Bales in terrific form at Wakes Colne
HALSTEAD & DMCC hosted Round Two of the Eastern Championship at an excellently-prepared Wakes Colne circuit. Dry, sunny weather prevailed for Sunday's meeting, and with a bumper entry of 200-plus riders, racing was fast and furious.
HALSTEAD & DMCC hosted Round Two of the Eastern Championship at an excellently-prepared Wakes Colne circuit.
Dry, sunny weather prevailed for Sunday's meeting, and with a bumper entry of 200-plus riders, racing was fast and furious.
Series leader in the Expert Category, Syd Bales, was in devastating form, winning both Motos and the Invitation Race with ease.
In leg one, Ben Lambert-Williams challenged Bales for a few laps, but Bales was setting a scorching pace, and at the end of the 25-minute long race he had a big lead. Lambert-Williams retired at half distance with machine problems, allowing Londoner David Williams to take second place from Joe Stephens and local rider Jason Morland.
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Williams and Stean Jolly led Bales in leg two for a couple of laps, until Bales upped his pace and again dominated the race, leaving Williams in a lonely second place. Morland battled through to third, ahead of Matt White and Jolly.
In the MXI Junior Championships, former Expert, Matt French took two easy wins, hoisting him to lead the series. In the first leg, Graham Lee and Mark Hunt battled for second place, with Lee getting the verdict.
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Race two saw French again at the front, with Lee holding second place, until Chris Place came charging through to grab second. Lee held off Nick Ames for third, with female racer Nerys Williams having a fine ride to claim fifth place.
Kevin Lancaster won both Junior MX2 Motos to lead the series. In race one, Lancaster battled with Perry Callow, Tim Rose and Neil Jago to take the win. Callow led race two, and looked likely to win until machine problems forced his retirement.
Lancaster took over at the front, and although he was chased hard by Michael Rye, he took his second win. Jamie Roper claimed third, with the consistent Matt Hunt in fourth place.
Race One: 1 Syd Bales (Honda), 2 David Williams (Honda), 3 Joe Stephens (Honda), 4 Jason Morland (KTM), 5 Nathan Braithwaite (Yamaha), 6 Stean Jolly (Yamaha).
Race Two: 1 Bales, 2 Williams, 3 Morland, 4 Matt White (Honda), 5 Jolly, 6 Stephens.
Non-Championship Race: 1 Bales, 2 Ben Lambert-Williams (KTM), 3 Jolly, 4 Morland, 5 Stephens, 6 Brett Fisher (Honda).
Junior MX1 Championships
Race One: 1 Matt French (KTM), 2 Graham Lee (Yamaha), 3 Mark Hunt (Honda), 4 Vince Snell (Yamaha), 5 Nick Maes (Honda), 6 Barry Farrow (Yamaha).
Race Two: 1 French, 2 Chris Place (Honda), 3 Lee, 4 Ames, 5 Nerys Williams (Honda), 5 Hunt.
Heat Winners: French and Place.
Junior MX2 Championships
Race One: 1 Kevin Lancaster (Honda), 2 Perry Callow (KTM), 3 Tim Rose (Yamaha), 4 Neil Jago (Suzuki), 5 Matt Hunt (Kawasaki), 6 Michael Rye (Honda).
Race Two: 1 Lancaster, 2 Rye, 3 Jamie Roper (Yamaha), 4 Hunt, 5 Jago, 6 Scott Smith (KTM).
Heat Winners: Lacaster and Callow.
Expert MX 1: Bales.
Expert MX 2: Chris Bastick.
Junior MX 1: French.
Junior MX 2: Lancaster.