Great start to the year for motorcycle club

There were some solid performances at the first trials of the year for the Isle of Wight Motorcycle Club last weekend.

Shot from Lucketts Farm event

Thanks to Wayne for this latest report from the Isle of Wight Motorcycle Club. Ed


The Club held its second trial of the year at Lee Copse, courtesy of the Gustar family – what fantastic hosts they are. Special thanks to John for setting eight challenging sections and to Ann for her excellent hospitality. Thanks also to Calvin Wright for setting the E route.

High scores
The wet and slippery Lee Copse clay succeeded, as we would expect, in producing some really high scores more associated with cricket! It was Harvey Grieve in the Youth Beginners that ‘carried his bat’ and lost the least marks, along with Ben Wolfe (Adult Beginner) well done to both of you.



Harvey finished ahead of newcomer Nick Platt. This was Nick’s first time out at a trial, although it wouldn’t be obvious by his score – brilliant ride Nick, you should be really pleased with your performance.

Young Alfie Haydon (Youth Small Wheel) also managed the mud well and did well to fend off a determined effort from rival Harrison Crickmore – good effort by both riders. Jos Wright managed a convincing win in the Youth Expert class from Brendon Penn. This being Brendon’s first attempt at the much harder route – Keep up the good work Brendon, they tell me it gets easier!

Competitive ride
Ben Wolfe, although today riding unopposed, in the Adult Beginner’s still put in a competitive ride to claim his ten points. Kev Cotton returned to trials riding, many of you will remember him as a well accomplished rider, after how many years Kev? Judging by his score, he’s still got what it takes.



Kev managed to push regular Wayne Brodie into second spot, both riding in the Sportsman’s Class – great effort. It was really good to see, my mate, Chris Cooper back after a prolonged absence – what a difficult and testing 12 months he’s had! Despite not finishing, he still showed good determination and was glad to be back on his bike and smiling at the end.

Expert Class
In the Expert Class it was Will West who took the win from Rory Stephens. Will posted the second lowest score of the day, on the hardest course. Sam Jones who has been improving throughout 2014 in the Novice Class, claimed his first (certainly not his last) Novice win – Keep up the good work Sam.

Calvin Wright also took his first Class win putting in a confident ride in the Twin shock Class – Well done Calvin, have you stopped smiling yet? John Townsend battled his heavy Triumph to victory in the British bike Class to claim his hard earned ten points.

Solid performances
Stuart Gummer returned to riding, earlier than thought, after the injury he sustained at Hut Hill on New Year’s Eve, to finish in a creditable second place in the Clubman Class. Andy Scott Jackson took the win here with another solid performance.

Finally I would like to thank all those that helped to clear up at the end – very much appreciated.

Next trial
Our next trial will be on Sunday 15th Feb, at Haslett Farm, courtesy of Glen Draper, the course being set by Calvin Wright – The usual start time for all routes will be 12 noon.

Find out more about the Isle of Wight Motorcycle Club by visiting their Website

Image: © With kind permission of Mac the Flak – Kevin

Thursday, 29th January, 2015 7:44am

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