Exciting motocross racing at Halstead sees top riders compete in Eastern Championships

Rheis Morter

Rheis Morter - Credit: Archant

Round one of the Eastern Motocross Championships took place on Sunday, hosted by the hard working Halstead club.

Brad Woodroffe. Photos: SOPHIE BRINKLEY

Brad Woodroffe. Photos: SOPHIE BRINKLEY - Credit: Archant

Race one saw a full line up of expert-graded riders competing in the premier class, and it was Brad Tomlin,(GH Yamaha), who led the pack, chased by Brad Woodroffe, Jordan Moxey and teenager Dylan Woodcock.

Woodcock had set the fastest time in practise, and was soon into second place and was closing in on Tomlin. Halfway through the 20minute long race, the team green Kawasaki youngster snatched the lead to pull away and take the win,followed by Tomlin, Woodroffe and 2015 champion, Luke Benstead.

It was Benstead, (GH Husqvarna), who stormed to the front in race two, with a big bunch of riders battling over second place. Hadleigh Essex rider Woodcock was soon into second place, heading Tomlin, 2016 champion, Luke Parker,( GH Husqvarna ) and Ben Cole, and Shaun Southgate , who later retired with a rear wheel puncture. Woodcock closed the gap on Cambridgeshire’s Benstead, but it was Benstead who took the win from Woodcock, followed by Tomlin, Parker and Declan Whittle with Woodroffe in sixth place

The third and final premier class race saw South African Woodroffe snatch the lead, chased by the consistent Tomlin, with Woodcock and Benstead battling for third place. Whittle was setting the fastest lap times though, and passed Parker, Benstead and Woodcock after twelve minutes of the race. Whittle then moved to second place as he stormed by Tomlin, but just failed to reel in the winner, Woodroffe.

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The Junior championship races were also closely fought. Alex Hornsby was the early leader in race one, but slipped off his Suzuki, leaving Ryan McDonnell leading from Chelmsford youngster, Rheis Morter, with Joe Jeffries and Ipswich rider, Aaron Holloway chasing hard. Morter took the lead at half distance, leaving McDonnell holding off Jeffries for second place. Meanwhile, Hornsby was chasing through the pack to grab fourth from Holloway.

Holloway stormed to the front in race two, with Hornsby and Morter disputing second place throughout the race. Essex rider, Dexter Wharton, was also riding well to claim fourth at the finish. Again Holloway led the forty strong pack in the third race, but Morter was in a determined mood and snatched the lead to take the win and overall top spot, to lead the series. Holloway was riding well for second place and was rewarded with second overall on the day. Hornsby retired from race three, leaving Sam Harwood in third place, chased home by the impressive Wharton, and Jeffries.

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The support races saw Luke Nolan winning all three group A races with ease, leaving Edward Pegram and Jack Janes to settle for second and third overall. The support B group saw Sam Boydell winning the first two races from Ipswich Kawasaki rider, Shaun Grimwood, but Boydell had to settle for third place in the final race, behind the winner, Michael Emsworth and Lowestoft club rider, Daniel Knights.

Round two takes place this Sunday at the Mildenhall motocross facility, hosted by the Littleport club.

Once again, a good entry of expert graded riders, and a full line up of junior grade riders will be in action. The circuit is behind the Mildenhall speedway venue, and racing starts at around 12 noon.

Admission is just £10 for adults, with concessions to senior citizens and children.

Round one of the Eastern Motocross Championships

Results. Experts Premier class overall.

1st Dylan Woodcock Team Green Kawasaki 65 points

2nd Brad Tomlin GH Yamaha 62

3rd Brad Woodroffe MB Husqvarna 60

4th Luke Benstead GH Husqvarna 59

5th Declan Whittle Herts MX Husqvarna 53

6th Luke Parker GH Husqvarna 49

7th George Grigg Pettitt Lings Honda 39

8th Jordan Moxey Geartech Husqvarna 37

9th Steve Bixby Aim KTM 28

10th Shaun Southgate Herts MX Honda 27

Junior grade championship overall.

1st Rheis Morter Yamaha 70 points

2nd Aaron Holloway Kawasaki 63

3rd Dexter Wharton Kawasaki 51

4th Sam Harwood Honda 50

5th Joe Jeffries Kawasaki 41

6th Alex Hornsby Suzuki 40

Support group A Overall.

1st Luke nolan KtM

2nd Edward Pegram Husqvarna

3rd Jack Janes Yamaha

4th Will Nice Honda

5th Joe Scillitoe Kawasaki

6th Daryl Wisbey Suzuki

Support group B overall.

1st Sam Boydell Honda

2nd Daniel Knights Yamaha

3rd Michael Emsworth Kawasaki

4th Gary Scarlett KTM

5th Thomas Clarkson KTM

6th Shaun Grimwood Kawasaki

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