Sudbury MCC November 2014 News


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muntjac EnduroConditions were perfect for the last round of the Edmondson Racing British Enduro Championship which was organised by the Diss Motor Cycle Club in the Thetford Forest. This event is aptly named the Muntjac Enduro 2014 and was sponsored jointly by G H Motorcycles and G & B Finch Aggregates. There was a very large entry of nearly 200 riders amongst them were the top British including the 2014 British Champion Tom Sagar, Danny McCanney and Steve Holcombe. In the Championship Class McCanney won with Holcombe 2nd while Sagar had to settle for 7th place. Locally all eyes were on Sudbury members Chris Hockey British 250cc Champion in 1999 and nine times winner of the Eastern Centre Enduro Championship and fellow club member Jamie Roper current Eastern Centre Enduro Champion. muntjac EnduroThey both rode their hearts out against such strong opposition with Roper finishing 14th and Hockey 15th while in their Sub Class they were 6th and 7th respectively. In the Expert Class Stevie Roper finished 10th, Craig Roper 14th and Steve Mason riding for the first time since his injury earlier in the year finished 20th. In their Sub Classes Craig was 3rd; Stevie and Steve were 4th and 10th respectively. The Clubman Class saw Darren Nicolaou 17th, Phil Roper 20th, Ben Ramus 28th, Jack Arnold 37th, Richard Walters 39th, Paul Belton 44th, Terry Hadwen 50th, Jim Funston 56th and Lewis Roper 60th. In the Sub Class E1/2T Walters was 4th, Belton 6th and Roper 7th. Ramus was 8th and Arnold 8th in the E1/4T Sub Class. In their respective Clubman E2 Sub Classes Nicolaou was 8th and Hadwen 3rd while Phil Roper secured 3rd place in the E3 Sub Class and Funston 8th.

In the Clubman Veteran Class it was a storming ride by the Sudbury Chairman and co-sponsor of the event Gavin Hockey with a superb 2nd place while further down the order Gareth Young was 14th, Mark Green 17th, Nigel Ross 18th, Jason Carboult 23rd and Dean Curry 24th. Best Sudbury rider in the Clubman Super Veteran Class was current Eastern Centre Super Veteran Champion Andy Mason with 4th place while Paul Davis was 6th. In the Sportsman Class Dean Southernwood was 3rd, Martin Baker 5th, Peter Barltrop 6th, John Austin 7th, Paul Webb 11th, Philip Barltrop 12th and John Roach 14th.

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Roger ChaplinIt is a tale of two Sundays, because this coming Sunday it is the final round of the Edmondson Racing ACU British Enduro Championship which is being organised by the Diss Motor Cycle Club and is named the G H Motorcycles Muntjac Enduro. The event is being staged in the Thetford Forest near Santon and starts at 9am. Riders from all over Great Britain will be taking part including the British Champion Tom Sagar from Wales and 22 Sudbury Motor Cycle Club members will be amongst the 200 competitors. Last Sunday Sudbury’s President Roger Chaplin was re-elected as one of the Eastern Centre ACU Vice Presidents a positions he has held since 1977. He has also served as Centre Treasurer, member of its Executive, Competitions and Road Race Committees also Chairman of the Selection Panel to appoint General and Competitions Secretaries.


Western Beach RaceA large contingent of motor cycle off road riders from Essex, Norfolk and Suffolk makes the annual pilgrimage to the Weston Beach Race which has been held at Weston Super Mare for over thirty years including several from the Sudbury Motor Cycle Club. In the Solo Class there was high hopes for Jamie Roper who finished 13th in 2013 and 10th in 2012 however it was not his year having to start last he hauled himself through the large entry up to 20th but with twenty minutes to go his machine started playing up however managing 68th with his cousin Craig being the best Sudbury member with 40th place. Glenn Walsh making his debut at this event was second best Sudbury rider finishing 52nd while his Two Man riding partner secured 274th.

In the Solo over 40s Class Nick Ames finished a creditable 5th with Andy Quorn 23rd, Graham Mays 24th and Simon Thake 31st.



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sudbury clubThe stage was set at last Sunday’s final round of the Dave Barkshire Two Man Enduro Championship to decide the winning pair in the Clubman Class. In contention were Ben Alexander (Woodbridge)/Tom Fazah (Bury St Edmunds) and Robert Aldridge (Diss)/Ed Pooley (Stowmarket) both equal on points and round scores. The rain Saturday afternoon and overnight frost created perfect riding conditions at Tye Farm Great Cornard Suffolk organised by the Sudbury Motor Cycle Club.sudbury clubs The morning session of two hours was hotly contended between Alexander/Fazah and Aldridge/Pooley with the lead changing every 30 minute sessions and after the final morning session Alexander/Fazah had completed 27 laps to Aldridge/Pooley 26 laps. It was still all to ride for in the afternoon sessions with the course ridden in the other direction and the first lap being timed to decide any ties. Aldridge/Pooley struck first blood with a special test time of 4 minutes 13 seconds four seconds faster than sudbury clubsAlexander/Fazah so it was all down to which team could complete the most laps and fewer penalties. Again the lead changed regularly during the afternoon and the team Aldridge/Pooley completed 30 laps while Alexander/Fazah could only manage 29 and with both teams equal on 56 laps each it was down to time penalties for lateness at the end of each session which resulted in a win for Aldridge/Pooley on 54.83 laps to Alexander/Fazah 54.50 laps so Aldridge/Pooley were crowned Clubman Class Champions. The only other contender for the Title was Jake Gregory/Richard Squirrell who finished third on the day with 54.33 laps. Sudbury pairing of Jim Funston/Terry Hadwen secured 4th place with Chris Wright/Tristian Hales 5th and Ben Roper/Ryan McDonnell (both Sudbury) 6th.

With the Championship Class having been won by Tom Braddock (Lowestoft) and James Potter (Woodbridge) it was left to overall second and third places to be settled between Adam Ranson/Mark Chapman (Diss) and Paul Belton/Phil Roper (Sudbury) who was on equal points. However on the day it was going to be a battle between Jason Morland (Halstead)/Julian Harvey (Ipswich) and Jamie & Craig Roper (Sudbury) with the 2014 Expert Class winners Glenn Walsh/Ian Tutton (Sudbury) having a run out in the higher Class which they will be riding in next year. Throughout the day Morland/Harvey and the Ropers battled it out and the lead changed constantly but it was slip in the bog by Jamie Roper which enabled the other team to gain the advantage which resulted in a win for Morland/Harvey on 58.00 laps to the Ropers 57.00 laps. It was a great achievement for Walsh/Tutton with third place ahead of the Contest winner Braddock/Potter. It was credit to Ben Martin (Sudbury) who rides two Classes lower and with Brendan Mayers (Halstead) finished 6th while top Moto Cross rider James Cottrell riding with his father finished 8th. The Belton/Roper team managed 7th on the day to become runners up in the Contest. It was a great win on the day for Alex Walton/Andy Quorn (Sudbury) in the Expert Class beating Martin & David Stevens (Diss) and Dale & Gary Gladwin (Sudbury). With this Class already won by Walsh/Tutton the Stevens brothers have secured 2nd place with Walton/Quorn 3rd.




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Stephen GreenIt is eight years since Sudbury Motor Cycle Club member Stephen Green rode in Grass Track Meetings, however his friend Peter Daw lent him a bike to ride in the support races of The British Under 21 Grass Track Championship at Ugley in Essex. Stephen competed in the four legs of the Solo Older Two Valve and Upright Class and in leg one he stormed into the lead winning the race in 1 minute and 3.14 seconds recording a speed of 54.02mph. It was another victory for him in leg two with a time of 1 minute and 3.22 seconds, speed 53.87mph. It was a different story in leg three as he was beaten for the first time but managed second, however in leg four he was back to his winning ways with a finishing time of 1 minute and 5.50 seconds, speed 52.00mph dead. Stephen of Great Cornard who turned 38 two weeks ago was first smitten with the racing bug when his father took him to a Moped Speedway Meeting near the historic Scrambles/Moto Cross/Enduro track at Tye Farm Great Cornard at the age of four. Stephen is thinking over a return to Grass Track racing next year but in the meantime he is keeping to Enduros and his next ride is at his home track of Great Cornard on 5th October being the last round of the Dave Barkshire Motorcycles Two Man Championship and is partnering his brother Mark who won the Eastern Centre Solo Enduro Expert Veteran Class this year.



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Kenton EnduroNear disaster was turned to triumph for Sudbury members Glenn Walsh and Ian Tutton in the Expert Class at round 4 of the Dave Barkshire Two Man Championship held last Sunday at Kenton by the Stowmarket Motor Cycle Club. Walsh had sold his bike and was going to ride his father’s bike and after preparing it on the Saturday everything was working well but on the Sunday at the event the bike would not start so it looked like the pairing were out of the competition and although they had a 16 point lead in the Contest they could fall back to second place if their rivals won on the day. Upon checking the rules of the competition they found they both can ride sharing the one bike, however they must changeover every 30 minutes but would lose valuable minutes re-fuelling the machine. Undaunted by this the pair put their heart and soul into their riding to try and secure as many points as they could and at the end Walsh had blisters on his hand from riding an unfamiliar bike. Now to the triumph when the provisional results were published they had won the Expert Class on the day while their nearest rivals could only manage 5th place. This means if the results on the day stands they have won the Expert Contest Class with one round to go and a Sudbury pairing also won this Title last year. Meanwhile back to the results Sudbury pairing of 24 year old Alex Walton and Expert Veteran Andy Quorn finished 2nd with father and son Darren and Jack Nicolaou riding for the first time together finished 9th and Jeff Sharp with partner Tim Ford were 10th. In the Championship Class Sudbury’s Paul Belton and Phil Roper have struggled throughout the Series but have had consistent places and Sunday they secured 6th place and they have moved up to 3rd in the Contest. They may be credited two extra points from a previous round which gives them a very outside chance of winning the Title but they could finish 2nd. In the Clubman Class Dean Curry regular partner was not available and Jeff Turner stepped in and they secured 5th place on the day while Adam Kempster and Keith Potter were 7th and Ian Head managed to find a riding partner at the last minute and finished 9th with the help of Phil Levermore. Two more Sudbury riders were in the points, Peter and Phil Barltrop were 14th while Paul Webb and Trevor Scott were 15th. The last round is on 5th October at Tye Farm Great Cornard.




Now the dust has settle on the Solo Enduro Championship it is time to catch up with the third round of the Dave Barkshire Two Man Championship which was organised by the Diss Motor Cycle Club on 17th August. In the Championship Class the Sudbury pairing of Phil Roper and Paul Belton finished 4th on the day and are also 4th in the Contest on 32 points 19 behind the leaders. All eyes were on Ian Tutton and Glenn Walsh in the Expert Class who had won the first two rounds but it was not their day as in the afternoon session Tutton picked up a puncture which slowed him right up and they fell behind and finished 4th with fellow Sudbury Club members Alex Walton and Andy Quorn finished ahead of them to 3rd place. It was also a bad day for Gary and Dale Gladwin but they secured 11th while Nigel Ross and Graham Mays finished 14th. It was not all bad news for the Tutton and Walsh as their nearest rivals finished behind them in 5th place so the Sudbury pairing has increased their lead in the Contest to 16 points while the Gladwin pairing have slipped into 3rd place. In the Clubman Class the best place for a Sudbury member was Dean Curry with Duncan Griffin (Diss) with 10th place while Paul Webb and Trevor Scott secured 13th. Curry and Griffin are in 7th place in the Contest on 18 points however the leaders have 57 points. Round 4 is being organised by the Stowmarket Club at Kenton on 14th September and the Sudbury Club has the honour to host the final round on 5th October at Tye Farm Great Cornard.




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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.







 video footageBlast 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.



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Blast from the Past

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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


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