Local talent shines at Skelder Bank

Grosmont's James Ward in action at Skelder Bank
Grosmont's James Ward in action at Skelder Bank

Whitby Motocross Club’s Skelder Bank played host to some exciting racing and a wealth of promising local talent on Sunday.

The circuit was bathed in sunshine as the competition got underway, conditions that clearly suited Tom Neal, the overall winner.

Guisborough’s Sean Robinson finished second overall, but Hornsea’s Ryan Voase – a former master of this track – and Danby`s rising teenage star Robbie Dowson did not fare quite so well.

Both racers suffered after hitting mechanical trouble in the first and second legs and dropped down the standings as a result.

Local ace Dowson did however manage to claim three second-placed finishes after going out on a bike borrowed from David Swales.

More homegrown talent was on show in the Junior B race and Grosmont rider James Ward rode well for the overall win with three race victories and a second place to Mark Cardwell in the third leg.

Ward, a no-nonsense rider with a smooth, effortless style made it look easy, yet he proved deceptively fast.

Only Callum Hirst was able to keep him in sight with three consistent second places and a third behind Ward and Cardwell in the third leg.


Expert: 1st Tom Neal, 2nd Sean Robinson (Yamaha), 3rd Ryan Voase (Kawasaki), 4th Jim Scrafton, 5th Stuart Houlston (Yamaha), 6th Robbie Dowson.

Junior A: 1st Nathan Claughan (Honda), 2nd Tom Hume (Honda), 3rd Jake Biggs (KTM), 4th Andrew Cochrane, 5th Jamie Fort, 6th Dan Hart (Yamaha).

Junior B: 1st James Ward (Honda), 2nd Callum Hirst (Honda), 3rd Mark Cardwell (Honda), 4th Charles Staveley (Honda), 5th Mark Franklin (Suzuki), 6th Ben Henshall (Yamaha).

Junior (C1): 1st Henry Harman (Kawasaki), 2nd Chris Lloyd, 3rd Lewis Bean (KTM), 4th Jonathon Cottam (KTM).

Junior (C2): 1st Josh Smith, 2nd Neil Eastwood (Honda), 3rd Corey Dodds (Honda), 4th Mathew Bean (Yamaha) 5th Terry Floyd (KTM), 6th Ian Wandless .

Veterans: 1st Rod Heald (Kawasaki), 2nd Anthony Misselbrook, 3rd Mike Dowson (KTM), 4th Derek Ward.