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Round 2 - Grampian MCC - Lossiemouth Enduro

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Overall Results Click here Test Times by Cambrian Timing

Saturday Results     Sunday Results

Pictures from www.ecossedigitalimaging.com. For more photos see  www.aslq88.dsl.pipex.com/elgin1   and for Sundays pictures go to www.aslq88.dsl.pipex.com/elgin2

With the weather for Easter turning distictly cold it was going to be a tough weekend for the riders in the North of Scotland at the 2nd Round of the ACU British Enduro Championship sponsored by Metzeler. The Grampian Club welcomed the riders for an event hopefully as good as the last one in 2006.

Starting from Milton Airfield on hard standing the riders went straight into the trees and sand of Lossiemouth Forest. Overnight storms and trees down meant a short first lap - but this was soon fixed for later laps. The tight going in the trees and some tight times took their toll with most riders in the event dropping some time.

The Grampian Club were prepared for every eventuality - Marshals , first aid etc all in place. ( And even an undertaker manning a check - now thats what I call planning ! )

A blast along the shore and then some tight going up to the B's with Cambrian Timing waiting as usual.

It was then back to Milton for fuel and then off to the long MX test at Woodside. Extended with extra forest and a sand quarry for 08. The steep climbs caught out the unwary but the top riders were flying. Scot Euan McConnel was unlucky to derail a chain which put him out of the points on day one. Derek Little used his local knowledge to post a win in the Experts as he flew round the tests.

The riders then faced a long road liason down to Monaughty Forest - another scots event - where they were greeted with some Welsh style mud .   From Diss to Wales in one event !

2 Laps on Saturday and one on Sunday was enough for most riders.

Paul Edmondson took the win on Saturday - but Tom Sagar fought back for the Sunday win and the event overall. Well done to Richard hat with a 4th Overall - his best place in years and to Derek Little - a win in the Expert Class. Top rides !!

Enjoy the photos - hopefully we will see you all again .

 

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Greg Evans enters the dunes

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Followed by euan McConnel

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And Gordon Clarke

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Richard Hay feet up

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Paul Edmondson slides in

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Local Boy David Paterson

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Eddy Flying at Woodside

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Tom Sagar at speed

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Mark Cornick - in the snow !

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ACU Steward John Collins checks the start

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TC 1 - all smiles

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Scot Kevin Murray pushes on

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Robert Jones flying at speed

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OOPS ! - Not in front of the camera

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Going for it

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Local Sponsor DEC - got it taped

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The tires - what ....

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The Woodside Check.

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Over 40 Scots Martin and Graeme  wait for the cold ride to Monaughty

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Officials eye view

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The Posh Check - RAF at work

Ta for the tea

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These riders are serious 

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But show them a camera

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The Jed support crew

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Ready for the mud in Monaughty

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Feddy Broadway gets a flying start

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Jamie Paget on the dunes at Lossie

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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 wasn’t 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 Tom’s 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

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Lossiemouth British Enduro Championship 2008 

The 2nd 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 with.

DEC’s 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. 

Richard Hay, DEC’s MD came 4th in the Championship class, winning the E1 2 Stroke category in the process. Meanwhile DEC’s 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. 

Richard now leads the E1 2 Stroke Championship class heading into Round 3 in August, with Derek leading the E1 2 Stroke Expert class.

Unfortunately 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.

As a 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.

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FRONTROW GB 25th March 2008

 ROUND 2 – ACU BRITISH ENDURO CHAMPIONSHIP

 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

 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 test.

 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.

 THE WEATHER

 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 riding environment.

 THE EVENT

 DAY 1

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 assistance.

 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 test.

 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 minute.

 DAY 2

 With the weather changeable and lower temperatures, the day would be reduced from 1 laps to 1 with tight checks all round. Gordon MacDonald made some inspiring suspension changes to Stan’s 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 previous.

 THE RESULTS

 Complete results are yet to be distributed but the main outcome has been officially circulated;

 DAY 1

 1st Paul Edmondson (450 Suzuki)

2nd Tom Sagar (450 KTM)

3rd Daryl Bolter (250 Husqavana)

 DAY 2

 1st Tom Sagar (450 KTM)

2nd Paul Edmondson (450 Suzuki)

3rd Simon Wakely (450 Husqavana)

 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.

 

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