Air Cooled Monoshock
Already this year the class has attracted a wide spectrum of machinery including JCM, to name one. The mono-shock Yamaha still remains the machine to have, with both the series leader Martyn Goodall and ‘Rockshock’ suspension expert Gary Fleckney relying on the Japanese machinery. Martyn holds the upper hand with two wins, with the others going to Gary Bloodworth. Round four winner Luke Staples has thrown a spanner in the works of the Japanese domination with the win on his Italian Fantic.
The potential for this class to grow is huge as more machines are given an airing in the series. The Spanish theme though is a little lost although second-placed Gary Daykin has interrupted the Japanese machinery on his Ossa. Joe Evans-Luter won the first round, with Daykin taking the second. Series leader Eirian Davies won the third round, and James Waters took round four. The Yamaha 175cc appears to be the most popular choice of machine, but it would be good to see more Spanish machinery in amongst the mix.
Another strong class to compete in, Owen Hardisty on his Triumph took the first round win at Congleton and is second in the championship. Each of the other rounds has seen different winners, proving just how competitive it is to try and take a victory. Darren Palmer won round two and Jonathan Souch round three. Round four had Peter Waters take his BSA to the victory to support his first place overall in the points standing as Hardisty chases him to close the gap.
We all lose touch with people over the years and when I noticed Steve Robson a few years ago back on the trials scene he mentioned he might start competing in the Kia Championship. Not only is he riding but he is also winning, showing many of the younger riders in the class a clean pair of heels, with a full house of wins on his Fantic. Dave Braithwaite on his Suzuki is followed by David Wilkinson on his Honda, giving a good mix of machinery in this class, but the question is who can stop ‘Butch’ Robson?
Andy Hipwell (Honda) Janice Proctor (BSA) Steve Robson (Fantic) Roman Kyrnyckyj (SWM) Chris Alford (Yamaha)