Isle of Wight Guy Fawkes Cup Trial

isle of wight newThe Isle of Wight Motorcycle Club held their Guy Fawkes Cup Trial at Knighton Sand Pit on Sunday 4th November. The Club would like to thank Mr. Roger Morgan for welcoming us back to what is an excellent trials venue. We also thank the course setters; Alan & George Gosden, Simon Newnham and Geoff Taylor for eight top sections, all eight observers and Club Photographer; Viki Taylor – great team effort.

The Club would like to congratulate two Island riders for their success in the 2019 Southern Centre ACU Solo Star Trials Championship. Rob Howard won the Experts and James Stay won the Clubman (Intermediate) class, with one round to spare – two superb and very well deserved results. Rob Baker and Dan Flux are both in the top three in the Novice class – our best wishes to them for the decisive final round at Ringwood on December 30th.

Three youth riders in action today, headed up by young Alfie Haydon in the Youth Novice class. Alfie rode a blinder to complete the trial with the joint lowest score of the day, just eight dropped marks – superb effort by him. Dan Locke secured an excellent second spot. Josh Morris was the only Youth Beginner today but despite the lack of competition he posted a very good score of fourteen. Gary Jones won the Adult Beginner’s, finishing some way clear of Joe Moore in second. Simon Newnham was the pick of the bunch in the Sportsman class, negotiating the ‘B’ route for a loss of only eight marks – equalling the lowest total of the day.

James Stay proved to be the lone Expert competitor but posted an impressive total of thirteen. James commented “the ride of my life, really happy with that”. Jos Wright finished at the top of the Intermediate’s with another impressive score, of fourteen, four ahead of Alan Gosden with Shaun Harris in third. Harris leads the Championship by a slender margin of four points from Alan Gosden – with just two rounds to go, this one could easily go right to the wire! Meanwhile the Clubman class was won by Ben Brodie finishing on sixteen. Scott Milton claimed the second spot – only five marks between these two. Scout Gregory must be pleased with his third place finish following a move up in class from the Novices. The Novice class was convincingly taken by Simon Watmough, another rider equalling the lowest score. Colin Brodie and Rob Baker were tied on fifteen but the second place was awarded to Brodie who notched up twenty-one cleans to Baker’s twenty – excellent riding by all three. Championship leader; Dan Flux was forced into fourth. Dan leads Rob Baker by just seven points – the final two rounds will prove decisive, promising a thrilling climax .

Nick Symes (Twin Shock) and John Townsend (British Bike class) both claimed the maximum ten Championship points to add to their seasons tally. Nick has sealed another Twin Shock Title following today’s result – congratulations Nick. John has to finish in one of the two final rounds to qualify for the 2018 British Bike class title.

The Club next meet on Wednesday 14th November for the Club's Annual General Meeting, all members are being encouraged to make the effort to attend – 8pm at the Camphill Community Sports Club, PO30 5ZA.

The next trial is scheduled for Sunday 18th November for the Matthew Russell Memorial Trial. Nodewell Farm Totland, signing on from 11am, trial begins at 12 noon. Entries are now being accepted for the popular 2019 Wight Two Day Trial. 27th and 28th April, Knighton Sand Pit and Bembridge Down – The Reg’s and entry form can be found in the ‘Forms’ section of the Club website.

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