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Motul Long Edge Series 4 Hour Rd 4
Tong Cross Country Venue.

Images Credit: JW Forsyth Photography
Report: Phoenix Media

Sunday saw Edge Offroad hosting the Final round of the Motul Long Edge Series at the all weather venue of Tong Parkwood for the Youth Solo/2Man Team & Adult Solo/2 Man Team events. The first action of the day was for the Youth riders who were in for a two hour long battle. With a good entry for the 2 Hour event, it was going to be a challenge for the Juniors and Youths alike. With Championship winner Alex Leadbetter not being able to ride due to sickness, Jak Heaney got the holeshot in the Solo Youth class, but it wasn't long before Jak had a few technical issues and unfortunately couldn't keep the lead. Dec Wheatley had an outstanding ride and took a very impressive win, from Jak in second place and Owen Atha had a fantastic ride, only seven seconds behind Jak! Great racing for these lads for the whole duration. In the Solo Juniors, Jacob Bragg had a fantastic ride, having had some technical problems early on, he had to come from a long way back to try and catch up with his nearest rival Riley Freeman. Unfortunately towards the end of the race Riley's chain broke, and had to get dad out on track to fix it! Thus giving Jacob the green flag to catch right up and passed Riley! Jacob managed to get the extra lap in taking the win, with Riley missing out by 10 seconds and having to settle for second place, with his younger brother Junior having a great race back having being injured last time out, and securing third place. In the Team Youth class Evie Reynolds and Alfie Marsden had no competition being the only team entered, but took a great win on 18 laps!

With a short break and quite a few track alterations, the main 4 mile event was due to get underway. With a brand new track lay out, lots of new parts in to jazz the lap up, sure enough the Edge crew managed to put on another great lap to keep everyone on their toes! There was a tough course ahead due to the weather over the last month, it was technical going to keep it interesting, made it something to look forward to. Having the live timing certainly created a massive buzz for all riders and their pit crews alike. With this being the final round things were certainly hotting up in the pit area with all the change over's going on! The challenge was on in the Team Expert.

Championship leaders were unable to ride, so it was going to be down to Dan Leadbetter/Ryan Hoare and James Gamble/Liam Radcliffe to see who was going to win the Championship - with Ryan Crowder/Pingu Hughes right in the middle of it all just to upset the applecart! With a few technical issues all round, at the end of the four hours Leadbetter/Hoare took the win by just under five minutes, from Crowder/Hughes, and Gamble/Radcliffe having to settle for third place. In the Expert Solo's Joe Deakin put his mark on the whole race completing 23 laps, with Matthew Thompson settling for second and Danny Atkinson taking third. Lee Crookes/Billy Haigh had a fantastic ride taking the win in the Team Clubman class, again having some technical issues early on, second place going to Robert Taylor/Ben Fenton, and Cameron McCann/Tommy Grimmer having to settle for third. The Solo Clubman win went to Mick Harris, beating second place Ben Linklater by five minutes, and Jack Adams having a fantastic ride taking third place. Team Vets saw Ricky Tropman/Andy Cooke finishing a lap up on second place John Leigh/Neil Myers, with Jason Atha/Richie Banks securing third. Andy Dean took the win in the Solo Vets class, also winning overall in the Championship, two and a half minutes up on second place Rob Miller and Andrew Sykes rounding out the podium. Mark Lodge had an outstanding ride in the Solo Master class taking the win, beating Mark Raynor by only seven seconds and Ricky Lawson having to settle for third place. In the Team Sportsman class, Frankie Rhodes/Joe Faunthorpe turned their hands to Enduro from trials and took the win first time out from Leonni Tighe/Arron Crowder who finished second, and Chris Downham/Isaac Bargh settle for third. Solo Sportsman saw Matthew Mossop taking a fantastic win over five minutes up on Mike Taylor in second and Will Howe taking third place home. Team Novice finally saw Cameron Baker Haste and his brother Oliver riding together and successfully taking the win a lap up on Tom Slate/Billy Matthews who had to settle for second this time, with Mick Smith/James Lovell over the moon to take third place! The Solo Novice class saw Jonathan Clark taking the win and wrapping up the Championship, a lap up on second place Simon Cardis who wasn't expecting such a good result but had an outstanding ride, and Dean Pearce taking third! A massive well done to everyone and thank you for support this series throughout the year.

Results

The next event weekend is 2nd & 3rd November at the fantastic Butts Quarry venue near Ashover, S45 0HW for a Play Day and the Finale of the Protect My Income Championship which is running alongside Round 2 of the Motul Winter Championship - entries are now open, enter via the Event Mobile 07557 447084 or by booking in online which is very simple to use www.edgeoffroad.events/events  - see you all soon!