Sudbury MCC May 2015 News
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Course and weather conditions were perfect for the third round of the G H Motorcycles/Husqvarna/Eastern Centre Enduro Championship held at Foxborough Quarry Sible Hedingham last Sunday by the Sudbury Motor Cycle Club. The main event was the afternoon session of 2.5 hours for the Championship and Expert Classes. Chris Hockey (Sudbury) shot into the lead from the mass start with Craig Roper (Sudbury) in close pursuit while Aston Bird (Woodbridge) had a bad start and at the end of lap one it was C Roper in the lead with J Roper and Hockey close behind. Over the next lap J Roper took the lead but Bird was binding his time and during the following lap shot past J Roper to take the lead. Hockey was trying to fight back but was hampered by his recent back problem and showed signs of a comeback. However it was Sam Toy (Sudbury) who likes the Foxborough track storming through the field and kept his pace going right to the end. Bird past Eastern Centre Enduro Champion was in unstoppable form and J Roper decided not to chase him down to avoid any nasty crashes and Bird went onto win 2 minutes ahead of J Roper and Toy through his efforts finished 3rd. Meanwhile Hockey’s problems got worse with a puncture and rode the last ten minutes on a flat rear tyre but secured 4th. Taking the other positions were Steve Mason (Sudbury) 5th, Lewis Bond (Lowestoft) 6th, Stevie Roper (Sudbury) 7th, Matt Pope (Norwich) 8th and Tom Braddock (Lowestoft) 9th. Bird now leads the Contest on 52 points, J Roper 40 points and Hockey 36 points. Jake Gregory (Stowmarket) was in top form in the Expert Class taking the lead and as much as Contest leader Will Hughes (Braintree) tried to catch the leader Gregory kept increasing his lead. It was a win for Gregory with Hughes second. Ben Alexander (Woodbridge) was 3rd, Ben Grice and Jack Grice (both Lowestoft) 4th and 5th, Nick Barrett (Sudbury) 6th and Damian Long (Woodbridge) 7th. Unofficially Hughes still leads the Contest on 44 points with Gregory 37 points and Alexander 35 points. Michael Ridge (Stowmarket) was untouchable in the Expert Veteran Class winning comfortably from Gavin Hockey (Sudbury) with Nic Ames (Sudbury) 3rd and Phil Roper (Sudbury) 4th. G Hockey still leads the Contest on 54 points, Roper next on 43 points and Ridge 35 points.
The three Clubman Classes and Sportsman Class rode in the morning session. Alex Rampton (Sudbury) was first off the line in the Clubman Class but Alex Walton (Sudbury) was not going to let Rampton get away and caught him up in the open fields but Rampton kept his lead as he rode the bog while Walton mindful of last March when he was stuck in the bog for over 30 minutes took the longer bypass route. However during the 2 hour session Walton plucked up courage and rode the bog catching Rampton and overtaking him and these two swapped places right through to the last lap when Walton slipped up in the bog and Rampton took advantage to take the win with Walton 2nd, Ryan McDonnell (Sudbury) 3rd and Kevin Silvain (TBEC) 4th. Kevin Palmer (Norwich) was the star of the day after going over the handlebars with the bike following in the bog picked himself up and finished 5th. Rampton now leads the Contest on 57 points from Martin Stevens (Diss) 47 points and McDonnell 38 points. Phil Waldron (Sudbury) won the Clubman Veteran Class with Jason Carboult (Sudbury) 2nd, Terry Allen (TBEC) 3rd. Sudbury’s Jeff Turner was left on the line at the start but fought his way through to 5th place. Andy Mason (Sudbury) won the Clubman Super Veteran Class with Steve Finch (Braintree) 2nd and Perry Miller (Sudbury) 3rd. Paul Webb (Sudbury) won the Sportsman Class with Shane Sparrow 2nd and Pete McDonnell (Sudbury) 3rd.
SUDBURY MOTOR CYCLE CLUB PRESS REPORT 10-05-15
It is all systems go for round three of the 2015 G H Motorcycles/Husqvarna/Eastern Centre Enduro Championships this Sunday 17th May. The venue is at Foxborough Quarry Sible Hedingham Essex being staged by the Sudbury Motor Cycle Club with the first session for Clubman and Sportsman Classes starting at 10am and running for two hours while the second session starts at 1pm for the Championship and Expert Classes and runs for 2.5 hours. Leading the Championship Class after two rounds is the British under 21 Enduro Champion Brad Freeman on maximum points of 40 however only residents within the Eastern Centre are able to win the Title so on 32 points is Aston Bird (Woodbridge) past Champion who has in the past few years been riding Moto Cross while nine times Champion and current Champion Chris Hockey and Jamie Roper (both Sudbury) are locked together on 23 points. Further down the order is Jason Morland (Halstead) 16 points, Sam Toy 12 points and Stevie Roper past three times Champion (both Sudbury) on 11 points. The Expert Class is a lot closer this year as last year’s Winner Lewis Bond (Lowestoft) was upgraded to Championship Class and see Will Hughes (Braintree) riding in this Class for the first time is leading the Class on 27 points followed by Rob Blackman (Castle Colchester) 24, Alex Barkshire (Diss) 23, Harvey Mutton (Woodbridge) 21 and Ben Alexander 20. Last year’s winner of the Clubman Class Ross Taylor has been unable to ride in the Expert Class due to an injury. The event sponsor Gavin Hockey (Sudbury) is leading the Expert Veteran Class on 37 points ahead of last year’s winner Mark Chapman (Diss) who is on 33 points. Close behind this duo are Phil Roper (Sudbury) 30, John Bishop (Lowestoft) 24 and Graham Lazzari (Lowestoft) and Paul Spurgeon (Woodbridge) both on 17. The experience Martin Stevens (Diss) is joint leader of the Clubman Class with Alex Rampton (Sudbury) who turns 17 four days before the event while they are being followed by Ryan McDonnell (Sudbury) 23, Rob Aldridge (Diss) 22 and Adam Durkin (Diss) 17. Kevin Gore (Norwich) leads the Clubman Veteran Class on 35 points, followed by Dean Curry (Sudbury) 26, Wayne Fulcher (Diss) and Richard Squirrell (Stowmarket) both on 20 and next Andy Peck (Sudbury) 19. The father of David & Martin Stevens, Clive Stevens (Diss) leads the Clubman Super Veteran Class on 37 points, with Adrian Rickwood (TBEC) 26, Steve Finch (Braintree) 24 and last year’s winner Andy Mason (Sudbury) 20 although he has only ridden one round.
SUDBURY MOTOR CYCLE CLUB PRESS REPORT 26-04-15
Sudbury Motor Cycle Club members had some success in round one of the Dave Barkshire Motorcycles Two Man Championship last Sunday at Hawkedon organised by the Bury St Edmunds Motor Cycle Club.
In the Expert Class Graham Mays/Nigel Ross were 6th, Alex Walton/Jamie Lagdon 7th, Phil Roper/Paul Belton 11th and Stephen & Mark Green 12th. While in the Clubman Class Paul Bailey/John Austin finished 3rd, Jeff Turner/Stephen Tuffin 5th, Adam Kempster/Keith Potter 6th, Terry Allan/Martin Baker 7th, Jason Carsboult/John Roach 8th, Dean Curry and Duncan Griffin (Diss) 10th and Perry Miller/Phil Whiting 12th. Sudbury’s Matthew Smith/Stevie Roper retired in the Championship Class.
Dave Roper Memorial Great Cornard 19th April 2015
Thanks to Sharon Barltrop we now have images of this event in the gallery VIEW HERE
Results for this event can now be DOWNLOADED HERE
Here are links to the event videos thanks to Roger Chaplin
- DAVE ROPER MEMORIAL ENDURO 2015 1
- DAVE ROPER MEMORIAL ENDURO 2015 2
- DAVE ROPER MEMORIAL ENDURO 2015 3
- DAVE ROPER MEMORIAL ENDURO 2015 4
- DAVE ROPER MEMORIAL ENDURO 2015 5
- DAVE ROPER MEMORIAL ENDURO 2015 6
- DAVE ROPER MEMORIAL ENDURO 2015 7
- DAVE ROPER MEMORIAL ENDURO 2015 8
- DAVE ROPER MEMORIAL ENDURO 2015 8
SUDBURY MOTOR CYCLE CLUB EVENT REPORT 19-04-15
Last Sunday was the second Dave Roper Memorial Trailcross/Scramble Enduro stage by the Sudbury Motor Cycle Club at Tye Farm Great Cornard. The event was split into three classes of Evo/Twinshock/Pre 65 in class one and the Enduro machines split into two separate classes with the first 20 from these two classes going through to the qualifying final and the other riders going through to the non-qualifiers final. The first and second event for each class was a ten minute warm up for the riders to familiarise themselves with the course. In the Evo/Twinshock/Pre 65 Class the heats were between Jamie Roper, Paul Bennett, Gary Gladwin and last year’s winner Paul Owen and Roper manage to be the best qualifier however in the final Roper was left on the line and had it all to do and could he repeat his feat in the main event last year when he started last and went on to win. At the end of the first lap it was Gladwin in the lead followed by Bennett and Owen and to everyone surprise it was Roper in 4th place and with 18 more minutes to go could he win. For the next 12 minutes the positions never changed also Roper was gaining on the first three then Roper past Owen to take third place while on the next lap down the start straight it was Gladwin with Bennett going to Gladwin’s right and Roper to his left and at the right had bend Roper nudge into the lead and shortly afterwards Bennett overtook Gladwin. These three riders battled it out for the remainder of the final with Roper increasing his lead over Bennett and Gladwin.
In the first group class Alex Rampton was rampant beating the opposition with ease and Alex Gill finished 2nd and both along with 38 others qualified for the final event while in the second group class it was Jason Morland showing great form in winning with Jake Gregory 2nd and Jamie Roper 3rd. In the non qualifiers final Gareth Robertson took the lead from the start with Josh Kell 2nd and Andy Mason (Jamie Roper’s father in law) 3rd but after two laps Mason pass both Robertson and Kell and hung onto his lead for the next 5 minutes. Kell now in 2nd place pressurised Mason and slipped past him to take the lead and although Mason was on Kell’s tail for the rest of the race he could not pass him so it was a win for Kell, Mason 2rd and Tom Crees 3rd. In the Qualifiers final Jason Morland was unstoppable and lead from start to finish but there was a battle for the next four places. Jake Gregory was in 2nd place, Glenn Walsh 3rd, Nick Barrett 4th, Steve Mason 5th and Jamie Roper 6th. Mason and Roper passed Barrett honing onto Walsh but Walsh was determine not to concede to these two and fought them all the way. At the end of 20 minutes it was a runaway win for Morland while Walsh secured 2nd place pushing Gregory into 3rd and Mason was 4th holding off his brother in law Roper 5th.
Overall it was a great day for the Dave Roper Memorial Fund and the Cake Stall took over £300 this year compared to £200 last year.
Evo/Twinshock/Pre 65 Overall
- 1st Jamie Roper
- 2nd Paul Bennett
- 3rd Gary Gladwin
Non Qualifiers Overall:
- 1st Josh Kell
- 2nd Andy Mason
- 3rd Tom Crees
- 1st Jason Morland
- 2nd Glenn Walsh
- 3rd Jake Gregory
SUDBURY MOTOR CYCLE CLUB PRESS REPORT 05-04-15
Preparations are in hand for the Dave Roper Memorial Trailcross/Scramble Enduro on Sunday 19th April at Tye Farm Great Cornard Suffolk. Last year the Sudbury Motor Cycle Club could not run a Moto Cross so they adapted the old style Trailcross into an Enduro format which a great success so they have again decided to run this type of event. The event is open to Championship, Expert, Clubman, Evo, Twinshock and Pre-65 Classes and so far there have been 50 entries across the Classes. More information will be available with the next seven days but one thing is certain there will be a Cake Stall which last year raised £200 for the Dave Roper Memorial Fund.
Butley Enduro 22 March 2015
Not a SudburyMCC event but thanks to Sharon Barltrop here is a link to some photos of this event.
SUDBURY MOTOR CYCLE PRESS REPORT 22-03-15
The provisional results for the second round of the G H Motorcycles/Husqvarna/Eastern Centre Enduro Championships sees three Sudbury Motor Cycle Club members winning three of the six Classes last Sunday at Butley staged by the Woodbridge Motor Cycle Club. 16 year old Alex Rampton (pictured right) riding only his second season was in awesome form winning the Clubman Class and was 28.52 seconds faster over second place rider after completing the two special tests. Ryan McDonnell also having a good ride finished 4th while Dean Southernwood had a creditable 12th. Although these results may change however Rampton is joint leader with Martin Stevens (Diss) on 37 points while McDonnell is 3rd on 23 points. Next Sudbury winner was Contest Sponsor Gavin Hockey taking first place in the Expert Veteran Class and was 14.80 seconds faster than 2nd place Phil Roper (Sudbury). Other Sudbury placings were Graham Mays 8th, Mark Green 9th, Richard Walters 10th, Gareth Young 11th. Paul Belton 12th, Nigel Ross 13th and Les Rampton 14th. Provisionally Hockey leads the Expert Veteran Class with Phil Roper 3rd, Nick Ames and Richard Walters joint 8th. Third Sudbury winner was Andy Mason being the best Clubman Super Veteran by 29.58 seconds. Further down the order were Gary Drage 10th, Perry Miller 11th and Trevor Scott 12th. Mason is now 4th in his Class with Drage 6th, Chris Ginn 7th and Scott 11th. British 125cc Enduro Champion Brad Freeman rode for the second time this year in the Championship Class and won this Class with Aston Bird (Woodbridge) 2nd. Sudbury riders Jamie Roper was 3rd, Chris Hockey 4th, Sam Toy 7th, Stevie Roper 10th, and Steve Mason 11th. Halstead riders Jason Morland and Brendon Mayers were 5th and 8th. Freeman leads the Championship Contest with best Eastern Centre rider Bird 2nd while Roper and Hockey are locked together in 3rd place. In the Expert Class Jack Berry was 8th, Stephen Green 13th, Jack Nicolaou 14th and Nick Barrett 15th. In the Clubman Veteran Class saw Dean Curry 3rd, Kevin Mole 4th, Andy Peck 5th, Jeff Turner 7th, Jason Carsboult 9th, Peter Barltrop 11th, Martin Baker 13th and Philip Barltrop 15th. So far in this Class Curry is 2nd and Peck joint 3rd.
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Thanks to Roger Chaplin below are links to the videos of Foxborough Endurothon.
SUDBURY MOTOR CYCLE CLUB EVENT REPORT 08-03-15
Conditions were perfect for the annual six hour Endurothon at Foxborough Quarry Sible Hedingham last Sunday. The organisers had prepared an excellent course including the two bogs but none of the extreme parts and the sun shone for most of the day. Although there were only 29 teams of two this year 31 competitors rode the Iron Man (Solos) Class. In the Championship Class there were only two teams with Jason Morland (Halstead) and Julian Harvey (Ipswich) in one team while Chris Hockey (Sudbury) riding is the other team sprung a surprise teaming up with 18 year Brad Freeman from Staffordshire. In 2014 Freeman won the British 125cc Enduro Championship, Under 19 British Sprint Championship and Under 20 European Enduro Championship. Morland got away first but Freeman kept him in his sights and although Freeman is a top rider at the end of lap 1 and 2 failed to place his wrist band transponder correctly to the receiver and failed to record his position however as there were two backup systems being operated on the day he was later credited with these two laps. These two teams fought tooth and nail all day both completing the same number of laps however Hockey/Freeman took first place by 6 minutes and 7 seconds. Freeman gave a great display of his ability and one day could be a World Champion. The Expert Class was hotly contested with Martin Stevens/Ed Pooley (Diss) taking first place on 36 laps and there were six teams competing 35 laps but first over the finish line taking second place were Stephen & Mark Green (Sudbury), 3rd Danny Street/Dan Richardson (Sudbury/Halstead), 4th Phil Roper/Paul Belton (Sudbury), 5th Les & Alex Rampton (Sudbury), 6th Ben & Jack Grice (Lowestoft) and 7th Alex Walton/Andy Quorn (Sudbury). If Walton had not got stuck in one of the bogs which cost his team 8 minutes he and his riding partner could have won the Class. Matt Stone/Paul Hunt (Diss) won the Clubman Class with Dan Goodwin/Tom Morris (Sudbury/Diss) 2nd, Marc Norton/Matt Smith (Sudbury) 3rd, Martin Gunton/Gavin Potter (Sudbury) 4th, Stuart Philips/Matt Rampton (Sudbury) 5th, Paul Wilkinson/Dale Gladwin (Woodbridge/Sudbury) 6th, Ben Martin/Mark Fenwick (Sudbury) 7th and Edward & Euan Millar (udbury) 8th. With Jamie and Craig Roper riding Ironman Class it was expected they would battle for the first two places however Craig twice got stuck in the bogs losing many minutes in time while Jamie had a few problems riding the bogs but both of them just rode the day out taking long breaks as there were no points at stake. The eventual winner was Dan Hunt (Diss) on 31 laps, 2nd Will Hughes (Braintree), 3rd Alex Motts (Sudbury) both 30 laps, 4th Jason Carboult and young Samantha Webb the only lady competitor finished a creditable 14th. The new transponder based timing/recording system which was tried out was a great success.
Below Rider No 62 Samantha Webb only lady competitor. No.3 Brad Freeman winner of the Championship with Chris Hockey. Rider No 24 Alex Walton stuck in the bog. Rider No. 24 Alex Walton's bike being pulled out of the bog.
SUDBURY MOTOR CYCLE CLUB PRESS REPORT 15-02-15
The Sudbury Motor Cycle Club are still receiving rave reviews of their first Extreme Enduro held last month and the videos made by President Roger Chaplin have also been well received. The six short videos of the event have had a total of 4190 views with video 3 having 2169 views. The two preview videos have received 1113 views while the interview with the comedian Ross Noble who competed in the event has reached 964 views. The Sudbury Club has not been standing still since this event while this month it has held its Annual General Meeting and Annual Dinner and Awards Night in which nearly 50 trophies were presented. At the annual function the 2015 Team Dave Roper line up was announced consisting of Alex Rampton, Ben Roper, Euan Millar, Jack Nicolaou, Nathan Greenaway and Ryan McDonnell and will be competing this coming Sunday at Round 1 of the G H Motorcycles/Husqvarna/ Eastern Centre Enduro Championship in the Thetford Forest around Santon, the event being organised by the Diss Club. Round 2 takes place on Sunday 22 March at Butley being organised by the Woodbridge Club however sandwiched between these two events is the Sudbury Club’s annual 6 hour Endurothon at Foxborough Quarry Sible Hedingham. The event starts at 9am and is open to teams of two and solos known as Ironman Class as they have to ride for the 6 hour on their own. On Sunday 19th April the Sudbury Club will be organising their annual Dave Roper Memorial Enduro at Great Cornard.
Blast From The Past
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.
Dr Shox boot camp video
This is where the Sudbury MCC Dave Roper trust funded under 21 riders have been training for more info on this school please visit this link.
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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