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2006 Championship ENDURO
Rounds 6 Grampian MCC Monaughty Enduro
6th August 2006
After the hard dry ground and open moors of Selkirk it was a return to the forests for the Grampian clubs popular and challenging Monaughty Enduro. With some rain in the days before the event the course was in good condition with the dust mostly kept down and only a few small boggy bits. There was even a slide to waken riders up just after the start. Jim Ballantyne made things harder for himself by starting the course off with a front brake that disappeared at the top of the slide - recording probably the fastest time down it all day !!.
Kevin Gauld and his team had added some new bits to the course and changed the test start to avoid the old ruts - but still left in the fast stumpy going and added extra at the end - which caught out a few riders including Dougie Kerr - showing how tricky the test was. Some parts of the course felt like you were hacking your way through the jungle as the ferns were thick due to lots of sun and rain - but the going was plenty fast - and the times reduced as the day went on.
A couple of parts of the track caught out some riders with high speed kickers throwing off Rab Moir and Colin Macdonald. One badly bruised and one broken shoulder. Micheal Lukasik fron Poland in his first Scottish event ( he normally rides UEM rounds and Polish events) came off at speed and was a bit dazed. Luckily another rider stopped to check if he was OK. Unfortunatley it was Gavin Douglas - with a strong Yorkshire accent and enquired "Wae I man - whaur ye gaun like ...." poor Michael thought he was still concussed !!
Class of the day was Derek Little on his home ground with some blistering tests - only Murray Thomson could get near all day. Mark Godfrey - despite travelling the furthest put in a great performance for 3rd. Scott Maxwell continues to improve and is looking better every race. Gavin Douglas, having moved himself to the Expert class is finding the past fast - but continues to develop each race.
In the Clubman class Keith Reid managed to pull off a win from Michael Lowrie who has looked on form all season. Neil Chatham in only his first season of racing finished 3rd - and not far off the pace. Paul Scott - on a borrowed 125 ( normally on a 450 ) in 4th - see it's not how big it is .... etc. Duncan McCormick on a new KTM looks to have recovered after his fall at Pathhead at the start of the year with a good 5th place.
Sean Wooley when not planning other dark deeds was winning the over 40 class . Alex Kirk managed to hold off Ian Paterson by only 1 second after a days racing for 2nd. Jim Lauder finishing in 4th
In the Sportsmen Chris Hendrie pushed hard for a win over the ever improving Michael Houston Jnr and Steven Wark. Michael Houston Snr finishing in 4th to keep the family pressure on.
Another tough event where the going is as important as the tests - no such thing as an easy race in Scotland.
Thanks to the organisers for another excellent event - and to Forestry Commission Scotland for the use of the Forest..