Dust settles on success of Norfolk & Suffolk Junior Motorcycle Club Easter meeting

Action from the Norfolk & Suffolk Junior Motorcycle Club Easter weekend meeting at Great Hockham - pictured in the 65cc class (7-10 years) start of racing Cullen Hawkins (65) hitting the deck and Rupert Graver (123), Alfie Jones (11), Harvey Russell (4), Thomas Harris (8). Picture: Tracey Hales Action from the Norfolk & Suffolk Junior Motorcycle Club Easter weekend meeting at Great Hockham - pictured in the 65cc class (7-10 years) start of racing Cullen Hawkins (65) hitting the deck and Rupert Graver (123), Alfie Jones (11), Harvey Russell (4), Thomas Harris (8). Picture: Tracey Hales

Wednesday, April 23, 2014
6:30 AM

The roar of motocross bikes could be heard in Great Hockham over the Easter weekend, as the Norfolk & Suffolk Junior Motorcycle Club held its latest meeting.

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Action from the Norfolk & Suffolk Junior Motorcycle Club Easter weekend meeting at Great Hockham - pictured in the 85cc class (9-15 years) is Harry Dorken (28), Brandon Dixon (78) and Lenny Martin (2). Picture: Tracey HalesAction from the Norfolk & Suffolk Junior Motorcycle Club Easter weekend meeting at Great Hockham - pictured in the 85cc class (9-15 years) is Harry Dorken (28), Brandon Dixon (78) and Lenny Martin (2). Picture: Tracey Hales

With the dry weather recently, the track was hard-packed and dusty for Saturday but a downpour overnight and a good working over by the track team produced a deep, rough and dampened-down surface on Sunday.

As usual the Autos (six to eight years) hit the dirt first and Ashton Boughen led the charge from Harley Mower. In their first ever race meeting Spike Stevens and Ralphie Broomfield gave good performances and Kayden Smith finished on the final step of the podium.

Alfie Jones caused Rupert Graver a few problems on Saturday, though he was untouchable on Sunday as he led gate to flag in all three heats. As the field spread out Kam Dixon kept the pressure on to finish sixth overall just behind Sam Anderton. Holding on just outside the top 10, Max Rooney just pipped Max Langdale to 11th by one point.

Jack Youngs proved he is firmly in control of the Big Wheel 85cc (11-15 years) championship by claiming all six heat wins over the course of the weekend.

Action from the Norfolk & Suffolk Junior Motorcycle Club Easter weekend meeting at Great Hockham - pictured in the start of the Schoolboys class (14-17 years) race. Picture: Tracey HalesAction from the Norfolk & Suffolk Junior Motorcycle Club Easter weekend meeting at Great Hockham - pictured in the start of the Schoolboys class (14-17 years) race. Picture: Tracey Hales

Chasing hard on his Small Wheel 85cc (9-12 years), and also setting his sights on a number one plate at the end of the season was Drew Kemp. The combined 85cc groups produced some great racing as the riders pushed each other and rivalries were born.

Jay Perry and Lewis Davey battled hard and ended the weekend just three points apart. Archie Fisher’s accident last week is healing nicely and hasn’t slowed him down, but his modelling career may suffer.

Shane Lock had his first race on a 250f on Saturday and came away with the win. Unable to repeat his success later in the day, he spent Sunday in the Adult group.

The rest of the Schoolboys gave chase to Connor Bunkle in heat two on Saturday. A blinding holeshot saw him lead the race for a whole lap until the chasing pack hunted him down, demoting him to fifth. Bunkle puts his newfound starting skills and speed down to spending five minutes before each race meditating quietly in the back of his van before sprinting down to the start line.

Sam Dorken and Charlie Baker had separate crashes behind the finish line jump – Baker came off worst so sat out the final race.

Some great racing all through the pack from Alex Cross, Ben Smith, a race win for Ash Rudd, laps led for Oli Bartrum and Ryan Rudd. This is the group for entertainment and hard passes. Kane Fisher held on for the overall despite brake problems.

The Adult group provided some great racing and was won overall by Ben Cole with Rob Hales in second. Matt White took the gold on Sunday and Adam Reeve pushed hard as Cole stalked the two of them.

Saturday and Sundays events were sponsored by Clarkes of Walsham.

The club’s next meeting is on Sunday, May 18, racing starts at 10am and spectators are welcome. For details on starting out in Motocross, call Tracey Hales on 07947 657990.

For full results, see today’s Thetford & Brandon Times.

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