Club’s season draws to exciting close to Skelder

Whitby's Robbie Dowson competes in the Expert and Junior A class at Skelder in the final Whitby Motocross Club meet of the season'picture: John Watson

Whitby's Robbie Dowson competes in the Expert and Junior A class at Skelder in the final Whitby Motocross Club meet of the season'picture: John Watson

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WHITBY Motocross Club brought their season to a close with a fantastic day’s racing at the Skelder Bank circuit on the outskirts of Whitby.

Sixteen year old Bradley Ward, aboard the big Kawasaki, excelled with a hat-trick of wins in the expert class, while the flying Andrew Flatman matched him with a full house in Junior Inter class.

Richard Tindale of Whitby competes on his KTM in the Junior Championship B category at Skelder'picture: John Watson

Richard Tindale of Whitby competes on his KTM in the Junior Championship B category at Skelder'picture: John Watson

The home spun talent of 14-year-old schoolboy Robbie Dowson from Danby produced a superb performance to finish third behind Ward and Ryan Voase in the first leg, following this with two cracking races with Josh Fytche from Grimsby.

Dowson, quicker of the two, clawed his way back from midfield to challenge Fytche for third with a tenacious ride but, try as he might, he couldn’t find a way past the more experienced Fytche and had to settle for fourth place overall. Glaisdale flyer Stuart Houlston, coming up to speed again, clinched fifth, the pair producing great racing for the crowd.

Whitby rider Richard Tindale returned to something like his best form and although riding with a damaged wrist, left the pack standing in the first race and led from start to finish to take a convincing win.

A second place to Jack Hills from Northallerton in the second leg and he appeared to have the overall win in his sights, but a third leg ninth allowed Hills through for overall victory.

The club’s hard-working crew will now work on the track through the close period ready for, hopefully, a drier season next year.

The club thank everyone for their support over the year.

Results (top four plus Whitby area riders)

Expert and Junior A: 1 Bradley Ward, Beal, Kawasaki, 2 Ryan Voase, Hornsea, Kawasaki, 3 Josh Fytche, Grimsby, Honda, 4 Robbie Dowson, Whitby, KTM, 5 Stuart Houlston, Whitby, Honda, 8 James Wilkinson, Whitby, 19 Steven Hind, Whitby, KTM.

Veterans (over 40s): 1 Richard Thompson, Burton Fleming, Kawasaki; 2 Richard Corner, East Yorks, Honda, 3 Simon Smith, Driffield, Honda, 4 Mike Dowson, Whitby, KTM.

Junior Championship B: 1 Jack Hills, Northallerton, KTM; 2 Matthew Stroud, Malton, KTM; 3 Thomas Ramsey, York, Yahama; 4 Richard Tindale, Whitby, KTM, 8 Mark Franklin, Whitby, Suzuki, 19 James Ward, Whitby, Honda.

Junior Intermediate (C1): 1 Andrew Flatman, Chilton, KTM; 2 Rob North, Leeds, Honda; 3 Simon Bland, Grimsby, Honda; 4 Graeme McKenzie, Stocton-on-Tees, KTM. Junior Clubman C2: 1 Josh Smith, Leeds, Kawasaki; 2 Timothy Upton, Middlesbrough, Honda; 3 Neil Eastwood, Stockton, Kawasaki; 4 Martyn McKenzie, Stockton-on-Tees, KTM, 10 Nick Craven, Whitby, KTM.