Jason Morland dominates at the Eastern Solo Enduro Championship, while an Ipswich Town legend’s grandson shines

Jason Morland was the winner of the Championship Class. Picture: Anthony Ridge

Jason Morland was the winner of the Championship Class. Picture: Anthony Ridge - Credit: Archant

There were more thrills and surprises in round three of the Eastern Solo Enduro Championship last Sunday at Foxborough Quarry, organised by the Sudbury Motor Cycle Club.

Joe Phillips, the grandson of Ipswich Town legend Ted, in action. Picture: Anthony Ridge

Joe Phillips, the grandson of Ipswich Town legend Ted, in action. Picture: Anthony Ridge - Credit: Archant

First away in the three hour marathon were the Championship Class led by Brendon Mayers (Halstead), who held onto his lead for two laps being chased by Jason Morland (Halstead) and Craig Roper (Sudbury).

However Morland took the lead on lap three and a little later Roper slipped into second place.

Morland was uncatchable on the day, a clear winner on 26 laps by 1 minute 24 seconds over Tim Rose.

Myles Saunders (Sudbury) took the lead in the Expert Class with his nearest rival Kevin Palmer (Norwich) further down the field.

Saunders held onto his lead for a long time however Palmer, during the closing stages, closed up and passed his rival.

But unexpectedly Ryan McDonnell (Sudbury/Team Dave Roper) was making a real challenge, passing both these riders to take his first win in this class while Palmer had to be content with second. Jack Berry (Sudbury) slipped into third place, pushing Saunders into fourth.

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There was a great battle between Sudbury team mates James Barker and Lee Monger in the Clubman Class and it was towards the end that Barker got the better of Monger completing 25 laps to Monger’s 24.

Maciej Berdysz (Sidcup) was the best of four riders finishing on 23 laps, taking third.

It was a great day for 15-year-old Joe Phillips, grandson of the legendary Ipswich Town footballer Ted, riding in his first adult event finishing 12th and earning 4 class points.

Three riders in the Expert Veteran Class finished on 24 laps with Michael Ridge (Stowmarket) beating his nearest rival Gavin Hockey (Sudbury) while Phil Roper (Sudbury) took 3rd place.

It was two wins in two rounds for Dean Curry (Sudbury) in the Clubman Veteran Class out riding Alex Crow (Woodbridge) 2nd, Martin Greenaway (Sudbury) 3rd and Michael Wyatt (Diss) 4th.

Meanwhile it was three wins in three rounds for Andy Mason (Sudbury) in the Clubman Super Veteran Class holding off Steve Finch (Braintree) 2nd, Graham Mays (Sudbury) 3rd and Nigel Ross (Sudbury) 4th.

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