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.


Round 3 Gale Common

Toughsheet National Twinshock Championships Round 3

Gale Common MX Club

Gale Common, Whitley

Report Geoff Shuttleworth

Pictures LMX Photos Louise Croome

The Gale Common MX Club hosted their final event at the sandy circuit last Sunday following the sale of the land, and what a cracker Alan Hardy and his crew put on for the third round of the Toughsheet National Twinshock Championships. Unbelievably the sun shone all weekend and the track was watered and graded perfectly.

The MRH Consultants 125 Twinshock and Evo riders were first out and John Davis made the most of the perfect conditions to storm to three very convincing wins in the twinshocks on his Yamaha. Local rider Dave Ellis took second from Tim Grindrod on the Moto Villa.

The 125 Evos provided some of the best racing seen in a while as three riders banged bars all day in three exciting races. David Blackburn, Richard Chinn and Andrew Lawton all ended up with identical scores with 1-2-3 finishes, something not seen before, and it was Blackburn who came out on top of the three Hondas by virtue of winning the final moto. John Butler followed them home and Matt Rowlands took fifth.

In the Wulfsport Experts, it was reigning champion Michael Smith on the Sourbutts Maico, who was the man on form with three wins from series leader Lee Holland on his Yorkshire VMX Honda. Scott Mathia pushed the leaders all the way on the Wulfsport Maico for third, with Matt Rudd fourth and Ricky Pedder fifth.

Jamie Biddulph went one better than Hawkstone, to take the CI Sport Inters class and Martindales Rider of the Meeting award with three classy wins, mixing it with the regular experts on his 250 Maico. Local rider Mark Burrows followed him home each time on the four stroke Husky to take runner up. And then there was a really good scrap for third with Dom Bratt leading home Chris Anderton and Ben Price.

The Falcon Shocks 250 class was won convincingly by Paul Croxon, who was also up with the experts, leading home John Bennett who was riding his trusty 250 Maico for the 25th consecutive season.

The LPE Clubman class was won by twinshock convert Rob Sadler who rode Tim Grindrods Moto Villa to three convincing wins, and earned himself an upgrade to the Inters class for the next round. Hawkstone winner Dean Gray came second with three runner up places. Matt Bennett continued his fine form in third from first trophy winner in thirty years Steve Hogg and Jake Veitch in fifth.

Gavin Robertson won the Woodys Vintage Honda Evo class overall, but a mistake in race one gave Michael Smith the victory. Robertson then proceeded to dominate races two and three, with young Connor Smith taking the runner up spot in all three legs for second on the podium. Smith took third overall from Andy Hinchliffe and Tom Marsh.

Irelands Willie Burgess got the big Maico dialled in to win the MD Racing Over 50’s, and led from start to finish in each race. Pete Mathia used all his experience to try and chase him down, but Burgess was already away and clear. Mathia took second overall from Mark Silvester on the Marsh HPF, and series leader after Hawkstone Alan Bott took fourth from Norman Emery.

Alan Hambridge was delighted to win the MD Racing over 60’s class, from track builder Davy Robb and Graham Challis, and all three had the pleasure of a erace win apiece.

With the absence of Danny Blakeley, Jonno White took up the gauntlet in the AB Race Cruisers Vets class and romped to the overall by winning the first two races, but a mistake in race three almost took it away from him when he finished fifth. Richard Chinn took race three and also second overall from Paul Coward on the big Kawasaki. Scotlands Gordon Morrison took fourth ahead of Garry Jones.

The Graeme Clegg Memorial event for club members was won with three race wins by Thomas Dodsworth, from Travis Riddle and Colin Bland.

The first leg of the War of the Roses went to Lancashires Ken Sourbutts team who convincingly beat Alan Hardys Yorkies in the final handicapped race of the day won by scratch rider Connor Smith.

The next round is on June 5 at Eskham House Farm, Garstng, Lancaster.

Martindales Rider of the Meeting – Jamie Biddulph.

MRH Consultants 125 Twinshock

1 John Davis, 2 DaveEllis, 3 Tim Grindrod, 4 Brian Ratcliiffe.

MRH Consultants 125 Evolution

1 David Blackburn, 2 Richard Chinn, 3 Andy Lawton, 4 John Butler, 5 Matt Rowlands,

6 Nathan Cooper.

Wulfsport Experts

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

CI Sport Inters

1 Jamie Biddulph, 2 Mark Burrows, 3 Dom Bratt, 4 Chris Andeton, 5 Ben Price, 6 Dougie Dryden.

Falcon Shocks 250’s

1 Paul Croxon, 2 John Bennett, 3 David Shaun.

LPE Clubman

1 Rob Sadler, 2 Dean Gray, 3 Mathew Bennett, 4 Steve Hogg, 5 Jake Veitch, 6 Lee Conduit.

Woody Vintage Off Road Honda Evolution

1 Gavin Robertson, 2 Connor Smith, 3 Michael Smith, 4 Andy Hinchliffe, 5 Tom Marsh,

6 Gordon Morrison.

MD Racing Over 50’s

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

6 Darron Williams.

MD Racing Over 60’s

1 Alan Hambridge, 2 Davy Robb, 3 Graham Challis, 4 Phil Wilkes, 5 Bill Brown.

AB Race Cruisers Veterans

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

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

Graeme Clegg Memorial Trophy;

1 Thomas Dodsworth, 2 Travis Riddle, 3 Colin Bland, 4 Ben Wakenshaw, 5 Ross Procter.

War of the Roses; First leg ; Yorkshire 67 Lancahire 38 (Lowest score wins)

1 Connor Smith, 2 Paul Coxon, 3 Lee Buck, 4 Michael Smith, 5 Alan Bott, 6 Ashley Smith.


Venue change for round five.

Unfortunately due to unforseen circumstances we have had to change the venue
of round five on July 24 from Condover to Warmingham Lane.
All will be explained at Hawkstone on April 30 at the second round of the


Polesworth – Round 1

Toughsheet National Twinshock Championships Round 1

Cumbria Twinshock Club

Stipers Hill, Polesworth

Report Geoff Shuttleworth

Pictures LMX Photos Louise Croome

The opening round of the twenty fifth Toughsheet National Twinshock Championships took place on Easter Sunday at Stipers Hill, Polesworth, supported by Central Motors Salvage of Derby. The Cumbria Twinshock event ran like the proverbial Swiss watch with over 200 riders competing over the 21 race programme. A huge deluge on Saturday night left the track in prime condition, and the weather Gods were on side as the racing finished just a few hours before Storm Katie hit the Midlands. The holeshot awards were very generously supplied by Mike Allports Church of Dirt, with support from VMX Gaskets and Team Williamson.

There were a lot of new names in all the line ups and first out were the LPE Clubman class, with 36 eager riders hitting the first corner, with Martin Cheeseman taking the holeshot, and checking out for the win by 15 seconds over second place Carl Nissen, and a further 15 seconds ahead of Sean Martin in third.

Race two saw an easy win for Nissen, this time getting the better of Cheesman, and they were politely asked to step up to the Inters class for round two as they were clearly way ahead of the rest of the Clubman fold. As bad luck would have it Nissens bike would not start for race three and Cheesman wrapped up the overall from a fast Mark Bill in second and Jake Veitch in third.

The MD Racing Over 50’s had plenty of former champions in a field packed with class. Pete Mathia took the first race win from Mark Silvester, who was making a return to the sport on the Marsh HPF Honda, but in race two Mathia made a mistake which left him right at the back, and Silvester went on to win from reigning champion Alan Bott and Richard Allen. Mathia won the third leg, but Silvesters third place gave him the overall from Bott, Mathia, Allen and Phil Ryan.

In the over 60’s it was a straight shoot out between Toughsheets John Mercer and debutant Graham Challis. Challis won the first but Mercer chased him down and won the next two to take the win from Challis, Alan Hambridge, and Steve Mitton in fourth.

The Partridge Ventilation Pre-83 125 class was a bit sparce, but James Shand gave a faultless performance to take three classy wins, each time from Anthony Twidle on the immaculate Honda. Lance Marshall made a good return after his 12 month sabattical, taking third overall from Jim Shand and John Eardley.

There were only four MRH Consultants 125 Twinshock riders, but John Davis mixed it up with the newer bikes and went home with the overall with three wins from Andrew Robinson and Tim Grindrod.

Paul Coward was on fire in the AB Race Cruisers Vets class, and although Jonno White got the better of him in race one, he fired the big Kawasaki to the front in the next two to take the win on the day. Jonno took a great second overall, and Danny Blakely, making his return after breaking his leg at the final round of 2015, was well chuffed with his third overall. Garry Jones took fourth, and Russ Watson was fifth and the leading over 50 rider.

The MRH Consultants 125 Evos had a good line up and it turned out to be a good day for the Steve Clitheroe tuned Hondas with a one two three, as Richard Chinn took a gutsy maximum with three wins, but not before Jacob Joyce had tried everything to get on terms, taking second from fellow team mate Andy Lawton. John Butler on the Kawasaki took fourth from Mason Bell in fifth.

There were some new names at the top of the leaderboard in the Woodys Vintage Off Road Honda Evo class, with debutant Connor Smith overjoyed at taking the overall with a win and two thirds.

Tom Marsh had his best result to date, winning race one, and taking second overall. Paul Coward could have done better than third had it not been for a clash in race one. Andy Hinchliffe on the 250 Honda took fourth from reigning champion Michael Smith.

The best racing of the day was saved until last as the Wulfsport Experts riders lined up with the Inters and 250 riders. Lee Holland was the star of the show, out on his newly acquired Andy Cleaver Honda 480, and showed great speed and his classy display gave him three wins, and the Martindales Rider of the Meeting award. His nearest challenger was Wayne Butt who led several times, but just could not make it stick, but it looks like there will be more battles to come between the two this season. Michael Smith on the Ken Sourbutts Maico had a few early season gremlins but still took third from Ewan Johnston who made his twinshock debut on the Wulfsport Maico.

The CI Sport Inters class was won by James Curtis who had three consistent second places. Jamie Biddulph had his best result so far in second, and Ben Clark who had won the first two races took third from Mark Burrows.

Jake Mason was the man to beat in the Falcon Shocks 250 class, with three classy wins, even mixing it with the top experts. Sean Byrne took second overall from John Bennett, who was competing in his twenty fifth year of twinshock racing.

Round two is the Matt Murphy Memorial Meeting at Hawkston Park on Saturday April 30.

LPE Clubman

1 Martin Cheesman, 2 Mark Bill, 3 Jake Veitch, 4 Carl Nissen, 5 Mathew Bennett, 6 Stephen Hakes.

MD Racing Over 50’s

1 Mark Silvester, 2 Alan Bott, 3 Pete Mathia, 4 Richard Allen, 5 Phil Ryan, 6 Phil Martindale.

MD Racing Over 60’s

1 John Mercer, 2 Graham Challis, 3 Alan Hambridge, 4 Steve Mitton, 5 Phil Wilkes,

6 Dave Mozley.

Partridge Ventilation Pre-83 125’s

1 James Shand, 2 Anthony Twidle, 3 Lance Marshall, 4 Jim Shand, 5 John Eardley, 6 Martin Stokes.

MRH Consultants 125 Twinshock

1 John Davis, 2 Andrew Robinson, 3 Tim Grindrod, 4 Brian Ratcliffe.

AB Race Cruisers Veterans

Over 40’s: 1 Paul Coward, 2 Jonno White, 3 Danny Blakeley, 4 Garry Jones, 5 Russ Watson, 6 Mike Allport. Over 50’s : 1 Russ Watson, 2 Mike Allport, 3 Tony Houseman, 4 Phil Daley,

5 Gary Mason, 6 Robert Dobson.

MRH Consultants 125 Evolution

1 Richard Chinn, 2 Jacob Joyce, 3 Andy Lawton, 4 John Butler, 5 Mason Bell, 6 Matt Rowlands.

Woody Vintage Off Road Honda Evolution

1 Connor Smith, 2 Tom Marsh, 3 Paul Coward, 4 Andy Hinchliffe, 5 Michael Smith,

6 Jack Wilkinson.

Wulfsport Experts

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

CI Sport Inters

1 James Curtis, 2 Jamie Biddulph, 3 Ben Clark, 4 Mark Burrows, 5 Darren Williams, 6 Steve Morgan.

Falcon Shocks 250’s

1 Jake Mason, 2 Sean Byrne, 3 John Bennett, 4 Paul Croxon, 5 Will Cowsill.

Martindales Rider of the Meeting – Lee Holland.


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