T class and he was runner up in the Juniors on the ET James KTM 125. Ben Burrell was 8th. Daryl Bolter's crash on the first test left him with a big hill to climb in flat lands of Norfolk but he put in 5 good tests and finished 9th. Welsh motocrosser Jamie Lewis was 10th. Lee Edmondson in 11th completed another successful weekend for the Fast Eddy Edmondson Racing team. Steve Plain Gas Gas UK's Danny McCanney had a good ride on his first outing in the Championship class. He finished 12th. Mark Roberts was 13th and motocrosser Carl Nunn was 14th.
Neil Chatham returned to the British Enduro Championship having competed in the World and European Championship last year. Neil had been out of the scene for seven months following a broken wrist in Poland while competing for the UEM Promotional Enduro Team. A plate with eight screws in his wrist has seen a long road back to full fitness. Neil started cautiously at the Muntjac and built his speed as his confidence came back. Neil rode the first two laps without refuelling his KTM XC tank, this was a test for the final two laps to see if his Drysdale Motorcycles KTM 125 would make it to the finish of the final lap with enough fuel. Neil set off on his last lap without refuelling and without looking at the tank, he just rode as fast as he could. Neil made it home at the end of the last two laps with less than a tea cup of fuel remaining, but enough to get him to the finish dropping just four minutes and pulling his result up from 23rd after the tests to finish 3rd E1/2, 5th under 23 and 17th overall. It could have been so different if he had not made it, Neil was ready in his mind to push the bike to the finish if he had not made the check at the end of the lap and luckily he did not have to resort to walking the bike to the final check.
It was a disappointing weekend for the Race-FX team of Ollie Moyce and Jamie Paget. Jamie hit a tree and he broke 2 fingers and on his 5th lap Ollie's front forks seized. James Jackman was also injured after a big off that left Jacko dazed. Matt Ridgway stopped to help and he also lost time when he snapped the banjo on his rear brake hose. Jason Davies was riding well onboard his TE449 setting test time which would have seen him finish mid pack overall. Unfortunately, with only one lap to go, he experienced a problem with his rear shock which cost him time in the final two tests and he dropped down the results table to thirty-second overall.
MPS Racing's Jack Rowland won the Experts. The ex-motocross rider is a quick learner and has shown great potential in only a short space of time. After making a few small mistakes at the opening sprint event only a couple of weeks ago Jack was keen to show his speed and after dominating the Expert class from start to finish he claimed the top step of the podium. Jack led the class throughout the event, keeping a good pace and a cool head under pressure. Lewis Belfield was the runner up. Joe Deakin was also running in the top 5 before retiring with the bug that has dogged him for a month. Alun Jones was 3rd and REME rider Gareth Davies was 4th. Aaron Smith's birthday was not the celebration he was hoping for when he aggravated a back injury and he had to retire. With luck the 18 year old will have many happier returns to the Muntjac.
MPS Racing's Robert Johnson was the best Clubman. The sixteen year old finished 17 seconds ahead of Declan Halliwell who was the best E1/2. Mike Evans in 3rd was best E2 and Gethin Francombe in 4th was the best E3. Matthew Timms had a long weekend. He lost his fork oil on the drive from Wales & he had to replace the seals on Saturday then he snapped a brand new chain on his second lap.
Wyn Hughes won the Vets. Wyn's times would have placed him 2nd in the Expert class. Carl Tiley was running in a very close second until his bike began to misfire. Murray Thompson took the runner up. Mark Chapman couldn't match his target time and he dropped 8 minutes on the day to finish 3rd. Jimmy Mitchell retired after aggravating an old foot injury he picked up in the Brechfa a couple of years ago. Jack Twentyman also retired when his rear shock blew. Malcolm Barrett was ready to blow after the first lap - it may have been the local beer.
Birthday girl Kate Jones noted that this event was the first BEC since 1979 not to include a member of the Jones family in the entry although the paddock was awash with Jones's as Dylan, Robert and Edward supported ORE team members Matt Ridgway and Chris Hockey and ET James' Ash Wood.
As usual the Diss MC organisation was spot on with a presentation for the top 3 before they and their motors had time to cool off and the full results were online within a couple of hours. Results -. Photos - Standings
David Knight - KTM: 'I'm really pleased with the way the event went. It's always a tough one-day race and I normally find it hard because you can't attack the special tests properly because they're relatively short and mistakes are hard to recover from. But I really felt relaxed this year. The first test was slippery, but I put in a good time that meant I had a decent lead straight away. After that I just made sure I didn't make any mistakes and towards the end of the event I got a couple more good tests in. I did some riding and testing in Spain the week before the event so I was looking forward to trying out some of the changes we made to the new bike, and they worked well. I head to the States for 10 days of riding now before more testing and racing back in Europe.'
Alex Rockwell - Midwest Husaberg "Finishing 2nd overall to David Knight is like winning the event. The bike ran perfect all day but I'm still learning how to get the best from it so we are still working on the set up"
Si Wakely - Midwest Husaberg: " I'm very pleased with my pace & fitness today but a little disappointed to miss out on 2nd overall but I will now be graded in the top 10 start position so that should help when the check times become tight. The bike and team were awesome and look forward to the next race"
Greg Evans - KORRacing: 'It was a good event for me all in all. I was really pleased with the way I rode on most of the tests and my fitness was good at the end of the day, which made a big difference. I felt really good on the first test and put in a good time but then I fell on the last but one corner on the second test, which cost me a little bit of time. After that I struggled on the fourth test a bit but came to on the last lap. The tight checks at the end of the event were really tough, but again my fitness was good. I stalled it once and caught one rider up but I only dropped one minute so I got fourth overall, which I'm pleased with.'
Daryl Bolter - KORRacing: 'It was just one of those days for me when things didn't quite go so well. My bike was great before the event, all the preparation the team and I did was perfect, things just didn't come together quite as well as I'd hoped. I wasn't riding badly, just not at my best. I knew the first test was going to be slippery but I was too aggressive, I just didn't feel good. Then at the end of the day I got some seriously big blisters on my hands. One minute my hands were fie, the next I was struggling to hold on. I lost two minutes but was only about five seconds away from dropping just one minute, which would have made a big difference to my result.'
Ashley Wood - ET James KTM "I'm absolutely loving my little 125 - firstly at the sprints and now here it has proven to be a stunning machine against some of the bigger options. Obviously I'm happy with my result as seventh at the Muntjac is a good finish and the track got really cut up in certain places. Once again the Diss club have put on a sterling event - Thank you to my sponsors for their continued support!"
Ollie Moyce - Race-FX Kawasaki: "Since getting back home we've located the problem with the suspension and I'm confident it won't happen again. Prior to the problem I was going well and was happy with my pace"
Jamie Paget - Race-FX Kawasaki: "The Muntjac can catch anyone out; high speeds mixed with plenty of trees can be a disaster and it was my turn this time. My fingers should heal pretty quickly and I'm looking forward to the BESC."
Danny McCanney - Steve Plain Gas Gas UK: "Overall I'm pretty pleased with my performance as I know I've got the speed. The tight check was extremely tight and I dropped some time which was shame as my test times were pretty good and I'm feeling positive about the forthcoming events. As usual my Steve Plain prepared Gasser was amazing - thanks to everyone who helped "
Matt Moffat - Steve Plain Gas Gas UK: "As I said at the sprint, I'm still getting my head round enduro and this is one of the first traditional time card events I've ridden. It was also one of the toughest events I've ridden as the course got torn up pretty quickly and yet the pace got faster and faster. I'm a little disappointed I didn't finish the day a bit higher in the results but I'm really pleased I made it to the end! I'm just going to focus on the next round of the BESC now!"
Bradley King - Steve Plain Gas Gas UK: "That was hard! I've ridden the Muntjac before and it always seems harder than the previous year but this year I made it difficult for myself really. I just made a few little mistakes but in this type of event it's almost impossible to make the time back up. I'm pleased with my fitness overall and just need to get my head down for the rest of the season. Thanks to everyone for their hard work"
Neil Chatham - Drysdale Motorcycles KTM: ‘I love it when a plan comes together, my dad suggested the strategy and I decided to go for it, I never looked at the tank until the last few minutes of the second lap and I had to back it off a little and I have never been so relieved to see the final check. This is Neil’s best result at a British Championship and it is all the more satisfying as there was a full entry.
Jason Davis - MPS Racing: "Although by the end of the day my rear shock was broken I'm happy with my performance. My pace was good overall and I feel fit which gives me confidence heading into the next two rounds of the BESC. Wyn has proved what the machine is capable of - all I need now is a little luck!"
Robert Johnson - MPS Racing: "I'm really pleased with today - I felt fresh from the start right until the end and the team's hard work is starting to show. Although he course was tough and got pretty rutted in places I enjoyed the event and can't wait for my next outing. Thanks to everyone who helped me today - my TE250 was unstoppable!"
Jack Rowland - MPS Racing: "I'm really happy with my result today! My bike was perfect throughout the day and I felt good despite the course being really tough. Now I've shown I've got the speed and endurance I'm confident about my results for the rest of the season. A big thank you goes to MPS and everybody who has helped me."
Matt Ridgway - Yamaha Off Road Experience: "It was a very enjoyable event. I rode cautiously on the first test and then speeded up on the next 3. I was pleased with my times which were in line with a top ten finish but unfortunately I had a bit of bad luck on lap 5 when a stump broke my rear brake hose. It was a tight check and I knew I would struggle to keep clean on time. Then I came across an James Jackman on the ground. Ollie Moyce and I stayed with him until the paramedics arrived. Back in the pits Dylan Jones and Steve Plain fixed the brake. Thanks to them. I went out on the last tight last lap - mostly for the experience - but I only lost 3 minutes. Thanks to Dylan and Robert Jones. Yamaha Off Road Experience and my pit crew"
claims dominant win at ’11 BEC opener
David Knight has claimed victory at the opening round of the ’11 Metzeler ACU British Enduro Championship – the one day Muntjac Enduro organised by Diss MCC. Always a physically and mentally demanding event, for ’11 Knight well and truly stamed his authority on the proceedings by not only winning all of the five timed special tests but also by finishing the event as the only Championship class rider to remain on time and not collecting any penalties.
Making a great start to the one--day event Knight topped the opening special test by some eight seconds the biggest winning margin the Manxman has ever claimed on the opening test at the Muntjac Enduro. Going on to then top the second, third, and fourth tests on the fifth and final timed test Knight showed that the rougher the terrain gets the better it is for him as he again topped the time sheets by a considerable margin.
The fastest rider of the event around the sandy special test, Knight also showed his true class by finishing the event as the only Championship class rider to remain on time. With nothing decided at the Muntjac Enduro until the end of the very last time control Knight was the only rider to complete the course without collecting any time penalties. As such he topped the event by over one-- and--a--half minutes to take an early lead in the ’11 BEC series standings.
Knight now heads to the States for 10 days of warm weather training in Florida before continuing his Enduro World Championship preparations by returning to the UK to compete in rounds three and four of the British Sprint Enduro Championship on March 19/20.
David Knight: ‘I’m really pleased with the way the event went. It’s always a tough one--day race and I normally find it hard because you can’t attack the special tests properly because they’re relatively short and mistakes are hard to recover from. But I really felt relaxed this year. The first test was slippery, but I put in a good time that meant I had a decent lead straight away. After that I just made sure I didn’t make any mistakes and towards the end of the event I got a couple more good tests in. I did some riding and testing in Spain the week before the event so I was looking forward to trying out some of the changes we made to the new bike, and they worked well. I head to the States for 10 days of riding now before more testing and racing back in Europe.’
Edmondson Racing Continued its support to the Fast EDDY Race team with its attendance at the first round of the 2011 British Enduro Championship (B.E.C.) “Muntjac” event staged by the ever popular Diss MCC. Just north of the famous American RAF Lakenheath Air base, we again endured the ever present rain that seems to follow the UK Enduro Circus so far in 2011 before a brighter race day on Sunday.
A reversal of podium position this week saw Team principal “Fast EDDY”
himself take a well earned win in class and a very creditable 3rd place
overall to become one of the most “ever present” names on the Podium
in the last 20 years of Diss MCC Events! Well done to Paul and to his
determination to regain a UK British Championship title as his years roll
on towards the mid forty’s!
The team’s now permanent “Guest” rider in the shape of young 17 year old Aussie, Ben Burrell had another storming ride aboard a standard 2011 250 XC-F to claim runner up position in the same E1 – 4T class to team principal Paul, beating last years championship winner Daryl Bolter in the process. Ben’s UK “Learning Curve” gave him a sharp reminder that our events can be hard work and very varied as the course demanded Skill, Speed and Endurance to be a winner. His 2nd place result showed that at such a young age he has what it takes on all three accounts to become a world class rider in the coming near future. A great start to his BEC participation and a combined well done again from all the Fast EDDY team around you, not forgetting a special thanks to Clive Thorsby for his helping hand and guidance during the weekend.
Staying in the E1 class, Lee Edmondson made a solid start to his 2011 BEC season with his special 125cc two stroke XC-E, to finish second in the E1 two stroke and a very creditable 11th place overall. A broken gear lever in special test No 3 should have showed a distinct loss, but an impressive time of 314.09 was only half a second slower than his next test time and better put as all his times were within a five second window throughout the weekend. Well done to both yours and your mechanic Joey’s efforts over the weekend.
Last but no means least and our E2 rider, Tom Sagar had a mixed race with some great early test times that would eventually put him just of the E2 podium in fourth place with a sixth overall in the championship class. A consistent performance in the first four tests was hampered by a big crash out on the course which resulted in a broken front mudguard and a slightly dazed bodily condition. The recovery for that sixth place overall was testament to the courage and determination that Tom is expressing for the 2011 season. There is saying is that “The Tough get going when the going gets tough”!
With all four riders in the top eleven places Bring on the rest of 2011!
Thanks to Tom, Paul, Lee and Benny (the riders). Jonny, Joey, Sam, Clive + Jim Pascoe as the team mechanics and not forgetting Big Dave and Mr Charles for their help as well as Abigail for the teams catering.
Regards, Derrick Edmondson. On behalf of Edmondson Racing and Fasteddyracing.com and their product partners new and old.
After a week of heavy rain, memories of last years event began to return but overnight the skies had cleared and the competitors awoke to a cold, dry morning. The course would be 6 laps, 22 miles in length of sandy, forestry going with 5 special tests spread throughout the day. The 2 new Midwest Husaberg UK team riders of Simon Wakely and Alex Rockwell started the day very cautiously as the special test was very slippery and a fall at this stage would be hard to recover from and set 5th & 10th fastest times respectively.
On the second test both riders had become more confident with there Husaberg machinery and improved immensely resulting in setting 2nd & 3rd fastest test times which moved them up the leader board. Next were 2 tests back to back which would test the riders' fitness. Factory KTM rider David Knight was first away and set a time under 5 minutes, then aboard the Husaberg TE 250, Simon Wakely set a time of 4mins 59secs with Alex Rockwell narrowly missing the 5 minute barrier by only 9 hundredths of a second. Determined to go under the 5 minutes time, Alex Rockwell gave his Husaberg FE390 everything on test number 4 and managed to set an outstanding time of 4mins 58secs which was only half a second slower than David Knights time! These 3 riders were the only people to set times under 5 mins all day.
Simon Wakely again kept up his good speed setting 3rd fastest. The leader board now read Knight 1st, Wakely 2nd, Rockwell 3rd, now came the crucial final lap, 22 miles in 43 minutes, this pushed man & machine to the maximum and only one rider checked in on time and who else but one of the best riders in the world, David Knight. Alex Rockwell along with KTM riders Greg Evans & Paul Edmondson were the next in but they all incurred a 1minute time penalty all eyes were now on Simon Wakely if he made it in on time he would be 2nd overall. Unfortunately due to his lowly start position of 20th meant he would catch slower riders and waste time passing them and after 22 miles of this incurred 2mins time penalties and dropped him down the leader board to 5th overall. This moved Alex up to 2nd overall and 1st in E2 & under 23 classes.
Alex said "Finishing 2nd overall to David Knight is like winning the event. The bike ran perfect all day but I'm still learning how to get the best from it so we are still working on the set up"
Si Wakely said " I'm very pleased with my pace & fitness today but a little disappointed to miss out on 2nd overall but I will now be graded in the top 10 start position so that should help when the check times become tight. The bike and team were awesome and look forward to the next race"
Strong BEC opener for Gas Gas UK
The 2011 Metzeler ACU British Enduro Championship kicked off this weekend with the Muntjac enduro held in Thetford forest, Norfolk and as expected the Gas Gas UK team of Daniel McCanney, Bradley King and Matt Moffat recorded some impressive results. 2011 sees Daniel move up to the championship class for the first time and the Muntjac proved to be a tough first event for the Under 23 class rider. Placing fifth on the opening test of the day Daniel found himself fighting at the sharp end of the pack early on and kept a good pace despite the course becoming extremely rough in areas. With his first four test times getting steadily quicker as the day drew on, Daniel went into the penultimate check, which was particularly tight, with a top five finish in sight. With everyone but world champion David Knight dropping time Daniel dropped five minutes and finished the day in thirteenth place overall. Despite sliding down the overall results table Daniel topped the Under 23 E3 class and finished fourth in the overall Under 23 class. Team mate Bradley King started the day well but after making a few too many small mistakes during the tests, ended the day in eighth position in class and thirtieth overall. New man Matt Moffat comes from a motocross background and had to adapt his riding style as the day went on. Initially setting some fast test times Matt encountered a problem during the third test and struggled to make up the lost time during the rest of the day, eventually finishing ninth in class. Once again the Muntjac lived up to its reputation as being one of the most demanding rounds on the BEC calendar - the team now sets their sights on the second round of the BESC in mid March.
Scottish Riders report from the Muntjac
At the Muntjac this year there was the largest entry of Scottish riders at a British Championship event south of the border for many years. There were too many to mention all of them but it is a great reflection on Scottish Enduros that so many riders have travelled down to see how they compare with the best riders in the country and presently some of the British competitors are the best in the World. All the Scottish riders who made the long trip to Thetford should be congratulated for their efforts.
Ricky Mair was top Scot finishing 4th E1/4 and 12th Overall, Ricky was as spectacular as ever in this event that he really enjoys and he has sharpened his skill winning the Scottish MX2 Motocross Championship in 2010. Once again he was mixing it with the established names in British Enduros.
Neil Chatham finished 3rd E1/2, 5th Under 23 and 17th overall, although it could have been so different if a risky fuel strategy had not paid off. Neil decided to run the two tight laps without refuelling in an attempt to pull himself up the result table as time lost in the tests can be made up if you can minimise the time lost on the last lap. The strategy worked and Neil finished the lap with just a tea cup full of petrol in his tank, it did not matter as he had made it, just!
Fraser Norrie set a great time on his first special test and pushed all day, Frazer rode his Husqvarna with gritty determination and a maturity that belies his 18 years. Supported by his granddad and Graeme Barron he finished 4th E1/2, 8th Under 23 and 25th Overall which is a great performance for his first outing in the Championship class.
Richard Hay returned to the British Championship for the first time since injuring his arm, lesser riders would have ridden in a lower class but he opted for the toughest Championship class and finished in an incredible 27th place overall.
Allyn Scotland finished as top Scot in the Expert class following a mixed bag of luck and there is no bigger critic of Allyn than himself. Allyn was just ten seconds behind his countrymen in the Championship class but he thought he should have done better. On the last lap Allyn came upon an injured rider and stopped to assist, the organisers gave him his lost time back finishing 5th E2 and 8th Expert Overall.
Brothers Drew and James Harvey travelled down with Rab Farrell and they were all looking forward to a tough but enjoyable weekend. Unfortunately Rab's bike packed up within a few yards of the start spoiling his day, but typical Rab, never one to let these thing get him down, threw himself into supporting the Scottish riders in the parc ferme. Drew finished 8th E3 and 37th Overall Expert and James finished 12th in the Veteran class, both of them admitted that it was a really tough event especially the tight final lap.
Hamish Patrick saved his best till last in the Clubman class, after setting reasonable test times he really 'pulled the pin' on the final lap lifting himself up to 2nd E1/2 and 8th Overall Clubman. Reports from other riders suggested that he was picking really smooth lines through the trees in his usual relaxed style finishing top Scot in the Clubman class. Liam Lamb finished 4th E1/2 and 20th overall Clubman, despite riding last year Liam found the last lap really hard work and needed hydrated at the finish followed by a bag of chips to get some colour back into his cheeks. Liam was satisfied with his fourth place in the E1/2 and he is looking forward to competing in more British events this year. Dean Reid was one of the most disappointed riders as he had made it up to 2nd E1/2 and 7th Overall Clubman after the special tests. During the last lap he just hit a brick wall psychologically and found he could not hold onto the bike with fatigue. 'The last lap seemed to go on forever' he commented after he finished in 8th E1/2 and 35th Overall Clubman, although he has vowed to return next year to make amends. Nail Paton was entered last year but broke his arm in the Hare and Hound the week before the event and he was determined to finish this year as he had mechanical problems in 2009 and failed to finish. This year he made it to the finish although well down the order in 59th place.
Saving the best till last once again Murray Thomson posted a cracking performance in the Veteran Class. Sand is not Murray's favourite terrain and the 2010 British Veteran Expert Champion was probably the only person praying for rain on the day, it was not to be and Murray charged around the last lap to finish 2nd Overall Veteran.
The Diss MCC Muntjac Enduro is one of the highlights of the year on the Enduro Calander, really well organised and the track stood up well despite the rain leading up to the event. Thank you to the team that organised the event and well done to all the Scottish riders who travelled down to take part.
Bad luck strikes Race FX Kawasaki Team
The Race FX Kawasaki Enduro Team of Ollie Moyce and Jamie Paget had a frustrating opening round to the British Enduro Championship when both riders failed to finish the event. The Muntjac enduro is well known as one of the most demanding events of the season as Jamie Paget found out when he crashed and broke two fingers. With long stretches of pine woodland there is very little room for error and when Jamie made a small mistake on the going and clipped a tree he was sent flying into anther tree, breaking two fingers in the process. Prior to the accident Jamie was setting consistent test times which would have seen him finish mid pack. Whilst Jamie was being attended to, team mate Ollie was having his own night mare. After starting the day with high hopes and setting a quick pace his suspension developed a mechanical problem causing him to retire from the event. Obviously both disappointed with their results, the team now move on to the next two rounds of the BESC towards the end of March.
Ollie Moyce "Since getting back home we've located the problem with the suspension and I'm confident it won't happen again. Prior to the problem I was going well and was happy with my pace"
Jamie Paget "The Muntjac can catch anyone out; high speeds mixed with plenty of trees can be a disaster and it was my turn this time. My fingers should heal pretty quickly and I'm looking forward to the BESC."
Both riders would like to thank Kawasaki UK, Race FX, Talon, K4 Offroad, Watling Tyres, Acerbis, Akrapovic, ProPrinting.co.uk, MSM Insurance and Body Clinic for all their help.
MPS Racing take two class wins at the Muntjac
The opening round of the 2011 Metzeler ACU British Enduro Championship is one to remember for the MPS Racing Team with two of their riders claiming podium places in the Expert and Clubman classes. Ex motocross rider Jack Rowland is a quick learner and has shown great potential in only a short space of time. After making a few small mistakes at the opening sprint event only a couple of weeks ago Jack was keen to show his speed and after dominating the Expert class from start to finish he claimed the top step of the podium. Jack led the class throughout the event, keeping a good pace and a cool head under pressure.
Sixteen year old Robert Johnson was taken under the MPS awning last year and he is already showing great promise with a convincing win at the Muntjac. Leaving his competition for dead in both his special tests, Robert finished the day over seventeen seconds ahead of second placed man, Declan Halliwell and set a pace which would have seen him beat a number of regular expert riders.
Mean while in the championship class Jason Davies was riding well onboard his TE449 setting test time which would have seen him finish mid pack overall. Unfortunately, with only one lap to go, he experienced a problem with his rear shock which cost him time in the final two tests and he dropped down the results table to thirty-second overall. Youngster Joe Deakin is still feeling the effects of a nasty virus picked up a few weeks ago, and was forced to retire before the final lap.
Although not an official MPS rider, Wyn Hughes dominated the Veteran class from the word go and ended the end at the top of the results table. Both of his two test times were twenty seconds faster than his closest competitor showing that Wyn has lost none of the skill which made him multi times British Champion. Onboard his TE449 the enduro legend was the only veteran to drop three minutes during his tight check with the rest of field dropping four minutes or more.