On what was the hottest day of the year-to-date, Norfolk & Suffolk JMCC held round four of the MX Championship at Great Hockham. A light breeze rustled through the trees in Thetford Forest, and did little to cool the blazing action on the track. Club photographer, Mark Bunning (former youth and adult rider), kindly sponsored the event.
In the cool of the morning, the Autos were the first to test Tim Watlings track preparation. Some good battles between Callum Murfitt, Brad French, Kieran Rudd and Rupert Graver happened at the sharp end, but with riders all through the field swapping places it was difficult to predict who would end up inside the top 10.
Ben Clark put in 3 strong heats to take the overall from Drew Kemp and William Egglestone in the 65s. Will Farrow finished 10th, just behind Jay Perry. South African import Teegan Brabant found the track to his liking as he battled with Harvey Russell and Harry Nunn. Max Rooney and Dax Hobbs tied on points at the tail-end of the field.
In the 85SW group it was George Grigg-Pettitt who excelled in the hot conditions. Max Bickers looked fast and fluid ahead of Luke Smith. Some hard passes and fast lines kept Ben Secker in the top six just behind Toby George and Joey Harrison.
The 85BW group was won by Kane Fisher. All day long he showed he had the pace at the front but dropped it in the first two heats. Shane Lock looked set to take the overall and hit the front in race 3 until a puncture saw him slow and drop like a stone through the field. Mixed results due to minor crashes and poor starts saw Shelly Southgate surge through the field ahead of Will Jurgens and Harry Stabielly, while Kirby Jarvis had a good last ride.
As the reputation of the club grows more Adults are entering and with a full gate the track action was as hot as the weather. Sheffield hero, Ashley Smith lost none of his speed (just his mullet) to take the overall from local lad, Luke Parker. Returning Schoolboys made up a substantial part of the field as Chris Place, Mark Hunt, Will Beevor and his Dad Richard Beevor all made welcome returns with varying degrees of success.
Kieran Snowling lost his cool as he failed to take a maximum, losing heat 3 to Declan Whittle. Whittle had the pace all day but a couple of spills meant he had to do it the hard way. Tallon Marshall showed some great improvement as he claimed 5th overall.Ryan Rudd improved as the day went on, a lacklustre performance in heat 1 kept him down the order. Justin Bieber lookalike, Kieran Devorty ended the day ahead of Blair Herring and Ben Brown while DNF’s due to crashes and the heat affected Connor Stoker, Cory Smith, Luke Stannard and Chris Lake. Toughing it out was Ben Ball finishing all 3 races but taking all the experience on offer.