Sunday 16th October 2016 saw Moto Trial NI host the 2016 edition of their Shieldsberg Rodeo Trial at Landscape Supplies yard in Newtownards. Forty one riders of all ages and riding all types of bikes from a 70 year old Matchless to modern bikes including electric Osets tested themselves against not only the sections set out by John White and his team but also the changeable weather!
The event started off in driving rain at 11 am and finished in bright sunshine just after 3pm, the riders having completed 4 laps of the demanding 10 sections that John had set out.
In the main Clubman class 9 riders set off. The battle for the win was between 3 riders; the father and son combo of Stephen and Ross Pyper as well as Ian Boyd. As has become the norm now in this grade scoring is very low and one minor slip can be the difference between first and sixth or seventh place! At the halfway stage Stephen just held the lead from Ross, one penalty from Stephen to Ross’s two. Ian was next with a very good score of six, but a slack three late in lap one left Ian with too wide a gap to try and catch the flying Pypers!!
When the scores were toted up at the end of the second card Stephen and Ross posted identical faultless cards, giving Stephen the win on only one mark lost all day, with Ross on two marks lost. Both riders did very well in the conditions and it was only the fact Stephen used all his experience from many years of competing to just pip Ross. It wont be long until Ross turns the tables on his father! Ian continued consistently to take third place on 9 marks in total. Fourth home was Robbie Jennings who had a poor day finishing on twenty two marks lost.
Into the Sportsman 50/50 grade; few riders opted for this grade today, many believing that the weather had altered the sections making the too tough. Allistair Galloway though showed that this did not worry him and he took the win on seventeen marks lost.
The biggest entry of the day was in the Sportsman grade with fifteen riders competing for the win. Mark Leighton just held Johnny Russell off at the halfway stage by the odd mark, with Andy Jones, Scott McNeill and David Brown fighting it out for the final step on the podium.
At the end of the trial Mark held his nerve to take the win on seventeen marks lost, Scott took second on twenty four lost with Johnny just pipping Eddie Henderson to third both on twenty six marks lost, but Johnny having more cleans gave him the win.
In the Novice grade Ken Stewart was fast out of the blocks and had the rest of the riders chasing him all day. Riding a Matchless machine that is over 70 years old didnt hold Ken back from taking the win! He finished on a fantastic score of eleven for the four laps, with Russell McKeag taking second spot on sixteen marks lost. Third was Ian Anderson on thirty two lost with Laura Smyth fourth on forty seven lost.
In the Youth grades Campbell Bailie took the Youth A win, with Harry Smith taking the win from Dylan Smyth in the Youth B grade. Youth C on the big course was won by Pixe Smyth. On the small course newcomer Owen McKee was the winner in the Youth C small course.
Youth D was won by Sophie McMullan.
In the Youth E grade Rachel Houston ran out the winner with Ben Bell and Josh Shivers tied in second place. Ethan Gawley took fourth.
Stephen Pyper 1
Ross Pyper 2
Ian Boyd 9
Allistair Galloway 17
Mark Leighton 17
Scott McNeill 24
David Brown 25
Ken Stewart 11
Russell McKeag 16
Ian Anderson 32
Campbell Bailie 36
Harry Smith 26
Dylan Smyth 38
Pixe Smyth 24
Youth C small course
The full results can be found on the Moto Trial NI website and Facebook page.
Moto Tril NI want to thank the riders for supporting the event, the landowners for use of the splendid facilities and special thanks to Bangor Sea Cadets for standing out in the terrible weather in the role of observers. Details of the next event can also be found on the website and Facebook page.