The second round of the ACU British Enduro Championship was the ‘local’ event for MPS Racing, taking place just outside the picturesque North Yorkshire town of Helmsley around 30 minutes from MPS HQ.
Armed with local knowledge, the team had high expectations for the weekend and despite the best efforts of the weather, in particular on Saturday, both Jack Rowland and Jamie Lewis came away with strong class results.
For Husqvarna TE250 rider Jack Rowland Saturday started well. His first test time was fast enough to put him seventh overall and the fastest E1 class bike by a good margin, but unfortunately he failed to capitalise on this strong start and as the weather closed in and the course cut up, his test times slipped back slightly. To compound matters, Jack managed to gain three minutes of time penalties as the checks tightened throughout the day, dropping down the overall order but still fast enough to finish the day third in the E1 class.
Having dissected the events of Saturday and realising where mistakes had been made, Jack started Sunday with renewed enthusiasm and delivered consistent test times and avoided time penalties to claim second in the E1 class, just eight seconds behind E1 class winner and ex-World Champion, Paul Edmondson.
The conditions on Saturday suited Jamie Lewis on the Husqvarna TE310 much better. Despite having to ride half the day without a rear brake, having damaged the brake linkage hitting it on a tree stump, Jamie cleared all the checks and delivered strong test times to finish fourth in the highly competitive E2 class, less than a minute behind the class leader.
With the bike repaired for Sunday, Jamie was able to attack the tough Helmsley course properly and showed the pace he is capable of, finishing fifth overall and third in the E2 class.
Mick Seward, MPS Racing team principal said, “Another good weekend for Jack and Jamie, both finishing well in what was clearly a very tough event and where a lot of more experienced riders failed to finish. We’re particularly pleased with Jamie’s result from Sunday, to be fifth overall and third in class when he’s still adapting to the 310 having ridden 450s previously is very impressive”.
Rob Johnson, riding the Newcastle Motorcycles Husqvarna TE250 with MPS also had a good weekend. Fifth in the Expert class on Saturday, Rob then upped his game for Sunday, finishing third in the Experts on the day before his 18th birthday.
The next event for MPS Racing is on the weekend of 19th / 20th May for rounds 7 and 8 of the Husqvarna ACU British Sprint Enduro Championship in Adstone, Northamptonshire.