Richmond Motor Club annual Scott Trial, Reeth, Saturday.

SILSDEN’S Dougie Lampkin won the Scott Trial for sixth time on Saturday in most diabolical weather conditions on record.

The two hundred contestants left the start area on Feldom Range at 09.00 to ride eighty miles totally off-road against the clock and the elements. Visibility was less than fifty metres in places. Torrential rain brought some stream sections up to a metre in depth. Three sections were impassable and the advance party of officials had to alter twenty sections. Six previous winners started but it was Denby Dale JST Gas Gas teamster. Jack Price who set the standard time. He started off one minute and twenty seconds of ahead five times winner Dougie Lampkin and blazed a trail through seventy eight sections to set a time of 5.07.17.

That time penalised the entire field but the canny Lampkin kept Price in sight all the way and his time penalty was a mere five. The remaining eighty finishers incurred time penalties running into three figures so Price won the time race but not the trial which was down to section penalties and won by Lampkin from Jack Peace and James Dabill who overcame a detached rear tyre on his Beta machine. The Leeds rider incurred 22 time penalties but was third best on observation behind Lampkin and Jack Peace. The retirement number was 60% which was not much above the normal numbers. For Jack Price it was memorable day, fastest on time, second overall, member of the JST Gas Gas winning manufacturer’s team with past winner Michael Brown and Dan Peace. It is thought that Dougie Lampkin’s stunning result also earned him an ‘Oldest Winner’ tag! And-the hard luck stories. Brompton’s James Stones dropped out at Bridge End with a waterlogged Beta engine. Healaugh’s John Sunter rocketed home third fastest to beat brother in law Dan Thorpe. It was Sunter’s first ride since last year’s Scott Trial! Rob Waite (Melsonby) and Arkengarthdale’s Jack Stones won Scott Silver Spoons but Skeeby Montesa rider Will Reynolds missed out by five penalties. The rugby playing biker was battered in a match at Castleford last week where he ws judge man of the Match He elected to ride the Scott Trial without gloves! Will was delayed when his Montesa chain tensioner broke. Past Scott winner Phil Alderson, in 1991, took thirty second place behind Carlton’s Matt Maynard and ahead World and British trials champion Emma Bristow. Skeeby’s Chloe Richardson was placed seventy fourth but her boyfriend Sam Winterburn went out with broken suspension linkage early in the trial. And the footnote – Booze farmers Hazel and Dennis Harker were out removing fences at 07.00 to create an alternative route if the stream levels rose - it did.

Horsforth & D.M.C. 9th Simon Green Championship trial, Greenhow, Sunday.

THE ninth Simon Green Championships at Galloway Pastures on Sunday was a wet ordeal for forty five competitors, and some cases their parents. Nine Small Wheels youngsters rode a short four lap six sections route at the Nidderdale venue which got underway in torrential rain. Even four year old Ellis Mitchell battled his way round on his Oset machine. Arthur Wright won the hard route class while George Wright and Aiden Richardson rode the easier White route without fault heading Eddie Abram who was competing in only his fifth trial. Paul Kettlewell, Phillip Hammond and Martin Dagbilen and Graham Sanderson won three main course classes which took in eight sections and four short laps. Dagbilen and Sanderson cleaned the easy course. Class B youngster Harry McLoughlin rode well on the hard route and only the fifth section prevented him winning the class. Top of the Pre 65 category was David Brogden from Graham Wilson. The latter was practicing riding the wrong side of section flags. Maybe his spectacles were steamed up?

Wetherby & District Motor Club. Final standings for the Norman Crooks Trophy Series.

THE Wetherby club staged seven Norman Crooks Trophy championship trials over the summer months perpetuating the name of a talented and respected scrambles rider of eighties era. Norman’s titanic battles with Ron and Maurice Tate and Dickie Preston were legendary. All events ran on Saturday taking in Clockensyke Farm twice, Ramsgill, Toftgate, Fellbeck, Grimwith Reservoir and Kirkby Malzeard. The overall winner was Glasshouses electrical engineer Danny Gamble who is a listed Centre expert but left his modern Sherco at home and rode a variety of old machines such as a Beta TR34, a TYZ Yamaha and maybe a twin shock machine. The top three riders in each of the fourteen classes will take awards. The course was Hard, 50/50 and Easy. Ages rode from Youth to Over 40/50 and 60 plus Twin Shocks.



Darlington & D.M.C. Trial, The Woodyard, Reeth, 11.00am.

Pickering & D.M.C. Motocross, Haygate Lane, Pickering 11.00am.

Yeadon-Guiseley M.C. Dave Curry Trophy Trial, Ramsgill, 11.00am.


Batley MCC Open Classic Trial, all classes. The Parkwood Offroad Centre, Tong, 1.00pm Sunday.