Moto Trial NI Winter Series.
That’s all folks!
It’s been a busy first year for us all at Moto Trial NI, 1 club trial, 5 championship rounds, the Lego Live Trial in Bangor and constantly working behind the scenes with Ards Borough Council on the Leadmines, but it’s all made worthwhile when we see all the smiling faces and positive comments at the end of the trial.
Once again we would like to extend our thanks to everyone who has helped out at the events, observers, landowners, parents and of course, the competitors…we couldn’t do it without you!
Saturday the 24th of May saw our inaugural winter championship draw to a close, once again we had a superb entry of 84 competitors.
Grade A – Pied Pyper leads the way
As expected, Stephen Pyper won the final round and the championship. He didn’t have it all his own way however, losing 4 marks by half way stage left him tied with Ashley Turner but both men were eclipsed by a strong starting Jonny Dugan on just 2 marks.
These three would remain practically inseparable over the remaining 2 laps with Ashley and Jonny losing a further 1 and 3 marks respectively to leave them both finished on 5. Stephen remained unphased and returned a perfect performance to remain on 4 marks and take the win by just a single dab.
Simon Hughes rounded out the top 4 on 8 marks and secured a fine third place in the championship.
Youth A – Alex Party
Youth A was all about one young man, another victory for Alex Lennox made it 4 wins from 4 appearances and he never really looked like being toppled all year. He was followed home by a great performance from young Reece Gazzard losing 9 marks to Alex’s 8, these two were well clear of the rest of the field.
Jack (wide-open) Waring took 3rd which secured his 2nd place in the championship and four very consistent performances from Ross Pyper saw him finish the season in 3rd place.
Pre65 & TS A – Two’s company…
Unfortunately our Pre65 and TS classes haven’t been as well supported as we would have hoped throughout the season, nevertheless, Andrew McCrory took a well deserved win on his very nice TY and an heroic effort from Stuart Hanlon saw him take second on the Kawasaki KT250. Stuart realised very early on why these bikes weren’t popular at the time!
So the championship ends up with three riders all tied on 25 points, Stephen Murphy, Sam Hampshire and Andrew McCrory.
Grade B – Eoin Burns them up
An excellent performance from Eoin Burns saw him run out a convincing winner 9 marks clear of second place Colin Lyttle. Our first championship contender home was Jonny Brimstone in third in what proved to be a very tight battle with only 10 marks separating 2nd to 11th. Keith Annette must have been feeling the pressure going into the final round as the championship leader with an uncharacteristic 8th place finish. This was just enough for him to take the championship by 9 points from Jonny Brimstone with Mark Ballantine rounding out the top three.
Stuart’s ‘Little’ Youth B Championship
Stuart Tweedie just managed to hold on to his first card advantage to win youth B and seal the championship. He couldn’t manage to match his excellent first card score of 5 and went on to drop 11 on his second card, giving him a total of 16. This was just 2 marks ahead of Mark Pyper, who went the other way with his scores dropping 12 and 6 on each card respectively. Campbell Bailie produced cards of 13 and 9, to take third place on 22 marks.
In the championship however, it was Jordan Nixon who produced 5 consistent performances to take the runner up spot and an absent Scotty Roberts just held on to third spot, by a single point, ahead of a late charge from Robbie Dugan.
Pre65 & TS B – Millar Time
Matt Millar Snr had what was probably the ride of the day on his big Enfield, just 3 marks on his first card was good but to follow that up with a second card of just a single dab was a fantastic ride on the slippery and changeable sections. David Hammil put together another strong performance on his little TY Yamaha to secure second place and guarantee himself the championship. Geoffrey Hillis continued to show good improvement to take third and runner up spot in the championship.
Grade C – Consistency Pays off for David
David Mullholland had to be content with runner up spot at the final round but his five consistent results secured the championship. The winner of the final round was Mark Scott, who did everything he could on the day with an excellent total of 5 marks to David’s 12. This left Mark with runner up spot in the title table. Connor McNally took an excellent third place on the day on 16 marks, however, it was Gerry Mills who struggled to maintain his early season form who took third in the championship.
PRE65 & TS C – Is there a Doctor in the house?
MotoGP has Valentino Rossi, but Moto Trial NI has its very own Doctor… David McGaughey was sadly absent from the final round but he had easily done enough at the previous rounds to secure the title. That left the way clear for Mark Dow on his TL Honda to take victory and secure 2nd place in the championship, no mean feet on a TL!
Youth C – Pyper’s on the pipe
Young Josh Pyper put together two excellent and consistent cards to take Youth C victory on a total of 17 marks, well clear of runner up Zac Pagel on 38. Callum McAllistair finished in third on 41 marks. This result meant that Josh ran out the championship winner, from Callum in second and Zac third. The title chase was between these three all year and in the end only 21 points separated first to third.
Youth D – A tale of two Smyth’s
Dylan Smyth made it 3 wins from 3 outings in Youth D, his sister Shannon finished in runner up spot but she is getting gradually closer to her brothers scores!
The championship finished up the same way with Dylan holding on to the bragging rights…for now!
Youth E – He’s Electric
Our Electric Grade is starting to increase in popularity and we had 3 entries at the final championship round. Harry Smith ran out the winner, unfortunately his main competition, Jonathan King, broke a sprocket and had to retire.
A special mention goes to young Harry (should’ve been Steve) McQueen, who had never been to a trial before but after some expert tuition for our own Rob Crawford, was able to find his way around.
Another mention goes to Jonny Smith (Harry’s dad) for getting some momentum going in the youth D/E grade.