Sunday, 15 May 2011 00:00
The BMX regional schedule continued last Sunday with the third round of the East Anglia series at the track of Ipswich BMX Club who are one of the oldest clubs in the country. The track and surroundings have seen work over the winter months but the recent prolonged dry spell and lack of an “on site” water supply left the track surface very loose which made racing difficult for the 80 riders who registered for the event. As with other recent events the blustery wind made it hard work, especially for the younger riders, but it did stay dry with the sun coming out occasionally.
Royston had 11 riders taking part in the event with to gain points towards their regional ranking and to qualify for the British Championships in September. On this occasion Royston did not have any riders in the novice classes so it was straight into the “expert” classes the racing got under way with the 6 & Under class where Joshua Abbott took 2nd overall and the 8r class Callum Barrow took 2nd in the class B Final. In the 9 year class Kele Newell took 3rd place in the A final just ahead of team mate Alfie Salmon who finished in 4th. The 10 year class saw both Royston riders make the A final with Marmaduke Birt taking 7th and James King lead the pack all day and a clear win in the main final also saw him awarded the “Rider of the Day” accolade. The 11 year class saw Miles Fisher taking to the slippery track with another win in the A final and in the 15yr class Sam Manser took 6th place overall. In the older classes two more second places came Royston’s way with Richard Townsend in the Masters category and Matt Salmon in the Cruiser 35-39yr class and the clubs results were finished off with another win in the 45+ Cruiser class going to Carl Birt.
The next event on the race calendar will see the clubs riders out in force at the national race at Barking & Dagenham BMX Club over the weekend of May 21/22nd and the week after that at the fourth round of the East Anglia Regional hosted by the Milton Keynes BMX club on May 29th
Royston’s own clubs nights have now started with the gates opening at 6.00pm. See more about the club and BMX racing in the region at www.roystonrockets.co.uk and the BMX East Regional site on www.bmxeast.com or ring 01763 260959 for more information on BMX racing.