Metzler Melville Motor Club
2008 Hare and Hounds Scrambles Championship
Final Round Lochhouses
Report and pictures: Graham Milne
FAST Eddy Edmondson is aptly named
as he made the trip north to Lochhouses, near Edinburgh, recently, for the final round of
the Melville MCs three-hour Hare and Hounds Scrambles Championships.
Total domination was the order of the day in the Expert class for
the former multi-world enduro champion from the start, bang on 12pm to 12 laps later when
he crossed the finish line seven minutes ahead of second placed man, the newly crowned
Scottish motocross champion Neil Flockhart and third placed Richard Hay, looking trim and
fit, but both just one lap down on Edmondson.
The Melville club organisers had set out a four mile loop over stubble
fields and through dark forest trails with Paul Eddy taking 15 minutes dead on to complete
the first of his 12 laps before slowing as he came up to the back markers in the other
classes for the rest of his time.
"A fantastic circuit, laid out well with interesting
sections and definitely hard work in places," said Eddy after his race, "the
club have worked hard at giving us a good track and am sure everyone enjoyed the Melville
Young Englishman Matt Moffat had taken to the Lochhouses circuit
for some endurance training and looked to have Eddy in his sights on the opening lap,
however, whilst in second gear he lost his Hondas gear lever and took six minutes to
replace it in the pits at the end of lap one.
But, fate is cruel sometimes and he lost that shifter too later
whilst in third gear, but Matt still circulated as one of the quickest riders, eventually
finishing in sixth place.
Hugh ONeil swept into the lead from the
start in the Over 40s class before succumbing to eventual winner Tommy Drysdale, who also
had to survive with his bike stuck in third gear after whacking a tree sump in the forest,
but he completed 10 laps.
Jim Lauder finished in second spot a lap down just ahead of third
placed David Hill.
Sportsman James Watson led his and the Clubman classes out next
for their two-hour race before Stuart Ross took a hard earned win in the Sportsman class
as the hard charging Stuart Mowbray looked done in after winning the Clubman class as
Richard Bryce eased to the Clubman B class honours.
The Motocross A class saw a hard close battle on their shortened
course between early leader Dale McAuley on a buzzing two-stroke KTM and eventual winner
Steven Smyth as in the Motocross B class, former Scottish motocross championship contender
David Lawson brushed aside a groin strain to take the top spot.
Experts: 1 Paul Edmondson (Suzuki) 12 laps, 2 Neil Flockhart
(Honda), 3 Richard Hay (KTM), 4 Neil Chatham (Honda), 5 Derek Little (KTM), 6 Matt Moffat
(Honda) (all 11 laps unless stated).
Over 40s: 1 Tommy Drysdale (KTM) 10, 2 Jim Lauder (Suzuki), 3
David Hill (KTM), 4 Douglas Page (Suzuki), 5 Alex Kirk (KTM), 6 Hugh ONeil (??) (all
9 laps unless stated).
Clubman: 1 Stuart Mowbray (Honda), 2 Liam Beaty (Yamaha), 3 James
Harvey (Honda), 4 Oliver Hart (KTM), 5 Ben Metcalfe (Suzuki), 6 Iain Martin (Honda) (all
Clubman B: 1 Richard Bryce (Yamaha) 9, 2 Paul Benham (Honda) 9, 3
Craig Scotland (KTM) 9, 4 Dale Wilson (KTM) 8, 5 Roger Summer (KTM) 8, 6 William Beaty
Sportsman: 1 Stuart Ross (KTM), 2 Liam Lamb (KTM), 3 Alister
Watson (KTM), 4 Stuart Jenkinson (Suzuki), 5 Grant Gillender (KTM), 6 James Watson (KTM)
(all 9 laps).
Motocross A: 1 Steven Smyth (Honda) 22, 2 Dale McAuley (KTM) 22,
3 Jason Martin (TM) 21, 4 Colin McLuckie (Honda) 21, 5 Sean Doherty (Yamaha) 20, 6 Michael
Graham (Honda) 20.
Motocross B: 1 David Lawson (Honda) 19, 2 David Watson (Suzuki)
19, 3 Craig Pearson (KTM) 19, 4 Brendan McDonagh (Yamaha) 19, 5 David Fergus (Kawasaki)
18, 6 Alistair Wark (Yamaha) 18.