Regs Available Dave Barkshire Two-Man Enduro - 19 August 2018, Wattisfield Hall. Apply online at: https://members.acu.org.uk
Regulations are now available for the 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
Other MX 2018 dates for the diary
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.
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.
Dave Barkshire Two-Man Enduro - 19 August 2018, Wattisfield Hall. Apply online at: : https://members.acu.org.uk
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...).