Bumper Easter Monday crowd enjoy Darley Moor

A LARGE Easter Monday crowd turned out for round two of the Darley Moor Motorcycle Club Championships.

Reigning Sound of Thunder champion James Ford is struggling to defend his title after two more second places increased Jamie Medhurst’s championship lead. Two good finishes in the 600cc championship were little consolation for Ford.

The returning Neil Addy stamped his class on the meeting with an average ride in the heavily-subscribed 600cc class, before romping home with a third and fourth place in the Sound of Thunder Championship.

Buxton’s Sebastian Brooke entered no fewer than four classes. His best result was in the Pre 98 class, where he recorded a fifth and sixth place.

Rob Garmory enjoyed a good steady ride to finish in 9th and 11th position in the Pre 98 Championship.

Sean Healy, again with a prolific entry portfolio, had an excellent fifth place in the Newcomers Handicap, while Chris Smith, riding a pre-injection 600cc Yamaha, had 12th and 14th places to his credit in the Steel Framed Championship. The High Peak star from the last meeting, William (Howard) Green, finished 12th and 14th in the 125cc championship.

* Riders from Buxton and the Peak District will be taking part in the popular Edinburgh & District Motor Club and Scottish Six Days Trial, which starts on Sunday and this year celebrates its centenary.

Craig Robinson, 22, brother Liam, 20, and John Shirt Jr, 40, who are all associated with the GasGasUK Team, will be riding as individuals and together as the Manchester 17 Motorcycle Club team.

Other Manchester 17 MCC entrants include Iain Robinson from Quarnford, riding under the Macclesfield Trials Club banner, Daniel Greatorex from Matlock and Daniel Watson from Knutsford.

A taster for the main event is an increasingly popular two-day trial just for machines built prior to 1965 - the Pre-’65 Scottish - for which two Manchester 17 MCC members are also entered, Scott Dommett and Andy Hipwell, another member of the Buxton GasGas UK workforce.