Benstead takes overall victory in premier class event at Littleport club
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Round two of the Eastern motocross Championships, hosted by the Littleport club, was staged at Mildenhall on Sunday.
Race one in the premier class for expert-graded riders saw last year’s champion, Luke Parker, take the lead, closely followed by Shaun Southgate, Mitchell Lewis and Luke Benstead.
Lewis took the lead on lap three of the 20-minute long race, and Parker was left to fend off Benstead and Southgate. Eventually, Benstead moved into second but could not reel in Kent youngster, Lewis. Parker finished third from Southgate and Brad Woodroffe.
Shaun Southgate led the chasing pack in race two, and was never headed. Benstead followed him home, with Declan Whittle, who crashed and retired in race one, finishing third.
Race three saw a high-speed battle, Benstead holding off the challenge of his team-mate Parker, to take the win and overall victory. Lewis was involved in a tight scrap for third, with Whittle, Southgate and Woodroffe finishing inches apart.
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In the Eastern junior championship races, James Wayman was the overall winner with two wins and a fourth place.
Aaron Holloway led race one for two laps, with Alex Hornsby and Wayman chasing hard. Wayman took over at the front after eight minutes, with Hornsby second, from Holloway and Sudbury club rider, Ryan McDonnell.
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Holloway again led race two, chased by Rheis Morter, Hornsby and Tim Clark. Fifth-placed Wayman began to pick off the leading bunch, and with five minutes left, had moved to the front. Holloway held on to second place, chased by Morter and Hornsby.
Chelmsford youngster, Morter, made sure of the win in race three, leading from the start. Hornsby got the better of Tim Clark for second, with Wayman in fourth, just ahead of Holloway.
Round Three of the expert and junior championship battles will continue at Blaxhall on May 28.
The support races saw veteran Paul Hubbard taking his KTM to three race wins, with Paul Burdett and Sam Boydell always in contention for top three overall in the A group.
Suffolk’s Darren Stone was the overall Group B winner, while Billy Middleton was second and Michael Kester third.