The Diss MCC hosted round five of the Bickers Lifting sponsored Eastern motocross championships at their Wattisfield Hall, Suffolk venue on Sunday, and once again, the grassland circuit was prepped immaculately for racing. The three premier class races were all won by local National star, Jake Nicholls on his Buildbase sponsored Honda. Nicholls has now increased his lead in the six round series and will go to the final round at Blaxhall with a 29 point lead over his nearest rival, Shaun Southgate.
The first premier class race, which also included the fastest ten junior grade riders from timed practise, saw Nicholls storming to the front and leading throughout the twenty minute long race, leaving Shaun Southgate holding off the 2017 champion, Luke Benstead. All action Declan Whittle fought through to 4th place at the finish ahead of Ben Cole and a slow starting Luke Parker. Best MX2 rider was Todd Ritchie in 11th place after teenager Tom Grimshaw had crashed out on lap five. The junior grade riders were racing for separate points in their own championship, and maximum points went to Bedfordshire's Bill Moynes as the leading junior rider in an impressive 22nd place. Aaron Hopkins was second ahead of Norfolk youngster, Connor Baldry.
Race two saw Declan Whittle getting the holeshot on his super quick Husqvarna, but the current leader in the British championship series, Jake Nicholls, soon took over at the front to lead every lap. Whittle held second place for four laps until Southgate overtook him, but Whittle fought back to finish in second place. Southgate was third from Benstead, who was down in 12th place on lap one. Popular Basildon rider, Steve Bixby, had a solid ride in 5th place, with Ben Cole rounding out the top six. Best MX2 rider in 9th place was Braintree teenager, Ben Clark. Moynes was the leading junior rider again, competing well against the experts, finishing in 18th place. Second best junior was Ryan Watts, with Woodbridge's Ben Alexander in third position.
Nicholls completed his hat trick in the third moto, such was his pace that he lapped through to tenth at the finish. Southgate had another good ride for second place, with Benstead chasing him for third.Whittle was fourth ahead of the consistent Cole, followed by Parker, Jason Morland and Adam Day. Ben Clark was again the leading MX2 rider in 9th place. Once again, the junior grade lads were not disgraced. New Eastern junior champion, Ryan Watts, finished in 13th place to grab 25 junior points and clinching the Championship. Moynes completed a very good day, taking second place in class, followed by local rider, Aaron Hopkins and Sudbury enduro rider, James Barker.
In the junior intermediate class races, Chris Lake led every lap in race one chased by Luke Nolan and Ashly Campbell in a good three way battle. Veteran former expert, Matt French was in 11th place at the end of lap one, but fought through the pack, passing Nolan on the final lap to move into third place. Campbell then crashed handing second place to a happy French.
Lake led race two for five laps until an on form French took over to take the win. Campbell then passed Lake to snatch second place. Fourth went to Joe Eaton, who was well clear of Robbie Pearmain in fifth position. Race three saw a different winner again as Campbell led every lap with French finishing in second place and taking the overall win. Nolan was third with Eaton having another consistent ride for fourth.
The support races saw Andy Cattermole winning all three legs in the A group, and in group B, Dexter Lambe also took victory in all three races.
The final round is at Blaxhall, hosted by the Woodbridge club on September 30th.
Photos by Sophie Brinkley (click on an image to enlarge)