Once again, a very large crowd converged to the village of Wattisfield, in Suffolk on Wednesday evening to watch the motocross action, organised by the Diss Motorcycle Club. Sponsored by GH Motorcycles of Colchester, and G&B Finch, the twelve race programme catered for two groups of allcomers, and races for enduro spec bikes. Each race was over four laps, with the main final of six lap duration, a formula which is always popular with the fans.
Members of the club had worked tirelessly for several days to ensure that the circuit was dust free, with thousands of litres of water being spread onto the grassland circuit. Following the practise sessions, race one got underway just before 6pm, held in brilliant sunlit weather, with the enduro riders out first. Sudbury's James Barker took the win ahead of Toby Morley, local rider, Paul Hubbard and Craig Roper.
The two allcomers heats saw wins for Elliott Banks-Browne and Lewis Tombs, the two National grade stars setting a fast pace.
Race two for the enduro's saw Craig Roper winning from start to finish from Barker and Morley. The A group of allcomers saw the fastest 44 riders from the qualifying heats, which included 18 expert graded riders, were up next, and Banks-Browne stormed to the front, leaving Tombs, Luke Benstead and local teenager, George Grigg Pettitt to squabble over second place. On form Banks-Browne was actually lapping riders after three of the four laps, such was his blistering pace.
The second leg of the A group once again saw Banks-Browne dominating proceedings, with young Irishman, James Mackrel, having a great ride, holding off Grigg Pettitt and Tombs in an exciting three way battle for second place. Lap three saw Grigg Pettitt finding a way into second place, and held off a strong challenge from Tombs, followed by Mackrel and local star, Shaun Southgate.
Lee Keyton took two easy wins in the B group of allcomers, with veteran Steve Gilbey and John Gill each sharing a second and third place over the two races.
James Barker won the next enduro race, with Craig Roper in second place. Toby Morley just got the better of Steve Mason for third position. With the top five enduro competitors going into the main final, the consolation enduro race saw Jamie Roper taking the win from Jack Lee and Daniel Willis.
The allcomers consolation final saw the GH sponsored Suzuki youngster, Josh Keeble, easily taking the win, thirty seconds ahead of Darren Stone in second place. Lewis Joyce was third, after passing former Ipswich witches speedway rider, Shaun Tacey, on the last lap.
With the sun starting to set, the top 44 riders came to the line for the six lap final, and Jordan Pasquale led the pack after a great start, with Tombs, Banks-Browne, Southgate and Sam Arbon fighting over second place. Lap two saw Tombs taking over at the front with Banks-Browne pushing hard. Unfortunately, the race was stopped, as Banks-Browne crashed heavily, and needed medical attention in the middle of the track. Fortunately, the Bury St Edmunds ace was able to walk away to the relief of everyone.
The rerun saw Southgate leading from the start, and although Tombs pushed him throughout, the popular Southgate took the win. Tombs had to settle for second place, with Eastern champion, Luke Benstead, in a lonely third. Grigg Pettitt held off Mackrel for fourth place, with Adam Day in sixth, just ahead of Phil Burton and fifteen year old rising star, Sam Nunn.
Photos by Sophie Brinkley (click on an image to enlarge)