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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.

Pre-78/His­toric Span­ish

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)

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