Time for change

ACU BRI­TISH CHAM­PI­ONSHIPS – SOLO

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Masters

Rid­ing with a ma­ture con­sis­tency, Ross Danby has three con­sec­u­tive wins un­der his belt in this new-for-2018 se­ries. Af­ter miss­ing the open­ing round Sam Haslam made his first ap­pear­ance in this class but he has no an­swer at the mo­ment to Danby as he keeps the TRS at the top of the cham­pi­onship with another clear win in south Wales.

Ex­pert

On paper it may look like Richard Sadler is pulling away at the head of the cham­pi­onship, but he knows that at ev­ery round there is a hand­ful of rid­ers who could win on the day in this very closely matched, com­pet­i­tive cham­pi­onship. At the mo­ment his near­est ri­val is Guy Ken­drew with ‘Vet­eran’ Dan Thorpe never far off the pace. Af­ter a poor per­for­mance by his own ad­mis­sion, Thorpe knows he is on the back foot but Ken­drew needs to be look­ing to take a win if he is to chal­lenge Sadler for the crown.

Luke Walker is hold­ing his own in fourth as the Isle of Wight’s Chris Stay had to con­tend with a re­tire­ment in the Lake District which is a points deficit he knows will be hard to pull back.

Worth not­ing is the ex­cel­lent ride by Emma Bris­tow in round two. The cur­rent Ladies’ Trial World Cham­pion will be happy with her ca­reer-best fifth po­si­tion but also frus­trated as she knows that the top three is achiev­able. Never one to give up, do not be sur­prised if Emma bridges this gap from fifth to third. With the more open haz­ards found in rounds two and three now chang­ing to the much more con­fined haz­ards at the chal­leng­ing Kelly’s Farm maybe we will see some of the younger rid­ers start to shine.

Elite Youth

If you look at the fi­nal scores from each event you will see that the 125cc ma­chines have a tough day, as do the rid­ers. As some of the younger rid­ers en­ter into the Euro­pean and Trial World Cham­pi­onships, in the­ory this new Elite Youth Class should bet­ter pre­pare them for this tran­si­tion.

Mitch Bright­more has suc­cess­fully raised his level of rid­ing, which has put him clear at the head of the cham­pi­onship with two wins in last two rounds. Both Gus Oblein and Brett Har­budd know that a win is vi­tal at the next round if they are to stop Bright­more pulling fur­ther ahead in the cham­pi­onship. It will be in­ter­est­ing to see which of the rid­ers can take the fight to Bright­more.

Guy Ken­drew (Beta-UK)

DanJack­Thor­peChal­loner(JST(CraigsGasG­asMon­tesa) UK)

Richard Sadler (Beta-UK-Ack­lams)

Ross Danby (TRS UK)

Gwynedd Jones (Beta)

Tom Af­fleck (180° Ver­tigo)

Mitch Bright­more (JST Gas Gas UK)

Gus Oblein (Sherco)

Brett Har­bud (BVM Beta)

Ryan Brown (Beta)

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