Sam beats champion Iain to cup

Sam Yeomans. Photo contributed.
Sam Yeomans. Photo contributed.

YOUTH rider Sam Yeomans produced a magnificent ride to get his name on the Scott Ellis Trophy.

The Staffordshire Moorlands Motorcycle Club competition consisted of three laps of 15 sections at Tittersworth Farm.

The Expert Route was exceptionally difficult with only two riders keeping their score under 100.

Yeomans lifted the trophy from reigning Staffordshire Moorlands champion Iain Robinson by a healthy ten marks to become the first youth rider to beat established adult experts to the title.

Behind Robinson were the usual cluster of adult experts jostling for position: Nick Bull, Kev Hipwell, Liam Robinson and Andy Hallam.

On the clubman’s route, the degree of difficulty was considerably easier. The best performance was by over-40 rider Mark Weston, followed by fellow veteran Pete Ruscoe and clubman Mark Baker.

In the youth class, lady rider Jess Bown was the easy winner ahead of Jim Bown and George Spivey.


Scott Ellis Trophy: Sam Yeomans, Gas Gas, 87 marks lost; Iain Robinson, Gas Gas, 97; Nick Bull, Gas Gas, 100; Kev Hipwell, Gas Gas, 101; Liam Robinson, Gas Gas, 104; Andy Hallam, Beta, 108.

Roly Capper Shield: Mark Weston, Gas Gas, 13; Pete Ruscoe, Gas Gas, 19; Andy Hipwell, Gas Gas, 25; Andrew Shaw, Gas Gas, 43.

Auto Torque Trophy: Carl Baker, Beta, 20; Luke Meridith, Gas Gas, 35; Danny Littlehales, Fantic, 53; Phil Hulme, Beta, 53.

Youth Class: Jess Bown, Sherco, 29; Jim Bown, Gas Gas, 87; George Spivey, Gas Gas, 88.