WOR EVENTS – MICHELIN CROSS COUNTRY ENDURO SERIES XCE RD 3 MAESHAFN – JUNE 2016
BELFIED MAESHAFN’S MASTER
Report: K. Williams
” Finally a dry track greeted the riders for last Sunday’s Michelin XCE series Rd 3, organised by WOR Events at the clubs superb Maeshafn Venue near Chester. The track had been graded, repaired, stone picked and even the paddock was back to its best after the really wet event there back in April. The freshly designed circuit was applauded by all the riders as they really enjoyed the terrain and its well thought out design.
Kicking off at bang on 11am and running for a straight 2 hour sprint, The start line had a mass of solo classes all lined up and ready for racing. The Start flag dropped and off the sea of colour went attacking the 4.5 mile lap.
First man back to the results zone was Lewis Belfield, A WOR rider from his formative years, looking super quick and smooth on his KTM. Belfield never looked back from this position and showed he has lost none of his Hare Scrambles enduro skills with a fine start to finish win and a 5 minute advantage over Runner Up, George Price. Price (Husky 300) is no slouch and he in turn put in a 14 lap race matching Belfield’s total with 3rd place, Matt Silvester (Husky) finishing on 13 laps but going very well and consistent to the end.
Chris Wagstaff on his 250 2t Yamaha WR is a rider in fine form this year. Totally dominating the Expert Vets at WOR and most other places he rides, The super smooth and deceptively quick Waggy was the only other rider to complete 14 laps within the time allowance and took a fine 3rd overall as well as his class win. Local KTM dealer Ian Smart from Colwyn Bay Motorcycles is an old friend of WOR and he rocked up out of the blue on a borrowed KTM to put in a sterling performance and take the Runners Up spot in the Expert Vets. Neil Parry (KTM) matched Smarts 12 lap total but was 6 minutes adrift of Smart to take 3rd place and the final spot on the podium.
Beta mounted Cole Elliott has been missing from quite a few WOR races of late but returned in fine style with a superb win in the Clubman class by a minute and a half from 2nd placed Ben Key. Key (KTM) put in one of his strongest WOR performances to date and looked really like his time on the bike is paying off. Bronze placed Clubman went to Husky Mounted Raife Mcdonald. Raife had struggled with no clutch for most of the race and fully deserved his place on the Podium and matched the top two riders 12 laps each.
In the Clubman Vets class it was a small but very competitive line up that had Barry Boustead take the win on his KTM 300 by just 7 seconds from Husqvarna Pilot, Stacey Greensall. Both Riders completing 12 laps each and never far from one another. On 11 laps and taking the third spot was Yamaha mounted Bryan Wilson, a rider that’s always there or thereabouts in that class.
Colin Jones set about taking the Over 50 class from the start and that’s what he did with a fine 12 laps and a near 2 minute advantage over Second Placed Stephen Parry. Parry making it a double day of trophies matching his Brother Neil from Expert Vets.3rd placed Over 50 went to Duncan Humphrey as he battled the mighty 2017 300tx Husky around the demanding and Moto x style course with 12 laps to his credit.
Young Sion Jones at last had a bit of luck and his super performance in the Sportsman Class secured him the class win. Riding his 125 Husky to an exact 3 minute advantage over early leader, Chloe Richards. Richards in turn put a 28 second advantage between her and third placed Leon Dean who showed he is well worth his recent move up from the Novice class.
Sportsman Vets was toppe by KTM rider Emrys Price as he took a commanding 5 minute advantage over Runner Up Henry Markey. Markey taking his second 2nd place on the podium in as many weeks. Third spot went to The winners Brother, Always competitive and out on his new 300 3t Husky, Bryn Price. All 3 doing 11 laps each.
Mitch Parkes on his little Kawasaki topped the Youth 85 group with a brilliant 10 laps to his credit as he looked very neat and tidy around the course. Runner Up, Haydn Tyrer is another vastly improved rider and he whacked in a very impressive 10 laps too albeit a way back from Parkes. 3rd spot went to Willaim Cawte with a great ride to round out the podium. Special mention of the day goes to young Hayden Rainford whom battled to 9 laps and is really one of the most improved youngsters coming through after struggling earlier on in the year to make the change from MX to Enduro. The youngsters performance earned him the new “Rider of the day” award from the WOR committee and a special memory for him to take into the future. Gareth Davenport on his 125 KTM was the top ridera nd only finisher in the Youth class on 10 laps.
Husky 350 Mounted Steve Farthing recently traded in his 501 at CF Racing and what a difference this has made to the likeable Staffs based ride. Slowly week by week improving and climbing up the podium, Farthing took his first class win in the Novices and fully deserved it too. Wont be long before Farthing moves himself up a category that’s for sure. Runner up went to Liam Belfield on his Beta with another nice ride to the podium with Max Eilliedge taking a well deserved final podium place.
The race went like clockwork with lots of happy riders enjoying one of the best tracks of the year so far. Maeshafn really is a great venue and the landowners are superb at helping get the track graded and set for the next event. There is only 3 events a year allowed at the venue and the next one is a special to round off the WOR clubs visits there for 2016. The weekend of August Bank Holiday will see a Sunday RED funday followed by a new format , Bank Holiday Moto Duro special at this superb location. More details on this soon.
WOR now move into a very busy period indeed with this weekend coming being the first running of the new Tough one event…The Tough 100 Extreme Enduro.
The Worlds number 1 Extreme Enduro rider, Graham Jarvis stars in a fantastic new format at Tyn Twyll in North Wales ..Sat &Sun 25/26th June @ LL20 7LH …
All details for riders and spectators is at the WOR events website
Results and laptimes etc from MICHELIN XCE RD 3 http://www.kr3w.co.uk/WOR_RaceStats/results.php?TargetEvent=95
Pictures from CWL Photography: https://www.facebook.com/search/top/?q=cwl%20photography