A closer look at the ACU Trial Expert Class.
Double wins has put Chris Stay (TRRS) clear at the top of the standings after rounds three and four at Tynemouth at the weekend. The fact that his main challengers were squabbling over top eight positions has put the Isle of Wight rider eight points in front as the series approaches the half way stage.
On day one, Stay who has aspirations to move into the ACU Trial 2 Class at the end of the year, cleaned thirty two of the sections which put him a clear eight marks ahead of Dan Thorpe (Gas Gas), whilst Gwynedd Jones (Beta) made his first visit to the podium this year after returning laps of seven, six and seven to take third. Stay gained his advantage on the slippery climbs, laced with rocks, at section nine, with one of only two cleans, the other being Emma Bristow (Sherco) who went on to finish fourth,
Heavy rain and mostly different sections was always going to mean that day two would be slightly harder, Sam Yeomans (Gas Gas) led with five marks at the end of the opening twelve section lap and he extended this with a single bout of footing next time round.
Stay was still lurking very close to the top and when Yeomans suffered a maximum on the penultimate section he took up the initiative to win by three marks. Thorpe recovered from a poor first lap which included three failures, but posted the "perfect" final tour to grab third at the end.
Championship Leader going into the weekend, Lloyd Price (TRRS) could only manage eighth on day one, but recovered well on Sunday to finish fourth and keep his title hopes alive.
Stay now heads the series from Thorpe with Yeomans third and Price fourth. Bristow and Jones lead the chasing pack with Charlie Smith (Beta) Thomas Culliford (TRRS), Ben Morphett who was absent with a family wedding and Brad Bullock (Beta) making his first appearance this year, completing the top ten ahead of the next round in Devon on the 16th of this month.
Tomorrow more details on the ACU Trial 2 class will be published.