Williams comes out on top at Stanhope

First published in Sport

ROGER Williams topped the entry at the Weardale Motor Club's trial last weekend, his loss of 18, putting him three marks clear of Anthony Stephen, with Joe McMeekin a further mark adrift. The trial at Dursand Quarry above Stanhope, attracted over 70 entries and with four courses on offer, each with ten sections. James Black and Eddie Aitkin battled it out on the Green Course. On the Clubman Course, John Bennett took the honours. It was a win for Andrew Black on the Easy course, after dropping all five of his marks in section three.

GUISBOROUGH D.M.C ran Saturday night’s third club trial at Charlton’s practice ground near Guisborough after heavy rain made Low Gillbeck Farm unusable. Yarm’s Tom Affleck resplendent in the distinctive MRS riding attire grabbed major honours. Intermediate winner Paul Wheatley, from Guisborough and Mark Shearer remaining unpenalised. Clubman A winner Carlton’s Ian Atkinson fired in some good rides. Guisborough’s Rick Jackson rode in company with elder brother Colin to scrape a tight Class B victory by one mark from Glaisdale’s Andrew Dale and Paul Manton. The fast improving Walker brothers, Jack and Louis, took Youth A and C class wins.

WEST Witton MRS Sherco rider Richard Sadler won the 84TH Alan Trophy at Newbiggin, near Penrith, from 2013 winners Dan Thorpe and Guy Kendrew. James Stones was seventh ahead of Hurworth’s Rob Waite ahead of cousin Jack Stones. Sheffield’s Tony Scarlett won the Over-40s class from Phil Disney.

RICHMOND Motor Trials organiser Andrew Brown was adding the final details to the course for Sunday’s second British Trials Championship at Low Row. Michael Brown heads the title chase from James Dabill. In the championship class Skeeby’s Jonathan Richard and West Witton’s Richard Sadler aim to get into the action. Andy Chilton, Billy Bolt, Michael Phillipson, Ian Austermuhle are the northern contenders. In the Expert class Faceby’s Guy Kendrew goes head to head with James Stones, Matt Maynard and Tom Affleck and John Sunter. Katy Sunter is the lone female in the expert class. The trial start area will be signed from Low Row. Car parking is £5 with proceeds going to charity. There will be catering, toilets and camping facilities for competitors. The three lap 20 section course can be watched on foot.

WANT to ride the Scott Trial course? For Youth class riders the golden opportunity is June 22 and the venue will be Hurst. The famed Washfold section is right alongside the road leading to the start

area. This unique event replicates the Scott Trial in every way. Two laps of 20 miles on the moors above Reeth taking in Sleigill, Roan Hush, Whisky Gill and Moss Gill. The Reeth Three Day Trial plays a part as well with sections at Jim Fards. As in the Scott Trial the fastest rider makes standard time as well the 30 observed sections. 40 miles of moorland sounds quite a distance but the moors are littered with tracks and sheep paths. Up to Friday the entry stands at 37 Class A and B contenders. Toby Martyn travels from Cornwall with Alexander Lennox from Northern Ireland. The Tartan Army converge on Hurst with Tyler Murphy, from Kinlochleven. Duncan McColl, Joe Dawson, Harry Sherriffs, Stuart Mack. He was involved last year while his father Sandy acted as mechanic to all and sundry. Lewis Byron travels from Glasgow. Toby Martyn, Will Minta, Sam Johnson will pose a major threat. Only one girl has entered, Colne's Megan Holdsworth. The Mintex Trophy is up from grabs. Barry Robinson sponsors Class B and Trials Magazine will conjure up a brace of Michelins as they have done for the last few years. The start time will be 10am with a start interval of 30 seconds. There is time to grab an entry.

ON the F.I.M. World Championship title chase Toni Bou won Italy on Sunday from Adam Raga and is back in the title lead, by a point, from Raga. James Dabill was the best Brit and second best Beta contender. He put one over Takahisa Fujinami. Michael Brown was a distant tenth. Alexz Wigg was 13th, Jack Shepped two places behind and Jack Challoner missed the points cut in 16th place.

Newton Abbott 12-year-old Billy Green dominated the two Class C and D Championship trials in Devon over the weekend. He finished nine penalties ahead of Whitwick’s Daniel Slack at Bovey Tracey and just one penalty ahead of Daniel on Sunday at Lustleigh. Bradford’s Charlie Smith was best in class on both days for Yorkshire. In the Medium Wheels Jacob Smith was fourth on both days. Silsden’s Josh McParland won the new Class D petrol powered class on both days. In Class D Henry Stephenson won on Saturday and was second on Sunday. The Class small wheels class was a Yorky rampage with only Buxton’s Henry Turner stopping Harry Hemingway, Alex and Dominic Horne and Myles Hutchinson from a clean sweep.

MELMERBY motor engineer Stuart Blythe was released from the James Cook Hospital on Sunday afternoon after undergoing an operation to plate and pin the right wrist he broke during the Scottish Six Days Trial. Stuart entered hospital on Saturday morning and was released on Sunday afternoon. He will not put any weight on the wrist for six weeks. Dan Hemingway broke a leg in the Erzberg Rodeo Enduro event in Austria, where Keswick’s Jonny Walker won from Ripon’s Graham Jarvis.

THE death on Saturday evening of Malcolm Robinson at his home in West Tanfield signalled yet another passing of a well known and respected works Dot scrambler. He was 79. Malcolm raced against the legendary Tate brothers, Maurice and Ron, as well as Dickie Preston, Norman Crooks, Stan Jones and Everard Bentley. Their conflicts at Hutton Conyers, Boltby, Northallerton and Carlton Bank were spectacular. At the height of his racing Malcolm suffered a very damaging bout of pneumonia, which affected his heart and breathing thus ending a brilliant, albeit short, racing career. He was always immaculate as were his machines and above all friendly and pleasant. Such was his enthusiasm for Hutton Conyers that he had a cottage at the track overlooking the start area and main straights. He could be seen by commentator Tom Ellis watching from of his bedroom window. No funeral details have been released yet.

Weekend Results Check

Newcastle & D.M.C. Trial, Ridsdale, Sunday. Expert: Michael Phillipson 25. Clubman: John Scott, 14. Youth B: Jack Biggins, 8. Easy Course: Pre 65: Andrew Black 0. Twinshock: 1=John Grey/Gary Daykin, 0. Novice: Steve Holmes 0. C class: Amy Turpin 3. A class: Olivia Pearson 6. B class: Kian Dawson 0.

Weardale & D.M.C. Trial, Dursand Quarry, Stanhope: Expert Course: 1 Roger Williams (Beta) 18, 2 Anthony Stephen (Gas Gas) 21, 3 Joe McMeekin (Ossa) 22. Green Course: 1 James Black (Sherco) 7, 2 Eddie Aitkin (Jotagas) 8, 3 Colin Gelston (Gas Gas) 16. Clubman Course: 1 John Bennett (Gas Gas) 8, 2 B Brayton (Sherco) 13, 3 Alistair Dalton (Beta) 14. Easy Course: 1 Andrew Black (Montesa) 5, 2 Steve Holmes (Beta) 6, 3 Micky Johnson (Yamaha) 7.

Guiseborough D.M.C. Round 3 Saturday series trial, Charltons. Expert: Tom Affleck (Sherco) 14.

Intermediate: 1 Paul Wheatley (Sherco) 64, 2 Jonathon Frost ( Sherco) 75. Clubman A: 1 Ian Atkinson (Montesa) 19, 2 Graham Scott (Beta) 24. Clubman B: 1 Richard Jackson ( Fantic) 2, 2 Andrew Dale (Sherco) 3, 3 Paul Manton (Gas Gas) 4. Youth A: Jack Walker (Gas Gas) 88.

Weekend Fixture List

Saturday: Wetherby D.M.C. Round 2 Crooks Trophy Series, Hilltip Farm, Dacre. 5:30pm.

Sunday: Richmond D.M.C. Round 2 A.C.U. British Trials Championship, Low Row, Reeth, 9:30am.

Scarborough D.M.C. Round 3 club championship, Low North Park, 10:30am. Horsforth D.M.C. Stan Pitts Trophy Trial, Cawder Hall, Skipton, 11am.

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