Rough & Ready at Polesworth. Toughsheet National Twinshock Championship Round 1 – Race Report & Results
The Toughsheet National Twinshock championship opened the doors to the 2018 season, with the first round at Stipers Hill, Polesworth on Sunday, hosted by Cumbria Twinshock and supported by Central Motors Salvage of Derby.
Report by Geoff Shuttleworth – Images courtesy of Andrew Fairclough Photography
The club worked wonders to get the meeting on, ably assisted by Peter Wainwright on the digger, and it was the only meeting in the country to survive the downpours of the week. Once the gloop had been removed, and the bottom section altered, the track was still rough but rideable, and thanks to their efforts to keep the show on the road, over 210 of the 250 entered riders took to the track for practice. The slickly run 24 race programme was finished by 4-30, followed by the presentation of awards by special guest, former World MX Champion Neil Hudson.
The Wulfsport Experts and the MRH Consultants 125 Twinshock classes raced together first, and Jimmy Margetson was first out of the gate in all three legs, but his Maico kept throwing the chain, leaving him out of the results. Michael Smith on the Sourbutts Maico reigned supreme, winning the first and third legs to take the overall win, which considering his foot injury last year, was all the more pleasing for him. His nearest challenger was reigning twinshock champion Barry Turnbull, out for the first time on the Marsh HPF Honda four stroke. Barry missed the start of race one, won the second, then came home second to Smith in race three, to take the runner up overall spot. Craig Reynolds had his best result to date in third, and Ben Margetson was also one of the front runners in fourth, from Irelands Jon McBride in fifth.
John Davis started as he finished 2017 in the 125 twinshocks, with three comfortable wins, and only experts Smith and Reynolds beat him in race one. Matt Rudd made a great comeback after his broken leg from last year, and took second overall, and debutant Jason Slater took third on the podium, from Andrew Robinson and Dave Ellis.
The MRH Consultants 125 Evolution class is now the most popular class, and had a full line up of mostly 1989 bikes, and the
question was, who was going to stop Andy Lawton on the Steve Clitheroe Honda. Well Lawton led every lap of the first two races, and he was only headed by third race winner Shane
Holmes, taking the overall victory by three points. Holmes looks to be a contender though with a 2-3-1 scorecard. Nathan Marsden took third with three top three finishes, in front of Jack May and Andy Hinchliffe. The speed of these guys on the 125’s is amazing and makes for fantastic viewing.
In the MotoX Concepts Over 50 class, Pete Mathia was celebrating 50 years of competition, and it couldn’t have gone better for him, as he took two wins and a second to win the overall. Former East Mids Centre Champion Richard Allen, had his best ever result in the twinshocks to take second overall, and reigning over 50 champion from Ireland, Willie Burgess took third, despite machine problems in race one. Willie did take race three though once he got to grips with the track. Gary Parker returned to the fray to take fourth from Tim Sabine.
There was a good line up of 12 Over 60 riders, swelled by a few who turn 60 this year. And it was the race one action that sealed the deal as Jerseys Wayne Le Marquand on the HPF Honda took the win, with Martin Snape on his new Maico having problems down in fourth. And it looks like these two riders may be the ones to beat this year as Snape took victory in races two and three, from Le Marquand in both. This gave Wayne the overall win by a single point from Snape, with last years champion Graham Challis in third, and class debutant Alan Hardy in fourth.
Carl Hodgson made the long journey from the North East worthwhile, and took victory in the CI Sport Inters class, easily winning race one, and taking two seconds. And Jem Parker out for the first time in years, took his nicely restored Husky to a great second overall with a 2-4- 3 card.
Guest rider Steve Sobey, transferred from the Evo class after a bike failure, and took his Maico to race two and three wins for third overall. Glyn Lawrence had his best result for a while in fourth on his home track, in front of last year’s Clubman champion Mike Tucker.
The LPE Clubman class once again looks wide open with anyone of six riders capable of winning, but it was local rider Martyn Williams who turned out to be the hero, with a barnstorming display on the big CCM. Martyn won the first race, and then consistency took over to give him the overall, and with it took the Martindales Rider of the Meeting award. Mark Gardner had bad luck in race one, before winning the second to take the runner up berth.
Dave Taylor completed the podium in third from Luke Freudenau and Peter Maxwell. It was also great to see Timmy Gravener take his first ever victory in race three.
The Woodys Vintage Off Road Honda Evolution class were next up, and it was a fast charging Barry Turnbull who showed everyone a clean pair of heels with three wins. Barry didn’t have it all his own way though, as in the first race Danny Blakeley led all the way, until a mistake let Barry through. Then in race three the same happened to an unlucky Michael Ogden. Blakely did manage to salvage second overall, from former champion Michael Smith in third. Conor Smith on the big Kwacker took fourth from Andy Hinchliffe.
There were over 30 riders in the West Mids Evo class for Pre-85 bikes, and in the 125 class Zac Hackett was the man to beat, and he took two wins from three to take top spot on the podium from Sam Russell and James Hudson. The 250 class was taken by Jim Shand, who had a win and two seconds, from last years champion Paul Baldwin and Nick Peyton. But it was the big guns in the 500 class who did the winning, with Jonathan Tapp winning twice to take the victory from first race winner Matt Hitchman and Nathan Smith.
The final class of the day was the Hazport Vets Over 40 class on modern bikes, with a full line up of 40 riders, and it was guest rider Sean Smith who took the victory, after following Danny Blakeley home in race one, Sean managed to win races two and three. Blakeley came home second, and Lance Marshall had some great rides to take third from Richard Chinn and Paul Coward. Mark Spruce won the Over 50 class from Daran Williams and Dave Clayborn.
The next round is the Matt Murphy Memorial event at Hawkstone Park on Saturday May 5.
Martindales Rider of the Meeting – Martyn Williams
1 Michael Smith, 2 Barry Turnbull, 3 Craig Reynolds, 4 Ben Margetson, 5 Jonathan McBride, 6 Lee Buck.
Falcon Shocks Best 250 – Jamie Biddulph.
MRH Consultants 125 Twinshock
1 John Davis, 2 Matt Rudd, 3 Jason Slater, 4 Andy Robinson, 5 Dave Ellis, 6 Dean Hakes.
MRH Consultants 125 Evolution
1 Andy Lawton, 2 Shane Holmes, 3 Nathan Marsden, 4 Jack May, 5 Andy Hinchliffe, 6 Lee Holland.
MotoX Concepts Over 50’s
1 Pete Mathia, 2 Richard Allen, 3 Willie Burgess, 4 Gary Parker, 5 Tim Sabine, 6 Phil Martindale.
MotoX Concepts Over 60’s
1 Wayne Le Marquand, 2 Martin Snape, 3 Graham Challis, 4 Alan Hardy, 5 Alan Hambridge, 6 Ray Hodgkins.
CI Sport Inters
1 Carl Hodgson, 2 Jem Parker, 3 Steve Sobey, 4 Glyn Lawrence, 5 Mike Tucker, 6 Dom Bratt.
1 Martyn Williams, 2 Mark Gardner, 3 Dave Taylor, 4 Luke Freudenau, 5 Peter Maxwell, 6 Riley Copeland.
Woody Vintage Off Road Honda Evolution
1 Barry Turnbull, 2 Danny Blakeley, 3 Michael Smith, 4 Conor Smith, 5 Andy Hinchliffe,
6 Mitchell Griffin.
Hazport Veterans Over 40’s
1 Sean Smith, 2 Danny Blakeley, 3 Lance Marshall, 4 Richard Chinn, 5 Paul Coward, 6 Neil Fort.
Hazport Veterans Over 50’s
1 Mark Spruce, 2 Daran Williams, 3 David Clayborn, 4 Steve Ward.
West Midland Evos 125’s
1 Zac Hackett, 2 Sam Russell, 3 James Hudson, 4 Chris Pritchard, 5 Paul Mansell, 6 Dean Eggleton.
West Midland Evos 250’s
1 Jim Shand, 2 Paul Baldwin, 3 Nick Peyton, 4 Jake Griffiths, 5 Dave Russell, 6 John Smith.
West Midland Evos 500
1 Jonathan Tapp, 2 Matt Hitchman, 3 Nathan Smith, 4 James Reeves, 5 Neil Williams, 6 Steve Ryan.