Round 7 Pontrilas

Toughsheet National Twinshock Championships Final Round 7

Cumbria Twinshock Club

Howton Court, Pontrilas

Report Geoff Shuttleworth

Pictures Louise Croome LMXPhotos

The final round of the Toughsheet National Twinshock MX Championships took place last weekend at Howton Court, Pontrilas hosted by the Cumbria Twinshock Club, which also celebrated 25 years of the series. The circuit was in prime condition on the Saturday for the first days racing, and all three blocks went off without a hitch with some close and exciting racing finished by early afternoon. But during the end of season night time festivities, the heavens opened and the rain poured down all through the night leaving the track unrideable come Sunday morning, and following a riders meeting it was decided to call a halt to proceedings with just the one days results counting.

The MD Racing Over 50’s and 60’s were first out this week, and the main battle was between Pete Mathia and Alan Bott for the title. Mathia managed to steal a march on Bott by taking the first two race wins, and in the third an unfortunate coming together between the two rivals put them both down the leaderboard, which gifted the win to Norman Emery. Mathia though, had done enough to take the overall and title from Bott. Chris Woodward rode top three in each race to take the runner up overall.

In the Over 60’s, Graham Challis won on the day, but just ran out of races in his pursuit of new champion Alan Hambridge, whose last title was an AMCA Four stroke win. Martin Snape continued his comeback with a win in race three, and Steve Mitton rode well enough to take third overall.

Paul Coward loves the Pontrilas circuit and followed up his clean sweep last year, with another three wins on Saturday. But it was runner up Jonno White who did what he had to do, and retained the Veterans title with three seconds. Lee Jones on the TM, took third from Richard Chinn, with Alan Eaves in fifth, the first over 50 rider home.

The West Midlands Evos had a full forty rider line up, all racing together, and in the 125’s it was Neil Griffiths with three wins from Dave Russell and Zac Hackett. Dean Warren also had three wins in the 250’s from Jim Shand and Nick Payton. Whilst in the 500’s Jason Aylett took the overall win with two victories from Kevin Reed and first race winner Paul Kirkby.

Shaun Murphy came out on top of the LPE Clubman class with three fine second places, which also gave him the Martindales Rider of the Meeting award. New Clubman champion Dean Gray had a DNF in race one but took the next two race wins. His nearest challenger was Mathew Bennett who took third overall behind Louis Harmer.

In the Wulfsport Experts, all eyes were on Lee Holland and last year’s champion Michael Smith as the riders set off in race one, but there were a few wildcard riders and it was Jamie Jackson who took the first from Holland and Smith. In race two Holland made no mistakes and finished ahead of Smith, Jackson and Wayne Butt. Race three saw Jackson have mechanical problems with the Maico, and it was new twinshock rider Barry Turnbull on a borrowed Honda who took the win from Holland and Smith. Lee Hollands second place was enough to crown him the 2016 National Twinshock Champion.

James Curtis was on fire in the CI Sport Inters class as he took two wins for the overall, from local rider Ben Price. Third was top over 40 rider Mark Burrows from Chris Anderton and Sean Burrows. Jamie Biddulph had a steady day in sixth, but was crowned Inters champion at the close of play.

Paul Croxen was fastest Falcon Shocks 250 rider, but John Bennett ended up class champion for his efforts in his 25th year of riding the series.

The MRH Consultants 125 classes all raced together and Andrew Robison reigned supreme in the twinshocks, taking the overall win, as new champion John Davis had bike gremlins in race three. Tim Grindrod took third on the Moto Villa. In the 125 Evos it was a battle of the Hondas with Andy Lawton coming out on top with three seconds. Richard Chinn took second, which was good enough to give him this years title. And John Butler split the Hondas traking third on the Kawasaki. Jamie Jackson won had a DNF in the first, before taking the next two for fifth behind Jack May. Graham Cross was the top pre-83 rider on the day.

In the Woodys Vintage Honda Evolution class there was only one point separating Connor and Michael Smith at the start of the day. Connor took the first race, and Michael the second, but a twisted ankle slowed Michael down and Connor took a convincing win in the third to take a thoroughly deserved first title. Andy Hinchliffe was third and best 250, in front of Lee Jones and Stefan Garton.

MD Racing Over 50’s;

1 Pete Mathia, 2 Chris Woodward, 3 Alan Bott, 4 Mark Silvester, 5 Wayne Le Marquand, 6 Norman Emery.

MD Racing Over 60’s;

1 Graham Challis, 2 Alan Hambridge, 3 Steve Mitton, 4 Phil Wilkes, 5 David Robb, 6 Martin Snape.

AB Race Cruisers Veterans;

1 Paul Coward, 2 Jonno White, 3 Lee Jones, 4 Richard Chinn, 5 Alan Eaves, 6 Lee Buck.

West Midlands Evos 125’s;

1 Neil Griffiths, 2 Dave Russell, 3 Zac Hackett, 4 Chris Pritchett, 5 Dave Frampton, 6 Vince Crawley.

West Midland Evos 250’s;

1 Dean Warren, 2 Jim Shand, 3 Nick Payton, 4 Kevin Butcher, 5 Gene Harker, 6 Pete Chambers.

West Midlands Evos 500’s;

1 Jason Aylett, 2 Kevin Reed, 3 Paul Kirkby, 4 James Reeves, 5 Jordan Pope, 6 Kyle Godbear.

LPE Clubman;

1 Shaun Murphy, 2 Louis Harmer, 3 Mathew Bennett, 4 Dean Gray, 5 Mike Tucker, 6 Lucy Tilzey.

Wulfsport Experts;

1 Lee Holland, 2 Michael Smith, 3 Barry Turnbull, 4 Wayne Butt, 5 Mathew Rudd, 6 Jamie Jackson.

CI Sport Intermediates;

1 James Curtis, 2 Ben Price, 3 Mark Burrows, 4 Chris Anderton, 5 Sean Burrows, 6 Jamie Biddulph.

Falcon Shocks 250’s; 1 Paul Croxen, 2 John Bennett.

MRH Consultants 125 Evos;

1 Andy Lawton, 2 Richard Chinn, 3 John Butler, 4 Jack May, 5 Jamie Jackson, 6 Phil Oxley.

MRH Consultants 125 Twinshocks;

1 Andrew Robinson, 2 Chris Rowlands, 3 Tim Grindrod, 4 John Davis, 5 Alan Wheldon.

Pre-83 125’s; 1 Graham Cross, 2 Peter Powell.

Woodys Vintage Honda Evolution; 1 Connor Smith, 2 Michael Smith, 3 Andy Hinchliffe, 4 Lee Jones, 5 Stefan Garton, 6 Jordan Davis.

Martindales Rider of the meeting; Shaun Murphy.


Toughsheet National Twinshock Awards Presentation Evening

The Best Western Moat House Hotel, Stoke on Trent has once more been booked for this years bash on Saturday October 22, 2016 and for those who have not been before, this is a 4 star modern hotel built within the grounds of the magnificent Etruria Hall, near Stoke-On-Trent.

The Hotel also has full leisure facilities, including heated pool and air conditioned gym / spa, is close to the Potteries Shopping Centre and adjacent to Waterworld, one of Europes largest waterparks.

We need to be seated for 7-30pm for the meal, so that the presentation can start at approx 8-30pm.


Send the attached form and S.A.E to Geoff Shuttleworth to reserve your tickets and order your preferred menu before the end of September. Cheques should be made payable to ‘National Twinshock Association’.

Note! Tickets can only be reserved with payment before the night. If it helps cheques will not be cashed until the end of September. Rooms are to be booked through the hotel and are not usually charged until leaving.

For accommodation at the hotel call 01782-609988, and Quote ‘Twinshock’ for discounted twin room rate of £78 (Normally £135) for Bed & Breakfast, but this deal only lasts UNTIL SEPTEMBER 12, after which the price goes up. We have again been allocated 80 rooms but as usual it is on a first come first served basis, so please don’t leave it until the last minute as you will probably be disappointed.

Anyone staying on the Friday evening will receive the same room rate.

Please download the Presentation Evening form from our Entry Forms web page


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Round 5 – Warmingham Lane

Toughsheet National Twinshock Championships Round 5

Cumbria Twinshock Club

Warmingham Lane, Sandbach

Report Geoff Shuttleworth

Pictures LMX Photos Louise Croome

The Toughsheet National Twinshock championship circus moved to Warmingham Lane, Sandbach last weekend, supported by KAIS Suspension, and 170 riders arrived to find the circuit in probably the best condition it has been in the last ten years. Host club Cumbria Twinshock put on another faultless show, with the water being laid down early on Sunday morning before the Woodys Vintage Honda Evolution riders went to the line to start the 21 race programme, with holeshot prizes supported by Putoline.

And the battle of the two Smiths continued with Michael Smith on the Honda getting the better of young Yorkshireman Connor Smith on the big Kwacker each race, to narrow the gap at the top of the table from ten points to only a single point at the end of play. Andy Hichliffes three thirds keeps him in the hunt, with young Lee Jones in fourth just edging Stefan Garton into fifth.

The Wesd Mids Evo crew raced alongside the evo boys, and Jim Shand raced top ten all day, to take three wins from three in the class. Zac Hackett enjoyed the day in second from Neil Williams in third and WME coordinator Nigel Green in fourth.

The MD Racing Over 50’s saw the continuing battle between Pete Mathia, Willie Burgess and Alan Bott, with Math overcoming Burgess in races one and two, before Burgess took race three.

Mathia took the overall and extended his championship lead over third placed Bott to 19 points. Norman Emery made the long journey worthwhile taking fourth overall from Mark Silvester on the Marsh HPF Honda.

Graham Challis was the man to beat in the MD Racing Over 50’s, and took all three wins, having to pass runner up Alan Hambridge to keep up the momentum. Phil Wilkes was delighted with his third place from Dave Mozley and Steve Mitton on the big Husky.

The Wulfsport Experts went to Championship leader Lee Holland who won race one from Scott Mathia, with Michael Smith well down following his petrol tap being knocked off in mid race. Smith then beat Holland in races two and three after some terrific racing between the pair. Ricky Pedder had his best finish to date in third overall, and is really getting to grips with the Murphy Maico this year. Scott Mathia took fourth despite seizing the Maico in race two. Ewan Johnston rode top six all day for fifth overall on another Wulfsport Maico.

Paul Croxon was the best Falcon Shocks 250 rider and would have finished in the top six of the Experts, and John Bennett was second best 250 rider.

The CI Sport Inters is a good class to watch with all the riders of a very similar speed, and this week it was Rob Sadler on a 250 Moto Villa who took all three wins, and with it the Martindales Rider of The Meeting award. Jamie Biddulph took second and extended his class lead, from James Curtis in third. Ben Price again improved and took fourth from local rider Dom Bratt.

The LPE Clubman class once again was dominated by Dean Gray who took another three wins, although he was headed by guest rider Peter Williamson who was not riding for points. Matt Bennett deserves a mention as runner up though, as he was riding with a damaged ankle awaiting surgery. Steve Hogg mounted the podium once more in third, from Mark Bill and returnee local rider Phil Bayman, who had his best result for years.

The top six AB Race Cruisers Vets riders on modern bikes were all over each other in every race, with probably the strongest field for some time. The amount of trophy’s collectively these guys have won over the years would surely fill someone’s garage. Rick De-Feu had to use all of his experience each race to work his way to the front and took all three wins, from Danny Blakeley, Paul Coward, championship leader Jonno White, Richard Chinn on the TM and Garry Jones.

Mike Allport won the battle of the Over 50’s Vets from Phil Daley and Mark Tilzey.

The MRH Consultants 125 Evo class is another where anyone of five riders could take a win, but it was Richard Chinn who won the battle of the Hondas with some true grit going 1-3-2 for the overall. Holeshot king Andy Lawton tied on points with Chinn with a 2-1-3 but lost out on last race score. Callum Whaling surprized them all taking the race three win for third overall from Nathan Marsden and David Blackburn.

Andrew Robinson had his best result ever winning the MRH 125 Twinshock class on the Honda, with John Davis in second due to a DNF in race one. Chris Rowlands back on the twinnies too k third.

There was a modern support class added to the event, and up and coming enduro rider Brad Freeman showed all of his talent, with the fastest laps of the day entertaining the crowds as he took all three wins by at least half a lap each time. Pete Hamlett took second from Jack Drogan and Jordan Dawes.

The next round is on August 28 at Thoresway Moto Park, Caistor, Lincs.

Martindales Rider of the Meeting – Rob Sadler.

Woody Vintage Off Road Honda Evolution

1 Michael Smith, 2 Connor Smith, 3 Andy Hinchliffe, 4 Lee Jones, 5 Stefan Garton,

6 Tom Marsh.

West Midland Evos

1 Jim Shand, 2 Zak Hackett, 3 Neil Williams, 4 Nigel Green, 5 Tony Giles, 6 Neil Griffiths.

MD Racing Over 50’s

1 Pete Mathia, 2 Willie Burgess, 3 Alan Bott, 4 Norman Emery, 5 Mark Silvester,

6 Daran Williams.

MD Racing Over 60’s

1 Graham Challis, 2 Alan Hambridge, 3 Phil Wilkes, 4 Dave Mozley, 5 Steve Mitton,

6 Bill Brown.

Wulfsport Experts

1 Lee Holland, 2 Michael Smith, 3 Ricky Pedder, 4 Scott Mathia, 5 Ewan Johnston,

6 Matt Rudd.

CI Sport Inters

1 Rob Sadler, 2 Jamie Biddulph, 3 James Curtis, 4 Ben Price, 5 Dom Bratt, 6 Mark Burrows.

Falcon Shocks 250’s

1 Paul Croxon, 2 John Bennett.

LPE Clubman

1 Dean Gray, 2 Mathew Bennett, 3 Steve Hogg, 4 Mark Bill, 5 Phil Bayman, 6 Mike Tucker.

AB Race Cruisers Veterans

Over 40’s: 1 Rick De-Feu, 2 Danny Blakeley, 3 Paul Coward, 4 Jonno White, 5 Richard Chinn, 6 Garry Jones.

Over 50’s: 1 Mike Allport, 2 Phil Daley, 3 Mark Tilzey, 4 Gary Mason, 5 Mark Bowden,

6 Tony Houseman.

MRH Consultants 125 Twinshock

1 Andy Robinson, 2 John Davis, 3 Chris Rowlands, 4 Tim Grindrod.

MRH Consultants 125 Evolution

1 Richard Chinn, 2 Andy Lawton, 3 Callum Whaling, 4 Nathan Marsden, 5 David Blackburn, 6 Jack May.

Modern Support Class

1 Brad Freeman, 2 Pete Hamlett, 3 Jack Drogan, 4 Jordan Dawes, 5 Chaz Nicholls,

6 Stu Dawes.


Round 4 – Garstang

Toughsheet National Twinshock Championships Round 4

Lancashire Twinshock Club

Eskham House Farm, Garstang

Report Geoff Shuttleworth

Pictures LMX Photos Louise Croome

The Toughsheet National Twinshock championships reached the half way point last Sunday as the Lancashire Twinshock Club ran a faultless event for round four at the fast Eskham House Farm circuit at Garstang. With temperatures soaring to 25 degrees the club had all the watering facilities needed to keep the track in the best condition possible, and over 180 riders made the journey north. And with support from Pemberton Tyres with their hospitality it threw up a cracking days racing.

For this round it was the turn of the AB Race Cruisers Vets class to go first, and there were three different winners in a class of their own in former TMX tester Jonno White, Richard Chinn and Garry Jones. But it was White who got the overall by two points with his two seconds from Chinn and Jones to continue his lead of the series. Mike Allport took fourth overall and was the fastest over 50 rider, from Scotlands Gordon Morrison.

In the LPE Clubman class Dean Gray showed the other riders a clean pair of heels winning all three legs to take the overall and the Martindales Rider of the Meeting award. Mathew Bennett improves with every race and took his best result to date to take the runner up slot, as did Mike Tucker in third. Shaun Murphy beat Steve Hogg for fourth, and Trevor Guy back after a long lay off took sixth.

Michael Smith looked to have the upper hand in the Wulfsport Experts, as he narrowly beat Lee Holland in race one, from Scott Mathia, Matt Rudd and Rcky Pedder. Then disaster struck whilst leading race two, when a rear wheel puncture let in Lee Holland for the win, but he managed to limp home just in front of Mathia, Pedder and Rudd. Race three was another tight affair, but Holland managed to hold off the advances of Smith to take the overall and continue his series lead. Mathia took third with Ewan Johnston a good fourth.

James Curtis mixed it with the experts in the CI Sport Inters to take a great overall with two wins and a second, only being headed by Mick Armstrong, in race one, who was making a return to the sport after five years. Jamie Bidulph continued his fine form in second overall, despite an off in the second leg which relegated him outside the top ten. Rob Sadlers upgrading to the inters looked justified as he took the final podium spot from Dom Bratt and Chris Anderton.

Paul Croxon got the better of John Bennett to take the win in the Falcon Shocks 250 class.

The Woodys Vintage Off Road Honda Evo class was thrown on its head as several of the fancied runners all hit trouble in one race or another. Gavin Robertson DNF’d race one, and Michael and Connor Smith had mishaps in race two, which left a delighted Andy Hinchliffe to take his first overall victory by a single point from guest rider Brian Alexander. Michale Smith fought back to take third overall and Gavin Robertson with two wins took fourth.

Willie Burgess was on fire in the MD Racing Over 50 class as he stormed to three classy wins. Club member Alan Eaves chased him home in race one, and Pete Mathia got close in the next two to take second overall. Eaves took third from Mark Silvester on the Marxh HPF in fourth, and Wayne Le Marquand, all the way from Jersey took fifth.

Alan Hambridge came through the field each time in the MD Racing over 60’s to take all three wins, from a rejuvenated Davy Robb in second. Phil Wilkes took three fourths for third overall from Martin Snape and Scotlands Wullie Broon.

The MRH Consultants 125 Evo class was a three way Honda battle, with guest rider Gavin Robertson, out on a Steve Clitheroe machine, taking first with two wins and a third. But Andy Lawton who went 1-2-3, and Richard Chinn 2-5-2 were never more than a couple of bikes lengths behind. John Butler took fourth with local rider Jon Cowgill in fifth.

John Davis continued his great form with a trio of wins in the 125 Twinshock class, and Firefox Racings Andrew Robinson took second from Dave Ellis and Tim Grindrod on the MotoVilla.

The final class of the day was a full line up of modern support riders, and Lewis Bellfield was the rider on a mission as he tore to three wins out of three. Jason Martin had two seconds to take the runner up berth, from double class rider John Butler.

The next round is on July 24 at Warmingham Lane, Sandbach.

Martindales Rider of the Meeting – Dean Gray.

AB Race Cruisers Veterans

Over 40’s: 1 Jonno White, 2 Richard Chinn, 3 Garry Jones, 4 Mike Allport, 5 Gordon Morrison, 6 Paul Groom..

Over 50’s: 1 Mike Allport, 2 Steve Rowlands, 3 Robert Dobson, 4 Phil Daley, 5 Tony Houseman.

LPE Clubman

1 Dean Gray, 2 Mathew Bennett, 3 Mike Tucker, 4 Shaun Murphy, 5 Steve Hogg, 6 Trevor Guy.

Wulfsport Experts

1 Lee Holland, 2 Michael Smith, 3 Scott Mathia, 4 Matt Rudd, 5 Ricky Pedder, 6 Ewan Johnston.

CI Sport Inters

1 James Curtis, 2 Jamie Biddulph, 3 Rob Sadler, 4 Dom Bratt, 5 Chris Anderton, 6 Ben Price.

Falcon Shocks 250’s

1 Paul Croxon, 2 John Bennett.

Woody Vintage Off Road Honda Evolution

1 Andy Hinchliffe, 2 Brian Alexander, 3 Michael Smith, 4 Gavin Robertson, 5 Connor Smith, 6 Oliver Brunskill.

MD Racing Over 50’s

1 Willie Burgess, 2 Pete Mathia, 3 Alan Eaves, 4 Alan Bott, 5 Mark Silvester, 6 Wayne Le Marquand.

MD Racing Over 60’s

1 Alan Hambridge, 2 Davy Robb, 3 Phil Wilkes, 4 Martin Snape, 5 Wullie Broon, 6 Steve Mitton.

MRH Consultants 125 Twinshock

1 John Davis, 2 Andy Robinson, 3 Dave Ellis, 4 Tim Grindrod.

MRH Consultants 125 Evolution

1 Gavin Robertson, 2 Andy Lawton, 3 Richard Chinn, 4 John Butler, 5 Jon Cowgill, 6 Peter O’Neill.

Modern Support Class

1 Lewis Bellfield, 2 Jason Martin, 3 John Butler, 4 Jack Wilkinson, 5 Andy Hinchliffe,

6 George Martindale.