Ladram race decides titles
PUBLISHED: 15:28 23 October 2008 | UPDATED: 09:52 10 June 2010
THE final round of the 2008 Remedies Bar Motocross Championships took place at Ladram Bay last Saturday, followed by a presentation evening at the holiday park. It couldn't have been a better end to the season with all four championships yet to be decide
THE final round of the 2008 Remedies Bar Motocross Championships took place at Ladram Bay last Saturday, followed by a presentation evening at the holiday park. It couldn't have been a better end to the season with all four championships yet to be decided.There was a bumper crowd who were rewarded with some fast and exciting racing.In the expert Open class Andrew Gillett, from Port Talbot in Wales, went in to the final round with a 54-point lead over John May from Bristol, knowing that two consistant rides would give him the title. Well it was Gillett in the opening race from Woodbury rider Henry Western and Kip Herring from Neath with May back in fourth.May was soon up in to second after Herring's bike seized on lap two. He passed Western and caught Gillett on lap three and was all over the Paul Green Honda. Closing fast was David Yelland from Exeter who had moved up to third. Gillett held off May until lap six when May got past.Yelland picked up a rear-wheel puncture and eventually his tyre came off end ing his race. Gillett did close on May again in the final stages but to no avail and May took the win. Gillett set the pace in race two and finished second behind May, which was enough to give him the title.Yelland was determined to go out on a high by winning his last race for a while and held on to take the chequered flag in race three.The Expert 125 class was the one everybody had come to see as there were just two points separating Danial Preston, from Porth in Wales, and Plymouth rider Darren Shears going in to the last round. Preston was last away in the first race and fell on the first lap trying to make up time.Brad Cavill soon had Shears looking for a way past and it wasn't long before Ben Griffith from Exmouth joined in the battle.Cavill started to pull away on lap three. Griffith was all over Shears and on lap four moved up to second and passed the leader on lap six.Cavill retook the lead on the next lap and from there on was untroubled and went on to take his first Expert race win.Shears was third, which put him ahead in the championship by two points going in to race two.There was drama at the first corner in race two with several going down, including Shears and Preston. Griffith led from lap two to lap eight when he made a mistake and dropped down the field.Shears and Preston had a battle royal over the last few laps, which ended in Shears winning by a length to take a four-point advantage in to the last race. Preston made no mistake at the first corner in this one, but right behind him was Shears who knew that second spot would give him the championship. Preston eased away from Shears, who was being very cautious, but couldn't give that much as Daniel Wyatt was catching up.By lap seven Wyatt was breathing all over him and this really had everybody watching. As in race two, Shears handled the pressure put on him and held off Wyatt to take second behind Preston, who was first to congratulate his rival as he took the championship by one point. FINAL STANDINGSRemedies Bar Expert Open Championship: 1st Andrew Gillett 933 points (Champion); 2nd John May 893; 3rd David Yelland 836; 4th Kip Herring 798; 5th Jamie Skuse 654; 6th Luke Mellows 630; 7th Jordan Carter 606; 8th George Davis 392; 9th Tim Pearce 364; 10th Henry Western 278.Remedies Bar Expert 125 Championship: 1st Darren Shears 863 points (Champion); 2nd Danial Preston 862; 3rd Luke Hill 824; 4th Ben Griffith 770; 5th Brad Cavill 638; 6th Daniel Wyatt 527; 7th Tom Harvey 478; 8th David Anthony 409; 9th Mitch Boyland 368; 10th Ross Flashman 278.Phoenix Tools Over 35 Championship: 1st Gary Down 989 points (Champion); 2nd Rob Lewis 974; 3rd Steve Davey 833; 4th Jamie Jones 600; 5th Steve Chugg 542; 6th David Ford 507; 7th Paul Watson 478; 8th Andrew Milliar 465; 9th Ben Braddick 456; 10th Peter Arden 381.Petersen Racing Junior Championship: 1st Scott Williams 764 points (Champion); 2nd Michael Williams 647; 3rd Tom Moore 647; 4th Kenneth Fuller 625; 5th Mark Wakely 589; 6th Christopher Milliar 489; 7th Josh Wyatt 481; 8th Rob Drinkwater 387; 9th James Cole 333; 10th Scott Ardren 327Most improved Junior award was won by Mark Wakely.