British Enduro Championship over for another year

British Enduro Championship over for another year

David Knight has won the 2012 British Enduro Championship – his 10th outright championship victory. Knight (KTM 500EXC) took an emphatic double win at the final round, the Eelmoor Enduro in Hampshire, as his closest rival Tom Sagar (HM Moto CRE-F450R) suffered a mechanical issue that meant a double no-score. However, Sagar still had enough points to finish the championship runner-up. Danny McCanney (Gas Gas EC300 Racing) placed second overall for the weekend and so takes third overall in the championship standings.

The Eelmoor Enduro ran despite some difficulties in the lead-up to the event that saw the course substantially rerouted just a day before the start. The South Eastern Enduro Combine worked hard to overcome their setbacks and were able to put together a course and special test that many riders praised for its variety and challenges.

Knight then won the championship with the perfect score of 120 points (six wins), at the same time taking the E3 championship ahead of Danny McCanney and Si Wakely (Husaberg TE300). Tom Sagar had won the E2 championship with a round to spare – just as well. With Sagar sidelined Daryl Bolter (KTM 350EXC) and Alex Rockwell (Husaberg TE250) shared the wins.

However it was Jamie Lewis (Husqvarna TE310) with a 2-4 scorecard who lifted to second in the E2 championship ahead of Lee Edmondson (HM Moto CRE-F300R). In the E1 classes Jack Rowland (Husqvarna TE250) took the fourstrokes title when his keenest rival Paul Edmondson (HM Moto CRE-F250R) missed this final round. Rheinault Davies (KTM 250EXC-F) finished third. Jamie McCanney (Husaberg TE125) took the two-strokes with four straight wins to beat Andrew Edwards (KTM 125EXC) and Alun Jones (KTM 125EXC).

The Experts national title was sewn up by Steve Holcombe with a round to spare and so Holcombe – with a gold medal and podium finish in the ISDE also now to his name – stepped up to the Championship class for the final round, where he took two excellent third place finishes in the E2 class. In his absence the Humphries brothers, Gethin (KTM 125EXC) and Owain (KTM 250EXC) shared the class wins at the Eelmoor. The points haul would secure Gethin the championship runner-up while Richard Ely (KTM 250EXC-F) with a 2-4 score would do enough to keep third in the championship ahead of Owain.

Likewise in the Clubman national standings Aled Price (KTM 250EXC) had the title won in advance and would make two conservative rides (2-3) this weekend. Brad Freeman (KTM 125EXC) continued the charge he started at the Natterjack to make four wins from the second half of the season to leapfrog into second overall ahead of Reece Emson (KTM 250EXC).

David Knight: ?It’s great to have claimed a 10th British Enduro Championship title. I was confident that I would win here this weekend but I had no back-up plan if things didn’t go to plan because I missed the third round of the series. It wasn’t a bad weekend at all this weekend. I really enjoyed the course. It wasn’t long, but doing so many laps made it hard work because it got really rough. The test was short, and got really rutted, so instead of being able to go absolutely flat out you were just focused on not making mistakes. Getting a 10th BEC title means a lot to me, and over the years I’ve really enjoyed competing in the championship.’

2012 ACU British Enduro Champions
Outright Champion: David Knight KTM 500EXC
E1 (two-stroke) Champion: Jamie McCanney Husaberg TE125
E1 (four-stroke) Champion: Jack Rowland Husqvarna TE250
E2 Champion: Tom Sagar HM Moto CRE-F450R
E3 Champion: David Knight KTM 500EXC
Expert Champion: Steve Holcombe KTM 250EXC
Clubman Champion: Aled Price KTM 250EXC

2012 ACU BRITISH ENDURO CHAMPIONSHIP
ROUND FOUR PROVISIONAL RESULTS

DAY ONE
Overall
1 David Knight KTM 500EXC
2 Danny McCanney Gas Gas EC300 Racing
3 Jamie McCanney Husaberg TE125

E1/2 Championship
1 Jamie McCanney Husaberg TE125
2 Andrew Edwards KTM125EXC
3 Alun Jones KTM 125EXC

E1/4 Championship
No finishers

E2 Championship
1 Daryl Bolter KTM 350EXC
2 Jamie Lewis Husqvarna TE310
3 Steve Holcombe KTM 250EXC

E3 Championship
1 David Knight KTM 500EXC
2 Danny McCanney Gas Gas EC300 Racing
3 Simon Wakely Husaberg TE300

DAY TWO
Overall
1 David Knight KTM 500EXC
2 Alex Rockwell Husaberg TE250
3 Danny McCanney Gas Gas EC300 Racing

E1/2 Championship
1 Jamie McCanney Husaberg TE125
2 Alun Jones KTM 125EXC
3 Andrew Edwards KTM125EXC

E1/4 Championship
1 Jack Rowland Husqvarna TE250

E2 Championship
1 Alex Rockwell Husaberg TE250
2 Daryl Bolter KTM 350EXC
3 Steve Holcombe KTM 250EXC

E3 Championship
1 David Knight KTM 500EXC
2 Danny McCanney Gas Gas EC300 Racing
3 Simon Wakely Husaberg TE300

Final championship standings (pending final official verification)
Championship overall

1 David Knight (Red Bull KTM 500EXC) 120
2 Tom Sagar (Fastracing.com HM Moto CRE-F450R) 103
3 Danny McCanney (Gas Gas UK EC300 Racing) 94
4 Daryl Bolter (Crescent KTM 350EXC) 58
5 Jamie Lewis (MPS Husqvarna TE310) 57

Championship E1/2
1 Jamie McCanney (Midwest Husaberg TE125) 80
2 Andrew Edwards (KTM 125EXC) 72
3 Alun Jones (KTM 125EXC) 34

Championship E1/4
1 Jack Rowland (MPS Husqvarna TE250) 94
2 Paul Edmondson (Fastracing.com HM Moto CRE-F250R) 74
3 Rheinault Davies (KTM 250EXC-F) 72

Championship E2
1 Tom Sagar (Fastracing.com HM Moto CRE-F450R) 117
2 Jamie Lewis (MPS Husqvarna TE310) 83
3 Lee Edmondson (Edmondson Racing/Proseal HM Moto CRE-F300R) 82

Championship E3
1 David Knight (Red Bull KTM 500EXC) 120
2 Danny McCanney (Gas Gas UK EC300 Racing) 102
3 Simon Wakely (Mid West Husaberg TE300) 98

Expert overall
1 Steve Holcombe (JD Racing KTM 250) 114
2 Gethin Humphries (KH Building KTM 125EXC) 106
3 Richard Ely (Edmondson Racing/Proseal KTM 250) 95

Clubman overall
1 Aled Price (KTM 250) 117
2 Brad Freeman (KTM 125EXC) 97
3 Reece Emson (Shock Tech KTM 250EXC) 79

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