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2012 British Sprint Enduro Championship

Seistola wins round - Rose wins Championship - 2012 Husqvarna ACU British Sprint Enduro Championship, Rds 9&10 - Canada Heights

Finland's Matti Seistola won the penultimate round of the 2012 Husqvarna ACU British Sprint Enduro Championship at Canada Heights this weekend but TM Electration's Jordan Rose won the Elite Championship.

While the rest of the country was drenched by wind and rain, the Garden of England was blessed with sunshine and the sandy soil of the Canada Heights  GP MX track was in perfect condition. The Husqvarna Sprints have attracted several talented International riders this season to add excitement to the series and Matti Seistola was no exception. After a shaky start in the morning he set the fastest times on each lap after lunch to take the win. Series leader Jordan Rose also hit trouble in the morning when a stone jammed in his sprocket but the prize was within his grasp and he pushed hard to take second and secure the Championship with a round in hand. The final step on the podium was a close run race between Tom Church and Daryl Bolter - as it has been all season - with Tom taking third.

The Under 23 class has been an inspiration this year with the Juniors consistently setting some of the fastest times. Husaberg's Alex Rockwell was unleashed like a greyhound in the slips on the opening lap but class leader Gas Gas' Danny McCanney gradually pulled Rocky in to take the win and the Championship. The Manxmen's private race pushed them into 2nd and 3rd in the Overall results behind Seistola. MPS Racing's Jack Rowland was 3rd. The 4th member of last year's highly successful ISDE Junoir team - Jonny Walker - was unable to compete as he was toughing it out at the Romaniacs.  

Husaberg's Jamie McCanney showed no ill effects after his recent break and he finished 7th overall to win the 125 Youth Cup class. Brad freeman in 10th was the runner up and Josh Gotts (17th) was 3rd.

Steve Holcombe has dominated the Under 19's and he clinched the Championship at Adstone with 8 straight wins but he had his work cut out for him in Kent after dropping from 9th to 25th after a mechanical problem on his second run. Steve eventually crawled his way back to the top of the podium but MPS Racing's Rob Johnson seized the moment to put in his best performance of the series and he took 2nd. James Dent was 3rd. Joe Wooton was in contention until a heavy crash on his 5th run dropped him down to 64th. 

Canada Heights proved not to be the high point of Tyson Maytom Jones' season as the Expert class leader broke a reed on his 7th run. Richard Ely won the day, Oliver Hart was 2nd and James Jackman was 3rd. 

TM's Gethin Francombe won the Clubman class and the Championship. Darren Osbourne was 2nd and Jamie Jenkins was 3rd.

KTM's Jane Daniels had already clinched the Women's class at Adstone but she still rode into a creditable 45th overall in Kent. Fiona Griffiths was the runner up and Katy Bullock was 3rd. 

Round 10 updates The weather continued to be better than forecast for the final round. Matti Seistola won both days and Danny McCanney was the runner up. The consistency of Danny's times was uncanney - it had to be said. Alex Rockwell completed the podium. MPS Racing's Jack Rowland had a great ride to finish 4th. The success of the Under 23s has been a highlight of the BSEC series. Ryan Voase also had a flyer. He was 5th and runner up to Seistola in the Elites. Daryl Bolter in 3rd was only 3 seconds behind Ryan. With the champioship secured, As well as the weight of his success Jordan Rose also picked up another rock on his first run of the final day. He dropped almost a minute but still finished 7th. Under 19 champion Steve Holcombe pushed hard to the finish to finish 8th. Lee Edmondson in 9th demonstrated the potency of the new Edmondson Racing HM300. Jamie McCanney won the Youth Cup and completed the top ten. 

Brad Freeman was 13th overall and his 2nd in class was enough to secure the Under 19 Championship

Rich Ely secured the Expert Championship for the Edmondson Racing team. Tyson Maytom Jones's luck did not improve on Sunday. A stone jammed in his rear caliper and shattered his disc.

Results Round 9 Round 10

From the snow and ice of Aldershot to the sun and sand of Canada heights. the BSEC series has delivered another exciting season of racing.

Successful end to the BSEC season for KTM UK

KTM UK backed riders Tom Church and Daryl Bolter secure second and third overall in the Husqvarna ACU British Sprint Enduro Championship at a hot and sunny Canada Heights.

Capping off an impressive debut season in the BSEC, former top flight motocross rider, Tom Church finished third overall in Elite at round nine of the series to cement his place as runner up in the hotly contested series. Finding the challenging mix of woodland and motocross to his liking, Church put in one of his strongest rides of the season to finish behind Enduro World Championship contenders Matti Seistola and Jordan Rose. Holding a solid second overall during the mid way point in the race, the KTM rider made a couple of mistakes to end his day in third - just seven seconds behind Rose.

Placing fourth at round nine, Bolter rapidly improved at round ten. Making a fast start to the morning, the KTM rider placed less than nine seconds behind Seistola at the end of lap one. However, while trying to fight off a heavy dose of hay fever, Bolter also faced a strong challenge from Ryan Voase. Unable to maintain his early morning pace he narrowly missed out on second place by three seconds but secured third overall in the BSEC series.

In Under 19, KTM's Steve Holcombe was yet again the rider to beat. Determined to end his season with a perfect scorecard, the 18-year old claimed victory at round nine and ten.

KTM's Jane Daniels secured another double win to also end her BSEC season unbeaten. Clearly enjoying the perfect conditions at the spectacular Canada Heights, Daniels easily won round nine before repeating the same result at round ten. Behind her, world downhill mountain biking star, Fionn Griffiths produced her strongest ride of the season to claim second.

Daryl Bolter, Elite (3-3): "I found it a little difficult this weekend to run the pace I wanted to. I suffer from hay fever and at times I found it hard to breathe. During the last couple of tests at round ten I was really fatigued and struggled to hold on. It was frustrating as my speed was fast early on and I should have been able to finish second instead of third. But overall it's been a really good season. I'm enjoying riding the KTM 350 EXC and very pleased to have finished on the podium."

Steve Holcombe, Under 19 (1-1): "I'm delighted to have won all the rounds of the championship. Coming into the season I didn't expect to be so dominant and it's taken me by surprise. Round nine was a tough fight between myself and Joe Wootton. He lead early on and then I crashed hard trying to catch him and lost a lot of time. However, he also crashed in the following special test and that put me back in front and allowed me to win. At round ten I just tried to ride smooth and doing that helped me to grab another win. It's been a perfect season and I've loved every venue we've rode at. My goal next year is to move up to Under 23 where hopefully I can continue to improve both my speed and results. I'd also like to thank JD Racing for all their help this season."

Jane Daniels, Women (1-1): "It's been another great weekend for me to be honest. At round nine the track was quite soft and rutted early on but as the sun came out it dried very quickly and by mid day conditions were perfect. After riding Erzberg last weekend I thought I would suffer a little with tiredness but I've felt fine and I'm really happy to have ended the championship with two more wins."

Fionn Griffiths, Women (2-2): "It's been a good event for me. I hadn't raced since the Enduro World Championship in Portugal in May so to come here and finish second has been very rewarding. I've loved racing in the BSEC, it's well organised and on par with any of the world events I've competed in. Hopefully, if it doesn't conflict with my downhill mountain bike championship I'll be back next year to contest the full series."

Alex Salvini wins Day 1 and Day 2 at Adstone
BSEC Round 7&8 - Adstone, Northants

Italian Alex Salvini has won the  7th and 8th round of the 2012 Husqvarna ACU British Sprint Enduro Championship at Enduroland's Manor Farm venue in Northamptonshire on Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th May.

The weather was typically May - it may have been warm and dry or it may have been cold and wet. It was cold and wet. Typical. The course was in perfect condition but overnight rain put an unwelcome gloss onto perfection and made for a slippery sighting lap at 9.00am.  Plenty of clods in the pegs at the end of the lap confirmed that the conditions were slick. The layout was very similar to last year. From the start the riders weaved around the field and then blasted off over a double jump to the rooty wood at the furthest point of the course before ducking and diving up and down the banks of a disused railway line. Before the finish there was an extreme section. It was great for the spectators but by the 3rd lap it was in danger of becoming a bottleneck and the organisers cut it out.

Husqvarna's Alex Salvini led from the start but TM's Jordan Rose gave Alex a run for his money to take 2nd. Jordan pushed hard all day and set the fastest time on his last lap. Before the start Daryl Bolter thought his Crescent KTM 350 may prove to be a bit of a handful on the wet grass but he mastered the power and finished 3rd. The next 4 riders home read like the programme of an MXGP. Tom Church was 4th, Jamie Law 5th, Matt Ridgway 6th and Jamie Lewis 7th. Edmondson Racing's Lee Edmondson was 8th. Ryan Voase has struggled with a wrist injury that has left him a little movement in his right hand so he kept it pinned and finished 9th. Gav Houson was 10th, Mark Roberts was 11th and Aaron Poolman was 12th.

The cold breeze did little to cool the competition in the hotly contested Under 23 class. Midwest's EWC veteran Alex Rockwell led from the start to take the win. Johnny Walker has been practicing with Jamie Law and he has picked up some of Jamie's speed. Jonny finished 2nd. Danny McCanney was counting his "offs" into double figures but he still finished 3rd and never gave up -setting his fastest time in his last run. 

Midwest Husaberg's Tyson Mayton Jones was the best of the Experts ahead of Oliver Hart and Edmondson Racing's Richard Ely was 3rd. GasGasUK's Jack Lee lost a minute after crashing on his penultimate lap and limping home but he went out again and finished 4th. James Jackman was 5th, Craig Reynolds 6th, Kalem Hicks 7th. Dan Beavan 8th.

Steve Holcombe had another mature ride to finish 14th overall and win the Under 19 class. Steve won 7 out 8 tests and finished over three minutes clear of his nearest rival. James Dent and MPS Racing's Rob Johnson pushed each other all day and in the end James took the runner up by less than 6 seconds from Rob.

The Youth Cup was won by Edmondson Racing's Brad Freeman ahead of Josh Gotts on a TM and Lee Sealey was 3rd. 

Gethin Francombe from Pontypool has dominated the Clubman class all season and he came to Adstone with a 15 point lead which he extended with another win. Ireland's Richard Topping was 2nd and REME KTMs Jase Corden was 3rd. Ian Smart was riding well but he lost a minute on 2nd run which dropped him down to 6th.

Jane Daniels was the best Woman rider with times quick enough to have won the Clubman class. Rhian George was 2nd and Katie Walker was 3rd.

The Midwest Husabeg team have a new clothing sponsor and the boys were quick to get their Dickies out at Adstone.

On Saturday night the riders and their support crews relaxed at the Dog Inn.

On Sunday the weather was still cold enough for the petals of the May flowers blowing in the wind to be mistaken for snowflakes but at least it was dry. The course was reversed and the extreme section was included. Daryl Bolter had a flier and took the lead from Alex Salvini. Jordan Rose had a disaster when he got mud in his breather pipe and the engine cut out. He lost 30 seconds and dropped down to 6th. Mark Roberts also had a bad start to the day when his Kawasaki lost all power and he had to cruise home. Matt Ridgway fell short of a double jump and landed heavily on a concrete slab. His bars hit him in the chest and he also lost time. Johnny Walker was having a better day. He skipped through the Extreme section and made his KTM 300 look as light as a BMX. He set the second fastest time overall and led the Under 23s. Danny McCanney was 2nd and Alex Rockwell was 3rd.

By the 3rd laps Alex Salvini had got into his stride and he led the Elite class from Daryl Bolter. Tom Church was 3rd. Simon Wakely missed the first day through work commitments but he fitted right into 4th. Jordan Rose had cleared his pipe and he moved up into 5th ahead of Jamie Lewis.

After 4 laps there was a midday break but there was no break in Alex Salvini's repressible progress to the top of the podium. Daryl Bolter dropped some time and Tom Church moved up into 2nd. Then on the penultimate lap it was Tom's turn to drop time. The 2 riders battled right down to the line and after an hour of racing less than 7 seconds separated them. Tom took the runner up and Daryl was a well deserved third. The battle for the Under 23s was even closer. Danny McCanney started slowly but improved on every lap to win the class by less than 2 seconds ahead of Jonny Walker. They were also 2nd and 3rd in the Scratch behind Alex Salvini Jordan Rose was 4th in the Elites and Alex Rockwell completed the U23 podium. Simon Wakely finished 8th. Jamie Lewis was 9th and Under 19 Steve Holcombe was more than pleased with his top ten finish. It was not only a tremendous achievement, it also meant that Steve had clinched the U19 Championship with 2 rounds in hand.. 

Alex Salvini Ive loved very minute of my time here this weekend, The conditions were much better on Sunday and I was able to push very hard. I felt much more comfortable on the bike and was able to improve my times during the day. Ive really enjoyed this type of racing it was a lot of fun and I hope to return again as soon as I can.

Steve Holcombe, Under 19 (1-1): Its been a really good season for me and Im delighted to have won the Under 19 championship so soon. I knew I could win the championship this weekend so I just tried to ride as smart and as safe as I could to get it done. Winning every round of the championship so far had been an unexpected bonus.

Daryl Bolter, Elite (3-3): I enjoyed the conditions this weekend. They were tricky at round seven but at round eight the course was much drier. I started off fast and was able to hold an early lead during the morning. Im pleased with my riding and I can see myself improving as the championship progresses. We worked a little on the setup of the bike this weekend and it helped a lot. Im looking forward to the final round of the season in Canada Heights where hopeful I can get another good result.

Tom Church, Elite (4-2): It started off tough at round seven when I had a big crash in the woods but I was pleased to have recovered to finish fourth. Round eight was a big improvement. I felt I rode solid all day, aside from a crash on the penultimate test, and was able to set a strong pace that which helped me to finish second. 

Jonny Walker, Under (2-2): Im annoyed with myself for crashing on the final lap of round eight as it meant I finished second. I caught a tree root leading into a right-hander and tucked the front wheel pretty hard. I was pleased with the way I had been riding but unfortunately thats just the way racing goes sometimes.

Jamie Law, Elite (5-8): It was good to experience this type of racing and try to learn something new. I enjoyed my time and did my best to improve on the wooded sections. It was very slippery at round seven but round eight was much better and hopefully I can come back and do another few rounds of the series.

Jane Daniels, Womens (1-1): I knew I could win the championship so I just tried to have a steady weekend. Aside from a few mistakes here and there everything went really well and I was able to secure the title. Its been a great season so far and Im delighted to have won it.

Results - Day1 - Day2 - Photos Reports Danny McCanney 

Taddy Blazes away at Llangrove
2012 ACU Husqvarna British Sprint Championship Rd3&4
Report and photos by Bob Mullins

The 2012 ACU Husqvarna British Sprint Championship returned to Llangrove near Monmouth this weekend for rounds 3 and 4. Llangrove rests on a high ridge with a spectacular view across the beautiful Wye Valley to the Vale of Evesham beyond

Despite the single track access, the Truck War was escalated to a new level with the arrival of the Edmondson Racing Damon Outlaw. The massive motorhome cast a giant shadow over the MPS Racing & Freestyle laviathons and rumbled long into the night as the boys relaxed in the on board bowling alley.

Saturday morning defied the forecast with bright sunshine. The riders were flagged away at 9.00am for a sighting lap followed by 8 timed laps. From the start the riders edged the stubble fields and blasted downhill to the MX track on the side of a steep valley. A woodland section and a rocky gully offered a change a pace but the Mercain Dirt Riders track is eminently ride-able.

Taddy Blazusiak - in his new fiery red Fox kit - blazed the trail on his 350 KTM and after 4 laps he led by 21 seconds from TMUKs Jordan Rose .The motocrossers loved the fast open going. Ricky Dietrich was 3rd, Tom Church was 4th and Daryl Bolter 5th.

In the Expert class Luke Meredith was fending off a challenge from veteran Carl Tiley on a TM and Oliver Hart on the D3 KTM. James Jackman was running in 4th, Tyson Maytom Jones 5th, Craig Reynolds 6th, Rich Ely 7th and Jack Lee 8th.

KORRacing's Jonny Walker led the under 23 class by 10 seconds from GasGasUK's Danny  McCanney  Alex Rockwell (Midwest Husaberg) 3rd, Jack Rowlands (MPS Racing) 4th and Jordan Scott (TMUK) 5th.

Jamie McCanney dominated the Under 19 125 class and at the half way stage he had established a 1 minute and 42 second lead over the second placed rider Gethin Humphreys. On his second timed lap Tommy Francombe's moose made a break for freedom. Craig Reynolds also had a bad day but if you are going to make a face plant you can't do better than to hit the ground opposite the First Aid tent. The tension proved to be too much for Lee Green's chain and it snapped. It was great to see Arran Poolman back on a bike and riding well after his crash at the final round of the 2011 series. Graham Howes was also back on his feet after an 8 month layout. He picked the bike up on Thursday, fitted new fork seals on Friday and rode it on Saturday.

Taddy Blasuziak won the Elites ahead of Jordan Rose. Taddy not only collected the points but he also won the muffin cooked and iced with Smarties by Molly - the landowners 8 year old daughter. Ricky Dietrich was 3rd, Ricky's 7th lap was the fastest of the day. Tom Church 4th, Daryl Bolter 5th, Jamie Lewis 6th, Simon Wakely 7th, Mark Roberts 8th, Lee Edmondson 9th and Ashley Wood 10th. On his penultimate lap Alex Rockwell crashed heavily in the stream - twisting his wrist and wrenching his shoulder.

Luke Meredith was the best Expert. Carl Tiley crashed out on his 7th lap and Oliver Hart moved up into 2nd. James Jackman was 3rd. Tyson Maytom Jones 4th, Rich Ely 5th and Jack Lee 6th. Adrian Lappin incurred a 30 second late start penalty so it did. It is unfair to call Adrian "laid back" as he has none of the urgency that the phase implies.

Jonny Walker won the Under 23 class and he was also 2nd overall - 15 seconds behind Taddy. Danny McCanney was the runner up and 3rd overall.

Steve Holcombe was the best Under 19 ahead of Joe Jones. James Dent was 3rd. Robert Johnson was 4th and Aaron Smith was 5th.

In the Under 19 125 class Jamie McCanney finished 3 minutes and 42 seconds ahead of Gethin Humphreys and Gethin wasn't hanging about about. He finished almost 4 minutes ahead of Lee Sealey 3rd, 15 year old Brad Freeman 4th and Josh Gotts 5th. 

Greg Hurley was the best Clubman and young Irish rider Richard Topping was the runner up. Veteran Paul Davuies was 3rd and Colwyn Bay MCs Ian Smart was 4th. Jane Daniels won the Womens class ahead of Kate Walker and Fiona Griffiths.

Sunday morning dawned with a bright Spring sun in a clear blue sky. The course was reversed. The sighting laps started at 9.00am. There were 3 laps in the morning, a short lunch break and 3 laps in the afternoon.

Husqvarna's US import Ricky Dietrich struggled on the ice at Aldershot but he revelled in the loose loam and clay at Llangrove. He won the Elite class. Taddy Blazusiak set the fastest lap on his 5th run but he had to settle for second although he had done enough to win the weekend. Tom Church was 3rd. Tom crashed on his first run but he picked himself up and put in 5 cracking times. Jonny Walker was 4th overall to repeat his Day 1 Under 23 win and collect maximum points for the weekend. Jordan Rose was 4th in the Elites for TMUK and 3rd over the 3 days. GasGasUks Danny McCanney in 6th was runner up in the Under 23s. Daryl Bolter and Jamie Lewis were 5th and 6th respectively in the Elites. After 45 minutes of racing less than 8 seconds separated MPS Racing's Jack Rowland and Jordan Scott for Jack to take 3rd in the Under 23s.

Alex Rockwell once again proved that it often takes guts as well as skill to finish an enduro and despite being in obvious pain he saddled up and wrestled the Midwest Husaberg 390 all day to finish 12th.  Steve Holcombe (13th) was the best Under 19. He was less than 7 seconds ahead runner up Joe Jones. Jamie McCanney finished 11th overall and again won the Youth Cup class. Gethin Humphries was one of 5 riders who had their bikes stolen overnight. One of the great things about enduro is the people. Andy Daniels stepped in and loaned Gethin Jane's spare 125 so as some consolation he could ride. Gethin made the most of the chance and finished 29th to take the Youth Cup runner up. Under 23 Owain Humphreys also lost his bike so Andy Marriott and Craig Reynolds both offered to lend him their bikes. Owain opted for Andy's big 520 and waltzed her home in 12th. Gordon Clarke was going well on the TM 250 until he buckled his gear lever on the 5th lap and dropped 30 seconds to finish 8th in the Elites.

Luke Meredith - supported by GasGasUK - was the best Expert. Oliver Hart was the runner up and Tyson Maytom Jones was 3rd. James Jackman 4th, Jack Lee 5th, Rich Ely 6th. 

Gethin Francombe won the Clubman class ahead of Ireland's Richard Topping and Swansea's Paul Davies was third. Darren Jones spotted an oil leak after his 3rd run but unfortunately for him it proved not to be serious and he had to carry on.

Taddy Blazusiak: Its been great to come away from this weekend with the overall win. Finishing first at round three and then backing that up with second at round four has been a real confidence booster for me. On Saturday I was able to get an advantage early on and once I had built up a comfortable lead I simply tried to control my pace throughout the rest of the day and was able to win. The course was much rougher on Sunday and Dietrich was pushing hard. Although I didnt win Im pleased with my riding. To stay within eight seconds of him has been a big confidence boost for me as hes very fast in these types of conditions. Unfortunately, this will be the last round of the BSEC Ill compete in this year as Im now starting to prepare for the AMA Endurocross championship, which starts in May. Ive had a great time and really enjoy this weekend.

Jonny Walker SHR KORR KTM 300 EXC Last year I struggled on this track and could not match the pace of the leaders, but this year after a lot of MX training I am much more comfortable and confident, my 300 was awesome and I really enjoyed the race and of course claiming back some points on Danny

Julian Stevens KORRacing Team Manager Another solid weekend for Jonny, everything went very well and a bonus was 2 days of sunshine, also our junior rider James Dent on his 250 EXCF claimed a well earned podium both days in the Under 19 class

Danny McCanney: "I was on the pace this weekend but little mistakes cost me dear. On Saturday, after a bad start, I was within half a second of the lead after the penultimate run, but I made a couple of small mistakes on my last run and the win the slipped away. On Sunday it was tight, but again my mistakes counted too much against me. My Gas Gas EC300 Racing was, as ever, spot-on - as you could see in the times. I guess for a bad weekend it's not so bad though, I'm still leading the standings with 1-1-2-2 results. I'll come back stronger."

Luke Meredith: "This was a one-off ride for me, we literally took an EC250 Racing out of the box and raced it, bone-stock with just 10 minutes on the motor! The bike was awesome, definitely the right pick for this kind of an event, and with pukka enduro gearing it had all the speed I needed for the long fast straights, it'll eat any 'crosser on top end. The suspension was awesome as well. So, no issues. Job done."

Steve Plain, GasGasUK team manager: "A tough weekend for Danny. He was working hard on refining his bike set-up - mindful of the EWC races to come - and this probably took the edge off his racing. When he stopped the tuning and just rode he got much faster. But with such a packed schedule sometimes you end up using races like this as development time. No excuses though, he was second both days.

Results Round 3 Class Sub Class Overall Round 4 Class Sub Class Overall
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Johnny Aubert & Danny McCanney split a cold BESC opener
11/12th February

A light dusting of snow powdered Hampshire on Friday and overnight temperatures dropped to a record breaking minus 10. On Saturday morning a bright winter sun rose into a crisp blue sky and illuminated a scene from the Siberian gulags. Under normal conditions the venue would have been excellent. A circular tarmac road around a disused airstrip gave the riders and the spectators great access and parking.

By 9.00am the brightly coloured tented village had growned into life with the promise of some warmth from the rising sun. There was a "first day back at school" atmosphere as the riders grumbled their way into their kit and trudged off to the start. David Knight had something to grumble about when his bike wouldn't start.  The sighting laps began at 10.00am. The course weaved through woodland on the north side of the start area. It rolled like the sea in continuous succession of bombholes and berms of polished ice. Had they entered Torville and Dean would have set the fastest time. The marking and the tapeing was spot on as usual. 

On the first timed lap David Knight's bad day got worse. He injured his hand and retired. Jonny Walker dropped 30 seconds when he got airborne and hit his head on a low branch if 12 feet can be called low. Jordan Rose was forced to retire when he buckled his chain guide. Most riders opted for a cautious approach but 17 year old Jamie McCanney threw caution and his Midwest Husaberg 125 to the wind and set the fastest time - one second ahead of Frenchman and double World Champion Johnny Aubert. They were the only two riders to break the 8 minute barrier but on lap two the pace heated up if nothing else did and 12 riders came home in under 8 minutes.

On lap 3 GasGasUK Danny McCanney set the fastest time on his 2012 EC300. Despite his bang on the head in the first heat - or perhaps because of it - Jonny Walker set the second fastest. Johnny Aubert led the Elites from Poland's Taddy Blazusiak and 2011 Champion Tom Sagar was 3rd for the Fast Eddy Racing  team. Danny led the Under 23s from Midwest Husaberg's Alex Rockwell with Jonny Walker in 3rd and MPS Racing's Jack Rowland 4th.

There were 5 heats planned. The risk of an early season injury was never far from the rider's minds but as the day progressed the surface began to break up and the course became softer in places so the pace improved. Those riders setting an initial 8 minute lap were able to carve 30 seconds off their times. As the leader Johnny Aubert started each heat at the back and from his effortless riding style he could have been easily confused with the closing marshal but his speed was deceptive and he was the overall winner.  GasGasUK's Danny McCanney was the runner up only 8 seconds behind the leader after 40 minutes of racing. Midwest Husaberg's Alex Rockwell was 3rd. Taddy Blazusiak 4th, Jonny Walker 5th, Jamie McCanney 6th,Tom Sagar 7th, Simon Wakely 8th, Jack Rowland 9th and Tom Church 10th. The best Under 23 went to Steve Holcombe with Joe Jones as runner up and Aaron Smith was third. Edmondson Racing's Richard Ely was the best Expert and Jack Lee was the runner up 14 seconds ahead of Tyson Maytom Jones in 3rd. Edmondson Racing's Brad Freeman was runner up to Jamie McCanney in the new 125 Youth class. Lee Sealey was 3rd - 6 seconds ahead of Josh Gotts. Jamie Jenkins was the best Clubman ahead of Richard Topping and Erich Schonwalder. Jane Daniels was the best Women. Fiona Griffiths was runner up and Rhian George parachuted into 3rd.

Sunday morning was overcast but warmer. Johnny Aubert and Taddy Blazusiak decided not to ride but David Knight had rested his hand and he was ready to race.  fit. If fact the all the Manxmen were ready to race as Alex Rockwell set the fastest opening lap time. Jonny Walker was second fastest and Danny McCanney was 3rd. Jordan Rose took the first timed heat in the Elite class but he missed a gear on the jump over the sunken road on his 3rd lap and dropped back to 3rd .Tom Sagar took the lead. During the mid day break the organisers brought in a JCB to smooth out the approach to the jump. After lunch David Knight pulled ahead of Tom. Ricky Dietrich put in a top ten time on his first lap but had a problem on his second and retired.  Dan Beavan retired with a snapped a chain. 125 Youth rider Scott Altass was going well in 5th but he hit a tree and required medical attention for a wrist injury.

The Juniors led the way on Day 2. Danny McCanney was the fastest ahead of Alex Rockwell and Jonny Walker was 3rd. David Knight had his hands full in tight going on the big 520 KTM. He was the best Elite rider in 4th. Tom Sagar was best over the 2 days on the Fast Eddy Racing Honda 450. Jordan Rose was 3rd in the Elites and MPS Racing's Jack Rowland was 4th in the Under 23s and Simon Wakely's 4th in the Elites gave him a podium finish in the overall. Jamie McCanney in 9th was the best 125 Youth. Richard Ely once again nailed the Experts. Tyson Maytom Jones was the runner up and Jack Lee was third. Steve Holcombe in 13th was the best Under 19. Joe Jones was runner up and Joe Wootton recover from a disastrous first day to finish 3rd. Matthew Solan won the Clubman from Gethin Francombe. Jane Daniels was the best Woman from Rhian George and Fiona Griffits. Stephanie Rowe on an AJP 200 finished and on the day that was an achievement  Major Mike Tizzard presented the Trophies.

It was a brave decision to go ahead with the first round in the extreme weather conditions but fortune favours the brave and it proved to be the right decision. Jonty Edmunds and his team did an heroic job. Well done Results Scratch Day1 Day2 Photos Day1 Day2 More photos teamsnapper Press releases GasGasUK Midwest Fast Eddy Edmondson Racing MPS Racing 

Johnny Aubert Elite: It was really difficult today (round one) and took a lot of concentration to get a good lap. But this is enduro and sometimes we face some tough conditions. I tried to ride smoothly, not be too aggressive on the throttle and link my corners together. It worked out and I ended up winning. I loved the format of the event. Its good for the riders as we can focus on racing the special test and not have to worry about anything else. We can also make changes to the bike and try out new things. Ive really enjoyed the race and it was good to meet and talk to the spectators this weekend.

Taddy Blazusiak Elite: I came here to do some testing and ended up coming away with second in Elite on Saturday. It wasnt easy conditions to ride in but we made the best of it. The course improved after each lap and I was able to push a little harder each time. After racing nothing but EnduroCross for the last year Im enjoying this type of racing and had a lot of fun.

Ricky Dietrich Elite: Its a shame how my weekend ended but Ive come away learning a lot. At round one, I finished eight overall but a couple of mistakes held me back. For round two we made some changes to the bike and I was feeling great. My time in the first run was really good but then I hurt my knee a little. Ive enjoyed my first taste of the BSEC this weekend and now know what I need to work on and can expect for the next round.

Danny McCanney: What a great start to the season! Having some top world championship guys here really motivated me, I wanted to see where I could place against them. I guess my main aim here is to win the Under 23 championship again, but I couldn't help but look at how I'm set for when I start in EWC as well! It was certainly tricky riding this weekend, with the ice you have to think a bit more, use your throttle control and think how you position yourself on the bike, it's a technical ride. My new 2012 Gas Gas EC300 Racing was brilliant, with the new chassis updates it's even better than last year's bike and on a stock motor it's all I needed this weekend.

Steve Plain, GasGasUK team manager: Danny was excellent, picking up where he left off in 2011 winning. He rode the weekend on his stock practice bike as he didn't want to risk damaging his race bike in the conditions. The bike ran faultless and we're delighted Danny could demonstrate a stock Gas Gas will win right up to the highest level in the UK, and in fact beat all but one international. Simply brilliant!

Alex Rockwell Under 23: Its been a tough battle all weekend between Danny, Jonny and myself. After finishing second yesterday, I thought I had him beat at round two but unfortunately it wasnt to be. I had a small advantage leading into the final test and hoped I could win. I put in my best test of the weekend but so did Danny and he got me right at the end. All three of us are pushing hard and I think thats showing now as weve finished top three overall today.

Jonny Walker Under 23: I was putting in some consistent times this weekend and the battle for the win was tight all day. Unfortunately, I wasnt able to go better than third on both days but there hasnt been much to separate the top three. Its good to know that I can match the pace of the front guys. Leading into the final special test we were only separated by four seconds so I happy with how things have worked out. Its going to be a good fight this season.3+

Julian Stevens KORR Team Manager This was a really interested race with the wintery conditions and I knew Jonny could be very fast on the icy track , unfortunately with the crash on the first test instead of gaining and advantage he gave himself a big handicap, but he literally bounced back with some really good test times, its been great racing and i'm really impressed with the speed of the top 3 under 23 guys, its going to be a interesting year for UK Enduro

Jane Daniels - Women: Winning both days has been a brilliant start to the season for me. Initially found it hard to ride the conditions but as a line cut in I began to find my rhythm and ended up with a good result. Today the course was better and in the last half of the day it was beginning to come to its best. Im excited to go to Llangrove where hopefully I can win again.


Simon Wakely, Tom Sagar, Tom Church

Tyson Maytom Jones, Richard Ely, Jack Lee

Joe Jones, Jamie McCanney, Joe Wootton 

Rhian George, Jane Daniels and Fiona Griffiths