Cheshire Oset Cup 2017, Round 6, Results, Video & Report

The final round of the 2 Machs Motorcycles, Cheshire, Oset Cup 2017 championship took place on Sunday November 26th. The series finished, much as it started back in March, under cloudy skies following a week of heavy rain. The going was slippery to say the least but the rain held off during the event. 40 riders braved the conditions ranging from raw beginners, taking part in their first ever trial, through to youth national level experts. Plenty of smiles took to the course and the sections tested all abilities.

The Expert championship came down to the wire. Ellis Barton and Dylan Ratcliffe arrived at the event with just one point separating them in a “winner takes all” situation for this final event. Ellis was particularly keen on taking the championship as his progression through the Cheshire series saw him win the novice championship in 2015, moving up a class he then won the 2016 Inters championship. Could he make it three out of three?? The answer is yes with good rides from both lads the pegging was relatively level, Ellis had better rides on sections 2 & 3 but then Dylan brought it back on section 5. In the finish Ellis Barton won the 2017 title with 19 marks dropped a close finish with Dylan just 5 marks further back. Well done guys, both really nice polite lads who enjoy their riding, great rides from both of you. Ethan Richardson took part in his final ride on an electric machine as he now moves onto petrol bikes for next season. What a finish it was too, joint on 24 marks with Dylan he took second spot by way of “most cleans”. It’s been a pleasure to deal with Ethan and his family of supporters. We are sorry to see him move on to the dark side but wish him all the best. Kai Fairhurst had his first ride on the expert route, stepping up a route and a machine size, but neither of these fazed him in the slightest dropping 29 marks in 4th place. Closely followed by another rider making the move up a class, Joe Stubbings showed his metal dropping 31 marks in 5th. Scottish champion Jack Gould followed on 41 marks, showing good determination on his 20 lite in the big class.

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Aidan Williams won the event and the championship in the C Class Intermediates with a near perfect season 5 out of 6 wins. 16 marks dropped for the day mostly on the slippery climb out of section 2. A great start to this promising rider’s career, I’m sure we will see him in the expert class next year. Joe Powell, who has ridden in the Cheshire series since it’s 2014 beginnings, followed with an excellent ride just 2 marks further back in second place. Taking him to third place in the series just one point back from his mate, another one of our original riders, Dan Douglas. Dan was 4th on the day dropping 23 marks. Ewan White had a good day, moving up the field to 3rd place on 21 marks. Indeed a closely fought day with Liam Campbell in fifth place on 24 and Bobby Kay only a few marks back on 27. Well done to all.

C Class Novices was another close one. Jake Horrocks just pipped Lucy Baker by one solitary mark on the day. Both riding their Oset 24s it was a very evenly matched day. The climb in section 5 was the decider, Lucy having a few 3s where Jake dropped just one mark in his four laps. Lucy only took up trials in the middle of the year, having such good results already she shows great promise.

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Isaac Tilson is on a huge roll at the moment, taking the D Class Inters by storm to win with just 15 marks lost (the lowest drop of all the age groups on this route). Well done Isaac! Ted Mackman found his form at the last round to take a second place and his best result of the year on 30 marks. Owen Good rode well, pulling his Oset 24 around some of the tight turns on section 3, finishing on 33 marks in third place. Champion for the year was Joe Stubbings, as mentioned, Joe moved up to Experts for this final round. Second place in series went to Owen Good very closely followed by an end of season charge from Isaac Tilson in third.

Connor Thompson came to the event close to the lead of the title. He could do no better than to win the D class novices, with a superb ride and just two marks lost all day. A step up to the intermediate class beckons for next season?? The championship title went to a strong ride from Dempsey Pickup, a newcomer to trials in 2017 Dempsey’s progress has been impressive, certainly one to watch for the future. Another newcomer this season was Reuben Rustage he also shows rapid improvement taking the final podium spot on 17 marks. Tied with Ryan Ratcliffe but taking the result by way of “most cleans”.

Logan Price won both the E Class Novice trial and the 2017 championship. A quiet but very determined lad, Logan had a great ride with just 24 marks lost. Some banks in the sections turned very slippery in the conditions making the Novice class a bit of a test!! Ioan Lloyds followed Logan home in second place for the trial and the series, excellent riding all season Ioan!! Rylan Pickup completed the podium on 44 marks dropped, well done.

Full results, final championship standings and a video link are below.

The introduction of a burger van for the round seemed well received,  hot drinks and bacon sandwiches were the order of the, cold November, day! Thanks to the observers for standing out in the cold, especially Joanne White who somehow managed to observe 3 sections! Many thanks to Matt Barber for his help marking the trials out all year. Finally thanks to Joanne Mackman for her tireless efforts carrying out the admin for every event from signing on, permit applications, results, championship tables, queries etc etc. It’s not an easy job!!

So season four of the Cheshire series comes to a close and all that remains is to thank all of the riders and families for making the championship as enjoyable as it is. The ethos of the series is that everyone enjoys, and improves, riding their bikes. Great to see so much encouragement coming from the sidelines for everybody.

Next year’s dates are already set and will be posted up shortly. As per previous years we plan to run a championship awards presentation coupled with an open practice day in the early part of 2018. Details will be posted up as soon as this has been set.

Lastly from all of us at 2 Machs Motorcycles we wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

 

Prov Results Alvanley 26.11.17

Prov Oset 2017 Championship after Final Round