Manx ace runs away with the Elite class victory while competition for top spots in Under 23 and Expert classes proves hotter than ever
Rounds three and four of the 2010 ACU British Enduro Sprint Championship moved onto the Rogers Hill Raceway facility in Dorset this past weekend where once again great weather and a diverse and challenging course ensure some great racing in all classes. Carrying on where he left off at rounds one and two of the series Britain’s #1 enduro rider David Knight dominated the proceedings in the Elite class taking the win on both days. With competition close for the second and third place positions on both days it was KTM Off Road Racing Team rider Welshman Greg Evans who claimed the runner-up position on both days with his team-mate Daryl Bolter third.
With no rain for at least three weeks prior to the event conditions were extremely dry during Saturday’s round three giving all riders their first taste of genuine hard-pack conditions this season. Featuring one motocross track at the start of each lap, a wooded extreme section, a grass track section, and finally a second motocross track, the average lap time for Elite class riders on day one was over 11 minutes.
REME Yamaha rider Steve Hunt was the rider to beat in the Expert ES1 class on both days where he finished ahead of Tarah Gieger – the event’s only female competitor – with Robert Lynn third. With Gieger opting not to compete in round four TM’s Robert Lynn moved into second behind Hunt with Yamaha mounted Phillip Cooper rounding out the top three.
The battle for the top spot in the Expert ES2 class was an all Husaberg affair as Midwest Racing team mates Tyson Maythom Jones and Aaron Poolman battled it out on both days with Tyson claiming the top spot at the end of round three while Aaron got the upper hand after some committed riding during round four. Oliver Hart claimed third on both days.
With Under 23 ES1 class pre-event favourite Alex Rockwell crashing out of the event early on during round three Husqvarna’s Joe Deakin stepped up to take a well-deserved win before doing the same again at the end of round four. Following Joe home on both days were Lewis Belfield and James Giddings.
Ollie Moyce and Ashley Wood were the two fastest riders in the Under 23 ES2 class finishing comfortably ahead of third placed Joe Jones on day one. With Ashley setting the pace early on during round three Ollie soon got into his stride to enjoy a 17 second winning margin. On day two there was no catching Ollie as he finished one-minute clear of Ashley, who in turn placed one-minute up on Joe.
There was no question as to who the fastest Under 23 ES3 class riders was as Gas Gas mounted Daniel McCanney romped to two convincing class wins placing ahead of Jamie Paget, who was returning from injury, and Kieran Jones.
The British Enduro Sprint Championship’s now moves onto Saint’s Well, close to Rhayader, Mid Wales on May 29/30 where Britain’s best enduro riders will again do battle in the Elite, Under 23 and Expert classes. The event will again feature a Sunday-only Clubman class.
John Collins – ACU Trials & Enduro Chairman
‘The British Enduro Sprint Championship has delivered another superb weekend of racing. With all riders facing an all-together different style of course to that used at rounds one and two it’s been great to see such close competition among riders in all classes, especially the Under 23 competitors. Mixing things up with some extreme style sections is something that’s not been done before in a British championship enduro event, and although the sections weren’t too extreme they were certainly challenging. All of the riders who now head to the opening round of the European Enduro Championship do so having had a great workout. With just two rounds of the series remaining for this year the final event in Wales looks set to be a cracker.’
David Knight – Elite class winner Rnds 3&4 ’10 BESC Series
‘It’s been a really good weekend. Although I’ve just raced in Spain, where it was dry and dusty, this is the first time I’ve really raced on hard pack this year. Spending quality time riding my bike is exactly what I need to do and that’s what I did this weekend. The first day was really dry and then the second day, after we had some rain, was seriously slippery to start with but then came really good. I was happy with my riding. It’s difficult to push really hard when you have a strong lead as obviously I don’t want to make any unnecessary mistakes. At the first round of the series we had perfect traction, where as here you had to think about accelerating out of many of the corners, especially on the motocross track. It was good because you had to think, you couldn’t just ride flat out. Having some extreme sections was great because again you really had to think. The motocross sections of the course were really fast, and then you had to get into another mind set for the more technical sections or you’d make mistakes. It’s great to see the younger riders doing a good, long day of special tests. All in all a great weekend.’