A great day was had by all who took part in the first race day held at the all round venue of Catterick Moto Complex. A total of 20 Youth Riders had the privilege of being the first to compete around this brand new venue. Although they were 16 and under they all showed that their riding ability is beyond their years. Christina Palmer showed the boys what she was made of by taking 3rd place in the Youth B on her Rock oil supported KTM. Following in his fathers footsteps was up and coming rider Sam Boyd but topping the results despite being last off the line was Joe Cooper. Youth A was on another level this weekend and the top 4 would give most adults a run for their money. Unfortunately usual front runner Saul Hirst didn’t get the result he was hoping for but was through no fault of his own, despite bike problems he still managed same number of laps as the front runners.
Richard Moorhouse had an unbelievable ride for 3rd and pushed Liam Crowe to his limit all race long and after 1 1/2 only 1 second split the two apart, eventually young Crowey was relieved that it was over and secured second spot. The overall winner of the Youth Class who was so smooth all day went to Colin Scott, it certainly won’t be long until we see this young man at the sharp end of the experts. After a short break and some alterations to the course, the adults got underway. Sportsman always being the largest class makes it difficult to get a good result but Neil Myres did well to finish 3rd, Sam Nieble 2nd but top in the results was Ben Sayer. The over 40s class was packed with experience, but in 3rd place was the amazingly smooth Anthony Crowe. Stuart Mowbury just fell short of the win but never the less did well for second place. Not long moved from the experts was Alex Owen, Alex had a great day and would have been up there in the over all. In the Clubman class, it was great to see Mr Rick back on his MRS supported Sherco riding through his blisters shows fitness does help. Clubman rider Dom Richardson did well to finish 3rd, 2nd Mathew Ward but stand out performance of the day was the naturally talented “Spike” Gilby. 17 laps and in the top 5 overall winning the clubman with ease I think everybody wants to see more of this likeable young man on his bike this year! Finally the Experts, it was nice to see Liam Radcliffe back at a local event and it’s obvious he’s improved since his time away.
3rd place though on 17 laps was Ryan Ireland, 2nd place on the experts was Shercos TM Motorcycles supported Lee Sampson, not entirely happy with his result but still having an enjoyable day. Lee said ” it’s been an awesome day and a really good event! Scott rode really well today and he was the better man, but I know what I need to do, so a serious re think on my diet should see me back upfront “. The man on a mission though was the ever popular family man Scott Austin, no nonsense style and never shutting off, he had his little Honda pinned from the word go and even managed to win some product prizes in the process.
Results Luke Lusher said ” thanks to all who supported my first event, it’s something I’ve always wanted to do and I hope everybody enjoyed it as much as I did “