Darley riders brave the wet

Buxton's Martyn Green. Photo: Steve Gough.
Buxton's Martyn Green. Photo: Steve Gough.

COMPETITORS and spectators braved the wet weather for Round Two of the Darley Moor Motorcycle Road Race Championship on Bank Holiday Monday.

Among the local riders competing was Whaley Bridge’s Alex Gallemore, who had a ‘flag to flag’ win in the Steel Framed 600/Pre Injection 600 class, taking the victory by 13 seconds on his Steel Framed machine.

However, there was drama behind him on the final lap as High Peak rider Steve Poulson crossed the line fifth on lap seven, but beat Martin Davis, from Stockport, by 1/100th of a second to claim second overall, and the Pre Injection class win.

With conditions deteriorating and the safety of the competitors of paramount importance, their afternoon race was to be the final race of the day.

Although stopped after four laps, the top-six were separated by just 3.5 seconds, Poulson taking the overall victory, with Buxton’s Lance Gwilliam in fifth.

The weather appeared to favour the smaller machines in the morning’s Sound of Thunder race.

Martyn Green, from Buxton, made up for slow start by climbing from seventh place at the end of the first lap to clinch second spot by less than 0.5 seconds.

Gallemore also made up for a slow start to claim third place in the Pre 98’s class.

Round three of the championship will take place on Bank Holiday Monday May 7.

Practice starts at 10am, with the first of 19 races due to start at approximately 11.30am.