Remembering Mike Bavin
It is with great sadness that I must inform you that Mike Bavin has passed away, peacefully in his sleep, aged 90. Mike (founder of Mike Bavin Motorcycles of Diss) was a great stalwart of our sport, a keen and hugely committed scrambles and trials rider, event organiser, business man and former chairman then president of Diss Motorcycle Club.
He was central to the development of Diss MCC throughout the 1960's, 70's and 80's and was one of the chief negotiators for the use of Wattisfield Hall for our motocross meetings, nearly 50 years ago. He also sought out land and with his expert powers of persuasion gained permission for it's use for some memorable groups of trials sections. As chairman he oversaw the club's introduction to running enduros over 35 years ago. As well as riding, Mike undertook many duties at all our events, as a firm but fair motocross starter (turning away a centre champion for jumping the gate) to setting out challenging trials sections.
His passion for motorcycle sport began in the army where he led a motorcycle display team and regularly rode trials. His love of bikes continued even after retirement from the motorcycle shop and moving to Somerset, and he was still often seen at events in East Anglia always taking a keen interest. Those who knew him well will also have admired his engineering, inventing, woodworking and construction work, in fact, his ability to turn his hand to any task with great skill and never ending enthusiasm.
He will be greatly missed and our thoughts are with his family.
Chair - Diss MCC
Two Man Enduro – Round 3 of the Dave Barkshire Championship - Wattisfield Hall - Sunday 18th August 2019
Apply online at: : https://members.acu.org.uk
Regulations are now available for round 3 of the 2019 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.
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
Luke Benstead takes the final in GH Motorcycles and GB Finch Evening MX at Wattisfield - Report from Charlie Ralph
A large crowd came to the picturesque village of Wattisfield in Suffolk on Wednesday evening to witness some fast motocross action, hosted by the Diss motorcycle club, and sponsored by GH Motorcycles/and G&BFinch Ltd.
The annual evening meeting also saw the first competitive ride this year for local ace, Jake Nicholls, who has been out of action since last October, following a badly broken leg, and despite his lack of race time, put on a great show for the spectators. However, it was the popular Wisbech rider, Luke Benstead, who was the top rider of the event. Nicholls started the meeting off with a race win in the first heat with Benstead winning heat two, and in the first allcomers race, it was Benstead who took the win after a race long battle with Eastern champion Shaun Southgate and Nicholls. Sixteen year old Newmarket youngster, Sam Nunn, rode well for fourth place, chased by his Yamaha team mate, Tom Grimshaw.
The second leg saw Ben Cole leading from the start with Southgate and Nicholls just behind him. Nicholls took over at the front on lap two with Benstead passing both Cole and Southgate to claim second place, which ensured him overall victory. Cole managed to hold off Southgate for third place with Nunn and Grimshaw having a closely fought battle again for fifth position.
The B group of allcomers saw the Diss club rider, Joe Eaton, winning both races with ease. Jack Whitlam was second in both races, and some close racing between former speedway rider, Shaun Tacey, Dan Lawler and Tom Sutton entertained the enthusiastic crowd as they battled for third place overall.
The meeting also included races for riders on enduro spec bikes and pre 89 machines. Sam Mitchell took the first race win after a hectic scrap with Luke Gidney and Brendon Mayers. Former Eastern favourite, Syd Bales having a rare outing, surprised many by claiming fourth. Race two saw Mitchell in front again, but Gidney stormed into the lead on lap two to take the win. Bales had a superb ride, and after passing Mayers and Mitchell, almost caught Gidney as they crossed the finish line.
Gidney also won the third race to take overall victory, and Mayers got the better of Mitchell for second place. Regular enduro riders, Jamie Roper, Tim Rose and Toby Morley all competed well in all three legs to figure in the overall positions.
The twelve race programme ended with the grand final and a decent prize purse as the top forty riders came to the start line. Benstead was soon in the lead chased hard by Southgate and Nicholls, and behind them the chasing pack thrilled the crowd as they fought for places. Nicholls moved into second place on lap two, and despite closing the gap on the race leader, it was Benstead who took victory, which obviously pleased his GH motorcycles team. Southgate rounded off a good evening for third place, with St Alban's teenager, Tom Grimshaw just ahead of Sam Nunn and Isle of Man visitor, Jed Etchells
Group A allcomers overall. 1st Luke Benstead GH Husqvarna, 2nd Jake Nicholls Buildbase Honda, 3rd Shaun Southgate Hert MX Honda, 4th Ben Cole GH Husqvarna, 5th Sam Nunn HCR Yamaha, 6th Tom Grimshaw HCR Yamaha
Group B allcomers overall. 1st Joe Eaton Lings Honda, 2nd Jack Whitlam Barkshire KTM, 3rd Dan Lawler Husqvarna, 4th Shaun Tacey Kawasaki, 5th Tom Sutton Yamaha, 6th Steve Gilbey Honda.
Enduro group overall. 1st Luke Gidney KTM, 2nd Sam Mitchell Honda, 3rd Brendon Mayers KTM, 4th Syd Bales Honda, 5th Jamie Roper KTM, 6th Tim Rose KTM.
Grand final. 1st Benstead, 2nd Nicholls, 3rd Southgate, 4th Grimshaw, 5th Nunn, 6th Jed Etchells ?
Shaun Southgate (Honda) leads Luke Benstead and Jake Nicholls of the start
Luke Benstead GH MC Husky takes the lead
Great Crowd on the night
Luke Parker fresh from a European Enduro round rode his Gas Gas Enduro Bike in the MX class
Luke Gidney KTM won the enduro group - picture - Anthony Ridge
David Woods get air time leading up to the bomb hole - picture - Anthony Ridge
Daniel Willis hits the dirt - picture - Anthony Ridge
Great Shots of May MX from davidblake images - see Diss MCC Facebook and David's Facebook page for more shots
Benjamin Cole 450 Husky takes the overall win from Jason Morland on a GH MC 450 Yamaha. 190 riders competed in a great event
Thetford Forest –Illegal Riding Problem - Spot checks being carried out!
Whilst a majority of off road motorcycle riders are very responsible and only ride at practice tracks, on authorised byways and within approved events, a small minority are still causing real problems with illegal riding in Thetford Forest.
To address this, Norfolk & Suffolk Police and the Forestry Commission in East England are now conducting a number of spot checks in Thetford Forest to stamp out illegal riding. Checks have been targeting hot spots and where necessary, Section 59 notices (using a vehicle in an anti-social manner) have and will be 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!
Diss MCC and members of the public using the forest, local residents and are being very proactive in assisting the police and forestry with this exercise, and during the autumn and winter months checks will continue.
The only places in Thetford Forest where off road riding is permitted is at authorised tracks such as Hit the Dirt at Swaffham. There are other authorised practice tracks at Chippenham, Besthorpe, Blythburgh and Mildenhall. Even then riding at these venues is only permitted when they are open for an event or authorised practice days. All other areas of forest including locations 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 and checked.
Ignorance is not an excuse.
27th July Trial Wattisfield
18th August - Enduro (Two Man) Wattisfield
22nd September - MX Wattisfield Solos Centre Championship
24th November Enduro Thetford Forest