Moto Trial NI Winter Series.
Final Round Preview.
With our first winter series drawing to a close, the club would like to take this opportunity to thank all the riders who came to our events, without which it would be kind’a pointless, everyone that helped with different aspects of putting these events on and last but by no means least our observers, without you the trials cannot run. We started the club in response to the closure of the Leadmines and decided to run some events as an outlet for people who couldn’t use the Mines anymore. Little did we realise how popular these events would be, so we took the decision to run them all as part of a championship…just for the craic!
The final round of the winter series on Saturday the 24th of May is fast approaching and all but one of the championship’s are still wide open.
In the A Grade, any one of the first 5 still have a mathematical chance of lifting the title. Although, it would be a brave man who would bet against the age and experience of Stephen Pyper to take the crown. Should he crumble under the pressure, young Gareth Mackey will be waiting to pounce and Michael Davidson and Doug Reid might still have something to say in the outcome.
With 3 wins, Alex Lennox leads the way in Youth A, however, his absence at the last round has allowed Jack Waring to close to within 18 points. These two are guaranteed the top two spots but third place is still undecided. Ross Pyper heads this battle and he will be pushed all the way by Matt Millar Jnr and Elliot Evans.
Pre 65 & Twinshock A is still very much undecided, and any one of the 5 contenders can take the title. Stephen Murphy and Sam Hampshire share the lead but with Sam away working in Holland it is unlikely he will play a part.
Grade B has proved to be our most popular, and with an 18 point lead, the championship is really Keith Annette’s to lose. Should Keith stumble, the fast improving Jonny Brimstone will be there to pick up the pieces. Mark Ballantine still has an outside chance and Ricky Taggart must be rueing a poor performance in the third round, without that, he would surely have been right in the chase.
Youth B is a close run thing, with any one of the first 6 still capable of taking the title. Stuart Tweedie leads the way, but only by 3 points from the very consistent Jordan Nixon, with young Scotty Roberts a further 4 points back. Tim Davidson will be wishing he hadn’t missed rounds 2 & 3, likewise Robbie Dugan. Although Robbie’s excellent victory in round 4 could just give his confidence that extra boost ahead of the title showdown.
Pre 65 & Twinshock B is again a close fought grade, David Hamill leads this fight with two excellent victories, but the ever consistent Trevor Dundee is only a point behind, and the fast improving Geoffrey Hillis is only 9 back of the championship leader.
In Grade C the title fight is really only between David Mullholland and Mark Scott. David leads Mark by 16 points, so a steady performance on day should see him take the championship. The battle for the final step on the championship podium will see a very interesting battle between Gerry Mills and the returning Gary Kirtlan. Gary’s victory in round 4 should swing the balance of confidence in his direction but with a win in round 1, Gerry might still have the upper hand.
Mathematically any of the first 9 Youth C riders could still win the championship. It is currently lead by Callum McAllister, but only by a single point from Josh Pyper. Should either of these two falter there are another 6 riders waiting to pick up the pieces.
The first champion of our inaugural winter series comes in the Pre 65 & Twinshock C class. David McGaughey took over the lead after round 2 and hasn’t been headed since, he now has an unassailable total of 86 points. Congratulations David!
Our Mini C grade has been a victim of it’s own success. Jay Pyper won the first round and decided he would move himself up into the B class. A move that has seen him raise his game and be very competitive against some older competition.
Mini D is a battle between brother and sister, Dylan Smyth currently heads his sister Shannon by 10 points, so all is still to play for. It could be all picture and no sound in that van on the way home!
We will let you all know the venue location for the last round within the next few days!