2013 Championship reports - (Article Date: 02 January 2014)
SOUTHERN MOTO CROSS CHAMPIONSHIP REPORT FOR 2013
Southern Mx club has a variety of Championships to suit all abilities, ages and machinery.
The top one is the C.I.Sport Main Championship in which qualified riders score points in every A group race during the year. The top ten from the main and Support champs qualify for the next years Main Champs. Any other club members in the A group score Gutbusters Support Championship Points.
Paul Williams has been the front runner in the C.I Sport Main Championship for most of the year. With Danielle Hipgrave scrapping with Macies Berdyx all year for second place. Danielleís decision not to contest the last A group leg cost her second place. Jamie McCarthy won many races but British championship duties left insufficient meetings to better fourth place .Chris Nurden consistently scored points which gained him fifth. While ex Champ George Hebden came back late in the season with a bang to rocket up to sixth. Pipping Steve Elford who spent most of the year chasing British Vets championship points.
The Gutbusters Catering Support Championship started with Gary Holman leading George Prince for the first few months, then Leigh Williams and James Russell climbed to second and third. However Steve Miller Jnr started to score useful points in between crashing or breaking his dads bikes. Mid season he took up first place. Then got himself a new bike and never looked back. Around the middle of the year Robbie Penfold started to charge up the table. Grabbing second from the Leigh Williams, due to Leigh taking his winter break. Gary Holman nipped back into fourth. James Russell took fifth in the penultimate meeting by a single point, from Bradley White who had machine problems all year. Occasional rider James Jackman was only a further point outside the trophies.
C.I.SPORT MAIN CHAMPIONSHIP 1.P.WILLIAMS 598 2.M.BERDYX 469 3.D.HIPGRAVE 458 4.J.MCCARTHY 232 5.C.NURDEN 193 6.G.HEBDEN 186
GUTBUSTERS CATERING SUPPORT CHAMPS 1.S.MILLER JNR. 436 2.R.PENFOLD 222
3.L.WILLIAMS 210 4.G.HOLMAN 207 5.J.RUSSELL 166 6.B.WHITE 165
OVER 40 RIDER AGE CHAMPS
In the rider age champs, each meeting consists of a scratch race, an age handicap and a ability handicap. This encourages the older rider to start or carry on racing despite reaching grown up age.
DAVE KENT OVER 40S CHAMPS
Leigh Williams and Brent Williams made it perfectly clear early on the Dave Kent Over 40s, that they were out to nab Rob Emberyís crown. Rob did his best but had to settle for third behind Leigh and Brent in the end. Gary Archer held off James (watering ace) King for fourth.Steve Elford turned up enough times to beat fellow British Over 40s championship contestant Steve Wells for sixth.
OVER 50S CHAMPS
Michael Overton reigned supreme this year in the Over 50s, beating arch rival Keith Mattingley into third this year. Ian Nurden tried so hard to compete that he broke his collar bone near the end of the season but still claimed second. Andy Bolton misses too many meetings to mount a serious challenge but scores well when he turns up, fourth was his result. Kevin Burgess and Gary Jeffrey never give up, their reward was fifth and sixth.
TAMMY OVER 60S
The mad Irishman from Southampton Ian Williams does his days racing then dashes off to work on many occasions He is consistently in the top three which earned him the championship from multiple times champion Steve Rampling, another who rushes of to night work after racing.
Brian Bolsover struggles with a wrist problem but still manages to be up at the front end taking third this year, from Malcolm Melson who hails from Essex. Malcolmís had many titanic battles with teammate Jon Cottingham, who hails from Wales. Jon dropped to sixth after a late season injury. This enabled John Snow many times a champ to nick fifth, after a late start to the season thanks to a pre season practice injury at Golding Barn.
FALCON SHOCKS OVER 40S TWINSHOCKS
Chad Sait had an up and down season to claim the Falcon Shocks Over 40s champs. The venerable machinery is getting fragile and it is often the survival of the fittest bike. Occasionally the fittest rider. Steve Titcombe just missed out after a last round shootout. Andy Titcombe was third. Paul Johnston beat two race specialist Alan Collins, he canít manage three he says. Andy Steel missed too many meetings to better sixth place.
DAVE KENT OVER 40S 1. L.WILLIAMS 393 2.B.WILLIAMS 318 3.R.EMBERY 233 4.G.ARCHER 171 5.J.KING 136 6.S.ELFORD 121
OVER 50S 1.M.OVERTON 358 2.I.NURDEN 222 3.K.MATTINGLEY 190 4.A.BOLTON 187 5.K.BURGESS 166 6.G.JEFFREY 125
TAMMY OVER 60S 1.I.WILLIAMS 384 2.S.RAMPLING 252 3.B.BOLSOVER 215 4.M.MELSON 186 5.J.SNOW 175 6.J.COTTINGHAM 143
FALCON SHOCKS OVER 40S TWINSHOCKS 1.C.SAIT 347 2.S.TITCOMBE 325 3.A.TITCOMBE 207 4.P.JOHNSTON 101 5.A.COLLINS 91 6.A.STEEL 56
TWO STROKE CHAMPIONSHIPS
RIP N ROLL 125 TWOSTROKE CHAMPIONSHIP
The two stroke championships are one off 20 minute races held at the beginning of the specified race day.
Paul Wiliiams despite blowing his highly tuned 125 smoker up regularly, still manage to garner enough points to win the Rip n Roll Goggles 125 2stroke championship. Daniel Bonner and James Russell missed rounds, but Daniel scored best when he rode, Therefore he was runner-up. Dan De Marco pipped Lewis Dodson by 2 points for fourth, with George Prince a point further back in sixth.
MAICO UK 144-250 2stroke Championship
Leigh Williams dug out his 250 two stroke to win this championship comfortably. Bradley White spent most of the year and most of his dads money, rebuilding his 250 KTM between meetings, but it hung together long enough for second in this class. Danielle Hipgrave showed most of the male riders her rear mudguard to take third three points ahead of Gary Holman. Paul Copling put aside his worries for his wifeí s recovery from illness to earn a deserved fifth place. Trish was as chuffed as Paul with his result. Joe Maguire snaffled sixth place with consistent rides.
ROB SPENCER 280-400 TWOSTROKE CHAMPIONSHIP
Introduced in 2012 to silence the complaints concerning modern lightweight against real 500s.
Their were not many riders in this class initially as most returned to their fire breathing 500s. However Chris and David Luff kept things going to start with. Then Phil Forgham, Joe Banks and James Cooke joined in mid season. This livened things up and with Chris and David Luff missing the last two rounds, Joe Banks grabbed the title from Chris. Phil Forgham grabbed third from David Luff. James Cooke beat John Kirby on the tiebreak for fifth.
TURNER 500 2STROKE CHAMPIONSHIP
With sixteen points scorers this season and more riders buying them this winter it looks promising for the 500 class for 2014. Object achieved.
Brent Williams had a torrid 2012 season and came back determined to have a better 2013. He did just win the Turner 500 2sroke championship, but only just. Nigel Luffman kept him under pressure the whole time. Chris West rediscovered his love for the full size bikes to take third but only by a point from Steve West. Leigh Williams had late season problems dropping him to fifth, only one point ahead of Steve Titcombe.
RIP N ROLL GOGGLES 125 CHAMPIONSHIP 1.P.WILLIAMS 120 2.D.BONNER 76 3.J.RUSSELL 58 4.D.DE-MARCO 24 5.L.DOBSON 22 6.G.PRINCE 21
MAICO UK 250 2STROKE CHAMPSHIP 1.L.WILLIAMS 123 2.B.WHITE 62 3.D.HIPGRAVE 52 4.G.HOLMAN 49 5.P.COPLING 44 6.J.MAGUIRE 36
ROB SPENCER 280-400 2STROKE CHAMPIONSHIP 1.J.BABKS 103 2.C.LUFF 54 3.P.FORGHAM 39 4.D.LUFF 32 5.J.COOKE 15 6.J.KIRBY 15
TURNER 500 2STROKE CHAMPIONSHIP 1.L.WILLIAMS 96 2.N.LUFFMAN 78 3.C.WEST 56
4.S.WEST 55 5.L.WILLIAMS 45 6.S.TITCOMBE 44
The fourstroke championships are split into capacity sizes like the twostrokes. But they have two scratch races and one ability handicap. This levels the playing field and gives the lesser lights a chance to score points.
BORETECH 250 FOURSTROKE CHAMPIONSHIP
Boretech have been long time supporters of Southern Motocross . Supporting the 250 fourstroke championship from its inception. This class at the moment has the highest number of points scorers of the foustroke championships. Sixty five.
Daniel Downing and Daniel Jackman squabbled throughout the year over first place in the Boretech 250 fourstroke championship. With Daniel clinching it at the final round by eight points. Chris Nurden vitally missed a round which left him third. Clayton Wheeler took advantage of James Jackmans regular absences to claim fourth by a point. Adam Cooper likewise took advantage of Charlie Huttons missed meetings to scoop sixth by six points.
BORETECH 250 FOURSTROKE CHAMPIONSHIP 1.D.DOWNING 265 2.D.JACKMAN 257
3.C.NURDEN 202 4.C.WHEELER 116 5.J.JACKMAN 115 6.A.COOPER 103
SORBOTHANE FULL STRIKE INSOLES OPEN FOURSTROKE CHAMPIONSHIP
Sorbothane are a new sponsor from outside the sport. They make insoles that take over 92 percent of impact when stamping the ground, or merely walking along. This helps prevent injury as well as speeding recovery if you have sustained one. They are effective for injuries from the heel right up to the neck. SMX sell them at cost price. To get full benefit from them riders should use them in their race boots as well as switching them to their work shoes or boots. Tony carries them on board. He has been using them for fifty years constantly.
This championship is for the high revving modern fourstrokes over 280 cc. Leigh Williams was the top dog most of the time in this class, although occasionally a rider would get the better of him. None could match his consistency. Steve Miller plugged away scoring points never missing a race, which earned him second place. Macey Berdyz just got the better of Brent Williams for third by four points. James |Jackman appeared just enough times to nick fifth place from fellow part time rider Jamie McCarthy.
SORBOTHANE FULLSTRIKE OPEN FOURSTROKE CHAMPIONSHIP 1.L.WILLIAMS 318
2.S.MILLER JNR 203 3.M.BERDYS 144 4.B.WILLIAMS 140 5.J.JACKMAN 104 J.MCCARTHY 90
PRE GROUP CHAMPIONSHIPS.
All pre groups have a scratch race, a machine age handicap and an ability handicap
JAM DOX PRE 98 LONGSTROKE FOURSTROKE CHAMPIONSHIP
This championship is for any fourstroke with a long stroke slow revving engine. Though designated pre 98 some were still being manufactured later. As long as they are long stroke slow revving engines they will be allowed to race. Many much later trail bikes fit this category.
James King has long been a supporter of this class and with Phil Shaw , who actually sponsors the class through his Motorcycle shop, being absent on several occasions, James took an easy championship win. Ladies championship contender Danielle Miller took her fatherís old HL Yamaha based thumper to third place. Paul Williams had the odd ride to claim fourth ahead of ladies champion Charlotte Williams. Roy Eastwood scored enough points to claim sixth before his unjustified incarceration.
JAM DOX PRE 98 CHAMPIONSHIP 1.J.KING 379 2.P.SHAW 185 3.D.MLLER 126 4.P.WILLIAMS 45 5.C.WILLIAMS 36 6.R.EASTWOOD 32
ELDERFIELD MOTORCYCLES PRE 85S
The Titcombe family made the Elderfield Pre 85s class their own, with brothers Steve and Andy squabbling over first place. With more machines to play with Steve emerged as the number one. In third place with a late start in the championship, Steveís son Steve Titcombe jnr. was third. Just pipping Chad Sait who had injury problems as well as a temperamental red rocket to contend with Paul Schmidt appeared now and then to get fifth. With Dave Davey, who had too many work commitments to mount a serious challenge in sixth.
ELDERFIELD MCS PRE 85S CHAMPIONSHIP 1.S.TITCOMBE 278 2.A.TITCOMBE 175
3.S.TITCOMBE JNR 154 4.C.SAIT 105 5.P.SCHMIDT 76 6.D.DAVEY 57
PRE 95 CHAMPIONSHIP
Daniel Lawrence rode his dad (Johns Lawrence, the 1982 Main SMX club champion), to victory in the unsponsored Pre 95s class. Robbie Penfold had a narrow points margin in second place over the consistent Nigel Luffman . Tim Palmer in fourth had some lurid scraps with Nigel Luffman and fifth placeman Anthony Carpenter during the year. While part timer Rob Embery beat the other part timer Paul Schmidt by two points for sixth.
PRE 95S CHAMPIONSHIP 1.D.LAWRENCE 347 2.R.PENFOLD 242 3.N.LUFFMAN 225
4T.PALNER 202 5.A.CARPENTER 173 6.R.EMBERY 77
PRE O5S CHAMPIONSHIP
The Pre 05s are also unsponsored but that didnít lower the turnouts. Joe Banks Lois Dodson and Neil Finn had some good battles for this crown, with joe finlly emerging triumphant over Neil and Louis. Steve Titcombe came out to play with Steve West in the fourth place battle. While Dawn Burrows, yes the ladies can compete on level terms, in other championships, was sixth.
PRE 05S CHAMPIONSHIP J.BANKS 1.331 2.N.FINN 248 3.L.DODSON 240 4.S.TITCOMBE 165 5.C.WEST 138 6.D.BURROWS 112
CHICHESTER HONDA PRE 10S CHAMPIONSHIP
The Chichester Honda Pre 10s is not surprisingly the best supported pre group, with the sponsors actively promoting their championship. Seventy riders scored points. Brent Williams and James King went head to head for the glory position with Brent taking the laurels. Paul Schmidt took third just ahead of Paul Williams who borrowed a bike now and then to get fourth. Joe Banks pulled a bike out of the shop to claim fifth. Paul Moore had several good meetings for sixth.
CHICHESTER HONDA PRE 10S CHAMPIONSHIP 1.B.WILLIAMS 304 2.J.KING 215 P.SCHMIDT 154 P.WILLIAMS 135 J.BANKS 1222 P.MOORE
KEN LEON LADIES CHAMPIONSHIP
Long time member of SMX and Sponsor of the Ladies from its inception, Ken Leon, sadly died last year. However his wife Peggy is keen for the family connection to continue.
Charlotte Williams overcame many crashes and the subsequent injuries to annexe the Leon Ladies championship, despite fierce competition from the much improved Amanda Schmidt. Danielle Hipgrave spent a large part of the year chasing the Ladies British championship but still nabbed third on the tiebreak from Dawn Burrows. Melanie Beckett a serious contender in the past only had a handful of rides but snaffled sixth from Dawns daughter Natalie Burrows
KEN LEON LADIES CHAMPIONSHIP 1.C.WILLIAMS 359 2.A.SCHMIDT 327 3.D.HIPGRAVE 270 4.D.BURROWS 270 5.M.BECKETT 81 6.N.BURROWS 77