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Air Cooled Monoshock

Dom­i­nated by mono-shock Yama­has it’s good to see that this year all four rounds have been won by four dif­fer­ent win­ners. De­spite not win­ning a round Robert Faulkner holds the se­ries lead on his Yamaha with some very con­sis­tent re­sults. Sec­ond in the se­ries, Steve Bird, won the open­ing round fol­lowed by Colin Ward Snr, be­fore John Cow­ley joined the Ja­panese show on his 260cc TLM Honda. How long will it be be­fore we see the Ital­ian and Span­ish air-cooled mono’s be­come more ev­i­dent in the awards?

Pre-78/His­toric Span­ish

What is nice to see are the names from the past that I have known for many years, and one that springs to mind is the cur­rent class leader Steve Bisby. I re­mem­ber him pur­chas­ing his 250cc or­ange Ossa ‘Grip­per’ model, and it’s good to see the Span­ish ma­chine is still very ca­pa­ble of win­ning in the right hands. He has the up­per hand at the mo­ment with two wins from the four rounds, as Gary Younghus­band has won one on his Bul­taco and Dave Wood the other on his Ossa.


North Wales based Phil Houghton has al­ways been a pretty handy rider, and he took the win at round one at the Mow-Cop venue near Con­gle­ton on his Tri­umph twin. Nigel Scott took the sec­ond round win on his Tri­umph, with Mar­tyn Wil­more the round three win­ner. Ian Pe­berdy usu­ally rides the BSA Ban­tam we re­cently tested in the magazine, but on a Tri­umph Twin he took the vic­tory at round four and now leads the cham­pi­onship. The mix be­tween two- and four-stroke ma­chines is very good to see.


Ro­man Kyrny­ckyj on his SWM holds the slen­der lead, with two wins to sec­ond-placed Richard Allen’s one vic­tory. Nick Draper was the other round win­ner on his 175cc Yamaha, prov­ing that the se­ries does not just cater for larger en­gine ca­pac­ity ma­chin­ery. It’s in­ter­est­ing to note just how much ef­fort the rid­ers go to as they try and bring their ma­chines into the mod­ern era. No mat­ter what changes they make though they still need rid­ing. In many cases rid­ers chose be­tween two- and four-stroke power for the dif­fer­ent event venues, which is good to see.

The Club­man route is a lit­tle eas­ier than the ex­pert and it’s good to note that the or­gan­is­ers at each round so far have taken into ac­count that some rid­ers just want a good day’s rid­ing. It gives them the op­tion of a more re­laxed course where they can have some fun rid­ing with their friends, or a more chal­leng­ing one on the ex­pert route.

Gary Fleck­ney (Yamaha) Phil Houghton (Tri­umph) Owen Hardisty (Tri­umph)

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