UPPER Hulme, near Leek, was the new venue for the opening round of Staffordshire Moorlands Motorcycle Club’s Summer Championship on Saturday.
In the shadow of the famous Roaches crags, the local gritstone course was dry and grippy for the 51 competitors who tackled the first seven sections, the third stage of which proved particularly tricky for the clubman’s riders, while section six was difficult for the experts.
A further three sections were marked out in a nearby stream, which turned out to be very slippery and resulted in high-scoring rides in all classes.
Gas Gas’ Mark Atkinson proved to be the best expert rider on the night, but was pushed hard by team-mate Billy Craig and Stu Day.
The 50/50 course proved easier for the top riders with Steve Kenny holding his nerve to record a perfectly clean score. Behind him, there were six riders within two marks of the winner.
Youth rider Tom Day was the best performer on the clubman’s route, finishing clear of more experienced riders Tony Pratt and Ray Wheaver.
Expert: Mark Atkinson, Gas Gas, 3 marks lost; Billy Craig, Gas Gas, 5; Stu Day, Montesa, 9; Iain Robinson, Montesa, 12; Will Elliott, Ossa, 15.
50/50 Riders: Steve Kenny, Montesa, 0; Mike Edwards, Gas Gas, 1; Andy Hipwell, Gas Gas, 1; Steve Hitchcock, Gas Gas, 2; Kev Hipwell, Gas Gas, 2; Scott Rowland, Gas Gas, 2; Pete Hallam, Montesa, 2.
Clubman’s: Tom Day, Gas Gas, 12; Tony Pratt, Gas Gas, 15; Ray Wheaver, RWS, 15; Terry Harvey, Gas Gas, 22; Trevor Hodge, Sherco, 24.