Yeadon – Guiseley Motor Club, tenth closed to club championship trial, Dob Park, Sunday.

OVER ninety riders shrugged off a bleak icy morning on Sunday and headed for Dob Park and the final club championship of the season. No big time national event.

Just an in-house battle for club points. Many thought otherwise.

Leyburn joiner Richard Sadler and fourteen year old understudy Ryan Brown headed down the A1 M motorway while Louise and Chris Alford motored up the same motorway from Lincoln collecting Jess Bown on the way north.

Fourteen year old Alice Minta got her father up in the small hours to drive from Shropshire while multi world champion Yrjo Vesterinen dropped in the from Burnley.

It was really an all-star entry.

Honours on the hard route, and it was, and muddy, went to Sadler with the brothers Hemingway, Dan and Ben taking the lower places.

Rawdon’s Louis Haley grabbed the Inter class from Ossett’s Thomas Housecroft and Guiseley’s Danny Cockshott.

Bradford’s Charlie Smith was placed ninth and therefore the top youth over Ryan Brown and Edward Earle.

In the Clubman A category Drighlington Sherco rider Paul Kettlewell edged out Rawdon’s Chris Beecroft and Class B youth Harry Hemingway but only three penalties covered age from youth.

Knaresborough building supplies owner Neil Gaunt got back into action after a broken leg and won the Clubman B class from Harrogate garden centre owner Rob Hardisty.

Gaunt was the best over fifty years of age from Over 40’s winner Hardisty while Cullingworth former sidecar trial champion and now Leeds garage owner Robin Luscombe put one over Vesterinen and Grassington motor engineer John Maxfield.

The ten section four lap main course was planned and marked out by Mark Yeadon and sons Sam and Ben Yeadon.

The format was more or less normal Dob Park with a plunge westwards down to the bottom boundary and up the narrow gully with protective fallen tree halting any full throttle attempts.

Sections four to nine tracked the east stream with a touch of flying into and out of the bomb hole adjacent to the top boundary fence.

The fallen trees and logs at four took marks of all but Richard Sadler.

The Waterfall was as usual the seventh and yielded three cleans for the winner.

Dan and Ben Hemmingway were the only others to boss the section.

The fallen tree half way up the eighth had to be crossed at an angle.

Wendy Yeadon did a roaring trade in dabs and threes because straight after the woodwork there was a three foot rock for the hard routers.

Bellerby’s Ryan Brown did a handstand to salvage a two while Sadler just hopped over the tree trunk and up.

Only Sam Beecroft-Penny matched the Sadler demo rides.

Some of the entry dawdled too long on lap one and by the fourth lap found the sections clear and the observers heading for Bee’s chuck wagon.

THE Northallerton & D.M.C. axed their trial, scheduled for last Sunday, at Bilsdale due to inclement weather. The Club will hold their Annual General Meeting on January 10th at the Black Horse Hotel at Swainby at 8.00 pm prompt. All members are welcome as well as potential new members.

ON a visit to Colin Appleyard’s Keighley motor cycle showroom last week Richmond trials enthusiast Barry Watson secured the services of sixteen times Isle of Man T.T,. race winner, and regular trials rider, Ian Hutchinson who lives near the showroom.

Ian has agreed to attend the Comrades establishment at 14 Newbiggin, Richmond for a social evening.

Ian was a guest in 2016.

Since his last visit he has won a further five T.T. races and also crashed and broke a leg. He recently signed for Honda for 2018.

The date set for this charity evening is Friday, January 19 commencing at 7.30 pm.

All proceeds will be donated to the North Yorkshire Air Ambulance Fund. A raffle and auction are planned.

Tickets are £12.50 and are stocked at CJT Bikesport Richmond. A.G. Bikes Low Row, Manor Cafe and AMR Motorcycles at Bellerby.

Any problems locating tickets call 07966006198.


Boxing Day

Bradford D.M.C: Howden Wood trial, Silsden, 10.30 am

Guisborough D.M.C. Fancy Dress Trial (Charity) Charltons, Guisborough, 10.30 am.

Richmond Motor Club, Albert Shaw Trophy Trial, Hurst Road, Hurst, DL11 7NW, 10.30 am

West Leeds Motor Club, President’s Trial, Post Hill, Pudsey, 11.00 am.


Spen Valley M.C.C. Trial, Rockingstones Quarry, Huddersfield, 11.00 am.


Yeadon-Guiseley Motor Club, Renee Smith Memorial Trial, Dob Park, Otley, 10.30am.


Wetherby & D.M.C. John Smith’s Bottle Trial, Cockhill Mines, Greenhow, 10.30 am