It was a Gas Gas domination at Sheffield & Hallamshire’s annual Christmas Trial held at Eadons Fields, with recent Gas Gas UK signing Richard Sadler making his trip down from North Yorkshire worthwhile by taking victory over fellow team riders Richard Timperley and Dan Thorpe.
It was to be a close affair, with 12 sections plotted in the streams and bankings requiring precise no-stop riding that would be happy to take prisoners if any mistakes were made. Sadler proved why he took the British Expert championship in 2018 by dropping just 7 for the day, with a superb clean final lap securing his victory. Meanwhile local rivals Timperley and Thorpe were at each other’s heels all day, Richard edging out his team mate on 12 marks to Dan’s 14. Fourth place was taken by Lee Sampson, who has recently returned to the sport after some time away, his score of 36 was enough to push Corey Dubik into fifth place on 38 marks.
It was another Gas Gas victory on the ever popular Clubman A route, with Darren Wasley cruising to victory on just 1 mark lost, dropped on his first lap on the tight twisting climb of section 11. Second position was taken by Sam Clarke, who proved that you don’t need the latest machinery by piloting his Yamaha Pinky round the 12 section course for just 13 marks, and despite an uncharacteristic 5 on his first lap he managed to secure second position over Mick Thompson in third. Mick, making the long trip up from Devon, took a 3 mark advantage over fourth place rider Katy Sunter, with fifth place taken by Gas Gas UK spannerman Factory Kev Hipwell a further 3 marks adrift.
Over on the Clubman B route, it was the legendary Dave Thorpe, again on a Gas Gas, who reigned victorious despite a rather nasty crash, on a score of just 14, edging out David Perry for second and Adam Wormald for third. The recently introduced Sportsman route saw Steve Ransom take a dominant victory on just 7 marks on his Yamaha Pinky, followed by the young determined Jack Owen on his Oset on 95 marks.
Sheffield & Hallamshire’s next trial is to be held on the 27th of January at Stonedge Quarry near Chesterfield.
Richard Sadler, JST Gas Gas UK – 7 marks
Richard Timperley, JST Gas Gas UK – 12 marks
Dan Thorpe, JST Gas Gas UK – 14 marks
Darren Wasley, Gas Gas – 1 mark
Sam Clarke, Yamaha – 13 marks
Mick Thompson, Beta – 15 marks
Dave Thorpe, Gas Gas – 14 marks
David Perry, Sherco – 19 marks
Adam Wormald, Beta – 26 marks
Steve Ransom, Yamaha – 7 marks
Jack Owen, Oset – 95 marks
James Hull, Sherco – 116 marks
28/12/2018 – Full Results (PDF)
A big thank you to Richard and Mark Timperley for setting out, thank you to Bex & Maralyn for sorting the entries & everyone involved!
Massive thanks to all the observers, as riders please remember to thank them, they are only there for you to have fun.
Thank you to Grant and the other land owners for letting us use this land, Grant is looking for more trials riders to practice at Eadons Fields, he charges £130 for 6 months,
if your interested please ring Grant on 07788932889
Happy New Year!