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Milner revels in Eston Hills tester
4:14pm Wednesday 24th October 2012 in Sport
MIDDLESBROUGH DMC held their Lazenby trial high on the Eston Hills on Sunday, and although glorious weather greeted the 83 competitors a heavy downpour midway certainly spiced things up.
It did not deter Leavening’s young ‘chippy’ Adam Milner though. He revelled in the conditions, emerging a clear winner from the irrepressible Stevie Suddes from Yarm.
Milner pulled out a lead with superb rides on the fifth and sixth sections, losing just three marks on each, as Suddes struggled on double figure scores. Even Milner and Kirkbymoorside British Class B champion Dan Peace lost nine marks each here.
Staithes rider Isaac Gale, fresh out on a new Beta took the Intermediate class from Lee McGee, from Guisborough, on most clean rule and Phil Perry also Guisborough, won Clubman A from Mick Watson by five marks.
Glaisdale’s Andrew Dale dashed round and beat the rain. It paid off, beating Andy Waugh, aboard the Twin Shock Fantic by seven marks to win Clubman B. Guisborough’s George McGee held his riders under tuition school and Lealholm’s Scott Jackson won hard route and Harriet Mayfield from Great Ayton took the easy course honours.
DALE ROBSON has been away from the North East trials scene for a few years now, but made an instant impact on Sunday when his return to action ended with him winning the South Shields Club’s Frank Goodall Trophy Trial.
Held at Rookhope in County Durham, the event was restricted to seventy five entries, which was quickly reached, and riders were in for four laps of ten sections, most in the streams, which were running well after the recent rains.
Hardest section on the Expert Route was section four, where Robson dropped his only two marks. His two cleans here were matched by runner up Carl Shaw, who had a two and a three on his other laps, the only other feet up rides coming from Colin Ward and Michael Lee, with one apiece. Shaw held off Ward for second place after having had more cleans, both riders finishing on eight.
Alistair Dalton can still put in a decent ride when he turns out, and along with Eddie Aitkin and Grant Gillander, he went clean on the Clubman Route, while Kevin Johnson and Dave Humble both lost out after dropping single dabs.
Colin Ward junior had one single mark on the last section, but that was enough to take the Easy Course win ahead of Colin Lee, Kevin Edmundson and Ossy Byers, who all finished on two.
ALEXZ WIGG stormed the hard course losing a single mark on Sunday to win the Lakes Two Day Trial at Broughton in Furness ahead of Scarborough’s Michael Brown and Chalfont St Peter expert Sam Haslam.
Yorkshire quartet Richard Sadler, Ian Austermuhle, Chris Pearson and Ross Crosby finished eighth to 11th. Middlesbrough rider Guy Kendrew was placed 14th ahead of York’s Tom Hick and Crook’s Michael Phillipson.
Coverdale gamekeeper Will Reynolds finished 19th while Arkengarthdale 17-year-old Jack Stones rode his new 300cc Gas Gas to twenty first place in his second major national event.
Ilkley decorator Graham Tales won the clubman category from Bury rider Shaun Isherwood and New Mills contender Mark Reynolds.
Melmerby motor engineer Stuart Blythe was placed eighth ahead of the younger of the Tales family, Andrew, who is an heating engineer in Ilkley.
NINETY-EIGHT years on, two world wars, and just one cancellation, caused by the foot and mouth epidemic in 2001 while the Kaiser and Adolf Hitler accounted for the other nine. That is a very brief summary of one of the most famous motorcycle events in history.
The Scott Trial, Richmond Motor Club’s event, staged also by the Darlington club and by the trial that bears his name, Alfred Scott, roamed in Wharfedale and Nidderdale in the early parts of the last century.
On Saturday at Feldom Moor 198 competitors will ride almost 80 miles of moorland, tracks, hills and dales, against the elements, the clock, and about the same number of observed sections.
Penalties are awarded for time taken over and above the fastest finisher.
In 1996 Graham Jarvis stopped the clocks in a mind boggling 5hrs 56mins 40 seconds. The longest time since records was retained. That was a physically shattering day for every competitor.
On Saturday morning six Scott Trial winners will compete. Dougie Lampkin, Wayne Braybrook, Phillip Alderson, Michael Phillipson, James Dabill and 2011 winner Jonathan Richardson. Thirty eight riders will be newcomers, including Chloe Richardson, sister of Jonathan.
Twenty nine contenders will be under the age of 21. Four females will start, world and national stars Emma Bristow and Katy Sunter, and Robyn Alderson whose father Phillip won the trial on four occasions.
One competitor will attract massive attention. Tyco Suzuki Superbike teamster Josh Brookes will find a totally different type of riding required on Saturday, in direct contrast the frantic action at Brands Hatch last weekend.
The entire trial route travels over private moors and land which will be patrolled by officials and gamekeepers at all times. Basically the sections are well known. Goats, Underbanks, Shaw Gutter, Whaw Bridge, Black Hills, Grand Canyon, By Pass, Surrender, Roys Rocks, Rawcroft, Sleeper Stones, Reels Head and the finale a mile from the finish – Clapgate, is the last and most welcome section.
The competitors travel from all parts of the British Isles, the Isle of Man, Ireland and the Ulster Province and France. One rider who will not travel any great distance is Richard Ridley who actually lives on the course near Hurst.
The first rider starts at 9am.