Baker is the man to beat in big event

Western Daily Press (Saturday) - - Football -

WITH no less than six events across the re­gion, there is plenty of choice for trial com­peti­tors and en­thu­si­asts over the week­end, writes Mick Perry.

The ma­jor event to­day is the Camel Vale Club’s an­nual Ker­now Trial near St Blazey, in Corn­wall.

More than 100 rid­ers had en­tered the two-lap, 24-sec­tion con­test at the Garker group of sec­tions by mid­week, in­clud­ing the win­ner for the past two years Joe Baker, world cham­pi­onship con­tender Toby Mar­tyn, and world youth star Billy Green.

Also in ac­tion will be reg­u­lar award-win­ners Ge­orge Edyvean, Dar­ren and Simon James, Ste­fan Good­man, Max Di­ment and Ian and Shaun Martin.

The Taun­ton Club are ca­ter­ing for com­peti­tors of all abil­i­ties in their Taun­ton Cup Trial at Church­in­ford, on the Black­down Hills, this morn­ing, held at the Trickey War­ren group.

Green and Baker will be in ac­tion again to­mor­row in the More­ton­hamp­stead Club’s Leighton Steer Cup Trial at Cos­sicks Cross, be­tween Ex­eter and More­ton­hamp­stead, which is an­other pop­u­lar event and up­wards of 80 rides are ex­pected for a three-lap, 12-sec­tion event, while many of the com­peti­tors in the Ker­now will be stay­ing in the Duchy overnight for to­mor­row’s Cam­borneRe­druth Club’s Trispen Da Cunha event at Gil­bert’s Combe, on the out­skirts of Re­druth.

Mean­while, the North Som­er­set Club be­gin an­other busy year with their Eco An­gus timed and ob­ser­va­tion trial at Ub­ley Drove near Char­ter­house-on-Mendip.

Those who have al­ready signed on the dot­ted line to com­pete in the hour-long event in­clude Andy and Char­lie Frost, Ja­son Ham­blin, Peter and Zac King, Fin­lay and Steve Davey, Paul Man­ning and sev­eral mem­bers of the Dark and New­man fam­i­lies.

The other event is the Swin­don Club’s Brian Free­gard Cup Trial at Han­ning­ton, which is ex­pected to at­tract many Wes­sex Cen­tre aces and also many reg­u­lar award­win­ners from the ad­join­ing Western and South Mid­land cen­tres.

Mean­while, just be­fore Christ­mas, the Auto-Cy­cle Union’s mo­tocross com­mit­tee an­nounced that there would be a two-stroke cham­pi­onship to run along­side the main event through­out 2019, but ear­lier this week a state­ment from their head­quar­ters in Rugby said that owing to a luke­warm re­sponse, the se­ries will no longer take place.

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