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November 2010

MPS Racing 2011 team line-up

FIM Indoor Tough opener for Taddy

Mark Andrews at Tidworth

Chris Birch wins the Roof

Carl Tiley Racing at Foxhill

Portsmouth Woodberry Lane

Ride-XC Round 8 Lazer Championship

Husqvarna Test Day

Interview with Jonny Walker

Melville Winter Motocross Series Round 1

RideOffroadUK Final round

Builth MCC Bwlchciliau

British Youth Enduro The Dirt Bike Cup at Stoneliegh

MPS return stronger for 2011 After a difficult 2010 season, MPS is set to return in 2011 even stronger and with the full support of Husqvarna Motorcycles. When the team was formed in 2005, our original plan was to bring young riders into the team and into the British Enduro Championship. After a lot of thought, for 2011 we have decided to go back to our original plan, with a completely new line up of young riders who will be entering the British Enduro Championship and the Sprint Enduro Championship, whilst giving them the support to ultimately move on to international competition. Leading the team will be New Zealand enduro champion Jason Davies, riding the all new Husqvarna TE449 in the championship class. For the expert class, a new boy to Enduro is 18 year old MX star Jack Rowland from Doncaster, who will be riding the world championship winning Husqvarna TE 250 alongside Joe Deakin who will be running with MPS on a TE250 after a successful 2010 on WR125. The Clubman class will have 2 MPS backed riders, the first being another Yorkshire lad, Rob Johnson, riding the Husqvarna TE250 and for the first time MPS are introducing a lady to the Enduro world with Katy Bullock joining Rob in the clubman class on a Husqvarna WR125. Katy is new to enduro but is an accomplished Trials rider and is looking forward to her new challenge. The team will be concentrating on the Husqvarna supported ACU British Sprint Enduro Championship, the British Enduro Championship and undertaking selected European championship rounds. MPS Racing would like to thank everyone for their support in 2010 and we look forward to your continued support in 2011. For more information please contact Mick Seward via email to or call 01904 760016. Team website:

Tough IEWC opener for Blazusiak in Italy KTM Enduro Factory Team rider Taddy Blazusiak endured a challenging first round of the 2011 FIM Indoor Enduro World Championships staged in Genoa, Italy, as two crashes in the night's first final left the Polish rider severely beaten up and with a mild concussion. With a simple fall dropping him into the mid-pack, Taddy then came up short on the track's triple jump, which fired him and his bike into the ground. Thankfully able to continue, but with handlebars bent so badly that his bike was almost unrideable, Taddy salvaged a ninth place result. Aggravating a shoulder injury picked up at the start of the year Taddy fell in the second final while leading. Unable to raise his left elbow due to pain from his shoulder, Taddy simply lost his front end but quickly remounted to claim second behind Finland's Mika Ahola. Somehow managing to save his best until the third final Taddy lead from start to finish to claim an impressive win. Despite his disappointing ninth place result in the first final Blazusiak sits third in the IEWC series standings, just eight points behind leader Ahola. Taddy Blazusiak: 'I'm sure a lot of people would have been expecting me to win, and of course that's what I wanted, but my style is always to push as hard as I can, to give 100 per cent, and tonight it didn't quite work out. I had two crashes in the first final - the first was a simply indoor enduro fall where I lost my front wheel after hitting a log. But the second was much bigger. I was riding with a good pace and was sure I could get back to the front but I lost some traction on the take off of the triple jump and came up short. I knew that doing the triple had its risks and when I came up a little short it fired me and my bike into the ground. After that I just tried to score as many points as possible on a really bent and twisted bike. My shoulder was really sore after that crash so I was struggling a bit on the second race. I didn't have a loft of power in the shoulder and I just ended up on the ground again when I was leading. I got back to second, which was ok. The last race was the perfect way to end the night. I pulled the holeshot and then stayed out front and upright all race. I felt like my speed was good enough to win all three races but after my first final crash to still be third in the championship is really good. There's still a long way to go in the series and retaining my IEWC title is still my number one goal.' Results - 2011 Indoor Enduro World Championship, Rnd 1 Final 1 1. Joakim Ljunggren (Husaberg) 8.02:783; 2. Mika Ahola (Honda) 8.06:450; 3. Thomas Oldrati (KTM) 8.24:694; 4. Matti Seistola (Husqvarna) 8.28:852; 5. Graham Jarvis (Husaberg) 8.29:584; 9. Taddy Blazusiak (KTM) 8.43:001 Final 2 1. Mika Ahola (Honda) 8.10:974; 2. Taddy Blazusiak (KTM) 8.18:836; 3. Joakim Ljunggren (Husaberg) 8.22:263; 4. Thomas Oldrati (KTM) 8.22:786; 5. Jeremy Joly (Honda) 8.25:082 Final 3 1. Taddy Blazusiak (KTM) 8.06:527; 2. Thomas Oldrati (KTM) 8.11:316; 3. Mika Ahola (Honda) 8.17:486; 4. Joakim Ljunggren (Husaberg) 8.20:406; 5. Graham Jarvis (Husaberg) 8.22:009 Championship standings - 2011 Indoor Enduro World Championship 1. Mika Ahola (Honda) 51 points; 2. Joakim Ljunggren (Husaberg) 45; 3. Taddy Blazusiak (KTM) 43; 4. Thomas Oldrati (KTM) 42; 5. Graham Jarvis (Husaberg) 29

�Mark Andrews" Hare n Hounds Tidworth - 28th November Report written by Teamsnapper

A round of applause to all 120 riders who turned up at the SETRA "Mark Andrews" Hare n Hounds at Tidworth nr Andover in the freezing conditions. The start was at 10am and it was minus 3 and the course SETRA had designed did no favours to anyone and was not for the meek, with some great but very tricky climbs that were even tricky for the very experienced riders, there was plenty of frozen water about as well that once broken was very ice cold water, then there were the cavernous ruts that the Army tanks make which kept riders very much on there toes, however the ones that were not concentrating found themselves many a time parted from their machines, many riders came in after 1 lap just to try and get some feeling back into their fingers, it was a real test of man, machine, guts and that much needed ingredient "The will to finish". The star of the day was David Biles (lef) who won the overall and Expert class with 10 laps on the big 530 KTM, he did not have it all his own way as 2nd and 3rd place Adam Kerr 450 KTM and John Lister 450 KTM respectively were also on 10 laps and it really was a sprint finish, well done David, sadly 2 of the pre favourites Freddie Broadway and rejuvenated Robert Taylor both retired early. Clubman A was a one man show with only winner Aaron Fudge on his 300 KTM managing 9 laps and a determined ride it was with many a time Aaron looking out of control, 2nd and 3rd Andy Fifield 250 KTM and Reg Sheppard 250 KTM respectively had their very battle going on with Andy just clinching 2nd over Reg with both managing 8 laps. Clubman B was a three man battle with all on 8 laps and the only 3 riders in clubman B to do 8 laps but top honours went to Husaberg rider Glenn Morgan on his 450 beast, a very close 2nd and 3rd went to Ian Clarke 450 Husaberg and Graham Lovell 450 KTM respectively, but all 3 were in with the shout for victory, a very good ride for Glenn. Sportsman class was dominated by Dave Phillips 250 KTM with a fantastic 8 laps with another Husaberg battle for 2nd and 3rd with Teamsnappers very own Rich Troth 390 Husaberg just edging Rodney Crowden 450 husaberg for 2nd place, both Rich and Rodney were only Sportsman to complete 7 laps. The MX class was won by Michael Caufield with 6 laps on his 250 Honda, 2nd was Nick Eagle 250 Honda with 4 laps and 3rd with 3 laps completed John Doddy 250 KTM. A very hard event and well done to all who competed. Photo

2010 "BABOONS" LESOTHO SUN ROOF OF AFRICA The Mother of Hardenduro 25 - 27 November 2010 (Lesotho - Africa)


Saturday, 28 November (Lesotho) - New Zealand rider, Chris Birch scored a hat trick when he won the 2010 Baboons Lesotho Sun Roof of Africa after a tight battle with the South African, Jade Gutzeit. The tough event not only tested the endurance of competitors, but their mental fitness too and only 22 riders managed to score gold when they completed the full race distance within the prescribed time over three days. Birch (Brother Broadlink KTM) and Gutzeit (Full Throttle Yamaha) were locked in a tight battle with only three seconds separating them at the start of the final day. Just after the start Birch misjudged a river crossing and drowned his bike, losing about eight minutes while he made repairs. He rode like a mad man and caught up with Gutzeit. On one of the last mountain passes - Please Push Me Pass - Gutzeit ran out of steam and could not maintain the battle with Birch and although Birch admitted afterwards that he was extremely exhausted, he knew that victory was in sight and that kept him going. He finished just over 18 minutes ahead of Gutzeit after almost 18 and a half hours of battling with one of the toughest Roof of Africa routes yet. Like last year, the German, Andreas

Lettenbichler (Team Husqvarna SA) produced another outstanding performance when he finished third after losing 30 minutes when he got lost on the second day. The UK privateer, Paul Bolton (Brother Broadlink KTM) finished fourth after his first attempt at the Lesotho event while the South African and Red Bull Romaniacs course setter, Craig Stone (KTM) finished fifth to claim his best position at this event. One of the star performances of the event was local Ladybrand businessman, Wynand Badenhorst (Leo Internet Yamaha) who competed in his third Baboons Lesotho Sun Roof of Africa event and finished sixth overall after being constantly in the top ten during the race. He finished ahead of three more members of the Brother Broadlink KTM team - former race winner, Darryl Curtis, started the final day in fifth place and finished seventh after the challenging Welcome Pass and Please Push Me Pass also drained him from his last energy on the last day. The Swiss rider, Lionel Seydoux, who has been living in South Africa this year, finished eighth after starting the day from the number four spot on the grid. Altus de Wet struggled with flu during the race, but still managed to come home in ninth place while the New Zealand youngster, Michael Skinner (Liquorland Alfie Cox Racing KTM) rounded off the top ten. It was the first time that this 23 year-old has competed in the Roof of Africa and after getting used to the type of terrain and long hours in the saddle, an overjoyed Skinner hugged his compatriot, Birch, in celebration at the finish on the top of Bushmans Pass. After a steady ride, the Finnish works-Husqvarna rider, Simo Kirssi, fell back on the last day to finish 12th, just ahead of local South African, Errol Dalton (Leo Internet Yamaha) who competed in his 22nd Roof of Africa race. Adrian Werner (KTM) was 13th with the 17 year-old Scott Bouverie (Red Criterion Yamaha) who completed his second Roof of Africa attempt and finished 14th overall. Kenneth Gilbert (Yamaha) was 15th after some bad luck that included racing with no front brakes, a broken silencer and suspension as well as some tyre problems. William "Wild Will" Gillitt (Red Yamaha) was 16th and Brian Capper (Full Throttle Racing KTM) finished 17th after suffering from extreme exhaustion at the bottom of Bushmans Pass with 10 minutes to go to the cut-off time. He was just ahead of the multiple South African trials champions, Bruce (18th) and Brent (19th) Le Riche (Gas Gas) who raced together and completed their first attempt at the event. Gold accolades for completing the full race distance also went to Dominic Finnis (KTM) who was 20th; Mark Garland (KTM) who finished 21st and James Hodson (Liquorland Alfie Cox Racing KTM) who spent a total of 24 hours in the saddle. Three international competitors managed to complete the full race distance, but unfortunately arrived after the 18h00 cutoff time on Saturday afternoon - Daniel Schrรถder and Dean Nuttall (Alfie Cox Racing's KTM) as well as the Mexican racer, Jesus Zavala had to settle for the silver accolade. Withdrawals on the last day included Marc Torlage (Red Yamaha) who started the last day in third place, but suffered from burst toes and Riaan van Niekerk (Brother Broadlink KTM) who had to withdraw due to medical reasons. The new organisers, Adventure Lesotho, was praised for putting a well organised event together. The new race format where competitors were allowed to start every race day even if they could not complete the previous day, proved to be a popular characteristic of the 2010 race. The Baboons Lesotho Sun Roof of Africa is like no other endurance motorbike race in the world and as though and difficult as it is, competitors from all over come back year after year to tackle whatever nature is throwing at them. Dates for the 2011 event will be announced soon. Details Photos Hubert Stanka

Melville Winter Motocross Series Round 1 The Melville Motor Club Winter Motocross series kicked of at Lochhouses farm near Dunbar in East Lothian at the weekend. The Melville's record of never cancelling an event at Lochhouses stood up, but only just. There was heavy rain before, after and during race day creating some of the worst conditions the club has seen at this venue. The sandy course improved as the day progressed but with each shower the track became very slippery again and cut up quite badly. A large entry saw four adult classes, Youth MX2 plus large and small wheeled 85's combined. The 65's shared with the Auto's on a separate enlarged track that proved a real blessing as the 65's would have struggled in the deep ruts on the adult course. The biggest problem was the lack of daylight although a full race schedule was achieved, again only just. Neil Chatham was an early casualty when he crashed with Drew Harvey in the practice session flat out in fifth, ending Neil's day before it had even began. Craig Trew maintained his dominate position winning the A class with three straight wins, only David Houston gave a serious challenge in race two as he led for the first couple of laps. Ross Fitzimmons finished second with Mark Perfect third. Stewart Mowbray won the B's following his race three win with Allyn Scotland winning the second race taking second overall with Ivan Williamson third. There had been banter for weeks over who would win the C Class, would it be Steven Currie Junior or Dean Reid. Dean led race one and looked like taking the win but a fall on the last lap cost him dear, despite Dean winning race two Steven had the confidence for the last race of the day winning it and taking the overall. Erich Shonwalder chased the leaders all day but never managed to get close enough to challenge finishing third. The C1 class was added when the 65's were moved onto a separate track. These riders were a mixed bunch who were made up from the reserve list. Leslie Winthrope took the win over James Harvey with Anthony Reid third. The Youth Mx2 class was dominated by Kane Young despite falling a couple of times while in the lead he won all three races. Andrew McNicoll finished second with Sean Williamson third. The Big Wheel 85 class was won by Reece Wilson with John Adamson second and Jack Taylor third. In the small wheel class Bradley Mann won with Adam Burgoyne second and Lee Perfect third. There was a great turn out of 65's after a slow start but the lager track proved very popular especially with the new riders. Colin Scott won with Jordan Gill second and Scott Russell third. In the Autos the new bigger track proved fun and challenging with the races spread throughout the day allowing the Dad's who were racing themselves time to get back to watch the young ones do there thing Lewis Mcleary won with Adam Scott finishing second and James Haddow third. The C1's managed a short race at the finish with the light fading, there ware a few enduro bikes with their head lights on as the day drew to a close. It was a tough day for everyone including the organising Melville team. I am sure we will all look back and say it was good when we have had time to recover. Results Report by Campbell Chatham - Picture of Craig Trew Courtesy of Martin Lynn Carve and picture of David Houston number 82 courtesy of Tome Bone

2 for 2 for Gareth Foxhill 21st November The 2nd Round of the CTR Winter series took place at Foxhill near Machen on Sunday 21st November. The conditions were wet but the weather was dry and drying. The organisers laid on a tractor to help the vans into the field. The tractor had been spreading manure recently which was great for opening the sinuses too. The main race started at 12.00 noon. Over a hundred riders climbed the hill to the start. Derek Bawn was the first off the line but Gareth Hopkins had jumped into the lead by the first corner. The fast blast across the start field was crucial as the course entered the woods and the riders began to bunch. The line through the trees was very technical with roots and cambers. Glen Phillips hit a tree and aggravated an old shoulder injury. As the riders re-emerged into the field there was a hard/easy option. The top riders who had walked the course earlier opted for the quicker line. The majority of the Clubman class chose the easy route but the wet ground began to cut up and the CTR team were kept busy keeping things moving. Novice John Whitehead must have found some good lines as he finished his 1st lap in 7th place overall. Gareth Hopkins held his advantage until halfway around lap 2 when a mistake cost him the lead and Derek Bawn powered into first place. Neil Thomas looked very fast in 3rd but Gareth was faster and he slowly began to retrieve the 30 second deficit over Derek. World MTB rider Gee Atherton led the Clubman class chased by Gareth Berezinski & Dean Reed. First Vet around on lap one was Chris "Mojo" Porter ahead of David Goswell-Jones & Darren Williams. Before the event Carl Tiley recommended in his briefing that the riders should keep going and things would improve although the biggest improvement for many of the riders was the emergence of the chequered flag after two and a half hours. Gareth Hopkins was overall winner. Neil Thomas was the runner up and Steve Biddle was 3rd. The best Vet was Chris "Mojo" Porter. He was a lap up on David Goswell-Jones with Darren Williams in 3rd, The Clubman class was won by Andrew "Cwmbran Gearbox" Keyte. 2nd was Gethin Francombe with Gee Atherton 3rd, The novices was won by John Whitehead, Jack Powell 2nd and Craig Hawkins from Cwmbran with 3rd. Craig will be moving up into the Clubman as soon as he learns his numbers. Results - Photos Enduro News - Road Runner After the event Carl commented "The weather really played his part in making a very challenging course and well down to all that stuck at it. Who was it that said pain is temporary glory is forever‌!!!".

Portsmouth Motorcycle Racing Club Woodberry Lane, 21st November What a finale to the end of the season with Portsmouth motorcycle racing clubs event at Woodberry lane. A lot of class championships to be sorted so plenty to play for. Conditions were one of worst in the clubs history with some of the 4 1/2 mile circuit under water and bogs you could snorkel in, credit must go to Shane Babey and his team for managing to layout a course in such conditions. Simon Beken was the overall and championship winner and looked at ease in the conditions and was the only rider to do 12 laps, runner up in championship class was Midwests Aaron Smith and 3rd was PMCRC's very own legend Lawrence Catt who was involved in a nasty incident at the start which put him on the back foot from the off. The Expert class was very close with the top 3 all finishing very close to each other and a very entertaining battle to watch it was, but the winner was Ben Mayhew followed by Andy Ball and Dave Coles Clubman A was the most anticipated of the day as possibly any of the top 5 could win the class title, there were lots of place swapping, incidents which for entertainment value was second to none however the race victory went to Nick Baker who seriously rode his socks off, second place was The Bear (Richard Gunner) who did everything in his artillery to catch Nick but today was Nick's day, 3rd was Joe Gordon and 4th went to the gorgeous Redhead Clare Taylor. Clubman B was another great battle with the top 3 all on same lap and not alot of time between them, Martin Biles was victorious and just looked more comfortable than runner up Bob Peters, with Paul Drane and Aaron Dibnah finishing off the top 4. Veterans was a two man battle on the day with Ian Mitchell winning with 10 laps but very close on his tail was Tom Moore and 3rd going to Neil Repton, 4th place went to Teamsnappers very own Rich Troth. Sportmans Class had a very definate winner in the shape of Simon Amott who is a very skilled rider and be going into clubman class next year, simon managed 9 laps which was 1 lap more than anyone else in the class, Thomas Moss was 2nd with 8 laps and 3rd place went to (The Child) Stuart Smith who also did 8 laps. PMCRC would like to thank all the riders/staff/helpers/etc for support and help throughout the season and look forward to you all next season. The final championship results will be kept secret until the awards presentation evening on the 4th December at Merchistoun hall in Horndean, please see website for details Photos are of winner Simon Beken Photos are available at Report written by Teamsnapper

Round 8 Lazer XC Championship Helmsley

Staveley coasts to Helmsley win

The Ride XC team finished the Lazer XC Championship at Helmsley in North Yorkshire. The woodland course battered by gales and heavy rain during the preceding week stood up well to the wet conditions and proved a good choice by the Ride XC team. With good car parking and a course that has a good base to it, the 13 minute lap tested the riders with a mix of woodland trails and fire roads. Sunday got off to an early start for the Ride XC crew with a 3 race format, starting with the youth competitors. Using a modified course suitable for the youth riders varied abilities; the senior b riders lead the field away at 8.30 streaming into the woodland from the adjacent start area. Dan Bewlay was quickly into the lead, a lead he would maintain till the finish, Doltan Shannon came home in second place with Ross Johns third. In the junior class Sol Colburn took the win and the junior championship with Liam Crowe second. Ride of the day was from Toby Flack on his auto 50 ktm, who manfully piloted his machine into third place and won his first ever trophy. On receiving his trophy at the awards presentation he ordered his dad to construct a cabinet for this and future awards!!! The Ride XC Crew were on the ball with the track changes and the adult race was away on time. First back to race control was expert Ryan Stavely. The young man from Barnoldswick looked smooth as he opened up a lead over the chasing pack. Ryan effortlessly extended his lead over Tim Pattinson and tony little, clocking up 11 laps, a lap ahead of second placed Tim Pattinson and third place was claimed by Tony Little. In the Clubman class Mark Austin and Billy Robinson swapped places at various times during the race, with Mark taking a narrow victory over Billy, Luke Flack on his new KTM xc 150 was third. David Selkeld lead from start to finish in the strong 040 class, from John Lofthouse second and Anthony Crowe third. Liam Radcliffe won the Sportsman class from Glynn Bolton with Danny Atkinson third all completing 8 laps. The hard working Ride xc crew were back in action minutes after the adult solo race had finished. As the quad race got underway David Baldwin on his Anderson Suzuki took the hole shot, as he lead the expert and clubman line away. Andy Warren was on his tail as the quads disappeared into the woodland. Waiting at race control for the leaders to show had a surprise as John Kerwin from the second row had taken the lead, passing all the experts and clubman riders. For 3 full laps he kept the lead before an encounter with a back marker on lap 4 where he rolled his quad forcing his retirement. David Balwin took up the lead and maintained it till the finish despite a hard charge by Andy Warren second, with John Chew third. Sean Whelean won the clubman class while Keith Everitt won the Sportsmans class. Tim Clarke was the victor in the 4x4 class. That drew a close to the 2010 Lazer xc championship. A big thanks to all the riders, support crews, marshals, sponsors lazer and land owners who helped make these events possible.

Husqvarna Enduro Test Day 17th November - Glyneath Report Bob Mullins Photo Llewelyn P:avey

Bike testing is a double edged sword, sometimes the rider tests the bike and sometimes the bike tests the rider. On the first of three Husqvarna Uk Enduro Test Days at Walter’s Arena near Glyneath, the weather tested everyone as wind and rain lashed the reclaimed open cast home of the Dawn to Dusk. Parked together with their awnings extended, the Husqvarna truck and the MPS Racing leviathan created a cosy community in the bleak landscape. With the addition of a Chapel and a Chinese takeaway it would have become a proper Welsh village. The Arena is in the process of becoming a wind farm and heavy plant have cut some new tracks. The test days were in conjunction with Off Road Skills and BMW instructor Si Pavey had laid out a 4 miles course that had a bit of everything. At 10.30am Gwyn Barraclough led the riders off on a sighting lap. Gwyn is also a BMW instructor and at 59 he has lost none of his enthusiasm. Having ridden the D2D a few months before in wet conditions I opted for a light WR125 on which I convinced myself I could impose my will. The 125 has improved ground clearance but it was a bit too tall for a standard pair of Welsh legs so Mick Seward fitted an MPS Racing lowered seat. It only took a moment with the single clip release. The 125 started first kick and pulled well at low revs but when the power kicked in it lacked something. In my case it was a pilot. When this bike wants to go somewhere it wants to go there very fast so if you are under 30 and less than 13 stone - this is the bike for you.

On the second lap I moved on to a WR250 and I immediately felt at home. The kick start folds away after use. Unfortunately it also folded away before use and with a lot of compression that was annoying but on a bike this good it's hard to find a niggle and that was mine. Once I was under way the power and the handling were spot on. Si's course included a climb that Nick Plumb used as an hard section in the D2D and the WR250 ate it. It delivered all the excitement I wanted without sapping my finite energy. The next bike was a 4 stroke TE250. It has an electric start. As a purist I like a kick start. Somewhere in the mists of time a caveman smacked two stones together and created fire. As a purist I am a part of that heritage. On the other hand - as a bloke standing in a stream with a stalled bike halfway up a bank the leccy boot is great. The 250 has both. I was a bit disappointed at first, the motor felt flat after the WR but the power delivery was very deceptive. After a mile I relaxed and found the rhythm. For secret strictly fans the WR is tango and the TE is a waltz. The 4 stroke felt a lot softer than the 2 stroke but I soon realised it was just as quick and a lot less work. A clever touch is that part of the clear tank can be seen below the seat where the pump draws off the fuel. This reservoir contains 2 litres and can be easily monitored to check the fuel remaining. After lunch the rain eased a little and - buoyed up by hot Minestone soup - I took out a TE310. I didn't think I would like the bigger 4 strokes. I was wrong. It was the best bike for me. It could be the best offroad bike I've ridden. The 310 is a bored and stroked version of the TE250. It had all the power that the WR250 delivered with the smoothness of the TE. The course was beginning to cut up and rocks were emerging from the slick clay but the 310 coped with them easily. It was a bit "poppie" picking up from tick over in a couple of tight places but I was asking it get "us" out of a lot of trouble that I'd got "us" into. You can always adjust the fuel injection with a laptop. In 20 years time I can see this bike on a stand for classics at the Dirt Bike Show. The last model on the rank was the TE450. Although the 450 is 10 kilos more than the 310 it didn't feel a lot heavier but it did seem to carry more momentum. The 450 features the Husqvarna CTS - Constant Traction System. On the uphill it was a plus but on the slick cambers and cornering it took a bit more getting used too but remember at 60 years of age it takes me a while to get use to anything new. I suspect that with a bit more time and practice the 450 would be my transport of delight at the Hafren Rally next year. As competition machines you need to look no further than the Husqvarna teams performance at the recent 85th FIM International Six Days Enduro held in Morelia, Mexico, where Antoine Meo on a TE250 and Sebastien Guillaume on a WR300 won the Enduro 1 and Enduro 3 classes respectively. Meo went to the Six Days having already secured the Enduro 1 World Championship. Juha Salminen also secured a strong second on the TE450. Carl Tiley was also testing the new 2011 range at Glyneath and his report will make interesting reading. He is unlikely to criticise the build quality as he gave the shocks and rims a good pounding over the rocky going. Husqvarna Motorcycles Uk has a network of 18 dealers including the latest at Touratech and they ran a dealer day on Thursday before the public test day on Friday. I'd like to thank Husqvarna, Off Road Skills and MPS Racing for great day out. As you can see from the picture at the top of the page that despite the cold and the rain it was almost dark before I reluctantly put the 310 back in it's box. More info on the Husqvarna & the 2011 ranges

Jonny Walker Interview Jonny “Wobbler” Walker the 19 year old Cumbrian Trials star has signed up with KTM Off-Road Racing for 2011, after only one season of competing in Enduro, so we recently asked Jonny some questions about his past and what he wants to achieve in Enduro. Q. Jonny when did you first start riding bike ? JW - I started riding a PW50 at the age of 4. The first one my Dad bought was supposed to be red but looked more like pink in colour so I wouldn't ride it, so he got me a blue one. Both my Dad and older brothers rode in trials so it was only natural that I progressed into riding local trials with my Dad. Q. What has been your greatest achievements so far in bike sport or any other sport ? JW - Being the youngest winner of the Pinhard Trophy in 2000. Q. Do you compete in any others sports besides motorcycle ? JW - Up-to the age of about 14 I ran in the British Fell Running Championships, I now run as part of my training. I also do a lot of cycling entering in the odd cycling and triathlon events. Q. Why did you decide to change from Trials to Enduro ? JW - After riding trials for such a long time I felt I needed to do something different, also all my friends ride either Enduro or MX bikes, there is no one in my local area who rides trial bikes to my level so had no one to practice with and I became bored, I like the speed and adrenalin of MX and Enduro. Q. What is your daily work ? JW - I work for the best window business in the area - “Keswick Windows”- fitting windows, door and conservatories. Q. Who have been the biggest influences on your riding career and why? JW - Firstly I guess my Dad is my biggest influence and the reason I started in Trials, my friend and fellow local trials rider Oliver Hart was the reason i started enduro as i went and watched him at an event and decided that is what i want to do. My friend Shaun 'Sheepy ' Bland has helped me a lot and also Steven 'Sheriff ' Brayton who is the father of two of my friends, Sheriff is an ex army fitness instructor and over the years has helped with training and encouraged me with my riding. Q. How was the 2010 season for you , describe highs and lows and what you have learnt ? JW – I have really enjoyed my first year riding Enduro. My high point was coming 1st the expert class at the Knighton on the Saturday. My low point was falling off at the Dyfi enduro and hurting my back which still bothers me now, the ironic thing is that Ollie and I crashed in the same place on the test on our first runs through and both ended the day in the local hospital !!!. I have never been in so much pain which is a shame because I was really enjoying myself as I felt it was one of the best events I had been to, of course I have learned from that experience and will try not to be so wild in future, I crashed because I was simply going to quick. Q. Who helped you this season ? JW - I would like to thank my friend and local Builder Shaun Bland, Neil Crayston at D3 and Richard Thorpe at PJ1 Oils. Q. What are your future plans and ambitions in Enduro ? JW - I just want to be the best I can, knowing that I gave 100%, I really want to be competitive and consistent next season in BEC and BESC, and now I have support from KORR and D3 I am confident that I will step up a level or two. I also want

to experience some of the international extreme races, I think with my Trials skills, fitness and with my improving speed I can make some good results. I make my first appearance for the team next week in Italy, I will compete in the first round of the World Indoor Enduro championship. Q. Who for you are the riders that you admire the most ? JW - From Enduro David Knight, Taddy Blazusiak and Paul Edmondson and they all came from Trials !!! Q. Away from the bike how do you rest, relax and have fun ? JW - I go to the gym most days , but to relax we go to big Ben Braytons house and have a pot of tea and double chocolate biscuits and watch anything that is on TV, usually the American MX series. We also go to Jamie Laws house to relax in his hot tub and go to the cinema. I also like cyling and Golf. Q. What events do you plan to compete in next year and which bike will you use ? JW - The World indoor events, British Enduro Sprint's, British Enduro series, Local MX's and any other events my team thinks I should be doing, I move up to the championship class on a KTM 300 EXC and its a big learning year, I just need to ride, ride and ride to get as much experience under my belt as possible. There is no pressure or big expectations from the team, they want me to just learn and find my feet, the year after in 2012 will be the year to really have a go, although I will be trying next year trust me!! Q. You have now started testing and training with KORR team and bikes, what are your impression's so far ? JW - I can't believe how good the bikes are, so much better than my old nail !! or that's how it feels compared to a KORR race bike, before I just rode what I had and that was just a stock bike, I did not understand how to change the bike and set it up, I adjusted my style to fit the bike, I am amazed at the possibility's to fine tune my KTM, just the difference in Suspension is amazing and then there is so many adjustments to change the power delivery and loads of other stuff you never think of, my bike now is awesome and we have only just started !!, I’d really like to thank Julian and KORR. Q. You will go to the first round of the World Indoor Endure championships, what are your expectations and will such a big event make you nervous ? JW - I really don't know what to expect as I have never ridden against the Worlds best Enduro riders in a stadium before, although I did race the trials class at Sheffield's Indoor Enduro last year and won. I am usually calm and relaxed (too much some people say) I will just go and try my best. The most important thing for me now is experience I go to learn, any result will be a bonus. Q. Whats are your objectives for next season JW - Goals for 2011? train hard and make it happen

Riding Achievements to date: 2000: 1st British youth trials championship and Pinhard award winner 2001: 1st British youth trials championship 2002: 2nd British youth trials championship 2003: 3rd British youth trials championship 2004: 2nd British youth trials championship 2005: 2nd British youth trials championship 2006: 6th British youth trials championship 2007: 5th British youth trials championship 2008: 3rd British youth trials championship and 15th world and European championship 2009: 8th world and 4th European championship 2010: 5th E2 British expert championship

Doodson Motorsport Hare & Hounds Championship Round 8

Hillas and Waterhouse tame the Woodland at thrilling rideoffroaduk Final Images Ash Smith Report rideoffroaduk

The final round of the 2010 Doodson Motorsport Championship went off in fine style over the first weekend in November on a new woodland classic enduro course unearthed by the rideoffroaduk venue scouting team. First on track Sunday morning was the youth event which was well supported after a week of slow entries. Dawson Marriott dominated the Junior class taking a mature win on his immaculate Mansfield Motorcycles KTM. Rideoffroaduk newcomer Reece Hunt took the Youth A class honours one lap up on Ryan Brown. Dalton Shannon had a great race in the Youth B Class and finished one lap up on Ben Clarke who had to work through the field after machine problems on the start. 10am saw a truly first class Sportsman Over50 and Ladies line up. Many riders were keen to get going on the newest forest venue on the rideoffroaduk calendar. With championship positions reaching nail biting stages, the ultra quick starting Stuart Waterhouse took the holeshot into the woods. As Stuart came around the first lap he had pulled a sizeable gap on his rivals, his nearest title rival Luke Copestake had a poor first lap getting stuck behind riders which gave Waterhouse the advantage. As time wore on many riders were changes places, this event was a traditional enduro course and it was clear to see the riders with true enduro experience were at the sharp end of proceedings. As the race neared its conclusion and with the overall series standings going to this last race, Stuart Waterhouse could only wait after taking a truly awesome win. After trailing the leader by over one minute, Luke Copestake used his fitness to grind out a secure second place and in doing so took the overall championship title. His pit board read 2011 Champ! Andy Myers held onto third place despite his KTM overheating, Paul Sykes had his best result this year with a fine fourth, followed home by Andy Pulfrey and Mansfield Motorcycles Shane Marriott in sixth. The Over50 class battle proved to be one of the tightest of the day. Mark Wardingley took his Gas Gas to a fantastic start taking the holeshot. Title rivals Steve Burton and Chris Gregory had steady starts. Local heating engineer Steve Shaw used his trials background to great effect and in doing so earned himself third place. Second on the day went to Steve Burton who has been off weather recently, taking his Gas Gas to a fine runner

up spot. Winner on the day was Mark Wardingley who finished just over a minute up on the field, taking home his trophy and a bottle of cava for his efforts. Ladies honours went to Emily Davey after a race long battle with the gritty Jade Gordon. The pair were locked in battle for the full two hours around the technical woodland. At the finish Emily took the win by a mere 6 seconds from Jade. Tara Johnson netted a surprise third place ahead of Helen Lang on her Montesa trials bike. After a short break for results and presentation of the morning race it was time to get the faster men on track. Traditional Enduro specialist Tim Pattinson took a fine holeshot in the afternoon event, he was closely followed into the forest by all action Harry Hillas and Ben Wootton. Expert Champion Scott Austin had a nervous start when his bike refused to go as the flag dropped. Scott who used the event to test the 2011 Gas Gas 250 ahead of next seasons machine choice, set off hunting down the pack. Damian Butlers Suzuki also wouldn't start which was unusual. As the race progressed Hillas took the lead and gapped the expert field by over two minutes, his "get on" riding style entertained spectators with his pace through the pine tree lined woodland. Scott Austin overcame his poor start and settled into his rhythm ahead of Ben Wootton on his four stroke Honda. First lap leader Tim Pattinson battled hard until the end in some discomfort after catching a tree in the closing stages of the race. Hillas timed his penultimate lap to perfection crossing the line 3 seconds before the flag, in doing so he overhauled the expert class by one lap from the 2010 overall Champion Scott Austin. Damian Butler kept a good consistent pace to take a fine final podium place. Clubman class honours on the day went to Andrew Noakley. Andy on his return to race pace fitness has found a new motivation and is clearly enjoying his riding again. Richard Cookland took a well deserved second podium place just ahead of rideoffroaduk regular James Reeve. Title contender Chris Hughes had an average day by his own standards coming home in fourth place on his 250 four banger Suzuki. The Over40 class was dominated by local ace Mark Godfrey, Mark who is a "young" Over40 is used to these conditions from his British Championship days, the likeable vet David Salkeld took his 250 KTM to a superb second place on the day, followed home 42 seconds later by Justin Carter. We would like to thank all competitors for making the Doodson Motorsport Championship one of the best Hare & Hounds series in the country. Thank you to all marshals, helpers, and most of all rider support crews who assist riders in their favoured weekend pursuit.

Bwlchciliau Hare N' Hounds 7th November Report by Bob Mullins

The 3rd and final round of Builth MCCs Hare and Hound series took place amid the grandeur of one of the most spectacularly beautiful parts of Mid Wales. Despite the views, the great weather and a generous prize fund the event only attracted a small entry but for what it lacked in size it made up for in quality. The 3 hour race started at 11.00am. Jon Hinam took the holeshot from Robert Rees with Kalem Hicks in 3rd. Wyn Hughes was last but one of the Experts away. The deep tone of his Husky 450 was reminiscent of the music from Jaws as the Great White closed in on it's unsuspecting prey. Late entry Stephen Williams was last off the line. Rob Craig from Buryport was the first of the Clubman away followed by Ashley Stokes. Shaun Price from Swansea was the quickest of the Vets off the line and Jason Rees was second. The lap was 5 miles. Asked to describe the course Gethin Price said it was "wet". Asked to expand on his answer Gethin considered for a moment and said it was "very wet". Close to the start there was a deep pool for the spectators to observe the wetness. Matt Williey was one of several riders who found the water before they had time to find their feet. If fact the Bwlchcillau is very shaily and it maintains good grip even in the wet. Ashley Wood on a borrowed KTM 250 started 7th but by the end of the 2nd lap he had taken the lead. Ashley's ability to adapt to the KTM is a good omen as he will be replacing Edward Jones as an ETJames sponsored rider in 2011 on a KTM125. Close behind Ashley was Jon Hinam who will be exchanging his KTM for a Midwest Husaberg in 2011. Ashley and Jon raced for 2 hours with only yards separating them until just before their second fuel stop Jon's rear wheel began chattering. It appeared to be the chain adjuster but the swinging arm bearings were also loose. Jon dropped 2 minutes on the spanners while Ashley made a smooth departure with the assistance of Lee Edmondson in the pits. 45 minutes later the club dropped the finishing flag and Ashley won the overall. Jon was the runner up. They had both completed 11 laps. There were no dramas for Rob Reese who finished 3rd. Jamie Burroughs had a mechanical problem and pushed home. Chris Bailey was the best of the Clubman. Rob Craig was the runner up and Matt Willey was 3rd. Jason Rees from Pontadawe won the Vets. David Stokes also squeezed in a 9th lap to take the runner up and Dennis Harrison was 3rd. Young Rhian George retired when she got wire caught around her sprocket on he fourth lap. David Rickards must have found his dad's GasGas 300 a bit heavy so he disguarded some excess plastics. Despite the wet conditions the course remain very rideable and there were only a handful of retirements. This was a good event which deserves a good entry. Results . Photos

The Dirt Bike Cup Stoneleigh, Warwickshire

The Dirt Bike Show had an added attraction this year as youth riders had the chance to compete in the inaugural Dirt Bike Cup, run over the weekend of the show at Stoneleigh’s 4x4 venue. Darren Gwyther and his crew from the British Youth Enduro organisation planned and executed the event, which provided an excellent addition to the show. Riders who entered the event also received free entry to the show as a bonus and the entry was quite impressive for a first event. Although restricted to solo riders there were plenty of bikes on the line on Saturday morning following heavy overnight rain and the youngster set off in earnest, undeterred by the slippery conditions. Initially the course had been planned to run for approximately two and a half miles but the heavy rain meant certain sections would have been very difficult to negotiate on smaller bikes so the course was altered to provide a manageable one and a half mile loop. The format was also changed, instead of the planned two 45-minute races for each class this was cut to a single one hour race for each on Saturday, extended to one and a half hours each on Sunday as the course conditions improved. The course started in a large open field and riders twisted and turned around it before reaching the seriously off-road section which is normally used by 4x4 vehicles. Plenty of work had been undertaken by the organisers to ensure the route was passable and although there were a few large pools of standing water, which proved to be easily negotiated. Further into the course several small climbs proved more difficult initially as many riders struggled to gain traction but within a couple of laps a line developed and everything ran smoothly with the help of numerous marshals dotted around the lap.

First off on Saturday in bright and sunny conditions were the 65 and 85cc small wheelers, closely followed by the 85cc big wheelers. Brad Sullivan won the Small Wheel class with Ben Coleman just under two minutes behind him in second place, both on 14 laps. Josh Wilson was just ahead of a gaggle of riders contesting third place and he hung on to take the final podium spot with Matt Leedham in fourth and Brad Lilburn fifth. Dominic Thomas was on his usual top form and took the overall win with ease on his Kawasaki and the Big Wheel 85cc win, the only rider to post 17 laps. Dylan Baynton and Jack Staines fought it out for second place with Baynton getting the upper hand by just three seconds. Oli Benton and Luke Rudd were both a further lap adrift in fourth and fifth places. As the first race cleared the course the 125 and 250cc class were raring to go. Ryan Staveley took the 125cc win and the overall win ahead of ferocious competition from the 250cc riders. Luke Gorse was a lap behind in second place but just over a minute ahead of Jack Scurfield in third spot. Charlie Nichols and Harrison Bell completed the top five. MPS Racing's Rob Johnson lead the 250 class on his Huqvarna for much of the opening part of the race until a slight mistake allowed Tommy Alba to take the lead and the class win as Johnson was unable to close the gap, finally finishing in second place. Bruce Eadle was a couple of laps down in third place, just ahead of Jack May and Andrew Robinson. The highlight of the day for the young trophy winners was the presentation where they received their prizes from EWC E3 World Champion David Knight on the main stage of the Dirt Bike Show. Sunday was another dry day, which certainly helped the course to dry even more as the small and big wheelers lined up for their 90-minute session. Antoine Criq and Ben Coleman really made a race of it, matching each other lap for lap in the Small Wheel class but Criq eventually pulled a three minute lead to take the win with Coleman in second and Brad Sullivan in third. Ieuan Morgan climbed to fourth in class ahead of Hannah Murray. Jack Staines took his revenge in the Big Wheel class by taking the win over Dylan Baynton and Katie Walker. Walker had lead the race following a great start for more than six laps until a backmarker slowed her charge and allowed Staines to take and hold the lead. Dan Bewlay and Harry Aughterlony completed the top five. Ryan Staveley completed a superb double by winning once again both in the 125cc class and by taking overall victory. Luke Gorse took second place as Harrison Bell rode hard to get into the top three. Ryan Ireland was just behind Bell, followed by Luke Parry in fifth place. In the 250cc class Andrew Bull narrowly took the win by 90 seconds ahead of Joshua Blunt with Oliver Bishop quite a way behind in third place. This was a great opening event for the Dirt Bike Cup, which looks set to become a permanent fixture over coming years at the Dirt Bike Show. Darren Gwyther and his team put on a very professional competition and adapted well despite adverse weather conditions in the run up to the event. Results Saturday 65/85cc Small Wheels 1 Brad Sullivan 2 Ben Coleman 3 Josh Wilson 4 Matt Leedham 5 Brad Lilburn 85cc Big Wheels 1 Dominic Thomas 2 Dylan Baynton 3 Jack Staines 4 Oli Benton 5 Luke Rudd 125cc 1 Ryan Staveley 2 Luke Gorse 3 Jack Scurfield 4 Charlie Nichols 5 Harrison Bell 250cc 1 Tommy Alba 2 Rob Johnson 3 Bruce Eadle 4 Jack May 5 Andrew Robinson Sunday 65/85cc Small Wheels 1 Antoine Criq 2 Ben Coleman 3 Brad Sullivan 4 Ieuan Morgan 5 Hannah Murray 85cc Big Wheels 1 Jack Staines 2 Dylan Baynton 3 Katie Walker 4 Dan Bewlay 5 Harry Aughterlony 125cc 1 Ryan Staveley 2 Luke Gorse 3 Harrison Bell 4 Ryan Ireland 5 Luke Parry 250cc 1 Andrew Bull 2 Joshua Blunt 3 Oliver Bishop Video Day 1 Day 2 Photos by Steve Buck

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