The Spring Cup:
The Isle of Wight Motorcycle Club held the Spring Cup Trial on Sunday 10th February at Arreton Down, courtesy of A Brown Farms. The Club would like to thank the Brown Family very much for allowing us the use of this top venue – which is only accessible for a few weeks of the year. The eight section lap was set out by Geoff Taylor, Michael Brown and Dan Locke - who produced some great sections. Unfortunately the ridiculous amount of rainfall during Friday (storm Erik) and further persistent rain during Saturday night, into the early hours of Sunday morning inevitably took its toll. Some changes were made but the weather did have a massive impact on the ground which resulted in very wet and slippery conditions - leading to scores that the current England cricket team would envy! Despite the tricky ground, and once the riders accepted the difficult conditions, most went on to have a great afternoon out on their bikes. Our thanks also go to the Observers who gave up their time to stand out in the bitterly cold wind along with Club Photographer; Viki Taylor for capturing all the action with her excellent camera skills.
Once again we would like to congratulate three of our Club riders for their superb efforts in the 2018 Southern Centre ACU Solo Star Championship; Rob Howard, winner of the Expert Class; James Stay, winner of the Clubman (Intermediate) class and Rob Baker who finished a very close second in the Novice class. The lads travelled across to The Roddington Forge, West End, Southampton on Saturday evening for the Centre Awards presentations, hosted by Waltham Chase MCC.
James Stay’s good form continues into 2019 in the Club Expert class. Despite the lack of competition today he managed to complete the trial with a loss of just thirty-eight, this represents an excellent score in today’s testing conditions and testament to just how much an improved rider he is from this time last year. Meanwhile the very well contested Intermediate class was won by Ben Read who finished nine ahead of Ben Brodie in second. Rob Baker should be very pleased with his third place, only two more marks adrift following an excellent clean on the tricky hill climb at section four. Colin Brodie won the Clubman class with a superb performance crossing the line thirty-one marks clear from Phil Chase in second.
Joe Taylor proved to be the only finisher in the Novice’s, Joe’s determination to keep going was rewarded with another ten Championship points, and for the second consecutive trial, he equalled the score of Twin Shock stalwart Nick Symes. Nick did struggle on the slippery Arreton Downs and finished with a total of fifty-nine - probably what he would normally expect to loose over an entire season! Martin Moore, partnered by new member; Liz Wild brought their sidecar outfit intending to have a go at the trial but the ground conditions were most definitely against the sidecar, they decided instead to get some practise in to iron out some reliability issues. We look forward to seeing them taking on some of the D route sections at a more suitable venue very soon.
Two Youth riders braved the testing conditions this afternoon, Alfie Haydon Youth Intermediate and Dan Locke (Youth Beginner) Alfie’s riding continues to improve with every outing and today was no exception finishing on a very respectable fifty-one for another ten Championship points. Dan was going fairly well too for the first three laps – however the heavy downpour between laps three and four worsened the ground even more to cost him dearly. Very good effort none the less.
Geoff Taylor once again proved to be the pick of the bunch in the Sportsman class. Riding on the C route, he went on to complete the trial with the lowest total of the day, just twenty-three dropped marks. Excellent effort in the conditions. Alex Conrad in only his second trial decided to ride a mix of the B and C routes and despite the slippery ground he seemed to thoroughly enjoy himself. It was really good to see Michael Brown back riding with the Club today after a bit of a break. He also gave up his time to help set out the trial – top stuff Michael.
The Club next get together for a social evening on Saturday February 16th for the Annual Awards Dinner and Dance - where all the Awards earned during 2018 will be presented: 6.30pm at the Newclose Cricket Ground, Newport. Entries for the 2019 Wight Two Day Trial on April 27th and 28th continue to come in and the trial is now one third full. There is a strict limit of 150 and an equally strict closing date (Friday 19th April) These apply to everyone, including IOWMCC members! – If you are intending to take part then please get your paperwork sent in sooner rather than later - or risk disappointment - all the details are available from the 'Forms' tab: Reg's, Entry Form & the Confirmed Rider List.
The next Club trial will take place on Sunday 3rd of March, The Novice and Expert Cup. The usual start time of 12 noon applies, signing on from 11am. The venue is still to be confirmed so please keep an eye on the Club website where all the details will be published once finalised.
The Mercury Cup:
Shorwell Chalk Pit, courtesy of Mr Ralph Cook.
The Isle of Wight Motorcycle Club held the Mercury cup trial at Shorwell Chalk Pit on Sunday 27th January courtesy of Mr Ralph Cook. We would like to thank Ralph very much for welcoming us back at such short notice. The sections were set by Colin Brodie and Dan Flux, assisted by Rob Howard, on section six. This was their first attempt at setting out a trial which resulted in eight excellent sections – a top trial by anyone’s standards. Thanks are also due to the Observers who gave up their time to help ensure a smooth running event. Very many thanks to Gill Locke who turned out with her camera to get some excellent shots. Gill was standing in for Viki Taylor who was recovering from her 50th Birthday celebrations on Saturday night! On behalf of everyone at the Club – I would like to wish Viki all the best as she steps into her 51st year.
The Club would like to welcome two new members, Alex Conrad and Liz Wild. Alex, an ex Enduro rider, was taking part in his first ever trial. Liz will be partnering Martin Moore in his outfit – its been a while since we’ve seen a sidecar at a Club trial, but it will make for some great spectating, brave lady! It was great to see returning rider; Paul West back on a trials bike following a prolonged absence. We hope to see all of them back again very soon.
The rain during Saturday did its best to dampen the ground but Sunday brought dry and bright conditions, with at times, a brisk and bitterly cold wind which meant the riders could find plenty of grip. James Stay proved to be the lone Expert rider in action today and he completed the trial for a total of fifty - an unusually high score for him, sections two, five and seven were most costly. Meanwhile the Intermediate class winner faired much better, Ben Brodie took the win with a determined effort to finish on just twenty-six. Rob Baker claimed the second spot by just two marks from Scout Gregory with Dan Flux not many more behind in fourth. Both Scout and Dan have moved up two classes in just two trials – Experts next time out then lads!
Simon Newnham (Over 50 class) recorded the best performance on the ‘B’ route dropping just nineteen marks, section seven accounted for almost half of those. The Clubman class proved to be a much closer affair, it was Scott Milton who won the battle by seven marks from, in second, Colin Brodie with Phil Chase just three more behind in third – top effort by all three riders. Joe Taylor should be very happy with his total this afternoon, completing the four laps of eight sections for a miserly six marks to make it two wins from two trials in the Novice class, jointly recording the lowest score of the day. Returning rider Paul West finished on twenty-two for the second place, despite a break of several years – excellent effort by both competitors. Lone Twin shock rider; Nick Symes equalled Joe’s score on the ‘C’ route, Nick was on course to finish on one - until an uncharacteristic mistake on section eight (last lap) where he missed a flag to incur a maximum five point penalty! John Townsend seemed to enjoy his trial chalking up maximum points in the British Bike class. Likewise Joe Moore (Adult Beginner) has to be pleased with his total of just fourteen.
Just two Youth finishers today headed up by Alfie Haydon in the Youth Intermediate’s. The Youth Inter riders have to tackle a 50/50 mix of the ‘C’ and ‘B’ routes. Alfie’s task became even more difficult after he managed to snap his rear brake lever clean off, leaving him with only the front brake working – despite that setback he ended the trial with a very respectable total of forty. Dan Locke had a brilliant ride (Youth Novice) cleaning four out of the eight sections dropping just eleven on the other four – superb effort by both young riders. Geoff Taylor was the pick of the bunch in the Sportsman class (C route) to finish with a fine total of just nine dropped marks. The full results can be found here in the results section.
The Club next meet on Sunday 10th February. Please keep an eye on the Club website where all the details will be published once finalised.
Entries for the forthcoming 2019 Wight Two Day Trial (April 27th & 28th) are progressing. There is a strict limit on entries so if you are planning to come over please get your paperwork sent in sooner rather than later in order to avoid disappointment. All the details (Reg’s, Entry Form and Confirmed rider list) are available from this website, in the FORMS section, just to the right of the Club logo.
The New Year Shield:
Sweetwater Brook, Calbourne.
The Isle of Wight Motorcycle Club kick started the 2019 Winter Trials Championships with the New Year Shield, at Sweetwater Brook, Calbourne courtesy of Mr Trevor Strickland. The Club would like to thank Trevor for allowing us the use of this superb venue. Very many thanks also to Nick Symes (course setter) Viki Taylor (Club Photographer) and to all eight Observers – brilliant team effort.
The usual four laps of eight sections awaited the riders at the relatively mild and overcast Sweetwater course. Unlike many venues where the sections can become slightly easier as the day goes on, the ground here often deteriorates - and today was no exception! It was great to see the Islands top riders out in force in the Elite class; Chris Stay, George Gosden and Josh Stephens provided all of us with some excellent spectating. Both Chris and George completed the trial with clean sheets – Chris pretty much doing the majority of the trial on his back wheel!
Meanwhile, Expert rider; James Stay had to overcome a rear brake problem, which almost forced him to retire from the trial, however he managed to get the problem sorted to start his 2019 campaign off with the maximum ten Championship points. The Intermediate class was won by Ben Read finishing on forty-four, three ahead of Andy Steele in second with a top performance from Harvey Grieve in third – just two more marks behind. Ben Brodie and Rob Baker finished in fourth and fifth respectively after their move up into the more difficult class – excellent effort by all five riders. Scott Milton was back to winning ways securing the Clubman class by just two marks from the ever improving Scout Gregory in second. Colin Brodie finished not too far behind in an impressive third place following his move up from the Novices.
Joe Taylor proved to be the only Novice rider in action today but he did well to get through the tricky sections and start his year with top marks. Course Setter; Nick Symes was also out on his own in the Twin Shock’s. Nick finished dropping thirty marks – an unusually big total for him - but he did admit that he thought the sections would ride a bit easier than they actually did. Young Alfie Haydon is another rider to have moved up in class, this time, to Youth Intermediate. Youth Inters ride a mixture of the C and B routes and today’s B route was probably more difficult than expected – Alfie coped very well on five of the eight sections and his riding will improve further following his efforts today, which earned him his ten Championship points. The Youth Novice class was headed up with a determined effort from Dan Locke. Josh Morris was not far behind in second, despite being so early in the season, I’m almost certain these two riders will be in a very close battle for the 2019 title.
Simon Newnham was the pick of the bunch in the Sportsman Class, competing on the B route, he finished with a total of twenty-nine, finishing well clear of any of the other B route riders. It was really good to see Stewart Freeman back on his bike following a prolonged absence, hopefully, in time, he will be fully fit again and back to his usual competitive self. Geoff Taylor joined a rather exclusive group of riders after ending up in the brook beneath his bike, completely soaked but not hurt, to find out first hand that the water here is not that sweet after all!
The Club next meet on Sunday 27th January for the Medina Cup. The venue is still to be confirmed. Please keep an eye on the Club website, events, for all the details nearer the time. Just a reminder to all Club members to book their places at the forthcoming Awards, Dinner and Dance night, Saturday February 16th – again all the details are here on the website. Places for the 2019 Wight Two Day Trial will soon be filling up – please send your entries in sooner rather than later - or risk being left disappointed!
The Boxing Day (Father & Son) Cup:
Shorwell Chalk Pit, courtesy of Mr Ralph Cook.
The Isle of Wight Motorcycle Club held its annual Boxing Day trial at Shorwell Chalk Pit courtesy of Mr Ralph Cook. We would like to thank Ralph for inviting us back to what is a superb venue. Very many thanks also to Geoff Taylor and Mark Coombes for giving up some of their Christmas break to set the sections, to all eight Observers and to Viki Taylor for her excellent camera skills.
The traditional Boxing day trial is not part of the Championship but there are awards for the best Father & Son pairing, The best Novice and the best Expert riders. Prizes are also given out to the best fancy dressed rider. Very many congratulations to this year’s Father & Son winners Ross and Alfie Haydon. They completed the trial with a combined score of just ten marks. Jon & Ben Read finished one mark ahead of Stewart & Will West for second with a combined total of thirty-three. James Stay won the Boxing Day Expert Award, for the second consecutive year and Colin Brodie took the Boxing Day Novice Award. A presentation was made to Geoff Taylor, judged to have been the best fancy dressed rider with his interpretation of Mrs Christmas - which certainly caused many smiles and laughter, superb effort.
Elite rider; Chris Stay negotiated the four laps of eight sections with predictable ease to end the trial with a clean sheet. Chris is busy preparing for his 2019 British Expert Solo Trials Championship campaign. The first round will be held by Hookwoods Trials Club, Surrey, on Saturday 23rd March and we wish him every success, in what could be a fantastic year for him and the team behind him. Meanwhile Brother, James Stay won the Expert class in a very close contest from Will West - just a single mark separating these two. Craig Talbot finished in third place. Ross Haydon put in a very confident performance in the Intermediate class finishing the day with a total of four. This effort is elevated as he was taking part on a Twin Shock Fantic but still finishing well clear of those riding the later Mono Shock machines. Ben Read took the second spot with Josh Stephens (also on a Twin Shock) in third.
Scout Gregory continues to impress in the Clubman class, this his second successive class win. Scout ended the day on twenty-nine, four ahead of Simon Watmough with Phil Chase in third. Colin Brodie emphatically won the Novice class for a miserly loss of only two marks with Steve Chase in second. It was great to see Stewart West back out riding with the Club. Despite a prolonged absence he absolutely smashed the Twin Shock class with an amazing total of just two marks. Jon Read was nine more behind in second. Shaun Harris took on some of the Expert sections preparing for his move up from the Inters for 2019. Riding the Sportsmans class he finished on sixty-four. Scott Milton however was the pick of the bunch in the Sportsman’s, ending the day with a total of one, the second lowest score of the day. Three Youth riders took part, headed up by Harvey Grieve in the Youth Experts. Harvey produced a confident performance with a score of forty-two. Alfie Haydon (Youth Novice) only dropped marks on sections one and eight to finish with another excellent score of six. The fast improving Josh Morris settled for second place today but he remains a serious contender for the 2019 title – top effort by all three young riders.
The Club next meet for the New Year Shield trial on Sunday 6th January at Sweetwater Brook, Calbourne. The usual start time of 12 noon applies, signing on from 11am. Entries are now being accepted for the popular Wight Two Day Trial, 27th & 28th April – entries are limited to a strict 150, to save disappointment please get your paperwork in early. All the details can be found in the ‘Forms’ section of this website.
Finally we would like to wish everyone associated with the Club all the very best for 2019.
2018 Winter Series Final Standings:
Various, Isle of Wight
The table details every rider that took part in the 2018 Winter Series. Please be sure to read the notes at the top of the first page.
Very many congratulations to all the class winners.
The Duver Cup:
Haslett Farm, Shorwell.
The Isle of Wight Motorcycle Club staged the final round of the 2018 Winter Series Trials Championship on Sunday December 9th at Haslett Sand Pit, Shorwell, courtesy of Mr Glen Draper. The Club would like to thank Glen for welcoming us back to what is a top all weather venue. Many thanks also to Calvin Wright who managed to set six interesting and tight sections (excellent job considering the recent changes at the venue), the Observers and Gill Locke for her camera skills. Very many congratulations to Shaun Harris and Dan Flux for winning their respective Championships – good effort guys.
The Winter Series Championship is made up of thirteen trials. To qualify for an award Adult riders must complete a minimum of eight trials, with twelve rounds to count (in the same class). Youth riders are exempt from the eight trial rule but can only qualify for an award in the class that they completed the most trials in.
James Stay found things rather lonely - being the only Expert rider in action this afternoon – despite the lack of competition he posted an excellent score dropping a miserly seventeen marks. James’s score was the lowest of any rider taking on the tight and twisty Haslett sections. Shaun Harris kept his head to seal the Intermediate title from Alan Gosden. Harris began today with a slender five point lead but ended the season with a nine point cushion following a solid second place today. Mark Coombes took the win completing the trial with the second lowest total of the day, on just twenty-one. Andy Scott-Jackson secured a fine third place. There was a similar scenario in the Novice Championship, this time involving Dan Flux and Rob Baker. Rob was trailing Dan by five marks and he put in a spirited performance to finish second today, one place in front of Dan. However the two point gain fell short of what was required to take the title. These two, friendly rivals, have been very evenly matched all year but Dan just had the edge in the end. Simon Watmough finished in first place today with an impressive total of twenty-seven – excellent riding by all three riders.
Scout Gregory just pipped Ben Brodie, by four marks, to take the win in the Clubman’s – top effort by both riders. Geoff Taylor was the only Sportsman rider competing today. Geoff finished with a total of forty-seven which represented a below average score for the day. John Townsend definitely deserves a mention, John is the Clubs oldest rider competing on the oldest bike! John struggled at times to get the BSA round the twisty sections but never the less persevered to earn maximum points in the British Bike class. Another lone rider; Gary Jones, this time in the Adult Beginner class, finished the trial on forty-eight, again earning the maximum ten points. Unfortunately Gary just missed out on the 2018 Adult Beginner title, falling just one short of the minimum eight trial rule. The Club would like to welcome young Alfie Gaskin to the world of trials riding. Alfie (Youth Beginner) was taking part in his first ever trial – he completed one lap before retiring from the trial to make use of the rest of the time as a practice session. We look forward to seeing him back out very soon. Meanwhile the other Alfie (Haydon) continued to dominate in the Youth Novice class with an outstanding effort. He completed the day for a loss of thirty-six, beating all but one of the Adults on the ‘C’ route. Only two marks separated Josh Morris and Dan Locke who finished in second and third respectively.
The Club next meet for the annual Boxing Day Father & Son Cup, December 26th. The usual venue, Shorwell Chalk Pit, courtesy of Ralph Cook. Geoff Taylor and Mark Coombes will be setting the sections. For those new to the Club the trial is just for fun and is open to all members – not just Father & Son/Daughter pairings. Prizes will be given to the best fancy dressed rider. Please note the earlier than usual start time of 11 am, signing on from 10 am. Finally on behalf of the Committee I would like to wish the Landowners, Members, Friends and Associates a very happy Christmas and all the very best for 2019.
The Matthew Russell Memorial Cup:
Nodewell Farm, courtesy of the Morgan Family
The annual Matt Russell Memorial Trial was held on Sunday 18/11/18 at Nodewell Farm, Totland. The Club would like to thank the Morgan Family for welcoming us back for this special event. Very many thanks also to the Observers who’s help is very much appreciated. Congratulations to Darren Taylor who will be awarded the 2018 Male Observer Award. Darren has turned out an incredible seventeen times, only missing a single trial this year! – brilliant effort Darren, very well done.
Matt Russell was a popular and a well-liked member of the Club. He was an accomplished Intermediate class rider who tragically and suddenly lost his life at the age of just twenty-nine. His close friend, Ross Haydon assisted by his Son, Alfie were today’s course setters. Matt’s Dad; Tony Russell accompanied by Simon Morgan, presented the ‘Matt Russell Cup’ to the Intermediate class winner; Ross Haydon. Presentations were also made to James Stay and Simon Watmough for wining their respective classes.
The Club would like to extend a very warm welcome to four new members; Alfie Gaskin, Kevin Curnow, Chris Wilkins and Jason Morgan – we hope they enjoyed themselves today and we hope to see them back in the near future.
Lone Expert rider; James Stay was going well on the tricky ‘A’ route until a spectacular crash over the logs on section six. He managed to complete the trial, despite taking a heavy knock to his arm, for a loss of sixty-one. The well contested Intermediate class was won by Ross Haydon, on twenty-six, three ahead of Mark Coombes in second. Jos Wright put in a solid performance to take the third spot with a total of thirty-three. Championship leader Shaun Harris was forced to settle for fourth, but crucially, he finished ahead of Alan Gosden to earn what could be an important single point gain. Harris goes into the final round five marks in front of Gosden - ensuring a thrilling climax at the decisive final Championship round. Ben Brodie and Scout Gregory were the only two Clubman riders to finish. Brodie, who has already won the class, was the clear winner adding another ten points to his seasons tally. Scout has only recently moved up a class from the Novices - but he may well be a serious Clubman title contender in 2019.
Simon Watmough took the honours in the Novice class by just a single mark from Rob Baker, section two proving costly for Baker. Dan Flux secured a good third place with Colin Brodie in fourth. Brodie will finish with an excellent third place in the Championship. Dan however leads the title race by five marks from Rob, with one round to go. As in the Inters, this should prove to be a nail biting end to the 2018 season! John Townsend, the Clubs oldest competitor, will add the 2018 British Bike Title to his vast collection. John needed to finish in one of the two remaining rounds to qualify. He completed today for a loss of forty-six – well done John, top effort. Gary Jones, the only finisher in the Adult Beginners, claimed another win dropping just nineteen marks. Harvey Grieve (Youth Expert) completed the ‘B’ route with a total of forty-nine – a score to rival some of the adults on the same route! Harvey has done more than enough to secure his Championship win.
Meanwhile the Youth Novice class saw three riders competing for the honours. Alfie Haydon proved to be the clear winner (making it a Father & Son Double). Josh Morris however must be exceptionally pleased with his second place today – brilliant performance Josh! Dan Locke was forced into third spot on this occasion.
The Club next meet for the final 2018 Championship Round on Sunday December 2nd at Haslett Farm, Shorwell.
The Club is pleased to announce that entries are now being accepted for the popular Wight Two Day Trail, April 27th and 28th 2019. Entries are limited – book your place early to avoid disappointment. You can find the Reg’s and entry form in the FORMS section of this website.
The Guy Fawkes Cup:
Knighton Sand Pit
The Isle of Wight Motorcycle Club held the Guy Fawkes Cup Trial at Knighton Sand Pit on Sunday 4th November. The Club would like to thank Mr. Roger Morgan for welcoming us back to what is an excellent trials venue. We also thank the course setters; Alan & George Gosden, Simon Newnham and Geoff Taylor for eight top sections, all eight observers and Club Photographer; Viki Taylor – great team effort.
The Club would like to congratulate two Island riders for their success in the 2019 Southern Centre ACU Solo Star Trials Championship. Rob Howard won the Expert’s and James Stay won the Clubman (Intermediate) class, with one round to spare – two superb and very well deserved results. Rob Baker and Dan Flux are both in the top three in the Novice class – our best wishes to them for the decisive final round at Ringwood on December 30th.
Three youth riders in action today, headed up by young Alfie Haydon in the Youth Novice class. Alfie rode a blinder to complete the trial with the joint lowest score of the day, just eight dropped marks – superb effort by him. Dan Locke secured an excellent second spot. Josh Morris was the only Youth Beginner today but despite the lack of competition he posted a very good score of fourteen. Gary Jones won the Adult Beginner’s, finishing some way clear of Joe Moore in second. Simon Newnham was the pick of the bunch in the Sportsman class, negotiating the ‘B’ route for a loss of only eight marks – equalling the lowest total of the day.
James Stay proved to be the lone Expert competitor but posted an impressive total of thirteen. James commented “the ride of my life, really happy with that”. Jos Wright finished at the top of the Intermediate’s with another impressive score, of fourteen, four ahead of Alan Gosden with Shaun Harris in third. Harris leads the Championship by a slender margin of four points from Alan Gosden – with just two rounds to go, this one could easily go right to the wire! Meanwhile the Clubman class was won by Ben Brodie finishing on sixteen. Scott Milton claimed the second spot – only five marks between these two. Scout Gregory must be pleased with his third place finish following a move up in class from the Novices. The Novice class was convincingly taken by Simon Watmough, another rider equalling the lowest score. Colin Brodie and Rob Baker were tied on fifteen but the second place was awarded to Brodie who notched up twenty-one cleans to Baker’s twenty – excellent riding by all three. Championship leader; Dan Flux was forced into fourth. Dan leads Rob Baker by just seven points – the final two rounds will prove decisive, promising a thrilling climax .
Nick Symes (Twin Shock) and John Townsend (British Bike class) both claimed the maximum ten Championship points to add to their seasons tally. Nick has sealed another Twin Shock Title following today’s result – congratulations Nick. John has to finish in one of the two final rounds to qualify for the 2018 British Bike class title.
The Club next meet on Wednesday 14th November for the Club Annual General Meeting, all members are being encouraged to make the effort to attend – 8pm at the Camphill Community Sports Club, PO30 5ZA. The next trial is scheduled for Sunday 18th November for the Matthew Russell Memorial Trial. Nodewell Farm Totland, signing on from 11am, trial begins at 12 noon. Entries are now being accepted for the popular 2019 Wight Two Day Trial. 27th and 28th April, Knighton Sand Pit and Bembridge Down – The Reg’s and entry form can be found in the ‘Forms’ section.
The Ted Phillips Cup:
Godshill Park Farm, courtesy of Mr Angus Baird.
The Isle of Wight Motorcycle Club held the tenth round of the 2018 Winter Trials Championship on Sunday 21st October at Godshill Park Farm, Godshill. The Club would like to thank Mr Angus Baird for allowing us the use of this superb and spacious piece of land. We also need to thank Geoff Taylor, Simon Newnham, Alan Gosden, Dan Locke and Kameron Taylor, who between them set eight top sections. Thanks to all the Observers, Club Photographer, Viki Taylor and all those that helped to clear up afterwards.
The riding conditions were pretty much perfect, absolutely no wind and very warm Autumnal sunshine, presenting the riders with plenty of grip throughout the entire trial. The Winter Series consists of thirteen trials and riders must complete a minimum of eight trials (in the same class) to qualify for an award.
James Stay (the lone Expert rider) put in a confident performance and despite the lack of competition he posted an impressive total of just twenty-three marks. After a short break, Andy Steele, returned to trials with an excellent effort to take the Intermediate class by three marks from Jos Wright in second. Shaun Harris was forced to settle in third on this occasion. Harris remains in pole position for the Championship, however there are just enough rounds, and points, left for Andy to steel the honours!
Scott Milton proved to be the clear winner in the Clubman class. Championship favourite; Ben Brodie finished in second, his first time out on his new TRS, sections one and five were decisive. Meanwhile over in the Novice class it was Scout Gregory who earned himself the maximum ten points. Scout has recently joined the Club – and won every time out, competed in four and won four. There are only three Winter Series rounds remaining, Scout could end the season with the highest total - but still not qualify for an award! John Townsend must be pleased with his performance to take another win in the British Bike class, finishing with a respectable thirty dropped marks. Gary Jones won the Adult Beginners, by a ‘country mile’, finishing the day for a loss of just seventeen marks. Joe Moore took the second place with fifty-two marks, one ahead of Joe Taylor in third. Young Alfie Haydon (Youth Novice) finished the trial with the lowest score of the day. A miserly three dropped marks – fantastic performance from this young talented rider. Dan Locke earned himself a fine second place following a move up in class from the Youth Beginner’s. Dan has already secured the 2018 Beginner title and is now taking the opportunity to ‘live’ practise on the harder ‘C’ route, in preparation for 2019.
The full results are available on the Club website: www.iowmcc.co.uk. The next trial will be held on Sunday 4th November - The Guy Fawkes Cup. Please keep an eye on the website where all the details will be available nearer the time.
The Club would like to congratulate Club member; Chris Stay on his excellent performance in the 2018, RT Keedwell, British Trials Championship. Chris finished the season with a fine third place in the final round held at Totherick Quarry, East Ayrshire. Chris finished in sixth place overall (Expert class) only seven marks from the top three - despite being forced to retire, in round two at the Lakes, back in April. Any finish there would have almost certainly seen him on the Championship podium. Top effort by Chris and the team supporting him.
The Frank Pragnell Cup:
The Isle of Wight Motorcycle Club held the ninth round of the 2018 trials Championship at Bembridge Down, courtesy of Mr Rob Taylor. The Club would like to thank the Taylor family for welcoming us back to this excellent trials venue. We would also like to thank Club Photographer; Viki Taylor for her skilful use of the camera and to all eight Observers – superb effort people. Andy Scott-Jackson and Stuart Gummer set eight brilliant sections, which delivered the riders with a testing but enjoyable challenge.
George Gosden completed the trial with the lowest total of the day – a miserly seven dropped marks on the Elite course providing some brilliant spectating for all to see. James Stay cemented his 2018 Expert class campaign with another win, although he had to dig deep. Second spot went to Rory Stephens, who unfortunately took a heavy tumble, spectacularly crashing out at the difficult seventh section, on lap three - which put pay to his challenge for the win. Meanwhile the Intermediate class was won by Championship favourite; Shaun Harris. Harris finished ten marks ahead of his nearest rival, Jos Wright. Course setter, Andy Scott-Jackson just about held his nerve to take the third place. Alan Gosden and Stuart Gummer were tied, Gosden was awarded the fourth spot notching up eight cleans to Gummers seven. The very much anticipated showdown between Mr Comedy Coombes & Shaun Harris proved to be a monster of an anti-climax. Comedy allegedly broke his gear lever and decided an early retirement was the order of the day - allowing Bomber Harris to drop his payload in full to get the win. When asked to comment about his dubious decision to retire, Comedy simply laughed and promised to come out with both barrels blazing (along with a working gear lever) at the next round!
Another tie break decided the Clubman class – this time it was Phil Chase who took the honours from Paul Kent in second. These two were tied on marks lost, and scored seven cleans each – Chase notched up eight ones to Kent’s six – excellent effort by both riders. The Novice class proved to be another very close contest ending with a third consecutive win for Scout Gregory. Scout just about held on to finish two marks ahead of a spirited performance from Rob Baker with Simon Watmough in third. Nick Symes was the only Twin Shock rider in action but despite the lack of competition he posted a very competitive total of just sixteen marks.
Joe Taylor won the Adult Beginners, eight marks ahead of Gary Jones in second. The Youth Novice class was won by 2018 Champion elect, Alfie Haydon. Alfie finished with a total of forty-seven, a good score on today’s tougher sections. Dan Locke grabbed his first points in the Youth Novice’s after moving up from the Youth Beginners in preparation for his 2019 campaign. Predictably he finished with a large total but there is no doubt he will very soon improve on what was a top effort. Josh Morris earned himself the maximum ten Championship points on offer today in the Youth Beginner class – Very well done to all three youth riders.
The full results are available from the Club website: www.iowmcc.co.uk. The Club next meet on Sunday October 21st for the Ted Phillips Cup. Please keep an eye on the Club website where you will find all the details once they have been finalised.
The Club would like to congratulate Club rider; Chris Stay, and the team behind him, on his superb second place finish at the recent British Solo Trials Championships, The Hafren Trial, Mid Wales. This superb effort leaves Chris in fifth place overall (Expert class) with two rounds to go. We wish him all the very best at the final two rounds where he has a very real chance of a Championship podium place.
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