2011 British Sprint Enduro Championship
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Tom Sagar has clinched the 2011 Husqvarna British Sprint Championship with an overall win on the 9th Round at the Berwyn Leisure Park in North Wales.
Berwyn - which translate into English as "where the hell are we?" - is a beautiful facility in the Snowdonia National Park In June it is popular with walkers and midges. The weather was warm during the day but the temperature dropped as soon as the sun went down.
On Saturday morning the riders started at 9.00am with a sighting lap followed by 8 timed laps. Carl Tiley should have been riding for the TM Electraction team but at 9.00 am he was leaning against a burger van near Corwen with a bacon butty in one hand and a map in the other. Jordan Rose also suffered the curse of the GPS. He was missing the start and his bike was missing at the end. The Post Office also failed to deliver Simon Wakely who couldn't get the day off..
Berwyn nestles in a steeply sloping valley which gave the course builders the opportunity to throw in some challenging climbs and descents. From the start the riders climbed to a fast camber that funneled the field into a steep gully. When the Elites are "legging", it is steep. There was also a man made Extreme section dominated by 12 foot high tyre wall and mattress of thrashings which proved to be a stopper. Despite some lively "whipping in" by closing marshals Ben Watson and Jack Edmondson, the Clubman took a long time to complete the first 2 laps so the organisers decided to filter them around the extreme sections.
Fast Eddy Edmondson Racing's Tom Sagar won all 8 heats in the Elite class but KORRacing's Jonny Walker was the fastest rider on the laps before and after the lunch break. Jonny, Alex Rockwell and Danny McCanney made good time through the Extreme section with some impressive jumps over diagonal logs. On his 2nd timed lap Joe Deakin got his rear wheel jammed in the hole in the middle of a dumper tyre. The rim closed around the wheel like a snap fit and it took some shifting. Greg Evans was the runner up in the Elites and Paul Edmondson was 3rd. Oliver Hart won the Experts from Wyn Hughes and Tyson Maytom Jones. In the Under 19s Jamie McCanney was the fastest, Jack Rowlands was 2nd and Jordan Scott was 3rd. Jonny Walker won the Under 23s. Danny McCanney was the runner up and Alex Rockwell was 3rd. As soon as the two Manx riders crossed the finishing line they shook hands. Lewis Belfield was 4th despite running on Rumanian jetting. Ashley Wood was 5th which completed a good set of results for this year's ISDE Junior team. Paul Davies had already clinched the Clubman class and he had opted to ride on Sunday only so Mark Houson was the best Clubman on the day and Alistair Millar was the runner up. Graham Howes put in a big jump across the ditch near the start on his last lap and landed with a suspected fractured foot.
On Sunday the course was reversed. The riders started their sighting lap 9.00am but several riders had not returned to the finish by the time the closing marshals arrived and the reason soon became clear. Arran Poolman had crashed and sustained a suspected femur fracture. Arran required airlifting by the Welsh Air Ambulance service who were promptly on the scene. All the best Arran for a quick recovery. The race restarted at 11.00am but I was on my way home after being sworn at by an abusive marshal. For me it was a disappointing end to a good series.
Tom Sagar again won the Elites but a crash at the start of the final heat slowed him down and Danny McCanney was the quickest rider overall. Alex Rockwell was 3rd and Danny's brother Jamie was 4th. Paul Edmondson had a great day, finishing runner up in the Elites. Results - Photos
Another Championship for the Team
The final two rounds of the ACU-Husqvarna British Sprint Enduro Championship ran over the weekend at Berwyn Leisure Park, North Wales.
Fast Eddy Edmondson racing rider Tom Sagar went into the event with just one win needed to secure the championship. A fantastic ride on Saturday saw him obliterate the opposition, winning by a clear 1 minute 42 seconds, and rightly claiming the Champions crown some 15 points clear of his nearest rival by the end of the weekend.
With the title already secured Sagar rode equally as hard on Sunday, proving the point that he is untouchable at this type of event, especially on terrain which is fast and technical at the same time, consistently setting the fastest Elite class times on every test except the last one.
Going into the final test of the day on Sunday with a comfortable margin of 1 minute 40 seconds Sagar crashed on the first corner, landing heavily and injuring his right leg, but he re-mounted and finished the test to take his second overall win of the weekend. The crash and slight loss of time saw Sagar lose the title of the fastest rider overall by just 2.99 seconds.
Team principal Paul Edmondson also had an excellent weekend claiming third position on Saturday and improving on Sunday to give the team a 1-2 finish as he took second place in the Elite class. A super fast run on his final test jumped Fast Eddy to second place, topping off two excellent days of racing and giving the team their second 1-2 championship in two weeks. Fast Eddy’s second place gave him fifth overall in the championship standings.
Lee Edmondson also flew the team flag as he claimed eighth place in the Elite class on both days which saw him finish in 10th position in the championship overall.
Ben Burrell, the teams Under 19 rider, was absent from the final two rounds of the series but still claimed second overall in the U19 championship standings, missing the top spot by a single point. Burrell’s performances throughout the year have been outstanding and there is no doubt he would have taken the title had he been present.
Guesting for the team was motocrosser Nathan Watson who made quite an impression in his first sprint enduro. He placed a respectable sixth on Saturday and improved to fifth on Sunday.
The huge course at this excellent venue contained an extreme section which tested many riders to their limit, but not the FEER team who attacked hard throughout the weekend. The teams success could not have been achieved without a tremendous effort from the mechanics Jonny, Joey and Sam who worked continuously over the two days of the event ensuring the team riders were always on top of their game. Regards, Derrick Edmondson. On behalf of Edmondson Racing and fasteddyracing.com and their product partners new and old. Tom Sagar
Another solid weekend for the KORR team at the final round of the Sprint Enduro championship, 2 days of great weather and probably the best circuit of the series, a track combining every type of natural off-road obstacle that you can find on a Welsh Hill farm plus some added man made Extreme sections and a MX circuit.
Day 1 and fresh from his success in Erzberg the week before Jonny Walker showed he is really coming to form, he blitzed the under 23 class with a win of more than 90 seconds and he also finished 2nd overall amongst the Elite riders and won 3 tests outright !!!.
Our Elite class riders could not match the pace of young Jonny but still put in solid results, Greg finished 2nd in the Elite class behind local favourite Tom Sagar and Daryl Bolter finished 4th aboard his 250 XCF. The second day Greg dropped to 3rd in class and Daryl who had been in 3rd position for most of the day until a mistake, dropped him to 4th again.
Jonny on the second day was leading again but now his fellow competitors where much closer after gaining familiarity with the circuit, on the 3rd lap whilst pushing hard he made a small crash over some logs, the bike landed on him and pinned him down with the motor still revving and the rear tyre spinning, cutting through his shirt and a layer of skin, even his helmet had rubber tyre marks on it !!. he needed assistance to remove the bike from him and amazingly he remounted his very twisted KTM, which now had a broken throttle and the front fender hanging off to complete the lap and only loose 1 minute, but with such close racing on day 2 he could not make further progress than 4th position despite once again setting fastest times near the end of the day.
Team Manager Julian Stevens “ another good weekends racing without any issues except for the odd crash, once again thanks to all, helpers and sponsors, Jonny continues to impress each week with his results and desire to win, we now change our focus to the British Enduro Championship which starts this weekend, all of our riders are in strong championship positions and have shown great speed at the Knighton Enduro before so I am optimistic that they will do well ”.
Danny McCanney has won the 2011 British Sprint Enduro Under 23 Championship. And he celebrated in fine style by not only winning his class on the final day, but the event outright!
McCanney only needed a handful of points from the weekend's racing at Berwyn Leisure Park in North Wales to secure the Under 23 title and this he did with a cautious second in class (fourth overall) on the first of this two day event. Freed from the pressure of tying up the championship, McCanney then rode free and fast to simply dominate the last day of the series.
Danny McCanney: “I am so very very pleased. Coming into the weekend I knew I had to tie up the Under 23s and I rode day one with that in mind. So on day two I was able to ride exactly as I wanted. In fact I crashed quite a few times because of that but obviously I was still fast enough. To take the overall, to be the absolute fastest on the day is a special feeling – and is the icing on the championship cake!”
Steve Plain, Gas Gas team manager : “We're just delighted. We did the job we set out to do, to win the Under 23 championship. And then Danny showed exactly what his full potential is, winning the second day outright. And he did this on a course that was probably one of the most technical we've seen all year, with ditches, bogs and a tough extreme section – it was real enduro terrain, not a flat field motocross. No question, Danny's on top form. "I'm also delighted we maintained a 100% reliability record with the Gas Gas CC300 throughout this championship. Again, Danny was able to show this weekend how this bike can combine serious speed with pin-point agility and manageability through the trickiest of enduro going. We race these championships to prove our product and when we can prove it like this we can't help but be so delighted. Viva Gas Gas!"
The MPS Racing Husqvarna team were out in force for the final two rounds of the Husqvarna - ACU British Sprint Enduro Championship last weekend.
The venue at the beautiful Berwyn Leisure Park in North Wales provided a host of different challenges, both natural and man-made which tested both rider and machine to the maximum.
The penultimate BSEC round ran on Saturday where Under 19 MPS Racing rider Jack Rowland topped the class for most of the day until he made a small error on the final run which landed him with second place on his TE250. Sunday saw a great fight-back by Jack until disaster struck on his fifth run of six. In his all-out effort to regain the lead he misjudged a turn and careered off into thick woodland, so thick that it took Jack and a marshal over 10 minutes to get the bike back onto the course. A DNF was posted for Jack and his chances were severely dented although he was the highest MPS Under 19 finisher in the overall championship table with a very creditable 6th position.
Fellow MPS Under 19 rider Rob Johnson maintained his good form and finished in 7th position on Saturday, slipping slightly to 8th on Sunday to post a championship finish in 13th position. Rob’s determination following a handful of minor offs shows he has the potential to really make an impact next season. Third and final Under 19 rider Joe Deakin also claimed a top ten spot on saturday, 9th in class, but then staged an amazing recovery on Sunday to spend much of the day challenging in the top three places. A slightly slower final run saw Joe finish in fourth place, less than 30 seconds behind the third place contender.
MPS Racing’s Elite rider Jordan Rose had three excellent runs on Saturday, tackling the extreme sections and the open going with ease until a small mechanical fault put him out of contention for the rest of the weekend. Jordan’s move from MX to Enduro has held a steep learning curve, one which he has embraced and adapted to very easily. The 2011 BSEC has provided the team with more ups than downs and this young team has gained invaluable experience at the highest level in the UK against the best riders around.
The team continues it’s assault on the British Enduro Championship on July 9-10th at Knighton
Neil Chatham takes ACU British Enduro Sprint Under 23 E1 Championship
Neil Chatham persevered through the ACU British Enduro Sprint on his Drysdale Motorcycles KTM 125 and finally came out on top in the E1 Under 23 class. Consistency ruled as he finished every special test of every round in the Championship with no major incidents with the bike or rider.
The final round in Wales proved an enjoyable weekend with glorious weather and a great track providing the perfect mixture of technical sections, a motocross track and enduro terrain. A second and third place in the E1 under 23 class was enough to clinch the overall for the year and sixth place overall in the under 23 category.
The long drives were worth the effort in what has proved an excellent format to bring on the British Enduro talent. Each round has surpassed the last with the final round proving to be one of the best.
I'm really excited to have won my first ever British title, Ashley rode so well all season and he was unlucky to have problems in the final round, but my consistent finishes were enough to secure the top spot. I really would like to thank all my supporters, my bike, suspension and the whole set up was great. I'd also like to thank my Dad, family & friends for all their support.
I enjoyed my first full Enduro Sprint series, Jonty and the team are a great bunch and did a really good job running the events, everything appeared to go flawlessly and I enjoyed being a part of it.
Neil is supported by; KTM, Drysdale Motorcycles, Fox, Metzeler, Shell Lubricants, Hardcore Racing and Jewelultra Diamondbrite.
The 4th meeting of the 2011 British Sprint Enduro Championship took place this weekend near the picturesque Northampton village of Adstone. - the home of the Endurofest. The riders made the most of a warm Friday afternoon to walk the lap which proved to be a lot technically challenging than previous rounds. From the start the course followed the edge of a couple of fields and weaved through a couple of copses before snaking it's way in and out of a disused railway cutting. There was no train to take the strain so it would turn into armpump. A stream crossing would check out the electrics but the real sting in the tale was a series of extreme sections made of logs, rocks and tyres laid out alongside the paddock..
Overnight cloud blew in on strong winds and brought a few showers but Saturday morning was dry. The riders started their sighting lap at 9.00am. The spectators gathered along the extreme section beside the pits. A reluctant spectator was David Knight who is recovering well from the first of the 2 hip operations he is undergoing. Tom Sagar led from the start for the Fast eddy Edmondson Racing team from KORRacing's Greg Evans. Midwest Husaberg UKs Simon Wakely was 3rd. Danny McCanney in 4th led the Under 23s on a Steve Plain Gas Gas. Nathan Watson in 8th was the best Under 19s. Jamie Lewis put his hands up to missing a loop and took a 30 second penalty. Jamie then missed his slot and took another 30 seconds. He was not the only one. Daryl Bolter and Mark Roberts also had problems working out where the big hand was pointing. Joe Deakin had an electrical fault which was later traced to a hairline crack in a fuse. Kate Bullock injured her wrist and went to A&E to get it checked. X-rays revealed a radius fracture. All the best Kate for a speedy recovery..
By the time the riders took their midday break the sun was trying hard to break through the cloud but the wind was still cold. Gavin Houson's Husaberg develop a vibration and he lost his gear selector. Simon Bastow had planned to ride on Sunday but seeing Gavin's problem he loaned him his KTM. Gordon Clarke lost his clutch. He didn't have a spare set of plates so he improvised by fitting a stiffer set of Gas Gas springs. Tom Sagar won 7 out of 8 tests to take the Premier from Greg Evans. Simon Wakely held on to 3rd despite buckling his front disc. Paul Edmondson was 4th and Daryl Bolter was 5th. Oliver Hart was the Best Expert and Wyn Hughes was the runner up. Nathan Watson won the Under 19s from Ben Burrell and Steve Holcombe. The Under 23s went to Danny McCanney, Alex Rockwell and Jonny Walker. With the very experience Ashley Wood in 6th it was a good result for this year's ISDE junior team. The Clubman class struggled over the last extreme obstacles and reminded the spectators that Sprint racing is hard. Stephen Grimshaw was winner. Dan Allred was the runner up and Alistair Millar was 3rd. On his last lap Manchester Extreme's Stuart Owen fell awkwardly on the rocks and he took 3 minutes to get going. Results
Sunday The weather was overcast but dry. The wind continued to blow. The course was reversed and the water crossings were cut out. Jordan Scott clipped a tyre on the inside of a corner and aggravated an ankle injury he had picked up at Harwood. Several riders were competing with injuries they picked up at Harwood. The most common was a split knuckle on the little finger of the right hand that could all be traced to the same branch. Aaron Smith aggravated a knee injury. Rob Johnson's Husqvarna 250 was blowing oil through the breather so Mick Seward pulled the bike out. Lee Edmondson swapped to a 4 stroke. Lewis Belfield lost his front end on the embankment and filled his exhaust with sand. On the plus side it was a useful start to a patio project. Derrick Edmondson - who knows all about sand - was on hand with a sand extracting stick. Mark Roberts lost time with a misfire on the penultimate race of the morning session. Graham Howes sheered his gear selector. Darren Jones had a Do-Da-Dab in the rocks and dislocated 2 fingers. The pain should not last long as it will soon be superceded by ear ache when he gets home.
At the midday break Tom Sagar once again led by 3 wins to 1 from Greg Evans. The gritty soil was playing havoc with Greg's rear brake. The KORR pits was less like F1 and more like Desert Island Discs. In the Under 23s the young men from Man continued their battle. Alex Rockwell and Danny McCanney were 3rd and 4th overall. Daryl Bolter was 5th. Daryl was doing well considering he was commuting to and from Salisbury to Northampton everyday. Racing resumed at 1.15pm. Danny McCanney set the fastest lap of the day but he was runner up to Alex Rockwell in the Under 23s. Greg Evans pulled out a spectacular final lap to take the overall by 1 second from Tom Sagar. Alex Rockwell and Danny McCanney were 3rd and 4th overall. Danny's last lap was 15 seconds slower than the fast lap he posted in the morning. Simon Wakely did well to finish 5th with sore ribs. Ben Burrell finished 6th overall to take the Under 19s. Daryl Bolter had a disastrous last lap. He dropped the bike twice and picked up 15 seconds he could have done without. He still finished 7th. Wyn Hughes' pace is deceptive. He looks slower than many of the other top Experts but he doesn't waste any time in the air or on the ground. He won the day from Oliver Hart with Steve Hunt in 3rd. Mark Houson was the best Clubman after a very close battle with Daniel Alldred. Paul Davies was 3rd. Congratulations to 15 year olds Joe Wootton and Brad Freeman who both finished in the top 40.
Fast Eddy Edmondson Racing
A hard fought battle on day 2 was to see our No 1 rider Tom Sagar leave the Adstone venue with a 1-2 result, only missing out on the double win by a single second! Riding the 450 he used for the previous weeks Double BEC win, Tom showed that he is hunting down the two BEC titles up for grabs in the absence of Big Man “Knighter”. Great to see Knighter here this weekend and his speed on crutches matches his enthusiasm for the sport he misses so much!
After incident, the day two loss of victory was a bitter pill to swallow after a weekends hard effort, but never the less a great result to lead the “Elite” class to the next and last round on Tom’s almost “Home Ground” territory in a months time.
Glory boy of this weekends event has to be Aussie import Ben Burrell claiming the teams first British Championship Title in the under 19 class with two rounds left to go! Soon to see his up and coming 18th birthday in a few weeks, Ben rode with his usual determination to gain a 2 – 1 result, but a day two win by over thirty seconds is the real proof of his increase in speed! A real effort by deep down determination and willingness to ride faster than he has ever done before and leave the race as the top E1 250 four stroke rider on the day.
A “BIG” congratulation from the entire team, sponsor’s and members on your title and we wish you a great trip home back to Australia to enjoy your 18th birthday.
Very well done from us all.
Further improvement for our normal 2T 150 XC Rider Lee Edmondson who for Day 2 chose to try the E1 4T 250 XC-F bike against the more powerful bikes of his Elite class rivals. Day one 10th position was vastly improved upon with a day two 8th right behind team Principal “FASTEDDY” himself aboard the new linkage 2012 250 XC two stroke.
Paul’s day two was not quite up to his usual pace as he slipped from creditable 4th on day one to 7th on day two. Well impressed with the power and handling of the new two stroke 2012 Linkage XC mount, his many years of dominance is being crept up on by the emerging young and ultra fast talent that this years UK events are producing. A presence that the team is well aware of and one that the proposed 2012 FASTEDDY Youth Academy will ensure the UK produces more of the same.
A current recipient of the above support is young Brad Freeman who made Adstone his first “Adult” debut (if you could ever call a mere teenager so). We did warn the older generation of his potential when he made the switch from big wheel 85 to full size 125 in an earlier newsletter and we were not wrong! His lack of weight did not help his cause with standard suspension, but an already on the cards spring re-vamp will help him overcome this debut hitch. When a rider can better his opening time by up to a minute over the course of the weekend, then the experience and backing of the FASTEDDY Academy is doing its job well.
Thanks to Tom, Paul, Lee and Benny (the riders). Sam, Rudy and Ryan Austin as the team mechanics and not forgetting the other supporters for their help as well as Abigail for the teams catering. A special one too for to “Uncle Lester” of Lazydays in Shropshire, for their help in loaning the team the fabulous “Paddock” motorhome to house some of the up to 10 strong team personnel during the weekend. Cheers for your support fella……….. Regards, Derrick Edmondson.
KORRacing Photos KORR
The Sprint Championship made its first visit to Enduroland in the county of Northants, a really great circuit with good variety. The conditions where dry and windy and in complete contrast to the Wet forest Enduro from the week before.
Daryl Bolter 250 XCF Elite Class – Daryl's results did not reflect his performance on the days of the event, he should have gained a 3rd position each day in the Elite class, the first day he did not hear the reminder over the PA system calling riders to the holding area and was penalised 30 seconds for arriving late, on day 2 when in a strong 3rd position he had issues with the rear brake which caused him to make mistakes and loose valuable seconds. Of course Daryl was bitterly disappointed with the result, but he should take consolation in the fact that his speed was very good.
Greg Evans KTM 350 XCF Elite Class – Greg had an off day and just couldn't quite manage the speed of 450 KTM mounted Tom Sagar and finished in 2nd place. Sunday was a different story though and he came out fighting, after a double DNF at the previous round due to injury, Greg needed a win to keep any championship hopes alive. Greg never one to COMPLAIN just got his head down and pushed Tom very hard in each test and as as the day wore on Greg hunted down Tom and eventually took a popular win by just one second after putting in a series of very consistent tests.
Jonny Walker KTM 300 EXC Under 23 Class – KTM and Symprove powered Walker had another good outing, the Under 23 class is probably the most competitive at the moment and these younger riders are challenging the Elite in the overall classification, so Jonny's challenge is a tough one, but the former Trials rider improves each week and he is learning well to race all conditions. On day one he held a good 2nd position until the final test when he fell and lost that position to finish 3rd by a few hundredths of a second. On day 2 and with the reversed course he struggled to match the speed of his rivals and finished 4th, Jonny's answer to that was to go home and race a Bank holiday MX and smoke all the local experts on his KTM 250 SX at Whitters Park, Nr Bassenthwaite in Cumbria.
Julian Stevens Team Manager “Another all round good weekend for the team, there is great depth of talent about at the moment and its so difficult to win, but we are always knocking on the door - all the guys are giving 100% and whatever the event or the conditions I am pleased to say we are always in the hunt. I was really disappointed for Daryl as he did not get the result he deserved, he was riding very well and I was particularly impressed with his technique in the extreme sections, riding very smooth and precisely. Greg was below par on Saturday and didn't look comfortable on the 350F after the previous weeks outing on a 250 2 stroke it just took him time to get his confidence back on the 4 stroke. Day 2 however he was on fire again and so was his brakes !! he never gave up the fight despite cooking his back brake on every test and we recorded temperatures of over 70 degrees more than the any of the other team bikes, we worked hard in the pits to find a solution to keep the temperatures down in the brake and once we did Greg started to put in the fastest Elite times. Jonny after his superb result of the last BEC was full of confidence and determined to battle with Danny McCanney, on Saturday the pair battled closely and only a mistake on the final test cost him 2nd, for Sunday his rivals improved and Jonny just did not have the confidence of day 1 and slipped down the order. Leo and myself prepped the bikes under the awning after the sprint as the machines would leave directly for the second round of the European championships in Romania this coming weekend, so good luck to Jonny and Greg and thanks to Leo for driving the bikes out there and turning the spanners.
More Podium Finishes for Midwest Husaberg Riders
Situated near Silverstone motor racing circuit in Northampton the Adstone course for rounds 7 & 8 of the BESC would consist of a "man made" extreme section which included rocks, logs, tyres and water sections then fast flowing grassy fields dropping into a dis-used railway cutting followed by a small wooded area back out onto a planted field and over some more extreme obstacles onto the finish. Saturday morning and the weather was dry but very windy and Elite class, rider Si Wakely on his Midwest Husaberg UK TE 250 was a little cautious after a heavy crash last weekend but started well setting 4th fastest time in his class and continued to set consistant lap times without making mistakes and with the help of some pain killers finished on the podium in 3rd after a close battle with Daryl Bolter. Fellow team member Alex Rockwell struggled to turn on the slick grassy fields on his first test but after some suspension adjustments and replacing a soft front mousse improved on his test times and began to challenge Danny McCanney and Jonny Walker, but the gap made on the first lap was too much to reduce so Alex finished a well deserved 2nd in the Under 23 class.
Day 2 was again cold,dry but very windy and the course run in reverse direction with the water sections removed. Si Wakely's battle resumed with Daryl Bolter and they fought closely all day and the final test was going to decide the final podium place. Wakely was away before Bolter and set a good lap time of 8:05:94 but Daryl had made a couple of mistakes on his final lap and completed his final lap in 8:18:97 which was enough to give Si another podium in 3rd place and pleased with his double podium finish. Riding the Husaberg FE 390, Alex Rockwell now confident with the bike was fast from the start and matched fellow Manx rider Danny McCanney's times. The two rivals fought for supremecy through out the day pushing themselves to the limit and even matched some of the top Elite riders in there speed but a mistake from McCanney on his final lap allowed Alex the win on the day.
GasGas Danny McCanney takes 1-2
Danny McCanney mixed the good with the bad, but still came out on top at the weekend's seventh and eighth rounds of the 2011 British Sprint Enduro Championship at Manor Farm in Northants.
The young Manxman was again racing his Gas Gas CC300 with great verve, and on the Saturday he cleaned up the Under 23 class by more than a minute. In fact such was his speed he placed second overall for the whole event, pipped only by British Enduro Champion Tom Sagar. McCanney went better still on the Sunday, recording the fastest lap of the day and was within a whisker of an overall victory when he crashed on the last corner of the last test - sacrificing his overall (he placed fourth) and his perfect score in the Under 23s - giving the day win to rival (and fellow Manxman) Alex Rockwell.
McCanney now leads the Under 23 championship by 28 points with just two rounds remaining.
Danny McCanney: "A great event for us, although I could have done without that last corner crash - which was in fact one of many I had. I guess I was trying maybe a little too hard. My Gas Gas is going great, though, this weekend's event was another fast track that took some aggressive riding - there was grass paddock, a valley, woods, even an extreme section, all in an eight-minute loop - and the Gasser just tore it up. Big thanks to Steve, there, as ever, for his immaculate preparation of the bike and brilliant support during the event.
"So I'm nearly there in this championship, I just need to pick up 23 points over the last two rounds and that would be the title done. You never count your chickens in this game, but the Gasser's been perfect with seven wins from eight - the missing win being my fault - so it's just down to me bringing it home now."
Steve Plain, Gas Gas team manager : "Danny was on fire again this weekend. He could have done well to cool it a little bit, played it safer, and he'd still have had top results, but he's young and he's got a point to prove - we can all appreciate where he's coming from. Besides he makes it an exciting day!
"So I'm very happy. The bike's running great and Danny is so comfortable with it anything's possible - as he's showing every weekend."
The team's next event is this weekend (June 4-5) at the second round of the European Enduro Championship in Romania. McCanney sensationally won the first round (in Poland) outright. More of the same this weekend?
Team Gas Gas UK's sponsors are: S3, Renthal, Talon, Michelin, Putoline and trialendurodirect.com
Neil Chatham British Enduro Sprint
Neil Chatham had a mammoth trip to this weekends Enduro Sprint as problems with the van saw a 7 hour journey turn into a 13 and 1/2 hour slog to the 8th and 9th round of the British Enduro Sprint Series.
The event as a whole is growing at every round and this event was no different. The course was slightly shorter and the extreme section viewing area had taken my hours of hard graft to give the spectators the best possible show of Britain's top Enduro competitors doing what they do best.
Neil Chatham loved the extreme section and cleared all the obstacles with relish although the fast sections were difficult as the larger capacity machines had the advantage. On Saturday Neil finished 2nd E1 under 23 and on Sunday he was the quickest E1 under 23 taking the class win, finishing 8th overall under 23 for both days.
Neil said afterwards 'the Sprint series is going from strength to strength and it is great to be a part of it as the sport develops, Jonty and his team are making improvements at each round and the extreme section right beside the paddock was an inspiration although the faster sections out of view were making me work really hard on my KTM 125'.
Neil is supported by sponsors Drysdale Motorcycles, KTM UK, Fox, Metzeler, Hardcore Racing, Jewelultra Diamondbrite and Shell Lubricants.
The 2011 Husqvarna ACU British Sprint Enduro Championship reached the mid point at Rogers Hill Raceway, Nr Bere Regis this weekend. A couple of heavy showers on Friday night did little to dampen down the chalky soil or the sense of anticipation.
The event started at 9.00am with a sighting lap. The riders rode the Rogershill MX track before diving into a small copse with a big drop at it's centre. They then crossed the valley for a fast run along the top of the parking field, under the road, over the small bridge and across the rape seed fields to the second copse with another big drop. The homeward leg was a minefield of logs and tyres. Aaron Poolman's KTM 450 was misfiring so Aaron borrowed his brother Ryan's Kawasaki for his sighting lap while Giz Edmunds traced the fault to dirt in the pump.
There were 8 timed laps on Saturday. The riders started the day with 2 seeding laps. For David Knight this event could have lost it's importance due to the hip injury he is carrying. He will be undergoing surgery in the next fortnight & he will miss the rest of the season but David is a born champion and he rode like one - winning the first heat by 16 seconds from Greg Evans. Local hero Simon Wakely on the Midwest Husaberg TE250 was 3rd. Jamie McCanney was the quickest of the Under 19s on his first timed run for Steve Plain Gas Gas UK ahead of TM's Jordan Scott and Jack Rowland's on the MPS Husqvarna. Jamie's older brother Danny McCanney led the Under 23s from Jonny Walker (KORR Racing) and Alex Rockwell (FE390 Midwest Husaberg). Expert Tyson Maytom Jones used the awesome power of the Husaberg FX450 around the fast, flowing circuit to his advantage. Oliver Hart was the runner up and Steve Hunt was 3rd. Many of the riders complained of arm pump as the constant acceleration and deceleration demanded a firm grip on the bars.
On his second run Greg Evans crashed within sight of the finish line. He was not badly hurt but David Knight passed him which did hurt. Midwest Husaberg's Simon Wakely moved up into 2nd and Tom Sagar on the Fast Eddy Edmondson Racing KTM was 3rd. Team mate Ben Burrell moved up into 3rd in the Under 19s despite losing his gear lever half way around the lap. Derrick Edmondson gave some thought to not replacing it and saving the weight. Greg Evans crashed again on his 4th lap and this time he was not so lucky. ISDE physio Jack Johns checked out Greg's knee and they both agreed that Greg should retire particularly as he will be traveling to Poland on Tuesday to defend his European Championship. REME rider Craig Altass "cased" his KTM on the whoops and dislocated his thumbs. Fellow REME rider Gareth Davies popped the top of a fork. Fortunately he could scavenge a good pair off Craig's bike. Daryl Bolter also crashed close to the finish and his bike rode over him. He was left with injured ribs and a tyre track shaped bruise up his back. Danny Hall's Honda was running rough after a re-build so Midwest stepped in and lent him a spare Husaberg. Stan Watts was fortunate to live locally - when he blew his clutch he had time to get home and pick up a spare bike. Darren Jones rode over his son Ross. It's a family thing. On his 7th run Matt Rigdway clouted his chain guide and knotted his chain around the sprocket. Jesse Say was leading the Clubman but his tyre came off on his 6th lap and he dropped 5 minutes. On the last couple of laps the tiredness of the riders really began to show as all over the track puffs of dust signalled another rider lay down his bike.
David Knight took the overall win ahead of Tom Sagar. Danny McCanney was 3rd and won the Under 23s. Simon Wakely was 4th and Alex Rockwell was 5th to head a good result sheet for the Midwest Husaberg team. Midwest's Tyson Maytom Jones won the experts from D3 Racing's Oliver Hart & REME rider Steve Hunt. The Under 19s were Jamie McCanney (GasGasUK), Ben Burrell (Fast Eddy Edmondson Racing) and Jordan Scott (TM). The Under 23s were Danny McCanney (GasGasUK), Alex Rockwell (Midwest Husaberg) and Jonny Walker (KORRacing). Paul Davies was the Best Clubman. Sam Gardener - on his home track - was the runner up and Darren Osbourne was 3rd. It was a long day and most of the riders had an early night while the Rogershill Raceway team watered the track in the dark.
On Sunday the course was reversed but the warm sunny weather was much the same and so were the results. the riders were given 7 laps. David Knight once again took the overall. Tom Sagar was the runner up and Daryl Bolter overcame his discomfort to finish 3rd. Paul Edmondson was 4th and Simon Wakely did well to finish 5th after a bad crash in the tunnel on his 4th lap that split his helmet. Oliver Hart was the best Expert ahead of Tyson Maytom Jones. Tyson lost time on the 5th lap with a clutch problem. Steve Hunt was 3rd. Jamie McCanney won the Under 19s ahead of Ben Burrell and Jordan Scott. Danny McCanney was the best Under 23. Ben Burrell was 3rd and Jordan Scott was 3rd. Veteran Mark Houson rode for one day and he led from the start. Jesse Say had a better day and Paul Davies was third. Scott Altass proved that he was up for anything his brother could do. He also cased his KTM and took a trip to A&E for a check up. On his final lap of the day Ollie Moyce snapped his gear lever but he still put in a good time. Tom Sagar set the best time for loading a bike with the KTM in the van 30 seconds after Tom crossed the finish line on his last lap. Tom was in a hurry to get on the road to Scotland for another six days of riding in the SSDT.
The British Enduro Sprint Championship team put together another great weekend of racing and consolidated the series as an essential component of the Enduro machine.
David Knight – Elite: ‘Everything went really well. I don’t get to ride hard-pack conditions very often, not in the UK anyway, so it was completely different to what I’ve been riding recently. I had a new bike for this event, a little different to what I’ve been riding, and it worked perfectly right from the off. I felt really comfortable on the bike, not pushing too hard, and was pulling good time on the other riders all weekend. I didn’t have any falls or problems all weekend. The test got faster and faster all weekend. As it turned out the test got really good, especially once a line cleared. It was the same on day two – once the line started to appear it was good and you could push hard. It’s great to see Manx riders doing well in all the classes. Eight 10-minute test on day one and seven on day two has been tough but it’s been a great work out.’
Jamie McCanney – Under 19: ‘Both days went really well. I got the Under 19 class win on both days, which was great. I made a few mistakes, but I’m sure all riders did the same. I wanted to improve on my performances from the last event and I think I did that. The track was good, with a bit of everything in it, but I didn’t have any problems with the technical stuff really. It’s been a great weekend, I’m really happy with the way it went.’
Danny McCanney – Under 23: ‘It’s pretty much been a perfect weekend for me. I won all my tests on the first day and everything went well. I thought the track was really good on both days. It did get really rough towards the end of the second day, but it was the same for everyone. On one of the tests on Saturday I clipped something and bent my gear selector under the clutch cover, which slowed me down a bit, but apart from that both days were really good, I’m very pleased with everything.’
Tom Sagar – Elite: ‘I didn’t think things were going to suit me but I’ve really enjoyed myself. The course was a good mix of all sorts, and although it didn’t really suit me it’s gone well. Although I’m carrying a few injuries, and would like to have been a little fitter, I’m happy with my results. I was expecting David to win, but like I said I’m pleased with my performances. I got some good championship points and am looking forward to the next round now.’
Daryl Bolter – Elite: ‘The first day was ok, but not great. The ground was so hard that it took a while for us to find the right set-up. I suffered with really bad arm pump during the first two laps, which made holding on towards the end of the laps incredibly difficult. Then on the third lap I had a big crash and managed to ride over myself. I hit a wall then and wasn’t quite able to get things going like I know I can. The second day was better, much better. We made a few changes to the bike and I was able to get into my rhythm. I ended up third, and right behind second, so I was really pleased with that.’
Aaron Poolman – Elite: ‘It’s been a really good weekend for me. I felt like things flowed a little better on the second day, and I got my best result then with a sixth in the Elite class, which I’m really pleased with. Conditions were pretty much perfect on the first day after the rain we had on Friday night. I felt that the extreme sections were just about right – not too easy, but not too hard. The first day was going ok but I had a few small problems towards the end of the day, like bending my gear lever. But day two was great, I put in good times all day and I’m really pleased to have finished sixth.’
Paul Edmondson – Elite: ‘It’s been a really good couple of days. I’d have liked my results to have been a little better but I think I showed a lot more promise on the second day, so hopefully at the next rounds I can get up there with the top three guys. It’s so competitive but if I’m honest it’s the young lads that are really shining at the moment. I’ve enjoyed the mix of motocross tracks and extreme sections. I was a little unsure when I walked the test before the first day but it’s been great. It’s been hard work but I’ve really enjoyed it.’
Ben Burrell – Under 19: ‘My weekend’s been absolutely terrible really. The event was great, the track was awesome, but I just kept crashing. The first day wasn’t so bad and after a poor opening test I kept plugging away and managed to get myself back in contention a little bit and finished second in the Under 19 class. But I spent the whole of day two on the ground. I’ll get myself ready for the next event and although Jamie McCanney’s riding unbelievably well, and will be hard to beat, I’ll give things my best shot. I think I can run with him, hopefully we’ll have some good battles.’
Jordan Scott – Under 19: ‘Day one went ok but I was sitting third all day and just couldn’t get the speed to run with the top two, I was about five seconds off every lap. Things were really rough at the start of the second day but towards the end, as everyone was getting a bit tired, I was getting faster, so I was happy enough. I got third again and really enjoyed the weekend.’
Jack Rowland – Under 19: ‘I had a good weekend with fourth in the Under 19 class on both days. I made too many mistakes on the first day and fell off on lots of slow corners so I really pushed hard at the start of the second day. I was riding really well and was second after four laps, which I was really pleased with. But then I got stuck on the tyres on the extreme section and lost 30 seconds, so I was gutted about that. Then I ran off the track on the next lap and lost even more time, so I ended up fourth and a bit frustrated. I was happy with my speed, I just need to work on getting everything else sorted now.’
Alex Rockwell – Under 23: ‘I’ve really enjoyed the weekend. My opening test on both days was pretty poor but I managed to up my pace and was pretty happy with things towards the end of both days. I feel like I’m getting back to where I should be but I just had no answer for McCanney. I had a few stupid crashes and made a few silly little mistakes but apart from that it was all good. We made some improvements with the bike, which I was happy with. No, it’s been a great weekend.’
Jonny Walker – Under 23: ‘I felt like I was riding well this weekend, and I enjoyed it. I wasn’t quite fast enough to keep with McCanney and Rockwell. I had two crashes on each day, which cost me a little bit of time, but it wasn’t too bad. I enjoyed the track and I’m looking forward to the next event now.’
Ashley Wood – Under 23: ‘It’s been a good weekend. Having a little rain before the first day helped but even though conditions were dry and dusty the track was still good. I had a good weekend but the three riders in front of me were really fast. Danny McCanney’s stepped things up again. I made one mistake on the second day, but I also enjoyed the second day a little better. When I crashed I damaged my clutch a bit and it started slipping, but other than that everything went well.’
KTM Release - Knight claims second consecutive double BSEC Elite class win KTM star tops rounds five and six but is now set to undergoing scheduled hip surgery KTM Enduro Factory Team rider David Knight has signed off from the ’11 British Sprint Enduro Championship with yet another double Elite class victory, this time dominating proceedings at the fifth and sixth rounds of the series staged at the Rogers Hill Raceway facility in Dorset. Knowing that the event would be his last for some time due to having to undergo hip surgery Knight ensured it was a memorable final outing by winning all of the event’s special tests. Ending round five with a three--minute winning advantage Knight never looked like doing anything but win as he hustled his factory KTM around the dry and dusty course. 16 seconds ahead at the end of the first test Knight extending his lead test--on--test throughout the day to place ahead of Tom Sagar and Si Wakely. A reversed course did little to slow Knight who finished 17 seconds ahead of his nearest rival at the end of the first test at round six. Going on to claim test win after test win David ended the day close to two minutes ahead of Sagar with Daryl Bolter a further nine seconds behind.
David Knight: ‘Everything went really well. I don’t get to ride hard--pack conditions very often, not in the UK anyway, so it was completely different to what I’ve been riding recently. I had a new bike for this event, a little different to what I’ve been riding, and it worked perfectly right from the off. I felt really comfortable on the bike, not pushing too hard, and was pulling good time on the other riders all weekend. I didn’t have any falls or problems all weekend. The test got faster and faster all weekend. As it turned out the test got really good, especially once a line cleared. It was the same on day two – once the line started to appear it was good and you could push hard. It’s great to see Manx riders doing well in all the classes. Eight 10--minute test on day one and seven on day two has been tough but it’s been a great work out. I’m having the first of my hip operations next Saturday, which means an end to my season for a good few months. Obviously, I’d much rather be racing but I have to get it done. It’s going to be a bit frustrating but it’ll also give me a little time to recharge my batteries. I know my bike’s working really well now so when I’m back I know I have a bike I can win on, and I’ll be in better shape too.’
Ollie Moyce “I always enjoy coming to ride at Rogers Hill Raceway and this weekend has been no exception. On Saturday the bike was great but I started to suffer from arm pump towards the afternoon and couldn’t push as hard as I’d have liked. Sunday was much better and I really gelled with the track. My KX felt super smooth and was strong in all the right places. I’m pleased with the weekend and can’t wait to get back on the bike – roll on the next round!”
Julian Stevens Team Manager “After strong performances here last year we were optimistic about strong results this weekend, with Greg making a mistake and not finishing both days that has made it difficult for him to challenge for the championship, now that David Knight will miss the next 2 rounds as he is needing an operation the championship is open, I was hoping that either Greg or Daryl could take up the fight. Daryl struggled with arm pump on Saturday and could not push at the speed he wanted but he did a great job on Sunday to take a very strong 3rd position. Jonny again continues to impress with his efforts and ability to quickly learn, the results of the front running Under 23 riders show there is great talent coming through and that the established Elite riders should be concerned, very concerned !!”.
Riders at the British Enduro Sprint
The Scottish 'three amigos', Neil Chatham, Fraser Norrie and Allyn Scotland made the eight hour journey down to the British Enduro Sprint at Rogers Hill Raceway in Devon (add on another three hours for Frazer). The weather was glorious apart from a tropical thunder storm on Friday night although this would keep the dust down for the first half of Saturday.
The venue was a spectacular hard pack motocross track with tight turns and double jumps mixed with enduro, trial and extreme sections. Jonty Edmunds and his team designed the track to have the perfect balance to give motocross, enduro and trials riders every opportunity to show off their skills. The top riders would be the guy's with enough speed in the motocross section and the skill and the finesse on the extreme sections. There were tree trunks, tractor tyres, tunnels, jumps and concrete to negotiate around plus some really fast links between the different areas.
Drysdale Motorcycle's Neil Chatham was the quickest of the three and battled all day to 7th in the under 23 class. This class has become one of the most competitive with Danney McCanney and Alex Rocky Rockwell finishing with times that saw them finish second and third overall behind David Knight. A crash later in the day detuned Neil for the last two test's, it was noted that he was speaking with a slightly higher pitched voice for the remainder of the day. The mixture of the fast motocross track with big jumps suited Neil and he has been practising more extreme riding with Allyn which is now paying dividends for both of them. On day two he raised his game and finished a credible 5th Under 23 and second in the E1 class after running trouble free.
Allyn Scotland on his Jim Allan Suzuki finished with his best results at a British Championship. Allyn was as spectacular as ever and managed to hold it together for the two days and was spotted talking some clever lines through some of the difficult sections. 6th Expert on day one and a superb 4th on day two despite having to change his exhaust after smashing it on one of the many tree trunks around the circuit. Allyn is wishing he had not missed the first two rounds as he is really enjoying the Enduro Sprint format.
Frazer Norrie on his Dennis Irvine Husquarna finished 10th under 19 and 6th E1 on Saturday, his bike was going really well and Frazer was pushing all the way. On Sunday he moved up two places as with most riders he preferred the flow of the track in the opposite direction on Sunday. 8th under 19 and 6th E1 was his reward for a gutsy ride over the weekend and all the lads are looking forward to the next two rounds at the end of May.
Knight wins BSEC Rounds 3&4
The road to the 2nd 2011 British Sprint Enduro Championship meeting traveled along the picturesque, narrow lanes north of Monmouth to emerge on a crest of a ridge near Welsh Newton that gifted the riders and spectators with an unforgettable view of the beautiful Wye Valley.
Gates were open at 12 noon on Friday and the borders of the pit lane instantly bloomed with brightly coloured gazebos and banners. Midwest Husaberg Uk, Freestyle and MPS Racing were early bloomers, closely followed by D3 Racing, Race-FX Kawasaki TM Electraction, KORRacing, Fast Eddy Edmondson Racing and GasGas UK.
The event was run in association with the Mercian Dirt Riders club and it used most of their Llangrove Hare & Hounds course. The timing was was in the safe hands of Richard and Andrea Snowden. In the afternoon the serious competitors walked the 5 mile lap. Their opinion could be summed up in 3 words. "Fast, very fast". In the evening the air temperature dropped and by 7.00pm the inhabitants of the temporary village on the hill had retired to the warmth of their mobile homes to ponder the day to come as a huge moon rose the Forest of Dean.
Saturday morning dawned with a pink sunrise lighting up a crisp cloudless sky. There was a light frost on the ground and in the valley an early morning mist lingered over the river. It was a long way from Florida for David Knight and Danny McCanney who flew in on Tuesday. David and Danny had been testing fuels in the US Plans for the new diesel KTM are still on the drawing board.
By 9.00am the warmth of the sun began to make itself felt and the riders were released from the starting pen at 15 second intervals for a sighting lap. Marc Jenkins saw more of the course than most when he had to go around again on foot to collect a lost seat.
The racing began at 9.45am with the Under 19s, then the Under 23s, Experts, Championship and Clubmen. The riders were seeded and they were given 7 timed laps with a break for lunch after the 4th lap. The course consisted mostly of grassy fields with a woodland section and 4 rocky gullies where the going got slower and the clock ticked faster.
David Knight led from the start on his KTM 530. KORRacing's Greg Evans was 2nd & Midwest Husaberg UK's Simon Wakely was 3rd. Daryl Bolter was 4th and Tom Sagar was 4th. Josh Green was making his UK debut at Monmouth for the Electraction TM team and he did not disappoint them, He is still recovering from the shoulder injury that stopped him from competing in the Muntjac nevertheless he managed to finish 6th. Mark Roberts lost time on his first lap with an electric problem but a new plug got him going again. Gavin Houson crashed in a rocky section only yards from the spot he broke his hip 18 months ago. Although the crash was very similar, Gavin has improved on his landing technique and he got away lightly with few bruises and a pair of bent bars. Gavin retired but he summoned up some Northern grit and straighten his bars to finish Day 2.
Ben Burrell - supported by Fast Eddy Edmondson Racing - crashed on every lap in the morning but he made up the lost time and won the Under 19s from Jamie McCanney. Jamie also lost time on a steep bank out of one of the wet gullies. Steve Holcombe was 3rd. GasGasUk's Danny McCanney (left) was the best Under 23s & the times he set would have placed him 3rd overall. Josh Green was the runner up and Jonny Walker was 3rd. Alex Rockwell wedged his bike on a tree trunk and dropped a minute on his first test but still he finished 4th. Scott Altass went freestyle when he picked up a kicker on his 6th lap and he retired with an injured hip.
The Experts developed into a titanic battle between Midwest's Tyson Maytom Jones and veteran Wyn Hughes on the Freestyle Husqvarna. Tyson had to pushed Wyn hard to "take the wyn". Paul "Elvis" Davies was the best Clubman. Andrew Millar was the runner up & Jamie Jenkins was 3rd. Darren Do-Da Jones hit a tree with enough force to split his helmet. From a trials background Katy Bullock didn't like the the pace of the fast open going and she only rode the first day.
On Saturday evening a cold breeze blew in from the West. The course would be reverse on the second day so the top riders walked the lap illuminated by the full moon. The weather forecast predicted rain in the morning and at 6.00am it arrived but it didn't stay long. By the start time at 9.00am the sky was clear.
On Sunday the course was reversed but not the riders fortunes. David Knight led from the start once again and he took the overall win. Greg Evans was the runner up. Tom Sagar prefers tougher going but he set 6 consistently quick times to take 3rd. Double European 125 champion Daryl Bolter made the most of the extra capacity to take 4th on his KORRacing KTM 250. Simon Wakely crashed on his 3rd lap and he dropped down to 5th. Paul Edmondson forfeited some time on his 4th lap when he stopped to assist Aaron Poolman who had crashed. Aaron was running in 15th overall when he retired.
With 4 out of the top ten riders being under 23 it is a very competitive class. Danny McCanney was the Best under 23 and 3rd overall. Josh Green was the U23 runner up and Alex Rockwell was 3rd. Jamie McCanney finished 11th overall to win the best under 19. Ben Burrell finished 12th to take the U19 runner up. Ashley Wood crashed out on his 2nd run. Ashley was going well in the top 20 but both he and the KTM were too bruised to continue. Gordon Clarke also retired. His TM had an electrical fault.
Wyn Hughes and Tyson Maytom Jones continued their rivalry right down to the wire with a finish that could not have been closer. After over an hour and a quarter of racing Tyson crossed the line less than half a second ahead of Wyn. Tyson could have built up a safer margin but he was one of several riders who found the trickiest part of the course was last hundred yards where the tight corners intended to slow the riders down before the finishing line proved to be a bit too tight D3 Racing's Oliver Hart was 3rd. Stuart Owen of Manchester Extreme arrived in the cab of a vehicle recovery truck but his Yamaha 125 proved to be more reliable than his Renault Turbo and finished 13th & 9th in the Under 19s. Paul Davies won the Clubman class. Steve Biddle was the runner up and Ian Smart was 3rd.
After the event Knighter collected maximum points and a couple of beef burgers. David now leads the Sprint Championship with 77 points from Greg Evans on 64. Tom Sagar is 3rd - only one point behind. Daryl Bolter is 4th ahead of Simon Wakely and Paul Edmondson. Wyn Hughes maintained his position at the top of the Experts leader board with 71pts ahead of Tyson Maytom Jones on 68pts. Oliver Hart is 3rd. With 3 1st & a 2nd Ben Burrell leads the under 19s with 77 pts from Jamie McCanney. Danny McCanney leads the Under 23s from Alex Rockwell and Lewis Belfield.
Jonty Edmunds and BSEC team were lucky with the weather but experience proves that a good team makes it's own luck. The venue was spectacular, the facilities were excellent and the organisation was spot on.
The next round will be on the 30th April at Rogershill Raceway, Dorset.
David Knight KTM Elite "It was good, fast in places, a bit like the TT at times but I enjoyed it. There was some tight stuff and some fast stuff. I think we have a good setup that seems to work everywhere. The weather has been good. It has been a good shake down for me going into the World series.
Greg Evans KORRacing Elite: "Excellent. The venue is perfect. Awesome course. Nice and fast. A bit different to what we normally ride. I hung out with Knighter for a while but then I had a couple of crashes and dropped back. Some people don't like the fast stuff but I love it".
Simon Wakely Midwest Husaberg UK Elite. "Third, yes, good result, I'm happy with that. I was quite surprised when I saw the time of my first test because I didn't think I was going that quickly and I kept it going. Towards the end of the day I got a bit nervous, trying not to crash. It was getting very bumpy but I seemed to find the right lines".
Ben Burrell, Fast Eddy Edmondson Racing KTM, Under 19: “I crashed in the first three laps on day one, which obviously wasn’t the best start to the event. But I managed to work my way up to first, so that was good. I was a little slow to get going on the first lap on the second day, and then I crashed on the second lap. I managed to get going ok after that but I had a little issue with the bike on the last lap but all in all I got second so it wasn’t too bad. The track was good fun. The high-speed sections were really quick but the wood and river sections were great, nice and technical. I’m all ready for my first EWC race in a couple of weeks now, where I’ll ride a 125. I’m really looking forward to it.”
Danny McCanney, Gas Gas UK, Under 23: “It’s been a really good weekend for me. It’s a bit of a shame I wasn’t able to win my class on all laps as I only missed out on winning one, but I’m pleased with everything. The course was really good and suited me well and I only made one mistake on the second day, so that was good. I didn’t have any major problems on either day, so it was a good weekend for me.”
Jamie McCanney, KTM, Under 19: “Sprint enduro racing is still fairly new to me so every time I go out I learn something new. But I had a really good weekend. The first day was going really well until I made a stupid mistake and lost half a minute or so in one test. I got stuck on a riverbank and had to have a second go at it, which lost me the time. I managed to get second place with a good last test, so I was happy with that. I tried to learn from my mistakes on day one and made sure I was more consistent, which worked out well. I managed to win the Under 19 class, so I’m really pleased with that.”
Josh Green, Electraction TM, Under 23: “I was a little nervous before the start if I’m honest because this was my first race here on the UK mainland. I’ve not been on a bike for five weeks because of my shoulder problem but everything went well. My body’s a bit sore now but I really enjoyed the weekend, it was a great event. I got caught up with few riders on the opening laps and made a few mistakes but after that I got going and ended up second in class, which was good. Day two went well. I only crashed once but I was feeling tired because of not riding much lately. I got second again and without my mistake wouldn’t have been too far off the class winner so I’m happy enough. It’s been a great work out ahead of the first world championship race and I’m really pleased to finally be racing in the UK.”
Daryl Bolter, KORRacing, Elite: “The biggest thing for me is that I rode like I know I can this weekend. The first two rounds of the series weren’t good for me, I just didn’t ride like I can, so to get back on the pace here was great. It was just one of those off weekends. But I felt much better here and it showed in my riding. It definitely helped being on a bigger bike here but I rode well, which I’m happy with. I didn’t crash all weekend and although I made a few small errors all laps went well. Overall it’s been a very good weekend for me. I’m glad to be back on form.”
Alex Rockwell, Midwest Husaberg UK, Under 23: “It’s been a bit of a mixed weekend for me. I hit a tree on the first lap on day one and got it wedged between my front wheel and the engine. I was there for over a minute. I had to spend the rest of the day playing catch-up after that. The second day started really well and I managed to get some good times in but a few mistakes towards the end of the day cost me. Fair play to Danny and Josh as they were both really on it, but it was a good day and I really enjoyed it. The track was fast but I enjoyed it, it was certainly different.”
Ollie Moyce Race-FX Kawasaki Elite "This weekend has taught me a lot. Although some riders didn't like the fast going I really enjoyed it and considering my KX is based on a motocross machine it performed really well. In the slower sections of the track I was making up the time I had lost but a small crash on both days meant I was fighting an uphill battle. In the end I decided to use the time to record some practice times and try a few different settings which I'm sure will pay dividends in the rest of the season."
Ashley Wood ETJames Elite "This was one of those tests were if it went wrong, it went wrong big time - and it did! I high sided off my bike and it took me a while to gather by bearings but the KTM was too badly damaged for me to continue. Although the test was fast I was quite enjoying it and the opening day saw me place sixth in class which I was happy with. I suppose it's just one of those things and I'll put it behind me now."
Matt Moffat "I had a good weekend all in all. When I saw the test was really fast I wasn't sure how I'd get on but all in all it's been good. This year is all about learning the ropes for me and I'll come away from Monmouth having learnt a lot. Being able to hold a constant pace over the two days is something I've been working on and I'm glad to see it's paying off."
Bradley King "This weekend was really fast going which didn't suit my riding style quite as much as other rounds but nevertheless it was a good event and I've come away with some valuable settings for the bike"
Lewis Belfield "It was very fast and very competitive in the Under 23 class. I tried to keep consistent and finished 7th on both days to maintain 3rd place overall"
Fast and furious racing at BSEC Rnds 3&4
In complete contrast to the wet and washed out opening rounds of the ’11 Husqvarna ACU British Sprint Enduro Championship rounds three and four of the GMC Events organised series saw perfect track and weather conditions ensure enjoyable and close competition in all classes. With a fast and flowing cross-country style course bathed in sunshine throughout the two days of racing David Knight dominated the Elite class while top honours in the Under 19 class were shared by Australian Ben Burrell and Manx youngster Jamie McCanney. Danny McCanney, Jamie’s older brother, enjoyed a double Under 23 class win while Tyson Maytom-Jones hit double top in the Expert class…
Close to two minutes ahead of his closest competitor in the Elite class at the end of the third round of the ’11 BSEC series David Knight showed the kind of form he’s hoping will carry him to Enduro 3 World Championship glory this season. Muscling his factory KTM around the picturesque Llangrove circuit, Knight again topped the result sheets on day two finishing one-minute clear of Greg Evans while extending his lead at the top of the championship. With Evans riding to two deserved runner-up results third went to Si Wakely at round three, followed by Daryl Bolter, Tom Sagar and Paul Edmondson. At round four it was Sagar who behind Knight and Evans rounded out the top three followed by Bolter, Wakely and Edmondson.
With hard fought racing in all classes Aussie rider Ben Burrell came out on top in the Under 19 class at round three, finishing ahead of Jamie McCanney. With McCanney making a costly mistake on lap four, which cost him the win, Burrell finished just under 20 seconds clear at the top of the class. Third went to Steve Holcombe with Jack Rowland, Jordan Scott and Joe Jones rounding out the top six. Round four saw Jamie McCanney claim the win, placing just five seconds ahead of Burrell. Irishman Jordan Scott improved his round three result to claim third overall and best 125cc rider ahead of Jack Rowland, Steve Holcombe and Joe Jones.
One of the strongest and most consistent performers at rounds three and four of the Husqvarna ACU British Sprint Enduro Championship was Danny McCanney. Winning the highly competitive Under 23 class on both days, Danny was the second overall fastest rider to David Knight on four laps at round three. Eventually placing over one-and-a-half minutes ahead of his nearest rival, at round four he again topped the result sheets to complete a near faultless weekend of racing. Australian Josh Green made a solid UK debut finishing second to Danny on both days as he returns to form following a shoulder injury. Jonny Walker, Alex Rockwell, Matt Moffat and Ashley Wood rounded out the overall Under 23 class top six at round three while Rockwell, Walker, Moffat and New Zealander Jason Davis were the top six finishers at round four.
Battle for the top spot in the Expert class focused around two riders – Tyson Maytom-Jones and Wyn Hughes. Failing to perform at his best at the opening rounds of the series Maytom-Jones claimed a double class win with a convincing victory at round three but then having to fight all the way to the very last special test of round four to claim the narrowest of winning margins. Wyn Hughes was the rider pushing Maytom-Jones the hardest with the pair followed home by Steve Hunt, Derek Brawn and Oliver Hart at round three and Hart, Hunt, Brawn and Richard Ely at round four.
Paul Davies claimed a convincing Clubman class win at round three, finishing ahead of Alastair Millar, Jamie Jenkins and Daniel Alldred. Repeating his victory at round four Davies was followed home by Steve Biddle, Ian Smart and Alastair Millar.
The 2011 Husqvarna ACU British Sprint Enduro Championship returns to action over the weekend of April 30/May 1 with rounds five and six taking place at Rogers Hill raceway in Dorset.
Jonty Edmunds – BSEC Events Director: ‘After the horrible weather conditions at the second round of the championship it was great that we were finally able to enjoy two days of fantastic racing. The great course at Llangrove added to the dry weather ensured perfect track conditions, which lead to some amazing racing in all classes. Moving from a forest course to a farmland cross-country track ensured things were very different to the first two rounds, allowing a few new names to appear further up the results. Also, running a round of the BSEC in a not before visited part of the country worked out extremely well.”
John Collins – ACU Trials & Enduro Chairman: ‘It’s been another fantastic event with the great weather ensuring an enjoyable two days for all concerned. Just as at the opening rounds of the series it was once again clear that we have some fantastic emerging talent in a number of the BSEC classes and with the international enduro series’ soon starting the event was unquestionably the best training possible.”
Knight wins British Sprint Enduro Championship, Rnds
KTM Enduro Factory Team rider David Knight returned to his winning ways this past weekend topping the Elite class at rounds three and four of the '11 British Sprint Enduro Championship. Winner of the opening round of the series before finishing as runner-up at the shortened round two, Knight was in a class of his own at the Llangrove event near Monmouth. With weather conditions dry and sunny on both days the fast and flowing course suited the Manxman perfectly as the reigning Enduro 3 world champion topped round three by close to two minutes. Day two saw another dominant performance from Knight, winning comfortably ahead of Welshman Greg Evans.
With a little over one week spent training in Florida and then two days of testing in Italy before the BSEC event Knight was well prepared for the two days of racing, and it showed. Competing on a 'final specification' version of his factory KTM Knight recorded the fastest overall time on each of seven timed laps. Getting faster as the special test got rougher, Knight ended the day having completed close to one-and-a-half hours of racing.
Day two saw the course reversed, which provided more exciting racing. Seven seconds faster than his closest challenger on the first timed run, David steadily extended his advantage at the top of the Elite class posting his fastest time of the day on the penultimate lap and winning by more than one-minute.
David's next event will be the opening round of the '11 Enduro World Championship in Spain, April 2/3.
David Knight: 'It's been a good and fast weekend, and a great final shake down ahead of the first Enduro World Championship race. The track was good, pretty fast in most places but it got rough towards the end of the first day, which I really liked. It was hard to make time but it was easy to lose time with just one small mistake. I didn't take any risks on the first day until the track was bedded in and then I was able to push harder and I got a good win. The second day all went well and with the track in the reversed direction there were more lines. All of my times were consistent and I had six good laps. We made some changes to the bike before the race, which is now the final specification for world championship, and we didn't change it once. I feel really confident on the bike now."
Saint's Well in February is not a restful retreat for the frail in search of spiritual healing. It is a remote place where the unwary who foolishly stray from the narrow path will be cast down into deep waters and an ideal venue for a challenging first round of the 2011 Husqvarna British Sprint Championship.
2010 Champion David Knight was ready to defend his title but a crash in the first heat meant he would have to work hard for maximum points.
The top teams and riders arrived on Thursday and they spent Friday walking the lap and preparing their machines. The weather was warm and dry but a bank of misty rain blew in from the west around tea time and persisted into the night.
Saturday morning. Some large clouds hung around the hilltops but they were eager to be on their way and soon revealed a bright blue sky. The start was also bright - with the team gazebos and sponsors flags - there was an atmosphere of carnival and expectation. The Edmondson Racing Fun Mover linked with the MPS Husqvarna laviothan and the Husqvarna Freestyle truck to form the buttresses of temporary walled city on the hill next to the start. Inside the ramparts the Midwest Husaberg pits were bulging with a line-up of 7 riders: Simon Wakely, Alex Rockwell, Jon Hinam, Tyson Mayton Jones, Richard Ely, Aaron Smith and James Jackman. KTM UK were showcasing their 2011 range and Steve Plain was prepping his GasGasUK machines for Daniel McCanney, Mathew Moffat and Bradley King. A new addition this season were the black and green tents of the new Race-FX Kawasaki team of Ollie Moyce and Jamie Paget in their new starry jymjams. At the other end of the car park the KORR Racing team had set up their principality on another knoll and the two camps prepared for battle.
The sense of anticipation was cranked up by a new innovation of coralling each class in the barn before releasing the riders onto the course at 30 second intervals. The competitors were flagged away from 9.00am for their sighting lap. Clerk of the Course Jonty Edmonds had compressed a lot into a small area in 2010 but this year he had a much larger canvas to work with and he could employ a much richer palette. The pictorial analogy is an apt one as much of the drama could be viewed by the spectators as it unfolded all over the hillside across the valley Two reluctant spectators were Kalerm Hicks and Rhienallt Davies. Kalem has re-broken the foot he broke before Christmas and Rhienallt has undergone surgery on his crucial ligaments.
From the line the competitors dropped down to cross a stream by way of a iron bridge before climbing to the tree line on the opposite side of the valley. A steep rutted track took them kicking and bucking up to a left hander onto a forestry road. Here the big bikes could really open up for a flat out mile before turning right onto another climb through the forest to a section of boggy moorland where the lighter bikes had the advantage. Chief marshal Phil Hodges has anticipated that this would cause problems and he was on hand all day to open up new lines. Aaron Smith had a bad start when he snapped his chain on the sighting lap. It was an frustrating day for Aaron as he would later loose his chain guide and flatten his exhaust. Jason Davis also flattened the pipe on his new Husky 449 and MPS team had to dispatch a runner to Shrewsbury for a replacement. Team mate Joe Deakin on the TE250 had been battling with a severe case of the flu during the week prior to the event and although he set a fast opening lap time he struggled with stamina during his second outing and the decision was made to retire him from the event. Jack Rowland, in his first season of Enduro rode well on board his TE250 setting a series of fast laps but a couple of mistakes and a crash on one lap which bent the gear lever leaving him in 4th for over half the lap cost him time overall, meaning he ended the first day seventh in class.
The Route 55 KTM team of Lewis Belfield and had mixed results. Both riders where looking forward to the first championship meeting of the year and keen to see if their winter training had been enough to return them the results they where hoping for. Saturday started well for both riders, Lewis Belfield was very pleased with 4th overall in the Under 23s. Mark Roberts had varying results from 27th on one test to 11th, ending the day with 12th overall in the premier Elite class.
Neil Chatham made his Drysdale Motorcycles KTM debut at the ACU British Enduro Sprint at the weekend. Neil has been out of action since breaking his wrist in Slovakia back in June last year riding for the UEM Promotional Enduro Team. Neil was out to get two days competition under his belt before the Muntjac Enduro in two weeks. The first test started with a blistering time on his run beating many of the established names although his lack of competition saw him slip down the order as the day progressed.
One of the most interesting aspects of sprint racing is the constant activity in the pits as the riders and their crews modify their machines to extract every ounce of performance. Simon Wakely found the Husaberg 250 was a bit too sharp in the slippery conditions so he fitted a softer pipe. Under every canvas awning forks were bled and jets were changed. Most of the riders modified the bikes on the going. Dan Beavan for example disguarded his bulky front mudguard at one point.
From the first heat, the excitement and the competition was intensive as Tom Sagar on the FastEddy/Edmondson Racing KTM 450 set the fastest opening lap time after David Knight crashed. David bounced back on his KTM Factory 535 with his 2 fastest laps to take the lead in the 3rd heat. KORR KTM UK's Greg Evans in 3rd was the model of consistency on his new 350 XCF. Over the 12 minutes lap his first 4 times were within 4 seconds of each other. Simon Wakely in 4th has got to grips with his new Husaberg 250. Welsh MXer Jamie Lewis set a fast first heat time before settling back in 4th. Fellow MXer Tom Church was also trying something different on the CCM 450. 45 year old Wyn Hughes once again proved that he has all the experience - without loosing the will - to win by setting the fastest time in every heat of the Expert. A lot of riders paced themselves, setting an early quick time to see what they were capable before settling back into their less riskier natural rhythm. All the action was relayed to the crowd by Julie Evans on the PA with Richard and Andrea Snowden posting the times. Edward Jones and Wyn Hope swept up the course after each heat.
At the end of the first day David Knight was the winner from Tom Sagar, Greg Evans was 3rd ahead of Simon Wakely, Paul Edmondson (right), Daryl Bolter, Jamie Lewis, Gavin Houson, Tom Church and Ollie Moyce.
Wyn Hughes won the Experts ahead of David Lloyd Jones. Matthew Lund was 3rd, Tyson Maytom-Jones 4th, Richard Ely 5th, Oliver Hart 6th, James Burroughs 7th, Tudor Davies 8th, Neil Hawker 9th and Sam Toy 10th. Ross Jones retired on the fourth heat.
17 year old Australian Ben Burrell (left) had traveled to the UK to compete in the Eddy's Xtreme after reading about the event in Enduro News and Eddy (above) had been so impressed by the young rider's ability at Tong that he had persuaded him to stay on a little longer. It proved to be a wise decision as Ben won the Under 19 class with a clean sweep of best times. Joe Jones was the runner up and Steve Holcombe was 3rd ahead of Jordan Scott, Jamie McCanney, Tom Healey, Stuart Owen and Scott Altass, .
In the Under 23s, Danny McCanney won from Alex Rockwell but it was a close thing between the 2 young Manxmen. Alex was struggling with a knee injury he picked up a couple of weeks ago or it would have been closer. Stuart Edmonds was 3rd. Lewis Belfeild 4th and Ashley Wood was 5th
On Saturday evening the forecast rain arrived and the wet parts of the course got wetter. On Sunday the second round of the British Enduro Sprint Championship became less about sprinting and more about enduring as the wet weather persisted. The first heat was a repeat of day one with a win for Tom Sagar. David Knight came back with a win in the second heat. The 3rd heat went to Tom but it was the last. Due to the bad weather the event was stopped and Tom took the win ahead of David Knight. The KORR dou Greg Evans and Daryl Bolter were 3rd and 4th, Jamie Lewis in 5th would have made his father Wayne proud. Wayne Lewis would have loved the tough conditions, Simon Wakely on the Midwest Husaberg was 6th, Paul Edmondson was 7th, Gavin Houson 8th, Jon Hinam 9th and Lee Edmondson was 10th - ensuring a good haul of points for the Fast Eddy/Edmondson Racing team with all three riders in the top 10.
As well as the Elites there was also a reversal of fortunes in the Expert class as David Lloyd Jones took the win and Wyn Hughes was the runner up. Tyson Mayton Jones was 3rd and James Burroughs was 4th. With James and Wyn in the top 4 it was a good weekend for the Freestyle Husqvarna team. Tudur Davies was 5th, Oliver Hart 6th, Richard Ely 7th, Freddie Broadway 8th, Ireland's Robert Lynn 9th and Neil Hawker 10th.
MPS Racing's Jason Davies had a much better second day; Jason posted a series of fast times despite the terrain deteriorating as each lap went by and eventually finished the day sixth in class and 2nd placed E2 rider. Team mate Jack as he once again impressed by setting a quick pace as the day wore on but with only three tests to show his speed he finished tenth in class.
Ben Burrell once again dominated the Under 19s with a winning margin of over a minute from Joe Jones. Jamie McCanney was 3rd, Steve Holcombe 4th, Jordan Scott 5th, Frazer Norrie 6th, Joe Wootton 7th, Stuart Owen 8th, James Dent 9th and Jack Rowland 10th.
Danny McCanney was the best Under 23 from Stuart Edmonds Ashley Wood, Alex Rockwell, Brad King, Jason Davis, Ben Wootton, Lewis Belfield, Craig Reynolds and Matt Moffat. Jamie Paget was disqualified for exceeding the speed limit in a blue taped area.
Paul Davies won the Clubman class on a Wayne Mounter KTM 250. Simon Mackune was 2nd ahead of Peter Hayward, Darren Jones, Mike Alty and special congratulations to Darren Morgan for keeping his Husky 480 out of the mud.
MPS rider Rob Johnson rode a steady race throughout the opening day to place tenth overall and continued to show his consistency during day two by finishing eleventh in class.
The Route 55 KTM team both suffered problems on one of the three tests due to the deteroirating conditions. With the day cut short neither rider had the chance to improve. Lewis Belfield finished 8th and Mark Roberts finished 12th again. Both riders now look forward to the British Enduro Championship on the 27th Feb.
The only female ride to attend the BSEC was MPSRacing's Katy Bullock. Never one to blow her own trumpet, Katy brought her WR125 home to finish the first day when a number of other more experienced riders retired - this girl doesn't know the meaning of the word quit!
After the event the riders said:
David Knight,- KTM, Elite class: ‘The first test on day one was going well until I got cross rutted and had a bit of a crash. I got back into the swing of things quickly enough and put in some good times on the next few laps. I was just trying to work out what was working best on the bike because it’s the first time I’ve raced the new 530. As the day went on the track got a little rougher, which suited me better. During the last few tests I knew I didn’t need to take any chances and just settled into a good pace and managed to put in some really good times. The rain on the second day changed things a lot. I was trying to get out of the ruts in a lot of places but I’m not sure it was the best thing to do. I tried a few different things on the bike and although I lost some time on the first test I managed to pull most of it back again on the second. I felt good at the start of the third lap but I got water into the bike some how and it started to misfire a bit. It’s a little disappointing not to have won the second day but it’s been good to ride in conditions that we don’t get any more. I love riding real enduro tests no matter what the weather is. I’ve really enjoyed it. The season’s underway now so I’m looking forward to the first round of the British Enduro Championship now.’ Audio
Tom Sagar, FastEddy/Edmondson Racing KTM, Elite class: ‘The first day went really well, especially the first test. If I’m honest I surprised myself a little bit. Winning the first test really gave me a boost of confidence. I tried to stay with David for the rest of the day but he’s so good in real enduro test conditions that I couldn’t quite keep with him. I managed to keep a good distance ahead of the third placed rider so I was really happy. Day two started well again but then David came back strong. I just tried to ride as well as I could and I think he had a few small problems, which was enough to allow me to get the win. It was a tough day but a good one for me.’
Si Wakely - Midwest Husaberg, Elite class: ‘It’s been an awesome weekend for me really. For me the best thing has been getting back into competition. It was certainly a proper enduro test, and it’s been a while since a lot of riders have seen one of those, but it was good. I was a bit nervous in the first test on day one but I felt like I was riding better and better as the day progressed. It was a similar thing on day two, as I felt better and better as the day progressed. My bike and the team were great. It was a shame it was so wet on day two, but it was a great weekend and I’m really happy to be back racing.’
Wyn Hughes - Freesyle Husqvarna, Elite class: ‘It’s been an absolutely awesome weekend and I’ve really enjoyed the event. The first day went really well with winning the Expert class, which I was really pleased with. It was a tough day but an enjoyable one. I managed to get my bike stuck in a rut early on day two, which cost me about a minute and a half. I had to get off and pull both wheels out before I could carry on. I think with one or two laps I could have worked my way back into the lead but obviously with the weather the event was stopped early. Stopping early was the right thing to do. It was a great event.’
Danny McCanney - GasGasUK , Gas Gas, Under 23: ‘The first day started off steady enough but went well for me. My lap times progressed throughout the day and I worked out a good bike set-up, which also helped me. I ended up taking the overall U23 class win, which was great. It was a tough day but I really enjoyed it. I was steady away again on the second day but had to catch up with Stuart Edmonds as I got stuck on the penultimate test. I went for it on the last test and managed to put in a good time again so I was really pleased with that. The second day was certainly tough but it was the same for everyone and I enjoyed it. I couldn’t have asked for a better start to the season.’
Matt Moffat - GasGasUK "This enduro lark is still pretty new to me but I've had a real blast to be fair. The first day was a bit of a learning curve but really enjoyable and the second day was hard work. My CC300 has been awesome - a 1,2,3 in the E3 class is exactly what the team needed!"
Bradley King - GasGasUK "I think I'm one of the only riders to want to keep riding during day two, it was really muddy out there but I was having an awesome time - shame they cut it short. The 300 gasser was the perfect tool for the job and I'm stoked with fifth on day two, I can't wait for the British Championship to start now!"
Ben Burrell - FastEddyEdmondson Racing KTM(Australia), Under 19, : ‘Things went really well this weekend. I have to say a huge thanks to Derek and Paul Edmondson who have looked after me while I’ve been here in the UK. I crashed a lot on the first day, basically just trying too hard and making some mistake. But I still managed to get some good times and a good result. I didn’t crash at all during the second day. Last year in Australia we had a lot of wet weather so I’ve raced in wet conditions a fair bit. It was tough but you just had to get on with it. Knighter and Sagar showed just how fast you can go, which was a bit faster than me, but I really enjoyed it. Thanks to everyone who has helped me out while I’ve been over here, I can’t wait to come back.’
Stuart Edmonds - TM, Under 23 class: ‘The first day was good. The track was rough, but noting like it was on day two. I caught a few riders during the first two laps but after the start order was revised I put in some good laps and ended up third. The second day was tougher but I seemed to ride it better. I got my first two laps down really well but on the third I made a mistake and fell and then made a few silly mistakes during the last 45 seconds of the lap. It’s been a learning experience for me but I’ve enjoyed it. I got some great time on a bike and it’s certainly been great training. I might well do a few more sprint enduro if I can fit them into my motocross schedule.’
Ollie Moyce - Race-FX "The whole weekend has been really hard to be honest. The course was difficult and fairly long compared to when we raced at the same venue last year but it's been good practice for the up and coming European championship. Considering this type of Welsh woodland terrain is best suited to two-strokes I'm really pleased with how my KX250F went; it was nimble through the trees and had plenty of power on the fast open parts. All in all it's been a tough weekend but I'm really looking forward to the Muntjac at the end of the month"
Jamie Paget - Race-FX "There's not much I can say really - yesterday was OK but I was hoping to improve on my result during the second day. I'm not happy about being disqualified but it's just one of those things - what has happened has happened and I'm focusing on the Muntjac now."
Joe Deakin - MPS Racing "I haven't been well all week and although my first lap was pretty good I dropped the bike on the second test and really struggled to pick it back up - I just didn't have any strength. I'm putting this weekend behind me and focussing on the Muntjac in a couple of weeks"
Jason Davis - MPS Racing "Obviously I'm gutted that I had to retire from the first day but these things happen and the bike was running really well up until that point. I'm happy with my second day's performance as my times were actually towards the top of the pack and I felt really good."
Neil Chatham - Drysdale Motorcycles KTM 'This was just
what I needed, a tough test of my fitness before the Muntjac. I am really
feeling it with such a long time out of action. I have been training and
riding as much as possible but there is nothing like a proper competition.
I had a couple of big crashes that cost me but I will be more controlled
at the Muntjac. I have had the KTM 125 since October and I am really
getting to know it now and I can't wait to ride it at the Muntjac. I cant
thank Thomas and Alan at Drysdales enough for their support and helping
get the bike ready'
makes solid start to ’11 BSEC series
KTM Enduro Factory Team rider David Knight has made an impressive start to the defence of his British Sprint Enduro Championship title, placing as the Elite class winner at round one of the ’11 championship before claiming the runner--up spot at round two. Using the event to compete aboard his 530 EXC machine for the first time this year, Knight ended the first day’s competition one--and--a--half minutes ahead of his nearest rival Tom Sagar but on day two his bike took in some water, which caused a slight misfire, resulting in the reigning Enduro 3 World Champion picking up the runner--up spot.
Falling on the opening test of round one Knight was quickly back in his stride and topped each of the remaining five special tests. Getting faster as the test became rougher, Knight ended the day pleased with his performance and comfortably ahead of all other riders. Day two was a very different story, with track conditions having deteriorated due to heavy overnight rain. With the organisers forced to cut short the day Knight was only able to top one of the three tests. After two tests everything was still to play for but despite making a good start to the test an intermittent misfire meant that David could do no better than the second place spot.
David Knight: ‘The first test on day one was going well until I got cross rutted and had a bit of a crash. I got back into the swing of things quickly enough and put in some good times on the next few laps then. I was just trying to work out what was working best on the bike because it’s the first time I’ve raced the new 530. As the day went on the track got a little rougher, which suited me better. During the last few tests I knew I didn’t need to take any chances and just settled into a good pace and managed to put in some really good times. The rain on the second day changed things a lot. I was trying to get out of the ruts in a lot of places but I’m not sure it was the best thing to do. I tried a few different things on the bike and although I lost some time on the first test I managed to pull most of it back again on the second. I felt good at the start of the third lap but I got water into the bike some how and it started to misfire a bit. It’s a little disappointing not to have won the second day but it’s been good to ride in conditions that we don’t get any more. I love riding real enduro tests no matter what the weather is. I’ve really enjoyed it. The season’s underway now so I’m looking forward to the first round of the British Enduro Championship now.’
Rd 1 of the 2011 Sprint Enduro championship kicked off with loads of enthusiasm despite the damp conditions, a Welsh forest is always going to be tough any time of the year, but in February its more like an extreme Enduro. The organisers had plotted a long cross country style special test, very much like an old school enduro test which would take over 12 minutes to ride for the Elite class and 2 hours to walk !!!.
Saturday started well with a little sun drying out the track after what looked like a few days of rain prior, on the Saints Well circuit. This would be Greg’s first competitive outing on his new 350 XCF and it took him a few laps to get used to the power compared to a recent outing on a 250 2 stroke, but he quickly slotted into 3rd place behind David Knight and Tom Sagar. Daryl followed closely behind and was by far the fastest E1 rider but was loosing valuable seconds to the bigger bikes on the long fire road sections.
On test 3 of 7 Daryl lost control of his bike in a high speed section and ended up cartwheeling down the track, damaging his bike quite badly and also giving himself concussion. The accident cost him over 2 minutes and dropped him down to 9th, but despite a headache and difficulty to find balance he decided to continue with the day and managed to get back up to 7th overall.
Day 2 and after heavy overnight rain the track had really deteriorated , a lot of standing water and now very deep ruts made conditions very difficult. Daryl after a good nights rest was feeling much better and despite not being 100% proved again he was the fastest E1 rider and Greg also was much more comfortable on the 350 F after a few suspension adjustments. Again Greg held a comfortable 3rd and Daryl 4th position without any issue, the constant rain and difficult conditions gave the organisers no other choice than to cut the event to just 3 tests as the course was just becoming too rutted.
Julian Stevens Team Manager” This was almost like a round of an extreme championship !! a very good test for the bikes and riders, a lot of work for all involved in such muddy conditions. Daryl and Greg did a very good job and we made some positive improvements to the bikes set up, we are now looking forward to Rd 1 of the BEC at Muntjac in a couple of weeks.
Venues confirmed & entries open for 2011 BSEC series
Five-weekend, 10-round, series starting in February and running to July with classes for Elite, Expert, Under 23, Under 19, and Clubman riders
Following on from a successful first year of sprint enduro events in the UK, GMC Events Ltd would like to announce the recently confirmed line-up of venues for the ’11 Husqvarna ACU British Sprint Enduro Championship. Also, to state that entries are now open for all events with riders wishing to register their participation in the full series able to do so when entering rounds one and two.
Increased from three weekends of racing to five for ’11 the addition of three new to the series venues ensures that all competitors will have plenty to get stuck into throughout the 10-day championship. Starting and finishing in Wales the series will kick-off at Saints Well in mid February, with a 100 per cent new course to the closing event of the ’10 championship. Running almost exclusively on Forestry Commission land the true cross-country style course is set to provide a great start to the series.
The championship’s first new venue hosts rounds three and four where competitors will be treated to a fast and flowing course similar to the opening round of the ’10 series. Llangrove, situated between Ross-on-Wye and Monmouth, will provide a diverse array of natural terrain, as well as a fantastic hillside ‘scramble’ track with the event being run in association with the Mercian Dirt Riders. Heading south for rounds five and six the popular Rogers Hill Raceway in Dorset returns to the series, where the two motocross tracks and extensive man-made ‘extreme’ arena will again ensure a fantastic weekend’s racing.
Next up the championship heads towards Northampton where the Enduroland club will assist with the running of the penultimate weekend of racing at Adstone, Manor Farm. New to the series and offering a fantastic array of different obstacles and terrain, just like at Rogers Hill Raceway there’ll be plenty of man-made challenges, as well as fast and flowing grass tracks, to ensure close and exciting racing. Finally, the third new venue brings the series to a close on the first week in July. Berwyn Leisure Park set in the picturesque Welsh mountains will offer a great mix of traditional farmland terrain with a motocross track and man-made obstacles used to ensure a diverse and exciting course.
Establishing the exciting enduro sprint format during ‘10, for ’11 the BSEC series will feature a revised class structure, as with the minimum age of competitors now being lowered by the ACU to 15 an Under 19 class has been added. The Under 19 category ensures enduro newcomers have a class of their own in which to learn.
With the popular Elite, Expert and Under 23 classes remaining a Clubman class has been added on a full-time basis. Recognising the fact that not all Clubman riders are able to commit to two-day events, the option of racing on either a Saturday, or a Sunday, or both, at each championship weekend during ’11 will be available to all Clubman.
Entries can be downloaded from the BSEC website www.enduro-sprint.com by clicking on the ‘Entry Forms’ tab, or by emailing email@example.com Alternatively, by sending a stamped, self addressed envelope to event secretary Mrs. Julie Evans, 21 Ffordd Gwynedd, Garden Village, Wrexham, LL11 2TF.
Key changes to 2011 BSEC series
Jonty Edmunds – BSEC Events Director: ‘It’s taken us a little longer than originally planned to confirm the full line-up of venues for the ’11 Husqvarna ACU British Sprint Enduro Championship but having not rushed into anything we’re confident that we now have a fantastic and diverse selection of venues, which will make for a great championship.
‘Above all else building on the successes of the ’10 series, and only making changes that will improve and strengthen the championship, is what we’ve been working on over the last few months. 2010 was all about establishing the sprint enduro format and putting in place the championship’s foundation. We learned a lot and now our aim is to build on what was a great first year.
‘The introduction of the Under 19 and Clubman classes are a natural progression for the championship, while expanding the series by two weekends is something many riders requested. In addition to the fact that the minimum age for competitors is now 15 the two new classes and three new venues are the most notable changes. Delivering quality events that riders, their families, friends and support crews, and importantly spectators, can enjoy is still what the series is all about.
‘The number of competitors will again be capped at approximately 100 at each event to ensure those that do compete get a maximum amount of track time. As far as the championship goes any rider will be able to put forward his best eight results, being able to drop any two individual scores. The championship again sits alongside the BEC, EWC and EEC with no date clashes.’
2011 Husqvarna ACU British Sprint Enduro Championship
British Sprint Enduro Championship welcomes Husqvarna as major new title sponsor
GMC Events, promoters and organisers of the ACU British Sprint Enduro Championship, are pleased to welcome Husqvarna Motorcycles as a major new sponsor to the series. Recently finalising a two-year agreement that will support the planned expansion of the championship, the series will officially become titled the Husqvarna ACU British Sprint Enduro Championship during ’11 and ’12.
The ’11 Husqvarna ACU British Sprint Enduro Championship will be a 10 round, five-weekend, series. Events will take place at three new venues, as well as returning to two of the popular circuits used during ‘10. The aim of the series will again be to deliver exciting racing for competitors, day-long spectator enjoyment, with all events enjoying a welcoming and sociable atmosphere. Revisions and additions to the class structure for ’11 will be announced in the coming weeks. Championship dates will be confirmed following the FIM Autumn Congress.
During ’10 the British Sprint Enduro Championship established itself as Europe’s first enduro sprint series. A six round championship with events staged in Gloucestershire, Dorset, and Powys, it attracted the cream of British enduro talent, as well as a healthy number of Expert and Clubman level riders all keen to try their hand at the exciting new discipline. Over 80 percent of the riders that competed in the opening two rounds of the series returned to participate in the entire series, indicating the popularity of this championship.
The championship also broke new ground in staging enduro events that encourage and consider the needs of spectators. With live timing, up to the minute information, and exciting racing action at the heart of all events, a friendly and welcoming atmosphere saw riders, teams, support crews, and the general public come together throughout the series.
Newly crowned Enduro 3 World Enduro Champion David Knight topped the prestigious BSEC Elite class in ‘10, having topped each of the six championship rounds. Robert Lynn, Aaron Poolman and David Grimshaw were the winners of the respective Expert ES1, ES2 and ES3 classes. In the ES1, ES2 and ES3 Under 23 classes Joe Deakin, Ollie Moyce and Daniel McCanney ended the championship as winners.
Jonty Edmunds – BSEC Events Director: ‘These are very exciting times for the British Sprint Enduro Championship and on behalf of the GMC Events team I’d like to extend our thanks to Husqvarna – we’re thrilled that they are joining the championship as title sponsor. The primary goal of the BSEC series remains to deliver exciting, well-organised sprint enduro events that all riders, support crews and spectators can enjoy. Finding commercial partners that share our vision and understand how we want to develop the series during the coming years is extremely important. Husqvarna’s support and association allows us to continue to expand and improve the BSEC series. Exact details of the ’11 Husqvarna ACU British Sprint Enduro Championship will be released in the coming weeks.’
Massimo Granata – Husqvarna: ‘We are very pleased to be able to support the British Sprint Enduro Championship as headline sponsor. The series has huge potential and offers riders and spectators alike a great weekend’s racing. We are in the process of relaunching Husqvarna in the UK and the association with the BSEC series is an integral part of our strategy to return Husqvarna to its rightful position as a major force in off road competition.’
John Collins –ACU Trials & Enduro Chairman: ‘The ACU is delighted that Husqvarna have pledged their support to the British Sprint Enduro Championship. Impressed with what GMC Events achieved during ’10, the ACU is sure that the series will go from strength to strength in the coming years. Many riders watched the BSEC series with interest this year, I can only imagine that there will be many more riders and teams wanting to join the series in ’11.’
About the BSEC The British Sprint Enduro Championship is the UK’s newest off-road motorcycle race series, promoted and organised exclusively by GMC Events Ltd. Enduro is one of the world’s longest standing off-road motorcycle disciplines, the motorcycle equivalent of car rallying. Sprint enduro is an exciting new rider, spectator, and media friendly discipline that delivers simple to understand, day-long, enduro racing action. The series caters for the best enduro talent in the UK. The BSEC is governed by the ACU – the internationally recognised National Governing Body for motorcycle sport in the British Isles (less Northern Ireland).
NB: The Husqvarna ACU British Sprint Enduro Championship was formerly known as the ACU British Enduro Sprint Championship.
About Husqvarna Husqvarna is an iconic off-road motorcycle brand. In ’07 Husqvarna became a part of the BMW Group with the German company completely revitalising the Husqvarna brand, which is now the off-road competition arm of BMW Motorrad. A new factory that houses production, design, administration and R&D has since been built in Varese, Northern Italy. Enjoying competitive success at the highest level, in 2010 Husqvarna clinched the Enduro 1 World Championship title with its TE250 ridden by Frenchman Antoine Meo. Building its first motorcycle in 1903 Husqvarna motorcycles were produced in Sweden until ’86 when the company was sold to the Cagiva Group, which later became MV Agusta S.p.A. Enduro greats such as Anders Eriksson, Paul Edmondson, Samuli Aro, Stefan Merriman, Petri Silvan and Antoine Meo have all enjoyed world championship winning success with Husqvarna.