Great entry for the Santon Enduro – First Round of 2019 GH M/cs ACU Eastern Enduro Championship
A full entry of 190 riders will tackle Diss MCC’s Santon Enduro on Sunday 24th February for the 1st round of the 2019 GH M/cs Eastern Enduro Championship. The 12-mile course of the sandy terrain of Thetford forest is looking in good shape and as usual is very dry for this time of the year.
ACU Eastern Centre MX champion Shaun Southgate Herts MX, Honda UK starts as favourite following a good ride on the Muntjac but strong competition will come from multiple ACU Eastern Enduro Champions Jason Morland (GH Motorcycles/ G & B Finch Yamaha) and multiple champion Chris Hockey who is now riding a Gas Gas. The 2018 ACU Eastern Enduro Champion Luke Parker is missing the event as he is now focusing his attention on riding the ACU BEC which is being held on the same day. The good thing is both events have a full entry which reflects how strong enduro events are within the UK.
The start is 09.00 Forest Ride 22 on the Thetford to Mundford Road IP27 0TR. First rider on the test is 09.05 and Championship should be riding 6 laps of the course, Experts 5, Clubman 4 and Sportsman 3.
A big thanks to GH Motorcycles for their continued support of the ACU Eastern Enduro Championship.
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.
Luke Parker takes takes the top spot at the GH Motorcycles Muntjac Enduro and wins the ACU Eastern 2018 Enduro Championship
Luke Parker celebrates with Gavin Hockey after a win on the Muntjac secured the ACU Eastern Enduro Championship. Check out http://www.motoheadmag.com/parker-beats-tombs-in-enduro-thriller/ for a full report by Dick Law
Cracking ride by Luke Parker - start of the event outgoing champion Jason Morland shakes hands with Luke Parker to say let the battle commence
Dates for 2019
Monday 6th May MX Wattisfield - Sidecars and Solos
Wednesday Evening 3rd July MX Wattisfield - Solos
27th July Trial Wattisfield
18th August - Enduro (Two Man) Wattisfield
22nd September - MX Wattisfield Solos Centre Championship
24th November Enduro Thetford Forest