Toughsheet National Twinshock Championships Round 6
Gale Common MX Club
Gale Common, Whitley.
Report Geoff Shuttleworth
Pictures LMX Photos Louise Croome
The Gale Common MX Club hosted the sixth and penultimate round of the Toughsheet National Twinshock Championships at Gale Common last weekend. The extended track was in prime condition when riders arrived, but the lack of rain in the area meant that dust became a problem after only one block of racing. Urgent repairs to the water bowser took longer than expected, which meant that only two blocks of racing could be completed in the day. Other than that the track rode well with a two minute lap time. Over 170 riders made the journey, and first up were the lower capacity machines, who all rode together but scored separately.
Irelands Jonathan McBride is the rider to beat in the Flacon Shocks 250 category, and he blasted his way to two clear victories. Steve Rowlands held second in both races in front of Herefords John Bennett.
The Yorkshire VMX 125 Evolution class had a new overall winner in Anthony Hartley, who finished second to Mason Bell in race one, and then second behind Lee Holland in race two. Bell took second overall and Matt Rowlands third, with Lee Holland down the leaderboard due to a race one DNF. Phil Oxley was making a comeback and took fourth on the day.
Sean McCrea extended his championship lead in the 125 Twinshock class with the overall win, although title rival John Davis did beat him in race one. A DNF in the second did Davis no good at all, and promoted Chris Rowlands to a fine runner up overall, with Tim Grindrod getting his first ever trophy in the class in third.
Joel Hughes was on fire in the Wulfsport Experts class on the JR Racing Honda, as he followed up his Kings of the Castle and Nostalgia victories with two fine wins and the overall. Mind you he had to overcome the strong challenge from championship leader Michael Smith on the Ken Sourbutts Maico who took a third and a second to take the runner up spot. Irelands Willie Burgess led the first race, and finished third overall with a second and a third. Gary Parker was up with the front runners to take fourth overall from Matt Rudd.
Local rider Reece Winsor took the honours in the CI Sport Inters class with two wins, from Chris Anderton who had a third and a second. Jamie Biddulph defied all the injuries he has had this year to take third from Martin Speak on the big four stroke Honda, and Dom Bratt in fifth.
The MD Racing Over 50’s saw Phil Martindale take race one, with Alan Bott close on his heels in second, Terry Connor a fine third in front of Barry Burbidge in fourth. But in race two Martindale took an early fall, leaving Bott to sail away unchallenged for the victory and overall win. Martindale set about the back markers and by the last lap had overhauled his way back to second, with Burbidge third and Gary Craddock fourth.
Steve Mitton took a popular overall win in the MD Racing over 60’s with two victories from Team Mozzas Dave Mozley in second and Phil Wilkes in third.
The Motolink Yamaha Evo class was one of the fastest of the day, with Scotlands Gavin Robertson showing his class before the Farleigh VetsdN, with two superb wins. Runner up Michael Smith was his only challenger with two seconds, and Jack Wilkinson finished third both times from Danny Blakeley and Andy Hinchliffe.
With championship leader Joe Chell absent from the LPE Clubman class, Ben Price took full advantage with two emphatic wins to seal the overall and take over at the top of the class, and also received the CNR Burrows Rider of the Meeting award for his efforts. Holeshot king Simon Bentley rode well to take second on the Honda, from Sean Martin in third. Matt Bennett took fourth, and there was a first trophy for Jon Mozley in fifth.
Forty riders contested the AB Race Cruisers Vets Class, and as usual championship leader Danny Blakeley took both legs despite discomfort from three broken ribs. Lee Davies got the better of Jonno White to take second on the day, and Ewan Johnston took fourth even though he had an off in race one. Tony Houseman and Mike Allport were the first over 50’s home on the day.
An extra modern class was added to the programme, and it was local club member Connor Smith who reigned supreme with two very fast wins on his two stroke machine. Dale Brockhurst took second, with Gavin Robertson third on his evo bike.
Connor Smith also took the Graeme Clegg Memorial Trophy race which took place after the interval.
The final race of the day was the handicapped Yorkshire Grand National, which pitted all the top five twinshock riders from each class. Robin Chadwick had his five minutes of fame at the front before the marauding experts overhauled him around half distance. Michael Smith managed to hold off Joel Hughes to the flag to take the coveted trophy home. Gary Parker came third and 250 rider Jonathan McBride fourth to end another good day.
The final round of the championship is the double header at Howton Court, Pontrilas on Saturday and Sunday September 26/27.
Yorkshire VMX 125 Twinshock
1 Sean McCrea, 2 Chris Rowlands, 3 Tim Grindrod, 4 John Davis.
Yorkshire VMX 125 Evolution
1 Anthony Hartley, 2 Mason Bell, 3 Matt Rowlands, 4 Phil Oxley, 5 Chris Chappell, 6 Chris Rogerson.
Falcon Shocks 250’s
1 Jonathan McBride, 2 Steve Rowlands, 3 John Bennett, 4 Paul Croxon.
1 Joel Hughes, 2 Michael Smith, 3 Willie Burgess, 4 Gary Parker, 5 Matt Rudd, 6 Mark Connole.
CI Sport Inters
1 Reece Winsor, 2 Chris Anderton, 3 Jamie Biddulph, 4 Martin Speak, 5 Dom Bratt,
6 Kev Bratt.
MD Racing Over 50’s
1 Alan Bott, 2 Phil Martindale, 3 Barry Burbidge, 4 Terry Connor, 5 Gary Craddock,
6 Paul Robson.
MD Racing Over 60’s
1 Steve Mitton, 2 Dave Mozley, 3 Phil Wilkes, 4 Allan Williamson.
Motolink Yamaha Evolution
1 Gavin Robertson, 2 Michael Smith, 3 Jack Wilkinson, 4 Danny Blakeley, 5 Andy Hinchliffe, 6 Jonno White.
6 Tom Marsh. Super Evos; 1 Jack Gribble, 2 Zach Todd, 3 Rob Topp.
1 Ben Price, 2 Simon Bentley, 3 Sean Martin, 4 Mathew Bennett, 5 Jon Mozley, 6 Ben Hughes.
AB Race Cruisers Veterans
1 Danny Blakeley, 2 Lee Davies, 3 Jonno White, 4 Ewan Johnston, 5 Tony Houseman, 6 Mike Allport. Over 50’s : 1 Tony Houseman, 2 Mike Allport, 3 Russ Watson.
1 Connor Smith, 2 Dale Brockhurst, 3 Gavin Robertson, 4 Andy Hinchliffe, 5 Shaun Dennison, 6 Miles Kitchen.
Yorkshire Grand National
1 Michael Smith, 2 Joel Hughes, 3 Gary Parker, 4 Jonathan McBride, 5 Alan Bott, 6 Chris Anderton.
Graeme Clegg Memorial Race – Connor Smith.
CNR Burrows Transport Rider of the Meeting – Ben Price.