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Kia Cham­pi­onship

With five rounds now com­pleted and three still to go, the 2018 Kia Twin­shock Cham­pi­onship still con­tin­ues to at­tract good, strong, qual­ity en­tries. The lat­est two rounds of the cham­pi­onship have taken in the Spen Val­ley MCC round at the all­ter­rain Tong venue near Leeds and the Nene Val­ley MCC round at Ged­ding­ton, Northants. Both events were run in the very dry con­di­tions which have cov­ered the coun­try in the sum­mer months. At Ged­ding­ton it was a bak­ing hot day as the rid­ers rode in the val­ley and then the old quarry work­ings at Glen­don. With the sum­mer break over the cham­pi­onship lead­ers and chal­lengers will be fo­cussed on the fin­ish of the year and the re­main­ing three rounds.

Here we take a brief look at each cham­pi­onship class and who is look­ing good for the wins. Bear in mind that the rid­ers can all drop their worst round score at the end of the se­ries.

EX­PERT CHAM­PI­ONSHIP Twin­shock

A new win­ner ap­peared in the se­ries for the first time at the Spen Val­ley round as Clas­sic Trial Mag­a­zine test rider and re­cent clas­sic ‘con­vert’ Phil Dis­ney headed the score sheet on his im­mac­u­late Honda. Roy Palmer on his home-built Kawasaki four-stroke was a dis­tant sec­ond. With se­ries leader Richard Allen giv­ing the round a miss he came straight back in at Nene Val­ley with a con­vinc­ing win on a com­pletely dif­fer­ent choice of ma­chin­ery with the two-stroke Aprilia. An­other rider swop­ping ma­chines in the se­ries is Chris For­shaw who skips be­tween two- and fourstroke power. Allen may ap­pear to have a clear se­ries lead but he knows that Ro­man Kyrny­ckyj, Chris For­shaw, Olly Ware­ing and Roy ‘Pushrod’ Palmer will still have an eye on the cham­pi­onship vic­tory.

His­toric Span­ish & Pre-78 Twin­shock

This cham­pi­onship still has room to grow so much more and at­tract more rid­ers, which I am sure it will but at the mo­ment the main man is Cum­brian Chris My­ers on his Bul­taco. His near­est chal­lenger is Steve Bisby but he was ab­sent from the last round in this poorly sup­ported class on his Ossa, al­though he still holds a strong sec­ond in the se­ries. Dave Wood made it a Bul­taco one-two, fin­ish­ing be­hind My­ers at both rounds. It was good to see the top fe­male rider Donna Fox mak­ing an ap­pear­ance in this class at Spen Val­ley on her 125cc Honda fin­ish­ing in fifth po­si­tion.

Monoshock

This still re­mains one of the bet­ter sup­ported classes, no doubt helped by the ever pop­u­lar and eas­ily avail­able monoshock Yamaha. The cham­pi­onship re­mains very much a Ja­panese dom­i­nated one with both Yamaha and Honda ma­chin­ery in­volved in the ac­tion. Nigel Scott gave Honda the vic­tory at Spen Val­ley be­fore Steve Bird bounced back to the front on his Yamaha at Nene Val­ley. In the cham­pi­onship Steve Bird con­tin­ues to edge away from the threat of Nigel Scott, with the ever present Dean Dev­ereux wait­ing to pounce on his Honda TLM. This class is still at­tract­ing more rid­ers, which has to be good news all round.

Bri­tish Bike

Who would have be­lieved, all th­ese years af­ter Dave Row­lands’ hero­ics on the BSA Ban­tam in 1967 when he was run­ner-up in the Scot­tish Six Days Trial be­hind Sammy Miller, that the tried and tested ma­chine would still be chal­leng­ing for cham­pi­onship honours! The ac­tual ma­chines have moved on con­sid­er­ably some 50 years on from when Row­lands rode his but they still want rid­ing. Ian Pe­berdy took two wins in the last two rounds and it was good to see Danny Cock­shot out on a Tri­umph Tiger Cub at Spen Val­ley. Ian has one hand on the 2018 tro­phy as the se­ries moves into the fi­nal three rounds.

CLUB­MAN CHAM­PI­ONSHIP Twin­shock

Can David Wilkin­son on the Honda do enough to se­cure this close cham­pi­onship as he is drawn into bat­tle with Antony Charles on the Fan­tic? Out of the five rounds con­tested each event has pro­duced a dif­fer­ent win­ner, but when you look at the cham­pi­onship it comes back to the con­sis­tency be­tween Wilkin­son and Charles. Wilkin­son is the only round win­ner of the two, which is part of the rea­son why he holds the ad­van­tage af­ter tak­ing the top spot at Tong in the Spen Val­ley Mo­tor­cy­cle Club event. The last round win­ner, Stephen Wilde on the Honda, has only con­tested the last two events. Look out in the closing rounds for Jim Wil­liams on the SWM and Colin Stubbs on the Honda. They have both scored good points and could push for the ti­tle in the fi­nal three rounds.

His­toric Span­ish & Pre-78 Twin­shock

When you look at this cham­pi­onship James Wa­ters and his con­sis­tency have given him this early cham­pi­onship lead over Robin Oliphant. Robin has only con­tested three rounds, which he has won on his Suzuki, and holds sec­ond po­si­tion in the se­ries. In re­al­ity if he wins the fi­nal three rounds he will take the cham­pi­onship but we are sure James Wa­ters will do his best to try and carry his win­ning form from the last round into the next one. David Matthews on the Bul­taco uses all his scores from the five rounds to tie on 60 points with Robin Oliphant, and do not rule out Rus­sell Walker on his Mon­tesa ei­ther. It’s in­ter­est­ing to note that out of the 26 points-scor­ers, 16 of th­ese have been on Span­ish ma­chines.

Monoshock

With huge help­ings of monoshock Yama­has avail­able to con­test this se­ries you ex­pect them to dom­i­nate the re­sults, but this is not the case. The cham­pi­onship is led by a Fan­tic fol­lowed by a cou­ple of Hon­das and an­other Fan­tic, which has to be a good thing. At­tract­ing dif­fer­ent ma­chin­ery is one of the key points of the cham­pi­onship that makes it ex­cit­ing and opens the door for many rid­ers. With only one win at the open­ing round Paul Whit­taker leads the way in the cham­pi­onship on the Fan­tic. Hot on his heels is Dave Wardell on the Honda, who from his four rides has taken three wins to keep him in con­tention for the cham­pi­onship. The other round win­ner is Nathan Han­ley on his Yamaha. Having won the last three con­sec­u­tive rounds, the ques­tion on ev­ery­one’s lips is who can stop Dave Wardell?

Bri­tish Bike

The rul­ing of this Pre-72 Bri­tish Bike class is a well-thought-out one and prov­ing one of the most pop­u­lar of the Kia Cham­pi­onship in 2018. It’s in­ter­est­ing to note that we have had five dif­fer­ent round win­ners with Owen Hardisty, Peter Ed­wards, Jim Pick­er­ing, Jim Ten­nant and Dar­ren Phy­pers. All the wins have gone to the two-stroke ma­chines, which are prob­a­bly eas­ier to ride than the four-stroke coun­ter­parts. The top points-scor­ers af­ter five rounds have all only con­tested a max­i­mum three of the rounds, putting Paul How­ells at the top on his BSA Ban­tam. He has not taken a win yet but no doubt will be look­ing to change this. Owen Hardisty sits in a close sec­ond po­si­tion, with Peter Ed­wards next fol­lowed closely by Ossy By­ers and Mick Grant. Will we see a four-stroke win in a round in 2018? Please visit the web­site: www. twin­shockcham­pi­onship.org.uk for more in­for­ma­tion on events, venues and classes.

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