Whitby Motocross Club got their season off to a flying start on Sunday, the rain relenting, leaving the Skelder Bank circuit in perfect condition.
A fantastic entry of stars promised spectacular racing with a blend of youth, experience and talent.
And they didn’t disappoint. The oft-time winner and many times master of this technically difficult, but exciting track, Ryan Voase, needed every ounce of his ability to stay with the flying Jamie Law and Carlton Husband.
In the first leg Law grabbed an early lead, Voase tucked in behind with Tom Neal in hot pursuit, finally passing the impressive Husband. Voase hung on for second with Guisborough flyer Sean Robinson, in excellent form at present, pulling up to sixth.
Voase flew off the line in the second leg to hold the lead until lap three, but Law was charging and dived through on Voase to take the win, Robinson improving with a hard fought fifth.
The final leg and Voase again hit the front to lead the chasing pack of younger riders, but eventually the charging Law wore him down, powering the big Kawasaki to the front for a hat-trick of wins. Husband followed, leaving Voase third and Robinson splitting the two rising young stars Jay Hague and Tom Neal to finish fifth, to earn him sixth overall.
Danby’s Mark Franklin finished just out of the results in seventh place in the Junior B class and Joe Dowson also from Danby, who has not been riding long grabbed a fine seventh overall in the Junior C2 races. A solid ride from the youngster.
A fantastic result for the club and the new technology (transponder timing system) proved impressively good, the day finishing on time with no serious incidents.
Expert: 1st Jamie Law ( Kawasaki) 2nd Ryan Voase ( Kawasaki) 3rd Carlton Husband (Yamaha) 4th Jay Hague (KTM) 5th Tom Neal (KTM ) 6th Sean Robinson ( KTM )
Junior A: 1st Luke Flack (Sherco ) 2nd Jake Biggs (KTM) 3rd Joe Sutcliffe (KTM) 4th Ben James ( Kawasaki ) 5th Callum Wardman ( KTM ) 6th Callum Cree ( KTM)
Junior B: 1st Nathan Claughan (Honda) 2nd Phil Lawrence (Suzuki) 3rd Dylan Bradley (Honda ) 4th Toby Lightbown (Honda) 5th Mark Cardwell (Honda) 6th Mark Brockhurst (Suzuki )
Junior C1: 1st Graeme McKenzie (KTM) 2nd Tim Upton ( Yamaha ) 3rd Henry Harman (Kawasaki ) 4th Lewis Bean (KTM ) 5th Phil Jackson ( Kawasaki) 6th Chris Lloyd (KTM )
Junior C2: 1st. Mathew Bean (Yamaha) 2nd. Neil Eastwood (Honda), 3rd. Alan Morton Snr ( Yamaha ) 4th Philip Graham (Suzuki ) 5th. Mathew Hendry (Honda ) 6th. Gary Small ( Yamaha ).