Entries available for GH Motorcycles Evening Motocross – Wednesday 5th July. Apply online at:: https://members.acu.org.uk
Entries are now open for Diss MCC’s very popular GH Motorcycles evening motocross on Wednesday 5th July at Wattisfield Hall. Similar to the very successful 2015 & 2016 events, there will be two groups of riders consisting of a MX class and an enduro class. There will be a total of 12 races and riders from each class will get at least 4 races. Practise starts at 5.15 pm and racing from 6.pm. A £1000 prize fund is on offer so this should attract a full entry of quality riders so get your entry in and don’t be disappointed.
Entries are available on line from https://members.acu.org.uk
Full entry - Moto Cross, Wattisfield Hall - Sunday 21st May 2017 - 3rd Round of the Hadrian Marine ACU British Clubman Sidecar Championship plus supporting solos - Click here for programme
A full entry of 160 riders have entered Diss MCC Motocross this Sunday - 21st May. The event forms round 3 of the Hadrian Marine ACU British Clubman Championship. 120 supporting solos riders are also entered with round 4 of the NGR Championship and supporting Solo Allcomers. Practise commences at 10.15 with racing from 11.30.
Clarkes of Walsham, local builders merchants, country clothing, farming equipment, fencing etc. continue to be principal sponsors of the event.
See you there
Other MX 2017 dates for the diary
Regulations for Round 2 of GH Motorcycles Husqvarna Eastern ACU Enduro Championship - 7th May 2017. Apply online at: https://members.acu.org.uk
On Sunday 7th May 2017, Bury St Edmunds & DMCC Motorcycle Club will organising Round 2 of the GH Motorcycles Husqvarna Eastern Centre Championship Enduro Championship at Hawkedon near Bury St Edmunds.
This is the first time Bury Club has run a solo Championship enduro at this venue. Clerk of the Course Neil Sargent has obtained some extra ground and has developed an exciting and unique format which allows a traditional timecard enduro to run at a location which has a limited lap mileage. The format will involve two time controls with riders bypassing the controls on intermediate laps (similar to a hare and hounds), the principal difference will be riders will be booked into the time control at least once every hour to allow refuelling, rest, and routine maintenance. There shouldn’t be too much sitting around and plenty of riding to get value for money!
As only 120 riders will be accepted, it’s essential, particularly if you are riding the 2017 Eastern Centre Championship, to get your entries in very quickly – don’t be disappointed. Entries open on the 1st April and you can enter by the ACU on line system (Bury are now registered) or alternately through the Eastern Centre Gazette.
A lot of focus is been placed on this event as it may provide a useful concept to be applied elsewhere. The difference between this and hare and hounds, is you will have to think carefully about when to book into the time controls or go for the extra lap. Riders will not need to walk the special test and this will based as the rider’s fastest lap of the day. The first lap of each session will not count towards the test so there are no surprises.
Luke Parker leads the championship after the Santon Enduro with Jamie Roper and Jason Morland hot on his heals.
Illegal Riding threatens the future of the Muntjac and Santon Enduros – Thetford Forest
After a period of 30 years, the thoughtless actions of a few riders is threatening the future of enduros in Thetford Forest. Despite the publicity already warning riders of this, there are a number examples of trail, enduro and motocross riders illegally riding. This includes very sensitive conservation areas and land used by for the Muntjac and Santon Enduros. A number of riders have been caught by the Forestry and Police and Section 59 (public order warnings / potential to have your bike crushed) have been issued to a total of 11 riders in recent months.
The problem used to be limited to local riders from the nearby towns but now the problem involves trail riders and ACU licence holders. The ACU at Rugby has applied a zero tolerance to any rider caught, and to date one expert motocross rider (eastern centre) and two enduro riders (not from the eastern centre) have had their ACU licence suspended.
To make the position absolutely clear, you are not permitted to ride on Forestry land unless it is an authorised ACU event (Muntjac and Santon Enduro) or an authorised location such as Hit the Dirt at Swaffham. If you do enjoy trail riding you must keep to the authorised byways. None of the former Diss MCC enduro courses are authorised for trail riding and this includes tracks or pits on Forestry land adjacent to byways. Ignorance is not an excuse!
In summary, if off road events are to continue on Forestry land in the eastern centre, positive action needs to be taken now. It is important for all clubs to get the message out to riders if the sport as we know it now is to survive! Diss MCC.
Provisional results from the GH Mcs Santon Enduro - Round One of the 2017 ACU Eastern Championship - here...
Wootton sets the pace on the Santon Enduro
Sunday 26 February saw Diss MCC host round one of the GH Motorcycles ACU 2017 Eastern Centre Enduro championship.
Storm Doris had threatened the event but after a huge amount of clear up work on Friday led by clerk of the course Andy Waters and his team, the 12 mile lap was sorted and ready for the 190 riders entered for the ever popular Diss MCC Santon Forest Enduro. A dry but breezy day faced the competitors with a strong field of 30 championship riders kicking off the action with a total of 192 riders entered.
At the end of the first test Joe Wootton on the 450 Freestyle Husqvarna demonstrated his return to race fitness with his first test 4 seconds clear of former eastern centre champion Jamie Roper on the 350 Aim/Walters KTM with eastern motocross champion Luke Parker out on the 450 GH/G and B Finch Husqvarna, a second further back in third. Brendan Mayers slotted in fourth half a second slower with 2016 champion Jason Morland on the 250 Aim KTM a second further back.
The second test saw Wootton confirm his domination of the event with an almost 13 second overall lead. Luke Parker strengthened his grip on a podium finish with a strong second test edging Roper down to third. A strong third place on his second test saw Morland push up to fourth with the consistent and hard charging Roger Holland on the 250 KTM rising to fifth. However the action was far from over with a further 5 laps facing the championship runners. Despite lots of new going, the course ran faster than expected and 17 championship runners cleaned the all important ultra tight last lap. Charlie Evans on the 450 Yamaha clocking in 2 minutes early and a gaggle of other top championship runners comfortably finishing a minute ahead of the time schedule - leaving the top five unchanged from the test order.
In the expert class Aaron Gordon showed a 125 was no handicap keeping the 125 HuskySport Husqvarna at the sharp end of both tests and cleaning the tough final lap. Some 17 experts and 6 expert vets able to hit the time schedule with both Gordon and twelfth placed Ryan McDonnell clocking in two minutes early to the final timecheck. Myles Saunders on 250 Aim KTM took the runner up spot with Kevin Palmer on the 300 Pope Sherco taking the final podium slot.
In the hotly contested expert vet class Mark Houson, 250 KTM edged out Richard Hallam, 450 Honda with event sponsor Gav Hockey taking third on his 300 Husqvarna with less than 1.5 seconds separating the top three.
Lewis Ranger on yet another 125 HuskySport Husqvarna was the dominant winner in the clubman class some 17 seconds clear of Lee Monger on his 300 Sherco with James Barker taking third just a second down on Monger.
Kevin Webb, 250 KTM was the only clubman vet to stay clean helping him to top spot in class from Andrew Peck 250 Yamaha and third placed Wayne Fulcher on his 450 Honda. In the Clubman super vets Andy Mason 250 Yamaha again dominated clocking in from his final lap two minutes early and finishing 10 second clear of Paul Davis 150 TM, with Steve Finch, 300 Husqvarna taking the final podium slot.
Despite the efforts of the recent storm the ever enthusiastic and hard working Diss MCC team again put on a great event, a fitting start to the 2017 GH Motorcycles ACU Eastern Championship.
Thetford Forest - Illegal Riding. No excuses – Police taking action
Norfolk & Suffolk Police and the Forestry Commission in East England are taking a very strong stance to anyone caught illegally riding on Forestry Commission Land in Thetford. Despite warnings, and the ACU earlier this year suspending a top Eastern Centre Motocross rider, some riders are still illegally riding causing damage to land and presenting a nuisance to other forest users.
Using covert cameras, information from social media, photos taken by forests users, and registrations obtained from vans and bikes etc, the Police have been issuing a number of Section 59 notices (using a vehicle in an anti-social manner). In addition to a warning, this can involve prosecution of the individual and the bike being seized and potentially crushed.
Recent evidence of illegal riding indicates the problem is wider than local ‘joy riders’ as it includes motocross, enduro and trail bike riders.
To make it perfectly clear, the only places in Thetford Forest where off road riding is permitted is at authorised tracks such as Hit the Dirt at Swaffham or the Norfolk and Suffolk Schoolboy Track at Hockham. Even then riding in at these venues is only permitted when they are open for an event or authorised practise day. All other areas of forest including locations such as Two Mile Bottom or where the Diss Club run enduro events, is strictly no go. If you are trail riding – you must not deviate from authorised green lane routes.
The ACU has made their position very clear that any rider caught illegally riding or encouraging it on social media, will be subject to disciplinary action which may involve suspension of their licence. There are no excuses! The reputation and future of off road sport in East Anglia is being seriously affected by a few irresponsible individuals.
Sunday saw Diss MCC run the 9th and final round of the 2016 ACU British Enduro Championship with some 216 riders up for the challenge.
The competition was always going to be strong but the threatened weather was also part of everyone's pre-race discussion. 8 hours of heavy overnight rain drenched the course but the gale force winds didn't materialise and the rain fortunately stopped as the action got underway.
The strong championship class started their day with back to back tests and faced a major challenge with a very wet and slimy test. First blood went to Jack Edmondson on his 125 Leisure Trail/KTM UK KTM with a stunning first test nearly 3.5 seconds clear of Danny McCanney on the Factory 300 Husqvarna with Brad Freeman on the 250 Colwyn Bay/KTM Stuff KTM 2 seconds further back. Stuart Edmonds on the 250 Electraction TM was using his MX experience to good effect and Jake Subachus on the MPS Sherco rounded out the top five. As soon as the last championship rider had finished they were back for test two. Jack continued to read the challenging conditions to perfection pulling a further four second advantage over Danny McCanney with Stuart Edmonds 2 seconds behind McCanney. Josh Gotts on the 250 TM UK TM was 5 seconds back in fourth with Alex Snow on the 300 MPS Sherco slotting into fifth. Brad Freeman struggled to restart after a fall on the slippery going and came out 41st overall almost 50 seconds down on Edmondson.
The start of the second lap saw the championship class return to see a very changed test showing lots of ruts and berms - the rest of the entry had made their mark...
McCanney increased his pace to win the next test by 3 seconds from Edmondson with Freeman a further 7 seconds back with Edmunds and Jamie Lewis 450 Off Road Experience Yamaha taking fourth and fifth. This meant Jack still had a 4.7 second lead from McCanney with Edmondson, Gotts and Lewis rounding out the overall top five. Brad Freeman was in a distant 11th overall but making up lost ground fast.
The fourth test at the start of lap three saw McCanney and Brad Freeman run sub five minutes with McCanney at 4 minutes 55 and Freeman close behind with a 4:58 - helping his battle back up the leaderboard. Jack Eddy maintained strong pace with a five minute test with Lewis nine seconds back in fourth followed closely by Gotts. Edmunds had made a small mistake and his 5:13 run dropped him to seventh in the strong competition. McCanney had now edged in front in the overall standings by the smallest of margins some 0.27 seconds up on Edmondson with Edmunds still holding on to third from Gotts and Lewis and Freeman was on the move rising to sixth overall but still with a lot to do.
Andy Waters the very experienced clerk of the course decided the championship and expert classes would only ride the test then return to the time control rather than complete lap three in response to the deteriorating conditions and to ensure all riders had a clear run through the test.
Experts then headed off for lap four and the championship class returned to the special test for a final back to back test challenge as their fourth lap.
Test five saw McCanney up his game still further setting a blistering pace delivering a 4 minute 50 test nearly 9 seconds ahead of Freeman with Edmondson again third on 5:02 from Jamie Lewis and Josh Gotts. Ill fortune hit Edmunds on lap five and a further small mistake left him on 5:30 and in 14th on the test dropping him in the overall standings to sixth.
McCanney had pulled out a twelve second gap from Edmondson from Lewis and Gotts sitting in third and fourth while Freeman's sub five minute test pulled him up to fifth some 6 seconds behind Lewis.
McCanney strengthened his grip on the win with a final solid 4:57 test but the win on this test went to Freeman with a 4:56. Edmondson was next with yet another rock solid third with 5:06 on the board with Edmunds and Lee Sealey 250 Off Road Experience Yamaha pushing Gotts and Lewis into sixth and seventh respectively. The overall test position was in no doubt - Danny McCanney had found his form and lead by nearly 21 seconds from Jack Edmondson who had ridden top three on every test. With Gotts and Lewis edged down the order Brad Freeman had finally pulled back to third and shown the speed that he has displayed this year. The battle for fourth and fifth couldn't have been closer with Lewis just pipping Gotts by 0.66 seconds after over thirty minutes of test action.
Waters had set the time schedule recognising the challenging weather but the championship class riders demonstrated their stunning pace with McCanney and Freeman finishing the gruelling final lap with over four minutes to spare - quipping to Waters that they could have found another minute if needed - a stunning finish to a tough day!
With Thomas Elwood, 2016 expert champion trying his hand in the championship class runner up Dan Mundell on the JD Racing KTM UK took the expert overall second seconds clear of Brad Williams with Roger Holland less than a second down, in third place. In total 12 experts cleaned the course.
The clubman class saw Ryan Comer, ET James 125 KTM take an emphatic victory, nearly 19 seconds clear of Jack Ditchfield with Aaron Gordon less than half a second behind to round out the top three with Ditchfield unofficially taking the Clubman BEC title.
In the woman's class Rosie Rowett took a string win from Glesni Jones - some 38 seconds in front - with her final lap giving her the win.
The ultra competitive over forty class saw just three riders stay clean- again pulling them clear - with Russ Millward on his Road an Track Yamaha finishing some 16 seconds clear of Karl Greenall with eastern centre Trials and Enduro ace Julian Harvey taking third after a mistake on his second test lost him any chance of the overall.
And finally in the over fifty class evergreen Mark Chapman riding for the host club on his 250 Bavin Yamaha took an emphatic victory, more than four minutes clear of Paul Armstrong with Darren Osborne rounding out the top three.
Four clubman, cleaned the course and three over 40 riders indicating the timing was spot on for the conditions.
Andy Waters and his trusty team worked hard to keep the event running and to deliver yet another successful end to the ACU British Enduro Championship in 2016. A big thank you to all helpers and to the riders for supporting Diss MCC through challenging conditions. All feedback during the event from riders and support crews was positive and appreciative of the efforts made.
The racing couldn't have been better - a fitting end to a great season for riders and our sport of Enduro in Great Britain - and here's to an even better season in 2017.
Final Round of the Eastern Centre MX Championship – Wattisfield Hall- Report Charles Ralph- click here
Pictures Adrian Case
Diss MCC Muntjac Enduro – 20th November filling up very fast – don’t be disappointed, get your entry in now!
Regulations for GH M/sc Muntjac Enduro, the final round of the ACU 2016 British Enduro Championship has only be open 3 days, but entries are filling up very fast with some classes nearly full. If you are intending to compete in the event you are highly recommended to do so in the next couple of days. Avoid being on the reserve list. Apply online at: https://members.acu.org.uk
Regulations available - GH M/cs Muntjac Enduro – 20 November 2016. Final Round of ACU British Enduro Championship Apply online at:https://members.acu.org.uk
Regulations are now available for the Muntjac Enduro in Thetford Forest, the final round of the ACU British Enduro Championship. The event, organised by Diss MCC, is one of the most popular long course forest enduros of the year. This is mainly due to the dry sandy nature of the forest which makes the terrain rideable irrespective of the weather conditions and rider capability.
Organises, Diss MCC, are pleased to confirm that the principal event sponsor Gavin Hockey Motorcycles has agreed to continue his valuable support of the event.
Championship class riders should ride 5 laps with 7 special tests. The start time is being brought forward to 08.45 this year for Championship Class to enable back to back tests at the start of the day on lap one – a change for 2016. The test will also be timed for Championship Class on laps 2, 3 and 4 with it being run back to back 3 times on lap 4.
Expert will have 5 laps with 3 timed tests, Clubman 4 laps with 2 special tests timed and Sportsman 3 laps with 2 special tests. The last lap for these classes as always will be challenging.
As with all Diss MCC events held in Thetford Forest, it is important to get your entry in early to save any disappointment as the event normally fills up within a few days of opening. This is very relevant this year as most British Championship events have been over-subscribed. If you have been riding the BEC don’t delay! Get your entry in now!
A sportsman class will be available but only subject to space being available.
Moto Cross, Wattisfield Hall - Sunday 25 September 2016
Round 7 of the Eastern Centre Championship
Entries now available Apply online at: : https://members.acu.org.uk
Round 7 of the 2016 Eastern Centre Motocross Championship for Experts and Juniors is to be held at Wattisfield Hall on Sunday 25th September. Practise commences at 10.30 with racing from 11.30. A full field of riders is expected to battle out for the overall title of Eastern Centre Champion.
Clarkes of Walsham, local builders merchants, country clothing, farming equipment, fencing etc continue to be principal sponsors of the event.
See you there!
Pictures Adrian Case
Two Man Enduro – Round 2 of the Dave Barkshire Championship - Wattisfield Hall - Sunday 21st August 2016 PROV. RESULTS Updated 22/8/16) HERE...
Wattisfield Trial 30 July '16: Results here...
GH Motorcycles Evening Motocross – Wednesday 6th July
A full entry of 120 riders have been accepted for the Gavin Hockey evening motocross at Wattisfield Hall. From a spectators’ perspective this is one of the most popular motocross events of the year as it provides a 12 race programme finishing at about 8.30pm with 2½ hours of non-stop action. The entry includes top eastern centre expert riders and grand prix rider Jake Nicholls. A unique feature is one of the group of races will be for enduro riders – technically road legal machines who will trying their hand at the sport.
Clarkes of Walsham one of the club’s long time sponsors will again be supporting the event with the addition of Gavin Hockey Motorcycles of Colchester. Gavin is also a long-time supporter of the club and also events in the Eastern Centre so take a look at his products as he will have a stand on site
Get in early to get a parking space.
The third round of the Maxxis ACU British Sidecarcross championship was held at Wattisfield Hall near Diss on Sunday 22nd May hosted by Diss MCC. The day provided very close racing won overall by Brown and Chamberlain. Read the full report on the ACU web site: https://www.acu.org.uk/News/2016/05/Brown-and-Chamberlain-take-victory-at-Round-3-of-the-MAXXIS-ACU-Britsih-Sidecarcross-Championships/
Find report for Santon Enduro (Round 1 of the GH Motorcycles Husqvarna Eastern Centre championships 2016) here
11:30AM Test Times - ST1 and ST2 - here...
Full entry for Santon Enduro
200 riders have entered the Santon Enduro in Thetford Forest on Sunday 28th February. The event forms Round 1 of the GH Motorcycles Eastern Centre Championship Enduro.
A full house of 28 riders have entered the championship class which includes a number of British Championship runners getting in early season practice for the 2016 British Championship Enduro season. Brad Freeman, 2015 Santon winner – Colwyn Bay KTM starts as favourite but strong competition will come from Joe Wootton (Freestyle Husqvarna), who like Freeman is returning from injury and Daryl Bolter (Crecent KTM) who had an excellent 4th overall in the Diss Club’s November Muntjac Enduro. Fast Eddy’s James Jackman also may spring a few surprises and it will be interesting to see how Jon Hunt goes after moving up from Expert Class.
From an Eastern Centre perspective, 2015 champion Jamie Roper leads the field away on his Walters Medical / Aim Racing 350 KTM. But as ever he will have a tough task on his hand with the likes of series sponsor GH Motorcycles Aston Bird and the multi- Eastern Championship winner Chris ‘Dr Shox’ Hockey. For a copy of the programme, final instructions and list of riders – click here.
End of season report can be found here
Membership form for 2016 available here
Please find a statement from the ACU regarding illegal riding and sanctions here
Check out the Motocross page for the latest results from Wattisfield Hall MX 27th September 2015 - the final round on the Eastern Centre Championship
Other MX 2017 dates for the diary
See our Enduro page for provisional results and our Enduronews report or see results/ photos/videos etc. on our Facebook Page - Diss MCC Ltd (link at top of page...).