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Benstead wins Wattisfield Final! Wattisfield Evening Motocross – Race Report and Results
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Benstead wins Wattisfield Final! Wattisfield Evening Motocross – Race Report and Results

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A large crowd came to the picturesque village of Wattisfield in Suffolk on Wednesday evening to witness some fast motocross action, hosted by the Diss motorcycle club, and sponsored by GH Motorcycles/and G&B Finch Ltd.

Report by Charlie Ralph – Images courtesy of Anthony Ridge and Andy Waters

The annual evening meeting also saw the first competitive ride this year for local ace, Jake Nicholls, who has been out of action since last October, following a badly broken leg, and despite his lack of race time, put on a great show for the spectators.

However, it was the popular Wisbech rider, Luke Benstead, who was the top rider of the event. Nicholls started the meeting off with a race win in the first heat with Benstead winning heat two, and in the first allcomers race, it was Benstead who took the win after a race long battle with Eastern champion Shaun Southgate and Nicholls. Sixteen year old Newmarket youngster, Sam Nunn, rode well for fourth place, chased by his Yamaha team mate, Tom Grimshaw.


The second leg saw Ben Cole leading from the start with Southgate and Nicholls just behind him. Nicholls took over at the front on lap two with Benstead passing both Cole and Southgate to claim second place, which ensured him overall victory. Cole managed to hold off Southgate for third place with Nunn and Grimshaw having a closely fought battle again for fifth position.

The B group of allcomers saw the Diss club rider, Joe Eaton, winning both races with ease. Jack Whitlam was second in both races, and some close racing between former speedway rider, Shaun Tacey, Dan Lawler and Tom Sutton entertained the enthusiastic crowd as they battled for third place overall.


The meeting also included races for riders on enduro spec bikes and pre 89 machines. Sam Mitchell took the first race win after a hectic scrap with Luke Gidney and Brendon Mayers. Former Eastern favourite, Syd Bales having a rare outing, surprised many by claiming fourth. Race two saw Mitchell in front again, but Gidney stormed into the lead on lap two to take the win. Bales had a superb ride, and after passing Mayers and Mitchell, almost caught Gidney as they crossed the finish line.

Gidney also won the third race to take overall victory, and Mayers got the better of Mitchell for second place. Regular enduro riders, Jamie Roper, Tim Rose and Toby Morley all competed well in all three legs to figure in the overall positions.


The twelve race programme ended with the grand final and a decent prize purse as the top forty riders came to the start line. Benstead was soon in the lead chased hard by Southgate and Nicholls, and behind them the chasing pack thrilled the crowd as they fought for places. Nicholls moved into second place on lap two, and despite closing the gap on the race leader, it was Benstead who took victory, which obviously pleased his GH motorcycles team.
Southgate rounded off a good evening for third place, with St Alban’s teenager, Tom Grimshaw just ahead of Sam Nunn and Isle of Man visitor, Jed Etchells


Results

Grand Final

Pos Competitor Total Time Diff Laps Best Lap Best Lap No. Best Speed
1 190 Luke Benstead 9:59.151 0.000 6 1:36.508 4 31.521 miles/h
2 45 Jake Nicholls 10:00.001 0.850 6 1:37.111 3 31.325 miles/h
3 1 Shaun Southgate 10:11.108 11.957 6 1:38.906 4 30.756 miles/h
4 61 Tom Grimshaw 10:12.072 12.921 6 1:39.424 3 30.596 miles/h
5 365 Sam Nunn 10:28.133 28.982 6 1:40.725 3 30.201 miles/h
6 47 Jed Etchells 10:31.210 32.059 6 1:41.655 3 29.925 miles/h
7 49 Luke Parker 10:34.065 34.914 6 1:41.883 4 29.858 miles/h
8 499 Benjamin Cole 10:38.500 39.349 6 1:42.634 3 29.639 miles/h
9 27 Ryan Allison 10:39.507 40.356 6 1:43.419 5 29.414 miles/h
10 188 Adam Day 10:39.742 40.591 6 1:43.351 4 29.434 miles/h
11 3 Jason Morland 10:46.247 47.096 6 1:44.384 3 29.142 miles/h
12 258 Luke Gidney 11:02.058 1:02.907 6 1:45.828 3 28.745 miles/h
13 358 Sam Mitchell 11:04.776 1:05.625 6 1:46.287 2 28.621 miles/h
14 21 Samuel Arbon 11:14.070 1:14.919 6 1:48.581 6 28.016 miles/h
15 18 George Ellis 11:15.374 1:16.223 6 1:47.943 2 28.182 miles/h
16 374 Jamie Roper 11:16.951 1:17.800 6 1:48.219 3 28.11 miles/h
17 50 Brendon Mayers 11:17.852 1:18.701 6 1:47.970 6 28.174 miles/h
18 134 Timothy Rose 11:21.041 1:21.890 6 1:49.858 2 27.69 miles/h
19 60 Robert Nicoll 11:26.611 1:27.460 6 1:49.105 5 27.881 miles/h
20 28 Benjamin Alexander 11:28.721 1:29.570 6 1:50.830 5 27.447 miles/h
21 700 Mark Goodson 11:33.865 1:34.714 6 1:50.735 2 27.471 miles/h
22 510 Callum McClurg 11:38.205 1:39.054 6 1:51.754 3 27.221 miles/h
23 13 Glen Bixby 11:38.771 1:39.620 6 1:51.744 4 27.223 miles/h
24 461 Luke Nolan 11:44.905 1:45.754 6 1:52.702 5 26.992 miles/h
25 633 Daniel Willis 11:45.030 1:45.879 6 1:52.118 6 27.132 miles/h
26 38 Shaun Leggett 11:49.652 1:50.501 6 1:54.766 3 26.506 miles/h
27 433 Ross Taylor 11:50.724 1:51.573 6 1:54.337 2 26.606 miles/h
28 617 William Jurgens 10:00.779 1 lap 5 1:55.333 2 26.376 miles/h
29 139 Joe Eaton 10:01.244 1 lap 5 1:54.682 4 26.526 miles/h
30 197 Marc Nickerson 10:02.595 1 lap 5 1:55.189 4 26.409 miles/h
31 477 Connor Bunkle 10:09.405 1 lap 5 1:53.612 4 26.775 miles/h
32 208 Shane Brown 10:12.685 1 lap 5 1:55.665 3 26.3 miles/h
33 816 Gareth Cushion 10:17.076 1 lap 5 1:57.345 2 25.924 miles/h
34 235 Toby Morley 10:18.237 1 lap 5 1:57.181 4 25.96 miles/h
35 388 Daniel Lawlor 10:22.403 1 lap 5 1:58.286 3 25.717 miles/h
36 330 Shaun Palfrey 10:24.955 1 lap 5 1:57.667 2 25.853 miles/h
37 242 Jack Whitlam 10:27.261 1 lap 5 1:58.733 4 25.621 miles/h
38 350 Tom Sutton 10:42.463 1 lap 5 2:02.635 2 24.805 miles/h
39 147 Stephen Gilbey 11:01.615 1 lap 5 2:05.681 5 24.204 miles/h
DNF 126 Michael Gibbons 9:59.068 0.000 5 1:52.856 2 26.955 miles/h

Consolation Final

Pos Competitor Total Time Diff Laps Best Lap Best Lap No. Best Speed
1 558 Finley Jarvis 7:51.627 0.000 4 1:52.404 2 27.063 miles/h
2 646 Max Hale 8:02.675 11.048 4 1:57.019 3 25.996 miles/h
3 474 Jack Austin 8:03.451 11.824 4 1:57.278 2 25.938 miles/h
4 315 Charlie Jordan 8:03.735 12.108 4 1:56.528 2 26.105 miles/h
5 418 Shaun Tacey 8:05.914 14.287 4 1:57.113 2 25.975 miles/h
6 459 Edward Pegram 8:09.460 17.833 4 1:56.580 2 26.094 miles/h
7 212 Darren Stone 8:18.945 27.318 4 2:00.724 4 25.198 miles/h
8 580 Joshua Warren 8:19.872 28.245 4 1:59.293 4 25.5 miles/h
9 298 Charlie Baker 8:20.371 28.744 4 1:56.807 4 26.043 miles/h
10 106 Ben Secker 8:21.248 29.621 4 1:59.774 3 25.398 miles/h
11 994 Sam Cushion 8:21.585 29.958 4 1:56.623 4 26.084 miles/h
12 185 Christopher Keeble 8:27.014 35.387 4 1:59.106 4 25.54 miles/h
13 626 Thomas Clarkson 8:30.583 38.956 4 2:03.827 4 24.567 miles/h
14 142 Torran Tompkins 8:31.281 39.654 4 2:03.284 3 24.675 miles/h
15 52 Lee Kirkpatrick 8:35.595 43.968 4 2:01.428 4 25.052 miles/h
16 146 Clive Smith 8:35.915 44.288 4 2:04.636 2 24.407 miles/h
17 217 James Gadd 8:38.135 46.508 4 2:01.414 3 25.055 miles/h
18 215 Josh Smith 8:38.594 46.967 4 2:00.533 3 25.238 miles/h
19 209 Ryan Bailey 8:38.907 47.280 4 2:03.312 3 24.669 miles/h
20 204 Jesse Eaves 8:41.483 49.856 4 2:02.610 3 24.81 miles/h
21 815 Max Monk 8:42.550 50.923 4 2:05.704 4 24.2 miles/h
22 462 David Homan 8:44.618 52.991 4 2:05.013 4 24.333 miles/h
23 382 William Pooley 8:45.025 53.398 4 2:00.193 2 25.309 miles/h
24 439 Tony Rooke 8:45.358 53.731 4 2:04.285 3 24.476 miles/h
25 375 Paul Storey 8:49.027 57.400 4 2:04.844 3 24.366 miles/h
26 904 Jonathan Finch 8:49.392 57.765 4 2:01.577 4 25.021 miles/h
27 249 Mike Lewis 8:50.870 59.243 4 2:03.782 3 24.575 miles/h
28 87 Aaron Holden 8:52.668 1:01.041 4 2:05.713 4 24.198 miles/h
29 577 Joshua Bryenton 8:54.926 1:03.299 4 1:58.079 3 25.762 miles/h
30 327 Luke Yallop 8:55.390 1:03.763 4 1:56.400 1 26.134 miles/h
31 445 Andrew Smith 8:59.204 1:07.577 4 2:07.195 2 23.916 miles/h
32 153 Chris Lee 9:03.062 1:11.435 4 2:07.115 3 23.931 miles/h
33 775 Phillip Dillon 9:04.437 1:12.810 4 2:08.027 2 23.761 miles/h
34 222 Carl Hood 9:04.855 1:13.228 4 2:08.380 2 23.695 miles/h
35 713 Anna Groves 9:07.040 1:15.413 4 2:08.660 4 23.644 miles/h
36 93 Ryan Goode 9:08.975 1:17.348 4 2:02.297 1 24.874 miles/h
37 272 Pacey Forsdike 9:17.611 1:25.984 4 2:04.401 2 24.453 miles/h
38 978 Samuel Cook 9:27.379 1:35.752 4 2:10.108 2 23.381 miles/h
39 611 David Whitehead 9:52.300 2:00.673 4 2:14.020 3 22.698 miles/h
DNF 920 Jack Matthews 7:32.849 0.000 3 2:07.363 2 23.884 miles/h
DNF 341 Morgan Flockhart 7:45.894 0.000 3 2:06.666 2 24.016 miles/h
DNF 100 Scott Goodson 3:01.675 0.000 1 2:47.859 1 18.122 miles/h