Northallerton & D.M.C. Trial, Over Silton, Sunday
Heavy rain overnight caused Northallerton DMC problems on the rolling, grassy hills and tree lined slopes of their Over Silton venue, and as Clerk of Course Nigel Rooksby said "It turned out harder than intended, but in the circumstances." Conditions favoured delicate throttle control, and Mark Doughty, reliving his glory days, proved master winning ahead of Dean Tate, with club stalwart Ian Morley snatching the Class B class win and Fantic mounted Andrew Keel gaining a confidence boosting win in the opening round of the clubs Twin Shock Challenge. First section in and out over slippery roots had Tim Marrison and Bill Gamble falling over with front mudguards and never did see the end cards, along with Luke Finch and Edgar Gaines-Burrill.
Best here was Dave Bell on his Merlin with just seven lost. Doughty and Darren Johnson fived the second, only Danny Gamble and Tate on a clean sheet. Morley fought hard for his win in Class B never more so than on the slippery adverse camber of Pete Simpsons where it needed a huge effort just to reach the end cards, just six lost here, then cleaning the difficult wooded section of Bill Pye`s every lap, along with the returning - after five years - Chris Lambert on a superbly prepped little Honda.
F.I.M X-Trial 2nd round, Wiener Neustadt, Austria, Saturday
Spanard Toni Bou won the second trial in the F.I.M. X-Trail championship on Saturday in Austria beating Adam Raga and Albert Cabestany. James Dabill battled for fifth place with Takahisa Fujinami and eventually beat the Japanese star. The next event is at Marseille on March 25.
Bedlington M.C.C. Trial, Thurnton Woods, Rothbury, Sunday
Bedlington Motor Club unearthed a fine piece of land at Thrunton Woods near Rothbury After weeks of further work behind the scenes they put on another brilliant event last weekend, when well over 100 riders turned out for three laps of sixteen sections. Coupled with a six mile ride around some wonderful views of the area, it turned out to be one of the best trials in the North East for a long time.Tom Affleck had been riding the opening British Championship in Kent the previous day but made the 350 mile drive north worth his while with a resounding victory on the Expert Route, dropping just six marks with runner - up Cumbrian Tom Alderson and John Battensby third.
Affleck was right on form with two clean laps before dropping a five on a big step at section six, and then a final dab as he exited section thirteen.
With Colin Ward and Trevor Willans breathing down his neck all day Tony Hodgson did well to hold them both off to take the Clubman win on 14, one less than Ward and two less than Willans. In a battle of the veterans on the Easy Course, Ray Crinson got off to a decent start with a single mark first lap, lost as he rode the slippery slab in section three, while Eric McMeekin was going well until a five as he attempted the rock climb in section fourteen. Derek McBeth had fived section four, a tight right hander followed by a steep drop then a muddy hill climb, before parting with two more first lap penalties.
Skeeby student Chloe Richardson in the wars
Chloe Richardson won the Ladies class at the EDE Off Road Enduro at Frickley, near Barnsley, on Sunday then checked in at Barnsley Hospital to have an injured leg treated. "I won my race but was hit by another competitor and knocked off my KTM 200 machine. I remounted and continued."Chloe, a Sports Science student in her final year, sustained injuries to her leg and thigh and headed for hospital to get the wound treated but it was not a stitching process. The impact had taken skin off her leg but no open wound. "It is all part of racing" was how the motorcycle allrounder summed up her day of action.
North Berkshire M.C.C. Ladies and Girls British Championship trial, Aston Tirroid, Sunday
World and British Ladies trial champion Emma Bristow ran away with the opening event in the 2017 series at Aston Tirroid on Sunday. Her total penalty score was a single mark! Silsden sixteen year old Gabby Whitham scored nine championship points in her first major event since her knee operation. Oakworth's Beth Dunning also scored well with a strong fourth place in class and thirteen points. In Class B age group Denholme's Olivia Brooksbank won her class and twenty points. Barnoldswick girl Lucy Ayrton was placed sixth and took ten points. Summer Brooksbank and Poppy Fletcher were fourth and sixth in Class C.
Ilkley Grand National Trial
On Saturday the battle of the moors takes place north of Ilkley where the Ilkley Motor Club stage the annual Grand National Trial.
This timed event requires speed, skill and stamina. The entry number on Sunday was over sixty competitors from all parts of the country. The experts covers three laps of ten miles while the clubman cover the same course but only two laps. Many sections can be viewd from the A59 trunk road or on Beamsley Beacon. This year the Club will have six travelling marshalls. All are top youth championship contenders. Bradford's Keiran Child and Joe Faunthorpe, Keighley's Jacob Snowdon and talented Leyburn youngster Ryan Brown are joined by Class B Ladies championship winner Alice Minta, from Telford and Silsden's Gabby Whitham. Beth Dunning and Vicky Peel will compete as will multi winner Andy Cripps. Start time is 1.00 pm.
Weekend results check
Northallerton & D.M.C. Trial, Over Silton, Sunday.
Clubman A: 1 Mark Doughty (Sherco) 38, 2 Dean Tate (Gas Gas) 53, 3 Darren Johnson (Montesa) 57.
Clubman B: 1 Ian Morley (Beta) 21, 2 Derek Farrow (Beta) 30, 3 Steve Duncan (Gas Gas) 45.
Twin Shock Challenge: 1 Andrew Keel (Fantic) 26, 2 David Bell (Merlin) 32, 3 Paul Nelson (Honda TLR) 50.
Bedlington M.C.C. Trial, Thurnton Woods, Rothbury, Sunday.
Expert Course: 1 Tom Affleck (Sherco) 6, 2 Tom Alderson (Beta) 47, 3 John Battensby (Sherco) 66,
Clubman: 1Tony Hodgson (Gas Gas) 14, 2 Colin Ward (Yamaha) 15, 3 Trevor Willans (Montesa) 16.
Easy Course: 1 Ray Crinson (Beta) 5, 2 Eric McMeekin (BSA) 10, 3 Derek McBeth (Gas Gas) 13.
WEEKEND FIXTURE LIST
Eboracum M.C. 1st Club championship trial, The Old Quarry, Hovingham 1.00 pm Ilkley & D.M.C. Ilkley Grand National Trial, Middleton Moor, Ilkley, 1.00 pm.
Pickering & D.M.C. Easy trial, Cawthorne Lane, Wrelton, 11.00 am Richmond Motor Club. Andrew Alllison Memorial Trial, Telfit, 10.00 am.
Yeadon-Guiseley Motor Club, 3rd Club trial, Addingham Moorside, 11.00 am.