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Rd2 Scotland, Elgin
We looked forward to the 2nd round of the BEC with mixed
thoughts, championship leader Tom Sagar was recovering from a injury sustained from the
previous week in Sweden and was not able to train or ride the bike at all prior to the
event, how would he perform, could he even start and finish, were some of our questions.
However Greg was firing on all cylinders, after a good start at Rd 1 of the BEC and some
very positive mid week testing, we had further improved the setup of his KTM 250 EXC, we
were optimistic that the sandy mx style tests of Scotland would suit his style.
Strong ice cold winds with some Snow and Hailstones made
the event feel colder than Sweden but the riders would soon be warmed up on the tough
circuit in the North of Scotland. Two laps of a 65 mile course which included 9 time
controls, 1 MX test of around 10 minutes and 1 cross-country test of just over 5 minutes
per lap.The weekend started in the best possible way, Greg won the first cross-country
test from Euan McConnell with Tom less than 1 second behind, at the first fuel check Tom
confirmed that all was ok and he wasnt troubled by his injury. Next into the MX test
and Tom went to the top of the leaderboard with fastest time, followed closely by Daryl
Bolter and Greg. Despite some tight check times the course did not trouble the class
leaders with the exception of McConnell who damaged his chain guide and took a time
penalty. Tom set fastest time on the next cross country, but disaster for Greg when he
crashed and lost over 30 seconds with some machine damage.
Paul Edmondson was now starting to get familiar with his
new 450 Suzuki and started to post some quick times, Tom had a good lead of more than 15
seconds but he stalled on the final MX test and Eddy set a blistering time which would be
the fastest for the weekend and with Toms small mistake Eddy took the days win by
just over 2 seconds. Greg managed to recover to 4th overall with a quick final MX time.Day
2 started as per day one Greg won the first test closely followed by Tom, however bad luck
again on the MX test for Greg, his chain snapped and he lost more than 20 minutes
repairing the chain, he finished but this problem cost him a possible podium position. Tom
continued on top form winning the MX test and just needed to cruise around the
cross-country test to turn the tables on Fast Eddy and take the day win.
Now both Greg and Tom travel to Portugal for round 2 of
the WEC this weekend.
Results Day 1
Paul Edmondson, Relentless Suzuki 450
Tom Sagar , Optoma Mortgages D3-Racing KTM 250 EXC-F
Darryl Bolter, MPS Husqvarna 250F
Greg Evans, Optoma Morgages, Mounter D3 KTM 250 EXC
Results Day 2
Tom Sagar , Optoma Mortgages D3-Racing KTM 250 EXC-F
Paul Edmondson, Relentless Suzuki 450
Simon Wakeley, MPS Husqvarna 450F
Next Event:-March 29/30th Rd2 WEC, PortugalApril 5/6th,
Rd3 WEC, Spain
Enduro Championship 2008
round of the British Enduro Championship 2008 took place at Lossiemouth last weekend
amidst wintry conditions with ice cold strong winds, some snow and hailstone showers and
even sunshine as well as a tough cross country and MX Test for the competitors to contend
Corporate Hospitality kick started the action when hot food and refreshments began warming
up the some 300 clients, spectators, friends
and even some of the riders that took part in the exciting two day event.
Hay, DECs MD came 4th in the Championship class, winning the E1 2 Stroke
category in the process. Meanwhile DECs Products Manager, Derek Little, was
delighted in winning the Expert Class overall, again by winning the E1 2 Stroke class. Both riders had no technical issues over the
gruelling two day event, however Euan McConnell, a Project Engineer with DEC, lost
valuable time when he damaged his chain guide on a rogue tree stump. Eventually fixing it, Euan was extremely
frustrated as this put him out of the running for the Championship Class. A self-confessed schoolboy error on
Sunday also put paid to his hopes, as Euan clocked into a check 2 minutes early.
now leads the E1 2 Stroke Championship class heading into Round 3 in August, with Derek
leading the E1 2 Stroke Expert class.
the final MX was cancelled as riders decided to head home and brave the wintery conditions
on four wheels rather than two. However,
Richard and Derek showed their thanks to the many spectators who stayed until the bitter
end by putting on a high speed display round the Woodside MX circuit, much to the delight
of the assembled cold crowd.
significant sponsor of the Grampian BEC, DEC would like to thank all the club organisers,
marshals, timekeepers and check crews who stood out in the snow, making the event
possible. Without the permission of the
various landowners, Forestry Commission, Grampian Police and First Aid Services, the event
would not go ahead, so DEC pass on their grateful thanks to all those involved and hope to
see everyone at the next Grampian BEC.
FRONTROW GB 25th March 2008
ROUND 2 ACU BRITISH
Round 2 of the Metzeler
sponsored, ACU British Enduro Championship took place throughout last weekend in Scotland,
with the Grampian Motorcycle Club again using the areas near to Elgin, to include;
Lossiemouth Forest, Woodside MX arena and Monaughty Forest.
With the weather forecast
suggesting wintery conditions of rain, snow, strong winds and freezing temperatures, it
was hoped the course and terrain would make up for the proposed weather conditions.
Stan Watt would be the sole rider
from Front Row GB as Jon Stamper was restricted by other commitments and Stan would travel
with Paul and Derrick Edmondson plus Danny Hall from Rogershill Raceway in Dorset, Rob
Sartin from Talon Engineering and Bradley King.
The group left southern England on
the Wednesday to carry out testing on Thursday in Tain with Scott Gardner in order to
develop suspension for the coming BEC, prior to heading over to Elgin for the main event
over the weekend.
The course would
incorporate starting at a disused airfield approximately 3 miles outside Elgin and a short
ride to Lossiemouth Forest, where there was an interesting stage through the forest to the
cross country test. The special test would run along the fringes of the forest, onto deep
sand and eventually onto the beach before heading back into the trees to end the special
With another lengthy stage after
the special in the forest area, a rider would return to the entrance of Lossiemouth Forest
before riding back to the start to refuel and set out along a short road section to the MX
test that would be a mixture of the Woodside MX circuit and surrounding area, making for a
lengthy special test that most riders were looking forward to, although large amounts of
time could be lost or made through this section.
After the MX test, a 15 minute
road section would take you to Monaughty Forest for fuel and a stage that would resemble
the terrain you would find in a typical Welsh forest of rocks, roots and bogs, just of a
smaller scale. Once Monaughty Forest was completed there was an opportunity to take on
more fuel and return to the start point to kick-off lap two.
A complete lap would cover 65
miles and proved to be demanding and physical for all riders.
For lap two, the stage times would
be drastically reduced with a limited number of riders being able to stay clear
throughout. Any riders staying on time on the tighter stages would finish with a good
result over the weekend.
Much was made of the potential
forecast for the weekend and thankfully this never came to fruition and it has to be said
a certain amount of luck stayed with the event. Yes, there was rain, snow, wind, bouts of
hail, freezing conditions and even sunshine. This cycled through the area every 10 minutes
making for a variety of conditions but luckily did not affect the riders too much or the
Arriving at the start of the first
off-road stage, a number of riders misjudged the route and the entrants were split between
riding the proper route, which was fairly tight and those who followed different markers
making for a route approximately 5 minutes shorter. Stan arrived well on time and prepared
for the first cross country special test with Rob Sartin on hand for any needed
The test went well with Stan
concentrating on a smooth fairly quick test to start the day. This was followed by a long
stage in Lossiemouth Forest and again Stan cleared the check in plenty of time. After
refueling, he moved onto the MX test and set a reasonable time prior to heading to
Monaughty Forest where again the check was made in plenty of time.
Lap 2 would be very different,
with the first off-road stage being cut by 7 minutes and the 2nd check after
the special test being cut by 10 minutes. All riders were aware these times would be
extremely tight to make and would be physically demanding with a tight check, followed by
a special test, followed by a tight check prior to a short road section before the MX
Pushing hard, Stan crashed on the
first tight check and in total lost 1 minute. With little time to recover, Stan went
straight into the special test crashing again, this time on the first corner. Handling
difficulties were being accentuated as the course started to get whooped-up and on the
next tight check in Lossiemouth Forest, Stan lost a further 2 minutes.
After refueling, Stan set a good
time in the MX test, an amazing 29 seconds quicker than his first attempt and 2nd
quickest in class.
A road section to Monaughty Forest
and another tight check, which Stan pushed hard to stay clear and arrive bang on his
With the weather changeable and
lower temperatures, the day would be reduced from 1 ½ laps to 1 with tight checks all
round. Gordon MacDonald made some inspiring suspension changes to Stans 300KTM, with
immediate effect. The first tight check was made easily with 7 minutes to spare, cutting
his time the day previously by 3 minutes.
The more supple suspension made for
difficult going on the soft sand of the cross country test and Stan crashed twice, ruining
any chance of a good time. The next tight check was to be difficult with Stan pushing hard
and crashing several times losing a total of 3 minutes.
With the standard refuel, Stan
made his way to the MX test and set a personal best time, even thought he crashed on the
third corner in deep sand.
Monaughty Forest was set as a
tight check and again Stan pushed hard knowing this was the final stage of the event and
wanting to stay clear. The course was cutting up, but the suspension changes worked well
on the exposed rocks and tree roots allowing Stan to arrive at the end of the final
off-road stage with 7 minutes in-hand and 3 minutes quicker on the same stage the day
Complete results are yet to be
distributed but the main outcome has been officially circulated;
1st Paul Edmondson (450
2nd Tom Sagar (450 KTM)
3rd Daryl Bolter (250
1st Tom Sagar (450 KTM)
2nd Paul Edmondson (450
3rd Simon Wakely (450
Derrick Edmondson won both days in
the veteran class on his 300KTM whilst Stan Watt was lying 7th in the E3 class
on his 300KTM after day one and the team wait for the official publication of all results
before final positions for both days will be known.