Iain wins in style to regain Staffordshire trial title

Iain Robinson. Photo: Scott Ellis.
Iain Robinson. Photo: Scott Ellis.
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FLASH’S Iain Robinson has regained the Staffordshire Moorlands Motorcycle Trial Championship he last held in 2010, at the final round of the series at Manor Farm in Quarnford.

Robinson won the last round in style by eight marks from Andy Hallam, with Nick Bull finishing in third. The result meant Robinson won the championship comfortably from Billy Craig and Hallam.

Andy Hipwell. Photo: Scott Ellis.

Andy Hipwell. Photo: Scott Ellis.

Competitors were faced with very testing conditions, with the recent rain making the course wet and slippery.

Sections two, seven and nine were the most testing, with Robinson coming out best on two and nine but Hallam the star on section seven, losing only one mark.

Torbjorn (Toby) Eyre was the best performer on the 50/50 route, losing only two marks.

Evergreen Pete Hallam, from New Mills, blasted his four-stroke Montesa (as used by the world champion) to second spot and a share of the championship with Andy Hipwell, from Buxton, who chose to ride his 175 Yamaha on the Clubman’s Route.

Pete Hallam. Photo: Scott Ellis.

Pete Hallam. Photo: Scott Ellis.

Danny Littlehales and Phil Hulme tied for third place, both losing 11 marks, but Littlehales was awarded the verdict on countback.

Pete Carson brought his special BSA Bantam home at the head of the field on the Clubman’s Route.

He was followed by a four-way tie for second place between Chris Beech, Nick Stott, Dorian Goddard and Hipwell.

Chris Beech eventually claimed second spot by virtue of the tie breaker and so winning the Clubman’s championship.

Race results

Expert: Iain Robinson, Gas Gas, nine marks lost; Andy Hallam, Beta, 17; Nick Bull, Gas Gas, 21; Billy Craig, Montesa, 22. 50/50: Torbjorn Eyre, Gas Gas, 2; Pete Hallam, Montesa, 8; Danny Littlehales, Fantic, 11; Phil Hulme, Gas Gas, 11. Youth: Matt Bown, Gas Gas, 21; Jim Bown, Gas Gas, 32. Clubmen: Pete Carson, BSA, 5; Chris Beech, Gas Gas, 9; Nick Stott, Gas Gas, 9; Dorian Goddard, Gas Gas, 9; Andy Hipwell, Yamaha, 9.

2012 Moorlands Championship Final Standings

Expert: Iain Robinson, 23 points; Billy Craig, 13; Andy Hallam, 13; Mark Atkinson, 10; Stu Day, 10; Ben Robinson, 10. 50/50: Pete Hallam, 14; Andy Hipwell, 14; Steve Kenny, 10; Chris Greenwood, 10; Phil Hulme, 10; Torbjorn Eyre, 10. Clubmen: Chris Beech, 17; Matt Burrows, 13; Tony Pratt, 10; Pete Carson, 10; Ray Wheaver, 8; Pat Trafford, 8.