AFFLECK EXTENDS LEAD IN TRIAL EXPERT CLASS
By the narrowest of margins, Tom Affleck (Sherco) extended his lead in the Expert Class at a hot and dusty round five at Scarborough on Sunday. Despite dropping a maximum on the penultimate section on the final lap, his lead at the time was just enough to take a tie break win from George Gosden (pictured - Beta) by a three cleans margin. In contrast, Gosden, making the long journey from the Isle of Wight sailed through the thirty six sections without a maximum or even a bout of heavy footing. with six singles and a two making up his eight mark loss. Round one winner, Chris Alford (Scorpa) slotted into third, disappointed with two maximums, one on lap one and a second on the final tour of the race.
In such dry conditions, the Clerk of the Course Pat Galway specifically designed the sections to be rideable in the Expert category and he succeeded with all the point scorers recording at least one single figure lap score.
Bradley Bullock (Beta) finished fourth with a poor, by his standards, second lap but fought back with a zero on his wristband third time round. Danny Gamble (Beta) has made his mark in the recent two rounds and slotted into fifth for good points, ahead of Joel Edwards (Scorpa) who has been consistent in all rounds.
Riding a borrowed machine, Tyler Rendall (Vertigo) suffered three maximums in succession on lap one, but fought back strongly, which included a zero final lap for seventh which was just enough to be ahead of a disappointed Emma Bristow (Sherco) who recorded laps of 6-7-8 for eighth.
Both John Crinson (Vertigo) and Dan Hemingway (Beta) started off very strong with good first laps, but dropped off on lap three which spoilt any podium opportunities and they had to settle for ninth and tenth.
The next round take place at Brimham Rocks on August 15th, but ahead of that we will look at the Trial 2 and Trial GB class results in the next two days.