Sudbury MCC August 2014 News


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MasonLast Sunday was the final round of the G H Motorcycles/Husqvarna/Eastern Centre Enduro Championship being staged by the Woodbridge Motor Cycle Club at Butley Suffolk. Locked together in the Championship Class was last year’s winner Jamie Roper and Chris Hockey nine times of this Title (both Sudbury) on 62 points each and waiting in the wings was Jason Morland (Halstead) on 54 points. However there was a surprise in the entry list British Enduro Champion Tom Sagar also Brad Freeman and Mark Roberts who also feature in the British Championships made the trip from Wales to compete.

These three riders were first, second and third respectively on the day but all eyes were on Hockey Roper and Morland and Hockey drew first blood in the first special test with a time of 211.81 seconds to Roper’s time of 218.79 seconds and Morland’s 219.40 seconds. Hockey’s lead of 6.98 seconds was reduced by Roper to 1.82 seconds in the second special test while Morland had a better time than Hockey. It was now all down the third and last special test Hockey recorded 210.75 seconds, Morland 209.60 seconds and Roper 205.31 seconds and everyone were waiting with baited breath for the overall totals. Roper’s time was 631.72, Hockey 635.35 a lead for Roper of 3.63 seconds while Morland’s times were 641.36 however Ricky Roper (Sudbury) had a better time than Morland and Hockey of 634.94.

sudbury clubEverything was down to the eighth and last session where all the Championship Class riders had 14 minutes to complete the course with penalties of 60 seconds for every minute last. Hockey and Roper were on the same minute and Hockey got in front first but Roper was not going to be thwarted and at the first possible opportunity passed Hockey and then had first choice at all the best lines. When the 14 minutes were up two riders were seen in the distance could one or both get to the finish line before the next minute and it was Roper in front of Hockey and as Roper negotiated the last four bends there was a loud applause from the spectators and Roper managed to finish 20 before the next minute and Hockey was just 5 seconds behind him. Although only 4th place on the day for Roper it was enough to give him a two points win to keep his Title. Hockey finished 5th as Ricky Roper incurred 60 penalty points for being one minute late while Morland had to settle for 7th place.

Alex RamptonThe Expert Class was won by Glenn Walsh (Sudbury) with Ian Tutton (Sudbury) 2nd and David Stevens (Diss) 3rd. Lewis Bond (Lowestoft) had already won this Title while three Sudbury riders Walsh, Darren Nicolaou and Tutton finished 2nd, 3rd and 4th respectively. The Expert Veteran Class was won by Michael Ridge (Woodbridge) with Mark Chapman (Diss) 2nd and Paul Davis (Sudbury) 3rd and Chapman’s second was enough to give him the Title with Graham Mays (Sudbury) 2nd and John Bishop (Woodbridge) 3rd.

There were four riders in the reckoning for the Clubman Class Title and on the day Ross Taylor (Diss) won followed by Ben Alexander Woodbridge) 2nd, William Hughes (Braintree) 3rd while Dean Goggins Woodbridge) could only manage 8th. Taylor wins the Title with 84 points while Goggins secured 2nd place over Hughes by virtue of a better score in a previous round.sudbury club Jason Fowler (Diss) won the Clubman Veteran Class with Mark Green (Sudbury) 2nd and Jason Ager (Sudbury) 3rd and the Title goes to Green 87 points to Fowler’s 79 points while Duncan Griffin (Diss) is 3rd. Andy Mason (Sudbury) won the Clubman Super Veteran Class with Clive Stevens (Diss) 2nd and Don Blackman (Colchester) 3rd. Mason wins the Title with Steve Finch (Braintree) 2nd and Stevens 3rd.

The Team Dave Roper Challenge for Sudbury members between 15 and 21 has been won by Alex Rampton on 445 points, 2nd Jack Nicolaou 434 points 3rd Ben Roper 355 points 4th Ryan McDonnell 354 points and 5th Euan Miller 324 points.





News Item Chapel 4 Man 11 August 2014
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With the expected weather of heavy rain predicted last Sunday the Sudbury Motor Cycle Club laid out an easy course for their Four Man Team Enduro at Chappel and this proved to be the right decision. As the first riders from the 25 teams lined up for the start it started to rain lightly and at the end of the first lap it was Jason Morland for Team 22 in the lead followed by Chris Hockey for Team 3 and Jamie Roper for Team 1. These three teams battled for the lead for the first hour despite the rain becoming very heavy making the course very muddy and difficult in places. However Team 22 coped better in these conditions and was a lap up on Team 1 and Team 20 and 2 laps up on Team 20. The best team in the Expert Class was Team 6 (Mark & Stephen Green, Kelvin Vant and Daniel Piper) while best in the Clubman Class was Team 19 (Ben Roper, Josh Smith, Brendan Meyers and Joe Marsh).

Into the second hour the rain became heavier but the riders battled on and at each 15 minute changeover it was becoming more difficult for the riders to run up hill to their holding bays to hand over their racing jacket and transponder. It was still Team 22 in the lead followed by Team 1 and Team 20 while Team 6 still held the lead in the Expert Class also Team 19 keeping their lead in the Clubman Class. During the third hour the rain eased up then stopped and started again and Team 22 were still in the lead three laps up on Team 1 and four laps up on Team 3 which had taken over 3rd place from Team 20. Team 6 still were leading the Expert Class while Team 12 had now taking the lead on the Clubman Class. The rain stopped during the fourth and last hour followed by blue sky then sunshine but these conditions made the going harder for the riders as the mud was sticking to their bikes.

On the stroke at the end of the fourth hour the Finish Official John Hart who was at his post for the entire time through the extreme weather waved the chequered flag resulting in a win for Team 22 three laps up on Team 1 and five laps up on Team 3. Team 6 won the Expert Class and Team 12 the Clubman Class.

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The is a gem cine footage put onto DVD. Suffolk Grand National Scramble 31-03-1963 organised by the Sudbury Motor Cycle Club at Tye Farm Great Cornard Suffolk.


News Item Passing of Dave Bickers
It is with great sorrow and sadness to hear of the passing of Dave Bickers who is regarded as a legend by those of us in the motor cycle world and judging by the many tributes that I have seen also well known throughout the world.  Dave was a Champion many times in Scrambling later to be known as Moto Cross and was born in Coddenham just outside Ipswich and I had the privilege to see him ride in his early times and instantly became one of my heroes.  In 1960 and 1961 he won the 250cc European Moto Cross Champion which is 1962 was upgraded to World Championship, therefore as he mentioned to me once the undefeated Champion.  Looking in my copy of the book Out Front by Ian Berry Dave won the 250cc British Moto Cross Championship five times and the 500cc British Title once while the book Moto Cross on Air written by the same author tells me he won the BBC Grandstand Television Trophy 4 times in the 250cc Class and the 750cc Title once.

TDave Bickershere are many memories Dave have left us and I would like to reflect his sidecar riding with passenger Peter Smith and it was at the 1963 Eastern Centre Scrambles Championship at Tye Farm Great Cornard when Peter’s strap broke in the sidecar and he was hanging off the back trailing along the ground and Dave saw this he turned round and pulled him back into the chair and both laughing all over their faces.  On another occasion in 1965 at the same track they were lying fifth and when they came to the crossing between the two fields Dave jumped it putting them into second place.  The third time I remember when riding at the Ipswich Club’s National Mardle Trial after they finished they gave a master class on how to ride the infamous Bomb Hole at Shrubland Park they rode at all the very steep sides and when they succeeded they rode down again and try another part.

Putting on my hat as President of the Sudbury Motor Cycle Club and my Chas, Barry and I offer our condolences to Silvia, Paul, Andrea and the family to a true and wonderful gentleman, rider and a legend.

Roger Chaplin.



Twenty two Sudbury Motor Cycle Club members made the long tri to Llandrindod Wells in Wales for the annual Welsh 2 Day Enduro and twenty one finished the event the unfortunate non-finisher was eter Beer. Day one was a hot and sunny and thirteen of the contingent had their best rides and on day two the weather turned and it rained and made the going much more difficult. This is such a oular event which attracted 473 solos and 27 sidecars and it is imerative to enter early otherwise there is no chance of a ride. Each Sudbury rider had their own ersonal success with Chris Hockey finishing 8th in the Chamionshi Class, Jamie Roer 3rd in the Exert E2 Class and cousin Craig 14th. The Over 40 Class Chris Koch was 10th, hil Roer 16th, Richard Walters 29th, aul Belton 35th, Matthew Smith 49th, Ian Head 58th, aul Webb 63rd and Gavin otter 65th. Gareth Young was best Sudbury rider in the Clubman E2 Class with a 10th lace followed by Daniel ier 29th, Mark Fenwick 32nd, Ben Martin 42nd, Marc Norton 45th, Jeff Turner 49th and eter Barltro 53rd. Lastly in the Sortsman Class Terry Hadwen was 42nd, hili Barltro 63rd and Dean Curry 85th. All the riders thoroughly enjoyed themselves and cannot wait for next year’s event.

Chris Hockey, Jamie Roer and hil Roer are returning to Wales this coming weekend as members of the teams the Eastern Centre ACU have selected to comete in the Inter Centre Team Enduro which starts on the outskirts of Machynlleth, owys. The governing body of the Motor Cycle Sort, the Auto Cycle Union (ACU) have slit Great Britain u into 20 Centres and the Eastern Centre comrises of affiliated Clubs in Norfolk, Suffolk and Essex including arts of London. Eastern Centre Chairman and Team Manager for the event Jack Hearn has selected four Sudbury members for the two teams two of which are former Eastern Centre Chamions along with the current Chamion also a third ast Chamion has also been selected. Although the Eastern Centre has never won either of the two Classes they have always been u amongst the eventual winners and one year finished second in one of the Classes.

Trohy Team: Chris Hockey Jamie Roer and Ricky Roer (all Sudbury)

Vase Team: Mark Chaman (Diss) also cometing the Veteran Class Lewis Bond (Lowestoft) new 2014 Eastern Centre Exert Class winner and hil Roer (Sudbury).



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Blast from the Past

By & featuring Roger Chaplin

Anglia Television were doing articles on some minority sports and I was contacted by the Presenter and Interviewer Cy Percival asking me if I would set something up.Filming took place in January 1971 and it is in black and white because of a union despite with colour filming.The Sudbury Club in the 1960s organised for Anglia Television two scrambles demos at Tye Farm Great Cornard and of course we had the live BBC TV Grandstand Scramble (the second one they ever ran) with Murray Walker as commentator


Tye Farm 1971 Trials






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