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Edge Offroad hosted rounds three and four of their Sprint Championship at a new venue to them over the bank holiday weekend, Dalton MX was host, with a variation of land at their disposal. Again the weather was "6 Seasons in 1 Day" with high winds, hail, sleet, rain, cloud and sun! Luckily this didn't put folk off and the day was a resounding success!
Saturday proved to be the popular day for the Premier riders this time out, Edge being graced with the presence of some of the British Championship contenders - Jack Teale and the Ditchfield brothers! The order of the day for the first lap on Saturday saw Jack Teale leading the pack away, putting in some fantastic times, grabbing the fastest lap on the day and taking the overall win, with Max Ditchfield in second and Spike Gilby taking third place off Jack Ditchfield on the last test! In the Expert class, Ryan Burton set off first and put in some mega times throughout. Dan Leadbetter had a fantastic day, taking seconds out of his own times every lap! And Billy Haigh didn't quite find his rhythm all day - these guys finishing in this order. In the Clubman class Richie Moorhouse took a solid win from Henry Harman. Both lads putting in some great test times, both lads are clearly coming on in leaps and bounds this season! Lee Bradie was happy to be mixing it on the podium, settling for third, but again with some good test times. Vince Harker only just got the Masters class win, with Alex Owen having to settle for second place by 16 seconds! Anthony Crowe had to settle for third. In the Sportsman class Matthew Mossop settled into a groove and was chuffed to bits to take the first place trophy. Liam Crowe couldn't quite settle all day so had to be happy with second place and Isaac Archer was over the moon to finish on the podium at his first Sprint event taking third. Sarah Thomas was also new to the Sprints, didn't know what to expect, went out and smashed it! Absolutely loving the format Sarah took the top step on the podium. Abbie Piggott also turning her hand to the Sprints, put in some good test times but had to settle for second. In the Vets class Kev Hipwell had also never done a Sprint, wasn't sure what to expect, but was pretty high up overall in the standings throughout the whole day - Kev took the top spot, with returning from retirement Danny Clarke taking second spot from Jason Teale in third. In the Novice class, Tom Slater had to ride a borrowed bike, he was unsure how his weekend was going to go but didn't disappoint on the Saturday! Taking the Winner's trophy from Damien Fletcher in second and Robert Hall in third - these lads did awesome! Last out on the day were the Youth riders - Star of the day was Alex Leadbetter who certainly isn't afraid to ride the socks off his bike, mixing it with the Adults! His lap times were fantastic and he deserved to get the win, over two minutes in front of young Jak Heaney who also had an outstanding ride, and Cameron Baker Haste rounded out the podium on the first day.
Sunday wasn't as cold as Saturday as the wind had dropped so with the course running in the opposite direction, the crew had done some alterations to make sure the day ran as smoothly as Saturday.
In the Premier class there was a smaller entry but Ben Thomson made the trip down from Scotland to try and put some pressure on! Ben started first, with Joe Deakin following him out. Some great test times were put in by all these guys, but Joe stood out, winning every single test throughout the whole day and taking the win by over a minute. Luke Owen was happy to take second place and Ben was also chuffed to secure third. In the Expert class Ryan Burton dominated again and had a solid day taking the win from Billy Haigh who upped his game and Danny Kidd got a very impressive third place! In the Clubman class Richie Moorhouse won by over two and a half minutes from Henry Harman and Curt Moore taking third. In the Masters Vince Harker wasn't giving up the Winner's trophy for anyone and again putting in some very impressive test times secured him the win again! Yet again Alex Owen had to settle for second and Anthony Crowe rounded out the podium again! Mike Taylor pipped Liam Crowe to the top of the podium by just over a minute in the Sportsman class, but young Crowie still had a good result securing second place from Isaac Archer again who had to settle for third. Morgan Gilby took the Ladies class win from a rather tired and sore Sarah Thomas - who still had a great ride nonetheless. Mick Alderson won the Vets class, only just, from Phil Dodsworth who had to settle for second place and Colin Mills just missed out on third place by 13 seconds! In the Novice class, Jonathan Clark put in some great test times and managed to grab the win from Tom Slater who had to settle for second, with Chris Sanderson over the moon to take the third place trophy home with him. And finally in the Youth class, Alex Leadbetter had another absolutely outstanding ride, but only managing to take the win by 21 seconds on Sunday, from Cameron Baker Haste, who also had an outstanding ride, and Finn Pearce turning his hand to Enduro, secured a fantastic third place!
A massive well done to all that took part over the whole weekend, and a big thank you to every single Edge Marshal that helped out either day or both, you all did a sterling job! We hope you all enjoyed the variation on the track, a lot of effort was put in so it wasn't "just" an MX track and a massive stubble field!
The next event weekend for the Edge Family on the calendar is May 18th and 19th at Masham for the return of the Protect My Income Championship along with a Play Day on the Saturday. You can book into either or both of these days online www.edgeoffroad.events or by contacting the Event Mobile on 07557 447084 - see you then!