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Craig Trew wins Delayed Start Melville Motocross - Melville Winter Series MX Feb 21 2010
The track at Lochhouses was frozen on Sunday morning which led to an hour and a half delay to the start while the farmer raked the whole track. Once the ground was broken up the sunshine melted the ice and softened the sand leading to perfect racing conditions for all classes. There were fewer riders than previously as there were events at Tain and Brampton although these events were cancelled and a number of additional competitors made a mad dash to East Lothian and of course the delayed start helped. More ....
Craig Trew was out to complete his domination of this winter series and he was in no mood to concede a win to anyone since returning from the Le Touquet beach race last week winning all three races. Ryan McLean pushed as hard as he could to try and force an error from the sand master but to no avail, ultimately finishing second. Neil Chatham took the holeshot in the final race but he too could not hold off the hard charging Suzuki mounted Craig Trew. Colin McLuckie rode consistently all day now he is almost back to full fitness finishing third with George Walton fourth, Neil Chatham fifth and Drew Harvey sixth. Neil had driven all night to get to the race following a test session with the Mucci Racing team in Italy on Friday and Saturday, no sleep and riding a borrowed RMZ450 he was out to consolidate his position in the Melville Motocross series.
The B class ran amoungst the As with Paul Benham taking the overall win, Ivan Williamson Jnr finished second with Bob Jack third. Bob has been involved with his Dad at Lochhouses for many years and it is great to see him have three excellent rides to third at this final round. Ian Wilson finished fourth with Belgian student Max Godin fifth. Max is over from Belgium on work experience and he is racing in Scotland at the weekends. James Harvey matched his brothers sixth place as he prepares to ride in the British Enduro Championship next week.
The C class was almost full with a healthy number of riders out in this final round. David Williams won the first two races and finished third in the last race to take the overall. Barry Macpherson finished second with Ivan Williamson snr third. Crasher Chris Ketchin finished fourth despite trying to take out the clerk of the course and a fence at the start finish area, no major damage was done except maybe to his pride. Dale Hynd finished fifth with Lochhouses regular Hamish Patrick sixth.
Youth MX2 was dominated by Matt Fleming who had transferred from the cancelled Brampton meeting winning every race. Andrew McNicoll rode brilliantly all day finishing second on his 125 with Fraser Flockhart third after fearing the worst with gearbox noises in the second race. To great relief the problem was traced to a toothless front sprocket and business resumed as usual in the final race. Ryan MacDonald finished fourth with Harry Cooper fifth and Robin Bertram sixth.
Stuart Robertson won the first two Big Wheel 85 class races to take the overall although he had to concede the last race win to Reece Wilson who had been on a mission all day for that illusive win finishing second. Sean Williamson finished third with Jack Taylor fourth, Josh Hurley fifth and Robert Bell sixth. Michael Blair was taken to hospital with a suspected broken leg and the Melville Club would like to wish him a speedy recovery.
Kyle Oliver also won the first two races and had to concede the final win to Bradley Mann. Elaine MacEachern was a model of consistency finishing second in each race and finishing second overall. Bradley Mann finished third after his third race win with Oscar Cochrane fourth, Ben Thomson fifth and Steven Lennie sixth.
With a pattern developing at Lochhouses Aaron Macdonald won all but the final race to take the overall with Aaron Stewart taking a well deserved final race win to second place overall. Brett Baillie finished third with Corey Dodds fourth and Kristopher Crowhurst fifth.
Daniel Chisholm won the Auto class on the separate track that also had to thaw out before any racing could take place. Ryan Thomson finished second with Kyle Crothers third, Lewis McLeary fourth, Kyle McNicol fifth and Ciara Robertson sixth.
The track will be cleared up for another year next weekend after another winter series with fantastic weather and great racing. The numbers were a little down at the turn of the year with riders feeling the pinch and the no one day licence rule causing problems at the start of the year. The sandy track gives everyone a great work out and it is popular with riders of all abilities. The Melville Motor Club owes Robert Dale of Lochhouses farm a huge thank you for allowing us to race at this brilliant location. I am sure all the riders would also like to thank Bobby Jack, Steven and Ian Gilhooley for organising these excellent events with Diana McLuckie and Tracy Thomson lap scoring for all the classes with Gordon Paterson pulling the totals together for the final series results due shortly.