Scot­tish Clas­sic GRAND NATIONA AL

July 15/16, 2017 – Drum­lan­rig Cas­tle, Dum­fries and Gal­loway

Classic Dirtbike - - Sporting Action - Words: Tim Britton Pics: Fiona Wat­son

Word go­ing round the pad­dock at the Scot­tish Grand Na­tional MX was along the lines of “what a fan­tas­tic set­ting…” and it cer­tainly was a great place to hold a scram­ble. Laid out by the Scot­tish Clas­sic Rac­ing Mo­tor­cy­cle Club’s scram­bles sec­tion, the track was not par­tic­u­larly tech­ni­cal but pro­vided lots of close rac­ing with few spills and a great week­end for com­peti­tors and spec­ta­tors alike. CDB only man­aged one day – Sun­day – which was fine, warm and sunny, though ap­par­ently Satur­day had some in­ter­est­ing weather. In any case, the track was in prime con­di­tion thanks to the rain, with more than one rider say­ing how dusty it would have been oth­er­wise. Rid­ers from sev­eral Euro­pean coun­tries such as Bel­gium, France and Eire, plus a few com­ing fur­ther afield from the USA and Aus­tralia, joined a full con­tin­gent of Scot­tish and English rid­ers. On hand to min­gle, mix and present an award or two at the end was for­mer world MX cham­pion Gra­ham Noyce. The rac­ing was split up into pop­u­lar classes of pre-68 un­lim­ited, pre-75 un­lim­ited, twin­shock 60+ chancers, twin­shock over 50s, twin­shock un­der 50s and a cou­ple of team races. Once the last rider of a race crossed the line, the next race was on the grid wait­ing for starter Dar­ren Hud­son to drop the gates. What fol­lowed when he did was ei­ther 10 or 12 min­utes plus one lap of rac­ing and the dif­fer­ence be­ing de­pen­dent on the par­tic­u­lar class. Though the faster rid­ers in each race soon pulled away from the pack that didn’t mean the rac­ing was any less com­pet­i­tive fur­ther down the field as there was as much ac­tion in 10th place as there was for first. In the end, the last race

And they’re off… the gate drops on the Pre-75 un­lim­ited race.

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