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.
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.
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.
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?
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.