Melville Hare and Hound 17th Feb 2008
Cross Country Championship has a Bright Start to 08
sunshine welcomed 160 riders for the first round of the Melville Motor Club Cross Country
Championship. There was a short trophy presentation to the Melville Members who had won
their respective classes in last years series.
year, at this first round there were two races running, a three hour hare and hound for
the Enduro classes which included a large forest and a two hour motocross around a shorter
loop for the riders who did not want to charge through the trees.
oclock the Experts set off with a wave of the saltire flag. Ecosse Motocross of
Penicuik had generously offered a pair of goggles for each class as a holeshot award. The
first pair of goggles went to Grant Smith as he charged over the line on his KTM 200.
During the first lap Grant Smith, Stuart Mowbray and Neil Chatham set the pace although
all three of them succumbed to the tight going in the woods, Grant damaged his knee,
Stuart Mowbray fell and Neil Chatham crashed and broke his shoulder which resulted in
retirement for all three within the first few slippery laps. With their departure the lead
was constantly changing between Scottish Champion Murray Thomson on his D3 Racing KTM 250
and Derek Little on his KTM 125. Derek had the upper hand all day, although Murray had his
share of the lead as the two stopped for fuel. At the final refuel Derek held off Murray
for the win although they literally finished nose to tail at the end of three hours
racing. Behind them, as the race drew to a close Paul Chatham and Allyn Scotland were
fighting for the last step on the podium. Paul had taken the upper hand on his Chatham
Racing Honda CR250 with a one stop fuel strategy early on but super fit Allyn Scotland was
closing in on his Jim Allan Suzuki RMZ250. Allyn took third place and Paul stopped for a
splash and dash refuel to ensure a strong finish, Scott Girvan nearly claimed fourth from
Paul with a fight to the finish line. Altogether all these battles gave the spectators a
great show on a beautiful day.
In the Over Forty Class Ian Paterson claimed the holeshot
goggles with the pack in hot pursuit. Ex British over 40 Champion Graeme Naismith won
completing 13 laps with Graham Charlton second and Ian Paterson finishing third. Graeme
used this event as a warm up for the Metzeler British Championship staring next week at
the Muntjac Enduro.
Metcalf won the goggles and the race on his Suzuki, Ben looked in a determined mood from
the start and he did not back off for the 3 hours. Melville regular Craig Jagla finished
second with Adam Brayton third. Hamish Patrick finished 11th following his
presentation for best enduro newcomer in 2007.
Wark won the holeshot goggles and then unfortunately retired after 4 laps. Chris Wilson
went on to win the sportsman class on 11 laps with Stuart Jenkinson second. Ryan Gilhooley
was just back from a skiing holiday that must have helped his fitness as he achieved his
best result so far in third place.
Jason Martin won the holeshot goggles from Ecosse
Motocross despite two riders jumping the start. Jason soon caught them and went on to a
convincing win with 26 laps of the shorter lap for the two hour motocross A class. Sean
Docherty finished second having followed Jason for much of the race with Michael Graham
Fergus won the motocross B class with 25 laps followed by Craig Smith in second and Colin
Forrest third. Local rider Chris Clark finished fifth despite carburettor problems which
cost him two extra refuel stops.
event would not have been possible without the assistance of all the girls who stood at
the gates counting the riders through. The weather was sunny and bright although it was
very cold so all the riders are due them a big thank you.
The next Melville event is the 1st and second
round of the Scottish Enduro Championship at Pathhead, regulations will be available to
download shortly fro www.melvillemc.co.uk
has proved a fantastic location again this winter, providing motorcycle racing when most
other tracks have had to close. The Melville Motor Club would like to thank Robert Dale
for the use of the ground over the winter and everybody is looking forward to returning in