Whitby’s Andy Chilton pushed British Trials Champion Michael Brown all the way in the long-established Cleveland National trial on Sunday.
Chilton battled hard against Brown, of Scarborough, and Jack Sheppard in the event run by Middlesbrough and District Motorcycle Club.
In glorious spring like weather, Brown held the lead on the first punch card check by just two marks from Sheppard, with Northallerton joiner Guy Kendrew just one mark adrift.
On the latter half, it was Chilton who hit fantastic form as Kendrew dropped back with three fives in the final group.
Chilton’s attacking ride at the huge monolithic rock at Stormy Hall in the closing stages, enabled him to hand in best card of the afternoon.
He finished equal on marks lost to Sheppard but lost out on runner up position on most cleans rule.
Matt Maynard could not quite match an inspired ride from Tom Hick in the Intermediate class as Hick’s first punch card of two dropped gave him a lead he never relinquished to win by 13 marks.
In Clubman class, it was left to Ripon veteran Glen Scholey to blow the modern machinery away on his Yamaha, with a ride of pure quality to edge home the winner from another great rider from the 80s and 90s era, Middlesbrough’s Steve Williams.
Expert: Michael Brown (Gas Gas) 14, Jack Sheppard (Beta) 21m/c`s, Andy Chilton (Beta) 21.
Intermediate: Tom Hick (Beta) 11, Mathew Maynard (Sherco) 24, Chris Alford (Gas Gas) 32, Gavin Lowther (Sherco) 32.
Clubman: Glen Scholey (Yamaha) 16. 1st class, Steve Williams (Gas Gas) 17 m/cs, Stuart Blythe (Montesa) 17, Paul Dennis (Beta) 19, Paul Bennett (Gas Gas) 21. 2nd class, Mark Buckworth (Beta), Mark Coulson (Beta) 31, Andy Turner (Beta) 32, Richard Simpson (Montesa) 34.