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2007 Championship ENDURO
Round2/3 Melville MC Pathhead 2 DayEnduro
28th/29th April 2007
As I was stewarding for the event I was able to get out and have a good look round. Another fast event from the Melville club with Kenny Donaldson adding some new ground to the event for 07. Dry for a change and with only minor bogs - although a few folk managed to get stuck. The test was more flowing this year but still caught a few folk out. Murray Thomson getting caught out on the same corner each lap - not a sweeper - a hairpin ...
Grant Smith was trying a new clutch out - not enough grip - too much - never quite right - but still enough for 2nd. He must wonder what he has to do to win. His big kicker in the test showing how fast he was pushing.
Campbell Chatham gives us his report on the event ( thanks for your reports Campbell )Day 1
The weather held out once again for the Scottish Enduro Championship, 150 riders entered on Saturday and the track was dry except for one area close to the finish that ensured the bikes were true dirt bikes. The course was quite technical and gradually wore out the riders as the day progressed. Bumpy ruts built up in the corners at the special test that ensured fatigue for all at the end of a hard day.
Most riders seemed to enjoy themselves as the sun shone on the event. Murray Thomson was surprised to win the Expert class on Saturday, he did not think he had got a rhythm going in the tests. Grant Smith was gutted to finish second by just one second as he had been riding like a man possessed all day, Ally Lauder finished third.
In the over 40 class 2006 Over 40 Scottish Champion Sean Wooley continued his domination and won once more with Ian Patterson just 10 seconds behind and Jim Lauder finished third.
In the Clubman class Neil Chatham won as Stuart Mowbray lost his time card costing him 60 points that dropped him to 6th equal at the finish. David Vass was looking strong and finished second with Ryan Bruce and Colin Byyan tied for third place.
In the Sportsman Class William Beaty won with Graeme Paxton second and Liam Beaty third. The big story for this class was Jennifer Wark making it to the finish for the first time. It just goes to show if you keep trying a result will come, congratulations from the Melville Motor Club.Day 2
The event was delayed for 30 minutes as the ambulance broke down on the way to the event, another unit was arranged and the Enduro took place on another glorious day.
Derek Little was disappointed with his fourth place on Saturday and upped the pace on Sunday, taking the win in the Expert Class. Murray Thomson finished second, confirming him at the top of the Championship after three rounds. Grant Smith finished third on Sunday so that first win still eludes him, although with the top three riders as close as this it will not be long until he steps onto the top of the podium.
In the over 40 class Sean Wooley won with Ian Patterson second again with Alan Davidson tying for third with Douglas Page. Sean nearly blew it with a big crash on the first lap but he managed to hang on for the win.
Neil Chatham produced the most amazing result of the weekend. Neil also had a big crash on the first lap, he thought he had damaged ligaments in his shoulder but pushed on to the finish winning by 3 seconds. Following a visit to the hospital later it was discovered that he had fractured his upper arm. James Harvey finished second on his Honda and David Vass finished third.
Liam Beaty took the overall Sportsman win with James Anthony second and Gordon MacDonald third.
Kenny Donaldson designed a great track and the weather was very good which made a huge difference to this event. The ONeill family is due a big Thank You from the Melville Motor Club for their time, in the build up to the event and during the weekend, we could not have done it without you. Gordon Paterson and Harriet Forbes spent the two days at the start and finish to the special test and again they made it possible to run this event, Thank you.
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