Jersey Two Day


Two- and three-day tri­als are most cer­tainly among the best ways to en­joy your tri­als rid­ing, and the an­nual run­ning of the Chan­nel Is­lands-based Jersey Mo­tor Cy­cle and Light Car Club two-day trial once again at­tracted a good strong en­try with many rid­ers mak­ing the jour­ney from the main­land of Great Bri­tain. It also high­lighted that th­ese events are not just for the rid­ers. Of­fer­ing ex­cel­lent ho­tels and restau­rants as well as tax-free pre-Christ­mas shopping all the fam­ily can en­joy the is­land of Jersey. De­spite the stormy weather that had been pre­dicted all the rid­ers ar­rived by air and sea, with the first day of ac­tion manag­ing to beat the rain and the sec­ond day end­ing up, even more, invit­ing with sun­shine and blue skies. Before Sun­day’s ac­tion got un­der­way, all the rid­ers and of­fi­cials ob­served two min­utes of si­lence to re­spect Re­mem­brance Day. Clerk of the Course Den­nis Le Bre­ton and his hard-work­ing team had laid out two sep­a­rate days of ac­tion for the en­try of just over 70 rid­ers. Each day would take in two laps of 15 haz­ards at two sep­a­rate lo­ca­tions on the is­land. With a five-hour time limit and the threat­ened rain on day one, the rid­ers did not hang about. The heavy rain on the run-up to the event had made the sur­face very slip­pery, with wheel grip at a pre­mium keep­ing the en­try mov­ing along nicely all day. To keep the queu­ing down to a min­i­mum the rid­ers start in three sep­a­rate groups. On day one it was the Ex­pert route rid­ers who started first fol­lowed by the Clubmen and then the Novice route rid­ers; this would be re­versed on day two. The three routes were made up of ten rid­ers on the Ex­pert route, 30 on the Clubmen and 29 on the Novice route.

Club­man route

With the best score on both days, Chris Berry (Beta) man­aged to keep his calm and make sure of the vic­tory de­spite the pres­sure. Rid­ing as both a teacher to his son Greg and as a po­ten­tial win­ner him­self his open­ing score of 18 marks lost in front of even­tual sec­ond-placed rider Glen Hamel (Beta) was where the win­ning ad­van­tage was gained. Third po­si­tion was very hotly con­tested, with Neil Saf­fin (Scorpa) on his age­ing Yamaha en­gine Scorpa hav­ing the edge on 72 cleans to the 68 of Richard Morin; yes it was that close. In fifth po­si­tion was Toby Fry (Sherco) who after hav­ing his fa­ther Richard in close com­pe­ti­tion on day one pulled away to take the fam­ily hon­ours as his fa­ther slipped down to sev­enth after the two days of rid­ing.

Novice route

Lan­guish­ing way down in fifth place after day one, the even­tual win­ner Steve Kenny came fight­ing back on day two to post the low­est lap score over the two days. On day one it was the Welsh rider, Dai ‘Keith’ Bed­ford on the Mon­tesa who was the man on form, hold­ing a sin­gle-mark ad­van­tage over Paul Le Rouge­tel (Beta). Alan Lloyd (Yamaha) was next on eight, fol­lowed by the even­tual Best Lady Rider award win­ner from Guernsey Elisha Ben­stead (Beta) who was tied with even­tual win­ner Kenny on ten marks lost.

Un­der the warm skies on Sun­day it would all go out of the win­dow for Bed­ford as two stops pushed him away from the win and down into sixth po­si­tion. Nick Coote showed good form to move into the top five as Paul Le Rouge­tel re­mained con­sis­tent to fin­ish sec­ond, three marks be­hind a very happy win­ner Steve Kenny. John Hulme: “Once again the JMC & LCC or­gan­ised an ex­cel­lent two-day event en­joyed by all who at­tended. I can­not em­pha­sise the en­joy­ment and so­cial as­pect of vis­it­ing Jersey, and I would en­cour­age any­one think­ing of en­ter­ing in 2019 to get the date in your diary. The event al­ways runs over the Re­mem­brance Day week­end. The club would like to thank the fol­low­ing for their con­tin­ued sup­port: BVM Moto, Ho­tel Am­bas­sadeur and Holeshot Signs, and of course all the rid­ers and fam­i­lies who at­tended.”

Elisha Ben­stead (Beta)

Thomas Mol­let (Gas Gas)

Dai ‘Keith’ Bed­ford (Mon­tesa)

Ge­orge Edyvean (Beta)

Steve Kenny (Scorpa)

Richard Pal­lot (Beta)

Paul Le Rouge­tel (Beta)

Glen Hamel (Beta)

Chris Berry (Beta)

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