Luke Parker takes top honours at GH/Mcs Santon Enduro Photos Sophie Whymark
Sunday 25 February saw Diss Mcc run round one of the 2018 GH Mcs ACU Eastern Championship. A clear and frosty morning faced the 188 competitors and the 25 strong championship class were soon at the flowing sandy special test and it wasn't long before the top riders showed their pace in the chilly but sunny morning. Top dog was MX star Luke Parker on the 450 GH Husqvarna showing his intent to focus on enduro as well as MX in 2018 finishing 2 seconds clear of Charlie Evans on his 450 Off-road Experience Yamaha, with another MX rider Lewis Tombs on his 250 Husqvarna in third. Pre event favourite Jake Nicholls 450 Buildbase Honda got off to a steady, for him, start in fourth but admitted he hadn't walked the test and the top five was rounded out by Jon Hunt on his 300 Beta.
An hour later the championship class were back and the action resumed. Luke Parker made it two out of two with another storming test - this time with Nicholls 3 seconds behind. Evans maintained his pace as third fastest with Tombs and Hunt rounding out the top five. Unfortunately Evans chance of a top 3 result was dashed with a collapsed mousse before the final lap which as ever at Diss enduros would present a tight final lap to finally sort the result.
Parker rose to the challenge, running clean and taking the Santon victory. Seven riders managed to stay clean. Lewis Tombs stayed clean and picked up the runner up slot with Jon Hunt claiming a well deserved third place. Jason Morland, 2017 ACU Eastern champion kept his cool and finished in fourth with multi ACU Eastern champion Chris Hockey taking a fine fifth. Only Nicholls managed to clock in a minute early on the tight final check, however, a 20 second start start penalty dropped him from second to seventh.
The competitive expert class saw ten riders clean the going but the top five all went one better, all clicking in a minute early on their tight final lap. Ben Murphy put in strongest test times to take the expert victory from Ben Coleman with Henry Yardley taking third place.
None of the expert vets cleaned the final lap but both Michael Ridge and Mark Chapman only dropped a minute with Ridge taking victory from Diss MCC man Chapman. Best of the riders losing 2 minutes was event sponsor Gav Hockey on his 300 GH Husqvarna - after running fastest in the two tests.
In the large clubman class another Diss runner Rob Aldridge, 250 Honda, took victory from Bruno Van Dyke with Ryan Mundell taking third. Stuart Bridges was the only clubman vet to clean his final lap giving him victory from Andrew Peck with Le Saunders in third. In the clubman super vets Diss MCCs Gene Womack took victory with only Gene and second placed Paul Davis running clean.
With a handful of cleans in all major classes Andy Waters and the ever enthusiastic Diss club have put on another successful event with great competition - a fitting start to the 2018 GH motorcycles ACU Eastern championship and with seven rounds in 2018, expect lots more action before riders return to the Diss MCC Muntjac enduro to round out this year's championship.
Great 2nd place for Lewis Tombs on his 250 Husky
Ben Murphy- 350 KTM took best expert
Charlie Evans was 3rd overall after the two tests
Former GP MX Star Jake Nicholls was using the event for practice. He was 2nd overall after the two special tests but dropped a few places due to a start penalty. Test times were impressive considering he didn't bother to walk the test. Also quickest rider over the last lap.
Current Eastern Enduro Champion Jason Morland started the year off in good form with 4th overall.
Great entry for the Santon Enduro – First Round of 2018 GH M/cs ACU Eastern Enduro Championship
A full entry of 190 riders will tackle Diss MCC’s Santon Enduro on Sunday 25th February. The event forms the 1st round of the 2018 GH M/cs ACU Eastern Enduro Championship.
The 12 mile course of the sandy terrain of Thetford forest is looking in great shape despite the recent wet weather. Eastern Centre Enduro Champion Jason Morland will have tough competition from two fellow MX riders, Luke Parker and former GP MX rider Jake Nicholls. Charlie Evans and Jon Hunt should also be strong contenders. Hunt won the very competitive expert class in the November Muntjac. The expert class also has some top runners such as Adam James, Alex Walton and Brad Williams. The start is 09.00 Forest Ride 22 on the Thetford to Mundford Road IP27 0TR.
MUNTJAC REPORT 19 November 2017
Sunday 19 November saw Diss MCC run the seventh and final round of the ACU BEC for 2017 with a full house of 200 riders ready to face the final BEC challenge for 2017. Championship class riders started their day at 8:45am with back to back tests on the fast flowing sandy terrain of Thetford Forest. With a sharp overnight frost riders were greeted to a chilly start to the event. But there was drama on the start line... Read the full report here...
2nd Overall was good enough for Brad Freeman to win the ACU British Enduro Championship in addition to the recently clinched Junior World Championship.
Danny McCanney won the event with an excellent ride. His picked a 20 second penalty at the start of the day when his bike would not start in the very cold frosty weather. He soon put this behind him and went on to set the best time on all seven special tests.
When the times got tight on the last lap Freeman, McCanny, and Joshua Gotts who had 2 minutes to spare after completing the last lap in 35 minutes.
Alex Snow has really shined this year in the BEC and finished the year with 3rd overall on the Muntjac.
Elliot Banks-Browne in his first enduro really shone laying 4th overall for most of the day. He was on time to clean the last lap with time to spare when his bike ran out of fuel within a couple of miles of the finish.
Western Beach race winner Todd Kellett showed he also had the speed through the trees of Thetford Forest with 4th overall in his first time card enduro. He was one of 9 championship riders clean on time.
U23 star Joshua Gotts dropped it on the final test dropping 10 seconds which dropped him from 3rd to 5th. Never the less a great ride.
Muntjac Enduro Revised list of riders as of 15 November 2017 Click here
Muntjac Enduro 19 November 2017 - Lights and Tyres
Reminder to riders - working lights have to be fitted and tyres are as per British Championship Enduro Regulations - Front and rear must be 'Enduro' type to current FIM specification.
Muntjac Programme and list of riders -click here
Great entry for the GH M/cs Muntjac Enduro - Final Round of 2017 ACU British Timecard Enduro Championship
A full entry of over 200 riders will tackle Diss MCCs GH Motorcycles Muntjac Enduro on Sunday 19th November. The event forms the final round of the 2017 ACU British Timecard Enduro Championship and the 20 mile course of forestry going at Thetford in Norfolk is looking in good shape.
The club have been hard at work marking out a lot of new going and the special test has been altered in a few places to avoid areas which previously had a tendency to cut up when it turns wet. At the moment, the going is very dry which should make for excellent riding.
Repeating the format tried for the first time last year, the championship riders will be starting at 08:45 to enable them to ride the first special test back-to-back, before riding the test again on laps 2 and 3, and then 3 times on lap four! This format combined with the compact nature of the event makes it all action and enjoyable for spectators and support crews.
Newly crowned Junior World Champion, Brad Freeman – Beta Boana Racing Sport, starts as favourite. On top of his success in the world enduro championship, Brad has already taken the E3 2017 British Championship honours and overall victory on 4 out of the 6 BEC rounds held this year. However, Manxman Danny McCanney - Rockstar Energy - Husqvarna Factory Racing who won this event outright in 2016, is going to provide a real challenge. He is already E2 BEC champion and achieved 5th overall in E2 World Enduro Championship and was setting a blistering pace and winning the E2 class in the final round in Germany.
Dan Mundell – Apico/JD Racing KTM has tied up the E1 class but he will be battling it out for honours on the day with Jack Edmondson - Coastal Racing, Husqvarna UK. Jack actually won the first test outright at last year’s Muntjac by nearly 4 seconds and whilst he has been out injured most of the summer months, he has only recently returned and took a class win at the GNCC Ironman Raceway in USA. This secured him 3rd overall in the GNCC 125 class in his first season competing across the pond which is a great result considering time out with injury.
In the Championship E1/4 stoke the very spectacular to watch and talented rider Lee Sealey - Yamaha UK Offroad Experience should close out the series by taking a well deserved win.
The above riders will expect intense competition from the first test with lots of other extremely talented riders looking for victory including Joe Wootton (winner of the Santon Enduro in Thetford Forest in February and recently having a strong ISDE in the Junior team), Alex Snow (winner of the ACU GBX Sprint Championship) and Thomas Ellwood (good ISDE Junior Team result in France). Competing in the championship class and likely to also present a challenge are the likes of Todd Kellett (winner of the October 2017 Weston Beach Race) and the Luke Parker, Eastern Centre Motocross Champion.
In the expert class Brad King, Jay Thomas, Alex Walton, Andrew Bisset, Jon Hunt, Kev Murray and Rich Ely will be fighting it out for British Championship Expert Class overall honours and also their respective class wins. Hunt has secured the Expert E1 4 stoke championship but the other classes are still up for the taking. Another rider in the thick of it will be Adam James back riding the British Championship after recovering from injury. A good ISDE performance in France has helped him to get confidence and fitness back.
The clubman championship will also see strong competition with the current top three, Fred Adams (102 points), Harry Hiller-Rees (92) and Allyn Taylor (88) all fighting for the 2017 BEC clubman crown.
Experts will be timed on their first three tests and clubman on the first two tests. One of the reasons why these classes do not ride more tests is to reduce the overlap of riders due to the short course. Never the less the last check of 20 miles provides the greatest test.
For safety reasons all riders are reminded that the refuelling area is a walking speed area – no exceptions unless you are riding within the bypass provided. Even then, from the yellow flag into the control, is walking speed. It is also important that all refuelling is carried out on an environmental mat, so bring one and use it.
Everyone is asked to park sensibly as some of the parking area has now been fenced off. Please do not obstruct the forest track entrance / exit to the event as this is a first aid route.
Many thanks to event sponsor GH Motorcycles and G&B Finch Aggregates of Colchester for their support and also for generously supporting the 2017 Eastern Centre Enduro Championship. See you there!
Photos Gemma James & Ashleigh Blunt
Thetford Forest – Stamping out Illegal Riding - £5K fine!
Norfolk & Suffolk Police and the Forestry Commission in East England have conducted a number of spot checks in recent months to stamp out illegal riding in Thetford Forest. Checks have been targeting hot spots and a considerable number of Section 59 notices (using a vehicle in an anti-social manner) have been issued, including in some cases motorcycles seized.
The good news is a lot of checks on byways have found riders to have legal machinery and aware of their responsibilities. In fact some areas have now seen a significant reduction in illegal riding. Conversely, some riders still haven’t got the message and checks conducted early October 2017 have resulted in a further 6 Section 59 notices being issued. Some of Forestry land and the pits riders have been illegally riding are very sensitive from a conservation perspective. In addition, to a bike being seized, an offence can now carry a fine up to £5,000!
During the autumn and winter months checks will continue. Members of the public using the forest, local residents and Diss MCC are being very proactive in assisting the police and forestry with this exercise.
The only places in Thetford Forest where off road riding is permitted is at authorised tracks such as Hit the Dirt at Swaffham or the Norfolk and Suffolk Schoolboy Track at Hockham. Even then riding in at these venues is only permitted when they are open for an event or authorised practise day. All other areas of forest including locations such as Two Mile Bottom or where the Diss Club run enduro events, is strictly no go. If you are trail riding – you must be road legal and you must not deviate from authorised green lane routes. Prepared to be stopped.
Ignorance is not an excuse.
Results from 1984 ISDE Fundraiser held at Hawkstone Park - Check out some of the names from the 250 riders competing. Click here
Wattisfield Hall Motocross 17th September Cancelled
Track very waterlogged and now flooded - Wattisfield picture taken 10.15 Sunday 17 September when practice should have started. The decision to cancel Friday evening was correct and as the pond has also overflowed in addition to the track being waterlogged.
Due to the recent inclement weather resulting in the track and car parking being waterlogged, the motocross scheduled for this Sunday - 17th September - ACU Eastern Centre Bickers Lifting Championship at Wattisfield Hall has unfortunately had to be cancelled.
The club had set out the track ready to race but the continued wet weather with very little dry, and the forecast not being good for the next two days, the club felt in the best interest of riders, marshals, spectators and the land owner this is the only decision.
The club apologises for any inconvenience caused and would like to thank you in advance for your co-operation and understanding.
2 Man Enduro Wattisfield Hall - Sunday 13 August 2017 - Jake Nicholl and Tom Braddock take the win
A full entry 126 riders took to the start line for Diss MCCs Two Man Enduro at Wattisfield Hall. The event formed round 3 of the Dave Barkshire Motorcycles Championship. GP rider Jake Nicholls and his riding partner Tom Braddock set the pace finishing just over a lap ahead of runners up Sam Mitchell and Brendan Mayers. Aaron Hopkins and Mark Lloyd took the honours in the expert class from Joe Marsh and Mark Mitchell. In the clubman class Lee Saunders and Lewis Joyce to the top spot from Danniel Haskett and Mark Tuck. See draft 4 results here.
Jake Nicholls gets some practice in at Wattisfield Two Man. He teamed up with Tom Braddock rider 101 below. Nicholls' was fastest on the test with 6min 11 secs.
Start list and rider number for Wattisfield 2 Man Enduro 13/8/17. Any riders where partners have not yet entered will not appear on the start list and will need to contact Sec of meeting on help @ dissmcc.co.uk ASAP!!!!. Click here for start list.
Regulation Available - Two Man Enduro – Round 3 of the Dave Barkshire Championship - Wattisfield Hall - Sunday 13th August 2017. Apply online at: : https://members.acu.org.uk
Regulations are now available for Round 3 of the 2017 Dave Barkshire 2-man team enduro championship at Wattisfield Hall. Using parts of the motocross track and surrounding stubble fields the course will be about a 6 minute lap. Classes are open for Championship, Expert and Clubman and as the event is running under the Hare and Hounds Regulations lights are not required. The event will start at 10am running for four hours without a break, with each rider competing for 30 minutes before changing over with their partner.
From a grading purpose moto cross riders wishing to enter should remember: Expert MX riders and the first 5 juniors should enter the Championship Class, then the next 10 top juniors should enter Expert or above. This will help to ensure you are competing in the right class. Apply on line: https://members.acu.org.uk
Record Crowds at GH Motorcycles and GB Finch Evening Motocross at Wattisfield Hall – 5th July
Diss MCCs Wednesday evening MX on 5th July attracted a great quality entry of riders and the good weather helped with the record crowds. The 12 race programme of short races meant all action from spectator perspective and feedback from riders was the track was prepared well and rode great. National rider Elliott Banks Browne on his Geartec Husqvarna was on top form wining all four races – check out YouTube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6UBQO5CbINs for a great GoPro video demonstrating what is it like to get a good start and lap the course in record speed!
In the enduro class, Tom Braddock was on great form, winning all of his three races, although Tim Rose was right on his back wheel.
Many thanks goes to GH Motorcycles and GB Finch for their continued support of the event and also to all riders, marshals and helpers who helped make the meeting such a success.
Check out the ACU website news section for a report by Charles Ralph on the event https://www.acu.org.uk/News/2017/07/Banks-Browne-dominates-Wattisfield-Hall-Motocross-meeting/
Check out links on Diss MCC FaceBook to Adrian Case for some on great shots.
Photos of Banks Browne, Luker Parker, Lewis Tombs and enduro rider Tom Bradock and Tim Rose, start and Jason Morland
Great Entry for GH Motorcycles Evening Motocross – 5th July – 6pm
A full entry of 130 riders has been accepted for the GH Motorcycles evening motocross at Wattisfield Hall. From a spectators’ perspective this is one of the most popular motocross events of the year with a 12 race programme finishing at about 8.30pm with 2½ hours of non-stop action. Click here for programme
The entry includes British Championship and Eastern Centre riders Elliott Banks-Browne (Geartec Husqvarna), Lewis Tombs (Lings Husqvarna), Shaun Southgate (Herts MX Honda UK) and 2016 Eastern Centre Champion Luke Parker riding for the event sponsor GH Motorcycles of Colchester. One rider who hasn’t ridden much recently but suspect he will still be very competitive, is former top Eastern Centre Rider Syd Bales.
Three times race winner at the Diss MCC May meeting at Wattisfield, Jason Morland (Aim KTM) has entered the MX class but Jason would have been equally at home in the enduro class as he is the current Eastern Centre Enduro Champion. Unique to this event is a race for enduro riders and this group has an entry of 36 riders competing on machines which have headlights fitted. Some bikes will even be road legal and a number of riders such as Ross Taylor (Ranson Racing Honda) will only just be back from riding last week the 280 mile Welsh 2 day enduro in Mid Wales.
The track at Wattisfield is looking really good as it has been deep cultivated and fully graded following the sidecar Clubman’s British Championship in May. The jumps have also been graded and the drop off into the bomb hole made good to provide maximum air time.
The club would like to say a special thanks to Clarkes of Walsham and GH Motorcycles who have been excellent supporters of club for many years. Their involvement is greatly appreciated. Gavin Hockey, the owner of GH Motorcycles will have a stand on site so check out his products for a good deal.
The important thing to remember is to get there early to get a good parking space.
Full entry - Moto Cross, Wattisfield Hall - Sunday 21st May 2017 - 3rd Round of the Hadrian Marine ACU British Clubman Sidecar Championship plus supporting solos - Click here for programme
A full entry of 160 riders have entered Diss MCC Motocross this Sunday - 21st May. The event forms round 3 of the Hadrian Marine ACU British Clubman Championship. 120 supporting solos riders are also entered with round 4 of the NGR Championship and supporting Solo Allcomers. Practise commences at 10.15 with racing from 11.30.
Clarkes of Walsham, local builders merchants, country clothing, farming equipment, fencing etc. continue to be principal sponsors of the event.
See you there
Illegal Riding threatens the future of the Muntjac and Santon Enduros – Thetford Forest
After a period of 30 years, the thoughtless actions of a few riders is threatening the future of enduros in Thetford Forest. Despite the publicity already warning riders of this, there are a number examples of trail, enduro and motocross riders illegally riding. This includes very sensitive conservation areas and land used by for the Muntjac and Santon Enduros. A number of riders have been caught by the Forestry and Police and Section 59 (public order warnings / potential to have your bike crushed) have been issued to a total of 11 riders in recent months.
The problem used to be limited to local riders from the nearby towns but now the problem involves trail riders and ACU licence holders. The ACU at Rugby has applied a zero tolerance to any rider caught, and to date one expert motocross rider (eastern centre) and two enduro riders (not from the eastern centre) have had their ACU licence suspended.
To make the position absolutely clear, you are not permitted to ride on Forestry land unless it is an authorised ACU event (Muntjac and Santon Enduro) or an authorised location such as Hit the Dirt at Swaffham. If you do enjoy trail riding you must keep to the authorised byways. None of the former Diss MCC enduro courses are authorised for trail riding and this includes tracks or pits on Forestry land adjacent to byways. Ignorance is not an excuse!
In summary, if off road events are to continue on Forestry land in the eastern centre, positive action needs to be taken now. It is important for all clubs to get the message out to riders if the sport as we know it now is to survive! Diss MCC.
Provisional results from the GH Mcs Santon Enduro - Round One of the 2017 ACU Eastern Championship - here...
Wootton sets the pace on the Santon Enduro
Sunday 26 February saw Diss MCC host round one of the GH Motorcycles ACU 2017 Eastern Centre Enduro championship.
Storm Doris had threatened the event but after a huge amount of clear up work on Friday led by clerk of the course Andy Waters and his team, the 12 mile lap was sorted and ready for the 190 riders entered for the ever popular Diss MCC Santon Forest Enduro. A dry but breezy day faced the competitors with a strong field of 30 championship riders kicking off the action with a total of 192 riders entered.
At the end of the first test Joe Wootton on the 450 Freestyle Husqvarna demonstrated his return to race fitness with his first test 4 seconds clear of former eastern centre champion Jamie Roper on the 350 Aim/Walters KTM with eastern motocross champion Luke Parker out on the 450 GH/G and B Finch Husqvarna, a second further back in third. Brendan Mayers slotted in fourth half a second slower with 2016 champion Jason Morland on the 250 Aim KTM a second further back.
The second test saw Wootton confirm his domination of the event with an almost 13 second overall lead. Luke Parker strengthened his grip on a podium finish with a strong second test edging Roper down to third. A strong third place on his second test saw Morland push up to fourth with the consistent and hard charging Roger Holland on the 250 KTM rising to fifth. However the action was far from over with a further 5 laps facing the championship runners. Despite lots of new going, the course ran faster than expected and 17 championship runners cleaned the all important ultra tight last lap. Charlie Evans on the 450 Yamaha clocking in 2 minutes early and a gaggle of other top championship runners comfortably finishing a minute ahead of the time schedule - leaving the top five unchanged from the test order.
In the expert class Aaron Gordon showed a 125 was no handicap keeping the 125 HuskySport Husqvarna at the sharp end of both tests and cleaning the tough final lap. Some 17 experts and 6 expert vets able to hit the time schedule with both Gordon and twelfth placed Ryan McDonnell clocking in two minutes early to the final timecheck. Myles Saunders on 250 Aim KTM took the runner up spot with Kevin Palmer on the 300 Pope Sherco taking the final podium slot.
In the hotly contested expert vet class Mark Houson, 250 KTM edged out Richard Hallam, 450 Honda with event sponsor Gav Hockey taking third on his 300 Husqvarna with less than 1.5 seconds separating the top three.
Lewis Ranger on yet another 125 HuskySport Husqvarna was the dominant winner in the clubman class some 17 seconds clear of Lee Monger on his 300 Sherco with James Barker taking third just a second down on Monger.
Kevin Webb, 250 KTM was the only clubman vet to stay clean helping him to top spot in class from Andrew Peck 250 Yamaha and third placed Wayne Fulcher on his 450 Honda. In the Clubman super vets Andy Mason 250 Yamaha again dominated clocking in from his final lap two minutes early and finishing 10 second clear of Paul Davis 150 TM, with Steve Finch, 300 Husqvarna taking the final podium slot.
Despite the efforts of the recent storm the ever enthusiastic and hard working Diss MCC team again put on a great event, a fitting start to the 2017 GH Motorcycles ACU Eastern Championship.
Thetford Forest - Illegal Riding. No excuses – Police taking action
Norfolk & Suffolk Police and the Forestry Commission in East England are taking a very strong stance to anyone caught illegally riding on Forestry Commission Land in Thetford. Despite warnings, and the ACU earlier this year suspending a top Eastern Centre Motocross rider, some riders are still illegally riding causing damage to land and presenting a nuisance to other forest users.
Using covert cameras, information from social media, photos taken by forests users, and registrations obtained from vans and bikes etc, the Police have been issuing a number of Section 59 notices (using a vehicle in an anti-social manner). In addition to a warning, this can involve prosecution of the individual and the bike being seized and potentially crushed.
Recent evidence of illegal riding indicates the problem is wider than local ‘joy riders’ as it includes motocross, enduro and trail bike riders.
To make it perfectly clear, the only places in Thetford Forest where off road riding is permitted is at authorised tracks such as Hit the Dirt at Swaffham or the Norfolk and Suffolk Schoolboy Track at Hockham. Even then riding in at these venues is only permitted when they are open for an event or authorised practise day. All other areas of forest including locations such as Two Mile Bottom or where the Diss Club run enduro events, is strictly no go. If you are trail riding – you must not deviate from authorised green lane routes.
The ACU has made their position very clear that any rider caught illegally riding or encouraging it on social media, will be subject to disciplinary action which may involve suspension of their licence. There are no excuses! The reputation and future of off road sport in East Anglia is being seriously affected by a few irresponsible individuals.
Sunday saw Diss MCC run the 9th and final round of the 2016 ACU British Enduro Championship with some 216 riders up for the challenge.
The competition was always going to be strong but the threatened weather was also part of everyone's pre-race discussion. 8 hours of heavy overnight rain drenched the course but the gale force winds didn't materialise and the rain fortunately stopped as the action got underway.
The strong championship class started their day with back to back tests and faced a major challenge with a very wet and slimy test. First blood went to Jack Edmondson on his 125 Leisure Trail/KTM UK KTM with a stunning first test nearly 3.5 seconds clear of Danny McCanney on the Factory 300 Husqvarna with Brad Freeman on the 250 Colwyn Bay/KTM Stuff KTM 2 seconds further back. Stuart Edmonds on the 250 Electraction TM was using his MX experience to good effect and Jake Subachus on the MPS Sherco rounded out the top five. As soon as the last championship rider had finished they were back for test two. Jack continued to read the challenging conditions to perfection pulling a further four second advantage over Danny McCanney with Stuart Edmonds 2 seconds behind McCanney. Josh Gotts on the 250 TM UK TM was 5 seconds back in fourth with Alex Snow on the 300 MPS Sherco slotting into fifth. Brad Freeman struggled to restart after a fall on the slippery going and came out 41st overall almost 50 seconds down on Edmondson.
The start of the second lap saw the championship class return to see a very changed test showing lots of ruts and berms - the rest of the entry had made their mark...
McCanney increased his pace to win the next test by 3 seconds from Edmondson with Freeman a further 7 seconds back with Edmunds and Jamie Lewis 450 Off Road Experience Yamaha taking fourth and fifth. This meant Jack still had a 4.7 second lead from McCanney with Edmondson, Gotts and Lewis rounding out the overall top five. Brad Freeman was in a distant 11th overall but making up lost ground fast.
The fourth test at the start of lap three saw McCanney and Brad Freeman run sub five minutes with McCanney at 4 minutes 55 and Freeman close behind with a 4:58 - helping his battle back up the leaderboard. Jack Eddy maintained strong pace with a five minute test with Lewis nine seconds back in fourth followed closely by Gotts. Edmunds had made a small mistake and his 5:13 run dropped him to seventh in the strong competition. McCanney had now edged in front in the overall standings by the smallest of margins some 0.27 seconds up on Edmondson with Edmunds still holding on to third from Gotts and Lewis and Freeman was on the move rising to sixth overall but still with a lot to do.
Andy Waters the very experienced clerk of the course decided the championship and expert classes would only ride the test then return to the time control rather than complete lap three in response to the deteriorating conditions and to ensure all riders had a clear run through the test.
Experts then headed off for lap four and the championship class returned to the special test for a final back to back test challenge as their fourth lap.
Test five saw McCanney up his game still further setting a blistering pace delivering a 4 minute 50 test nearly 9 seconds ahead of Freeman with Edmondson again third on 5:02 from Jamie Lewis and Josh Gotts. Ill fortune hit Edmunds on lap five and a further small mistake left him on 5:30 and in 14th on the test dropping him in the overall standings to sixth.
McCanney had pulled out a twelve second gap from Edmondson from Lewis and Gotts sitting in third and fourth while Freeman's sub five minute test pulled him up to fifth some 6 seconds behind Lewis.
McCanney strengthened his grip on the win with a final solid 4:57 test but the win on this test went to Freeman with a 4:56. Edmondson was next with yet another rock solid third with 5:06 on the board with Edmunds and Lee Sealey 250 Off Road Experience Yamaha pushing Gotts and Lewis into sixth and seventh respectively. The overall test position was in no doubt - Danny McCanney had found his form and lead by nearly 21 seconds from Jack Edmondson who had ridden top three on every test. With Gotts and Lewis edged down the order Brad Freeman had finally pulled back to third and shown the speed that he has displayed this year. The battle for fourth and fifth couldn't have been closer with Lewis just pipping Gotts by 0.66 seconds after over thirty minutes of test action.
Waters had set the time schedule recognising the challenging weather but the championship class riders demonstrated their stunning pace with McCanney and Freeman finishing the gruelling final lap with over four minutes to spare - quipping to Waters that they could have found another minute if needed - a stunning finish to a tough day!
With Thomas Elwood, 2016 expert champion trying his hand in the championship class runner up Dan Mundell on the JD Racing KTM UK took the expert overall second seconds clear of Brad Williams with Roger Holland less than a second down, in third place. In total 12 experts cleaned the course.
The clubman class saw Ryan Comer, ET James 125 KTM take an emphatic victory, nearly 19 seconds clear of Jack Ditchfield with Aaron Gordon less than half a second behind to round out the top three with Ditchfield unofficially taking the Clubman BEC title.
In the woman's class Rosie Rowett took a string win from Glesni Jones - some 38 seconds in front - with her final lap giving her the win.
The ultra competitive over forty class saw just three riders stay clean- again pulling them clear - with Russ Millward on his Road an Track Yamaha finishing some 16 seconds clear of Karl Greenall with eastern centre Trials and Enduro ace Julian Harvey taking third after a mistake on his second test lost him any chance of the overall.
And finally in the over fifty class evergreen Mark Chapman riding for the host club on his 250 Bavin Yamaha took an emphatic victory, more than four minutes clear of Paul Armstrong with Darren Osborne rounding out the top three.
Four clubman, cleaned the course and three over 40 riders indicating the timing was spot on for the conditions.
Andy Waters and his trusty team worked hard to keep the event running and to deliver yet another successful end to the ACU British Enduro Championship in 2016. A big thank you to all helpers and to the riders for supporting Diss MCC through challenging conditions. All feedback during the event from riders and support crews was positive and appreciative of the efforts made.
The racing couldn't have been better - a fitting end to a great season for riders and our sport of Enduro in Great Britain - and here's to an even better season in 2017.
Final Round of the Eastern Centre MX Championship – Wattisfield Hall- Report Charles Ralph- click here
Pictures Adrian Case
Diss MCC Muntjac Enduro – 20th November filling up very fast – don’t be disappointed, get your entry in now!
Regulations for GH M/sc Muntjac Enduro, the final round of the ACU 2016 British Enduro Championship has only be open 3 days, but entries are filling up very fast with some classes nearly full. If you are intending to compete in the event you are highly recommended to do so in the next couple of days. Avoid being on the reserve list. Apply online at: https://members.acu.org.uk
Regulations available - GH M/cs Muntjac Enduro – 20 November 2016. Final Round of ACU British Enduro Championship Apply online at:https://members.acu.org.uk
Regulations are now available for the Muntjac Enduro in Thetford Forest, the final round of the ACU British Enduro Championship. The event, organised by Diss MCC, is one of the most popular long course forest enduros of the year. This is mainly due to the dry sandy nature of the forest which makes the terrain rideable irrespective of the weather conditions and rider capability.
Organises, Diss MCC, are pleased to confirm that the principal event sponsor Gavin Hockey Motorcycles has agreed to continue his valuable support of the event.
Championship class riders should ride 5 laps with 7 special tests. The start time is being brought forward to 08.45 this year for Championship Class to enable back to back tests at the start of the day on lap one – a change for 2016. The test will also be timed for Championship Class on laps 2, 3 and 4 with it being run back to back 3 times on lap 4.
Expert will have 5 laps with 3 timed tests, Clubman 4 laps with 2 special tests timed and Sportsman 3 laps with 2 special tests. The last lap for these classes as always will be challenging.
As with all Diss MCC events held in Thetford Forest, it is important to get your entry in early to save any disappointment as the event normally fills up within a few days of opening. This is very relevant this year as most British Championship events have been over-subscribed. If you have been riding the BEC don’t delay! Get your entry in now!
A sportsman class will be available but only subject to space being available.
Moto Cross, Wattisfield Hall - Sunday 25 September 2016
Round 7 of the Eastern Centre Championship
Entries now available Apply online at: : https://members.acu.org.uk
Round 7 of the 2016 Eastern Centre Motocross Championship for Experts and Juniors is to be held at Wattisfield Hall on Sunday 25th September. Practise commences at 10.30 with racing from 11.30. A full field of riders is expected to battle out for the overall title of Eastern Centre Champion.
Clarkes of Walsham, local builders merchants, country clothing, farming equipment, fencing etc continue to be principal sponsors of the event.
See you there!
Pictures Adrian Case
Two Man Enduro – Round 2 of the Dave Barkshire Championship - Wattisfield Hall - Sunday 21st August 2016 PROV. RESULTS Updated 22/8/16) HERE...
Wattisfield Trial 30 July '16: Results here...
GH Motorcycles Evening Motocross – Wednesday 6th July
A full entry of 120 riders have been accepted for the Gavin Hockey evening motocross at Wattisfield Hall. From a spectators’ perspective this is one of the most popular motocross events of the year as it provides a 12 race programme finishing at about 8.30pm with 2½ hours of non-stop action. The entry includes top eastern centre expert riders and grand prix rider Jake Nicholls. A unique feature is one of the group of races will be for enduro riders – technically road legal machines who will trying their hand at the sport.
Clarkes of Walsham one of the club’s long time sponsors will again be supporting the event with the addition of Gavin Hockey Motorcycles of Colchester. Gavin is also a long-time supporter of the club and also events in the Eastern Centre so take a look at his products as he will have a stand on site
Get in early to get a parking space.
Find report for Santon Enduro (Round 1 of the GH Motorcycles Husqvarna Eastern Centre championships 2016) here
11:30AM Test Times - ST1 and ST2 - here...
Full entry for Santon Enduro
200 riders have entered the Santon Enduro in Thetford Forest on Sunday 28th February. The event forms Round 1 of the GH Motorcycles Eastern Centre Championship Enduro.
A full house of 28 riders have entered the championship class which includes a number of British Championship runners getting in early season practice for the 2016 British Championship Enduro season. Brad Freeman, 2015 Santon winner – Colwyn Bay KTM starts as favourite but strong competition will come from Joe Wootton (Freestyle Husqvarna), who like Freeman is returning from injury and Daryl Bolter (Crecent KTM) who had an excellent 4th overall in the Diss Club’s November Muntjac Enduro. Fast Eddy’s James Jackman also may spring a few surprises and it will be interesting to see how Jon Hunt goes after moving up from Expert Class.
From an Eastern Centre perspective, 2015 champion Jamie Roper leads the field away on his Walters Medical / Aim Racing 350 KTM. But as ever he will have a tough task on his hand with the likes of series sponsor GH Motorcycles Aston Bird and the multi- Eastern Championship winner Chris ‘Dr Shox’ Hockey. For a copy of the programme, final instructions and list of riders – click here.
End of season report can be found here
Membership form for 2016 available here
Please find a statement from the ACU regarding illegal riding and sanctions here
Check out the Motocross page for the latest results from Wattisfield Hall MX 27th September 2015 - the final round on the Eastern Centre Championship
See our Enduro page for provisional results and our Enduronews report or see results/ photos/videos etc. on our Facebook Page - Diss MCC Ltd (link at top of page...).