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MOTUL ACU British Enduro Championship 2006

Grampian MCC Lossiemouth Enduro 15th 16th April

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Final Results with corrections ( 21/04/06) Sat Sun Overall

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Video Clips 1) Knighter vs McConnel clash

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2) Ricky Mair whips it over the jump  Video Clips courtesy of Campbell Chatham

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3) Sam Austrin-Miner video of the MX test. 5 minutes 

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4) Derek Little "Shorty" gets some air. Derek Little at BEC 2006 Lossiemouth

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Photographs of the event from Ecosse Logo.gif (20489 bytes) www.ecossedigitalimaging.com  
Contact enquire@ecossedigitalimaging.com for more details. All riders photographed

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And also see www.dodspics.com   for some really excellent photos as well.

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No 22 Si Wakeley

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No 76 Scot Alastair   Lauder

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No 31 David Knight - gets a rest before setting off on another fast lap.

Reports by Jonty Edmunds.

Knighter untouchable in Scotland

knightbec.gif (242918 bytes) Reigning FIM Enduro 3 World Champion David Knight continued his unbeaten run of results in ’06 by adding victory at the second round of the British Enduro Championship, the Grampian MCC organised Lossiemouth Enduro staged in Scotland. Placing comfortably ahead of Paul Edmondson and Jake Stapleton on both days of the event aboard his D3-Racing KTM, Knighter finished well over two minutes ahead of his nearest competitor on day one and close to two minutes ahead on day two. Adding victory on both days in Scotland to his winning ride at round one of the series in Norfolk David extended his lead in the overall British Enduro Championship standings with four rounds remaining. 

With eight hours in the saddle and nine special tests on day one of the Lossiemouth Enduro the opening day proved to be a demanding one. For David it also proved to be an extremely good one as he topped each of the day’s special tests to claim close to a three minutes winning margin. Revelling in the sandy conditions and clearly enjoying himself on both special tests David remained unbeaten during the day performing arguably better than he ever has in a BEC event.  

Day two was very much the same as day one for David. Topping the opening special test by 11 seconds he then posted a time 23 seconds quicker than any other rider on the day’s second test before winning each of the remaining five tests. With his D3-Racing KTM performing faultlessly David was full of praise for the Grampian MCC event, commenting that the special tests were some of the best he has ever ridden. With the sixth and seventh tests on day two run back-to-back the event was brought to a spectacular close where David once again proved his consistency posting identical times on both test. 

David’s next events will be the second and third rounds of the ’06 World Enduro Championship, which take place in Portugal on May 6/7 and Spain on May 13/14 

David Knight: “The Lossiemouth Enduro was one of, if not the, best enduro I’ve ever ridden in – it was great fun. It’s great that the BEC has returned to Scotland and I just hope that the Grampian club will run the event as a British championship event next year. The special tests were world class. Both were completely different to each other and fun to ride. The Lossiemouth test was really difficult in places because the sand was so soft but getting to race on the beach was awesome. The Woodside test near the start of the event had everything – single track, a full motocross test, flat turns and woodland. The check times were spot on as well.      

“Day one went really well. I knew I was going to enjoy the tests because the Lossiemouth Forest test is very similar in places to my training area on the Isle of Man. It was a tiring day though - I can’t remember the last time I rode for eight hours. I was glad to see the end of the first day because riding for that long in the sand takes it out of you.

“I didn’t have any problems all weekend, apart from hitting a tree on one of the tests, which nearly knocked me clean off my bike. The back-to-back tests at the end of the second day were great, the atmosphere was like the final motocross at the six days because so many of the Expert and Clubman riders were watching. All in all it was a great weekend.” 

Edmondson wins Enduro 2 class in Scotland

 

edmondson lossie.gif (98473 bytes)PAR Homes Honda Racing Fast Eddy rider Paul Edmondson claimed two more Enduro 2 class wins in the ’06 British Enduro Championship when the four-time world champion finished ahead of Jake Stapleton and Euan McConnell at the Grampian MCC organised Lossiemouth Enduro in Scotland. In winning the E2 class Paul placed second in the overall results to David Knight on both days, just as he did at the opening round of the series. 

Determined to remain as the rider to beat in the Enduro 2 class Paul started cautiously on day one in Scotland before steadily increasing his speed with each passing lap. Posting the fastest E2 times on all but one of the nine special tests on the opening day, Edmondson eventually placed over one-minute ahead of his nearest class rival.  

On day two Paul again performed well despite not winning the E2 class by as much as he did on day one. Making no real mistakes on any of the day’s seven special tests, Paul opened up a sizeable E2 class lead early in the day and then maintained his advantage to win by 24 seconds. In winning the E2 class on both days, as well as having topped the E2 class at the opening round of the ’06 BEC series, Paul remains unbeaten so far this season in the Enduro 2 British Enduro Championship.  

Paul Edmondson: “Although I wasn’t able to get a close to David Knight on either day of the event as I hoped I would I’m more than happy with the way the second round of the British championship went for me. Staying at the top of the Enduro 2 class is my main goal and I was able to do that quite comfortably this weekend, which I’m really pleased with. I didn’t have any real dramas on either day although I was a little slow to get going on day one. Both of the event’s special tests were first class, the club did a really great job of running their first BEC event. Day one was really tiring though as eight hours of riding in sandy conditions was really tough.

            “Day two was very much the same as day one for me – I started steadily and then felt more comfortable as the day went on. I pushed hard on the test and felt that I rode well. There are some fast young riders in the E2 class so I’m pleased that I was able to finish ahead of them, like I did at the first round of the championship.”

Stapleton and Mcconnel perform well at BEC Lossiemouth Enduro

jake.stapleton lossie.gif (82154 bytes)Electraction TM UK riders Jake Stapleton and Euan McConnell repeated their good results from the opening round of the ’06 British Enduro Championship at the second round of the BEC series, the Grampian MCC organised Lossiemouth Enduro staged in Scotland, where the pair placed as runner-up and in third position respectively in the competitive Enduro 2 class.  

Finishing behind reigning British Enduro Champion Paul Edmondson in the E2 class at the opening round of the series both Stapleton and McConnell were keen to go one better in Scotland and claim the top E2 spot. Frustratingly for both riders they again placed behind the former four-time world champion but again showed to have good speed and consistency and posted some impressive special test times during the event. 

Finishing in third position overall and as runner-up in the Enduro 2 class on both days Jake Stapleton started the event steadily finding the deep sand of the Lossiemouth Forest test difficult to master. Performing better with each passing lap Jake finished day one behind Edmondson, just as he had at the opening round of the series held in late February. On day two Jake again started steadily before increasing his speed and, like all riders, enjoyed the event’s special tests. Remaining upright on the special tests all weekend Jake claimed the E2 class runner-up spot again on day two making it three second place finishes in the E2 class of the ‘06 British Enduro Championship so far this season. 

Competing in his home round of the BEC Euan McConnell saw his result affected by a carburetion problem, which was later traced to a worn needle. Despite being unable to get to the bottom of the problem during the event Euan performed well and placed as third best E2 class rider despite failing to finish as close to his team-mate Jake as he had hoped. Finding it difficult to get to grips with the sandy beach side special test all weekend, on day two Euan wasn’t able to reproduce his speed from day one yet still managed to claim third in the E2 class.

euan.mcconnell lossie.gif (104074 bytes)Jake Stapleton: “It was a good weekend for me really and pretty uneventful, which I guess is a good thing. I felt a bit tight on the sandy test in the forest early on day one and made lots of small mistakes, which cost me some time. I got into it a bit better towards the end of the day though and felt good on the test with the motocross track in it. My bike was working really well and I felt that my riding was good as well. I just need to be faster at the start of the day. I’m ok after a lap but I need to work on being faster right from the start.

           “Day two was very much the same as day one – I started steadily and then got faster. I felt really good towards the end of the day. I was tired towards the end of the second day, but I think most riders were after the eight-hour first day. All in all it was a great weekend.” 

Euan McConnell: “It was a great event but my result was spoiled a bit by a problem with my bike’s jetting. We tried everything to fix it, even changing the ignition, but we couldn’t fix it during the event. After the race we put a new needle in the bike, which was exactly the same and with the clip in the same position and the bike was perfect. I guess it’s just one of those things.

            “Trying to work out what the problem was distracted me a bit during the race and I didn’t really get to grips with the sandy test, which cost me some time. I was pretty happy with the way things went on day one really though and I felt that I was riding well enough. The test close to the start of the event was awesome, I really enjoyed it and felt good on it. I wanted to be a little closer to Jake but I guess considering the carburetion problem I had I’m happy enough with third in the E2 class.

            “My speed dropped off a bit on day two but I still managed to finish third in the E2 class so I’m happy with that. I guess the carburetion problem is just one of those things that can happen. I’m learning more about four-stroke jetting all the time and am really enjoying riding the bike.” 

Ricky Mair and Wyn Hughes fly the Husqvarna flag in Scotland

ricky.mair lossie.jpg (177821 bytes)With Daryl Bolter, Husky Sport Husqvarna’s number one rider in this year’s British Enduro Championship, still unable to compete due to having recently had surgery to repair a broken Scaphoid, MPS Husqvarna rider Ricky Mair finished the second round of the ‘06 BEC series, the Grampian MCC organised Lossiemouth Enduro, as the best placed Husqvarna rider. Competing in a round of the British Enduro Championship in his homeland for the first time ever Ricky placed 10th in the overall Championship class results on both days, his best ever BEC result.  

Determined to make up for the disappointment of having not finished the opening round of the ’06 BEC series Ricky missed placing third in the Enduro 1 class by just six seconds on day one after producing some impressively quick special test times aboard his WR125. On day two Ricky dropped just one place in the E1 class to finish fifth despite again putting in a spirited, and highly entertaining, performance. Also scoring valuable championship points in Scotland was Husqvarna rider Chris Hockey. Winner of the E1 class at the opening round of the season, Chris placed seventh in class on both days aboard his 250cc four-stroke. 

wyn.hughes lossie.jpg (261476 bytes)The second round of the British Enduro Championship saw former Championship class front-runner and Husky Sport Husqvarna team manager Wyn Hughes return to BEC competition having opted to complete ‘just for fun’ aboard a WR250. More than a little race rusty Wyn showed the Expert class youngsters that he still knows how to perform in the sand and finished as best Enduro 2 class rider and second overall Expert on day one before topping the overall Expert class results on day two.

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Chris Hamill gets to grips with the sand

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Kevin Gauld C of C and his crew

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Stamp check 1 - many thanks

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Stamp 2 in the forest - great job ( and to those crews I didn't photograph)

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Liz Millet - showing the boys how to ride

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Louwrens Mahoney - all the way from South Africa ( "Sand - this isn't sand !!!")

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Murray Thomson - flying the flag for Scotland

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Graeme Naismith British Over 40 Champ - on home ground

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Richard Hay - on a 125 and loving it !!

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The crews were great all day - never a cross word .

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Steve Irvin - crests the dunes in style

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John Little - the driving force behind the event. In charge and everywhere

 

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