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Steer me to the win…..
RAW Enduro are back up and running after some frustrating times for everyone. A Brand new venue in Lincolnshire was used for Rock Oil Round 1 where the Team Steer Sherco Team arrived on Mass with a first class set up and placed solid results. Richard Moorhouse was the man on the case around the loamy Revesby woods after a race long battle with team mate Joe Deakin. Timing a back marker pass to perfection Moorhouse grabbed the Premier win on the very last lap. Declan Helliwell smashed the Expert Class from JSM Gas Gas mounted Dawson Marriott. RAW newcomer Hayden Rainford was delighted to take the Clubman class win describing the race as awesome. In the Morning race Nick Barrow was top sportsman vet closely followed home by Mark Vardy. Daniel Billam was sportsman winner, and the old war horse Andy dean topped the Over 50 class. In the Youth ranks Hayden Stansfield set out his Youth A championship intent by taking a solid win in class. Bradley Crabtree was Youth B winner with Jack Wade finally getting his legs on a bigger bike taking the junior win.
One week later and barely letting the Dust settle RAW Enduro rolled into Norwood Teversal for Round 2. Again the Team Steer riders were set to do battle. Joe Deakin was untouchable at Norwood taking the Premier Holeshot and controlling the lead all the way through the 2 hour race. Moorhouse struggled to repeat his round 1 form, instead Cole Cookland battled for runner up place with Lee Sampson who knows his way around Norwood. An unusually dry Norwood allowed the course to use much more of the venue with lots of fresh trails, the soft tacky bottom woodland was a complete contrast to the hard pack upper side to the venue. Expert rider Rob Francombe is a self-confessed woodland enduro addict, his expert win saw him place P4 overall. Team Steer Sherco rider Declan Helliwell was runner up in class with Scott Hipwell taking his JSM Gas Gas to a solid runner up spot.
RAW Enduro always fields a solid Clubman class, 2021 looks set to be the young guns shoot out all season. Bert Boam took his first big adult win on his RAW Team 150, chased hard by local ace Josh Knight on his Beta 200, only a "safe" Splash and dash hampered Knights attack for the class win. Hayden Rainford placed a great P3 on the day keeping his championship right on track. Callum Davidson made the journey south well worth while taking the sportsman win on his 150 KTM. Daniel Billam R1 winner didn't see that Davidson was in the running, and had to settle for P2 on the day. RAW Team rider Abbie Piggott took the holeshot and placed her best ever Sportsman result finishing third amongst good company. Nick Barrow repeated his R1 win by a mere 22 seconds at the flag from Kevin Watson. Mark Vardy placed third to take another good haul of Points leaving him second overall in the current standing's. Ethan Marquiss gains confidence every race, his second year at RAW the lad from the east coast looks set to improve more yet, as the RAW season unfolds in the Novice class.
Youth top honours went to Cristina Palmer who showed a clean pair of heels to all the youth riders. Taking the holeshot and a controlled win Cristina's smile said it all at the finish. Hayden Stansfield was runner up with his riding pal Harry Walker just one minute behind, Walker getting his championship off to a fantastic start. James Lindsay was youth B winner from Bradley Crabtree, William Atkinson in just his second year riding was super happy with his third place trophy. Junior rider Walter Dibbs fired his air cooled KTM 50 around to win the junior class from Rueben Readshaw who gains confidence each week. Jake Hannon placed third on the day as he gets his first haul of championship points after a disappointing bike related DNF at R1.
The RAW focus now turns to the NEW Metzeler Sprint Series weekender which runs on May 8/9th at Norwood on a revised course. Online entries are now open on the RAW Enduro APP with a two day registration saving £10 over single day attendance. Camping permitted for Riders only.
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