Lings Team taking on legendary beach race challenge

Riders from the Lings Team are competing in the challenging Weston Beach Race this weekend.

Riders from the Lings Team are competing in the challenging Weston Beach Race this weekend. - Credit: supplied

A team of Lings-backed riders is taking on the most notorious and challenging spectacles in motocross as they compete in the 2016 Weston-super-Mare Beach Race this weekend in front of a crowd of hundreds of thousands.

The Weston Beach Race is the most gruelling, demanding event on the UK off-road motorcycle racing calendar but that just adds to the attraction to the Lings Team. Comprising riders of varying experience and age, the Lings Team includes young hobbyists, a mix of up-and-coming enthusiasts, staff members and one undisputed Weston legend.

To successfully negotiate the three-mile beach track – made up of a one-mile straight and two miles of dunes specially built for the weekend and widely agreed to be the toughest MX/Enduro course in the world – it is essential to have absolute confidence in the reliability and 'rideability' of your bike.

The Lings riders choose Husqvarna and Honda which, with an unparalleled reputation in their class, are the undisputed kings of the MX and Enduro scene.

Taking part in the adult race, a three-hour test of skill of endurance, will be Lings Ipswich senior motorcycle technician and Eastern Centre expert rider Ben Alexander and fellow Eastern Centre expert Keiran Snowling, riding a Lings Husqvarna FC350 and FC250 respectively. This will be Ben's third Weston Beach Race and he hopes his experience shows, particularly after finishing 98th out of 504 finishers last season.

Harvey Thomas, 16, fresh from his Norfolk and Suffolk Schoolboy MX Championship victory, will race his championship-winning Lings Honda CRF250R in what will be his second attempt at the adult beach race. He will in for an exhausting weekend as he will also bew in the schoolboy race.

Rounding off the adult category riders is multiple Weston Beach Race solo winner Rob Meek. A genuine legend in the field, he will be riding his Lings Husqvarna FC350.

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Lings Team is also fielding rider in the 14 to 17-year-old schoolboy race with Edward Jary (Lings Husqvarna FC250), Max Bickers (Lings Husqvarna TC125), Harvey Thomas (Lings Honda CRF250R) and Jack Youngs (Lings Honda CRF250R) racing on Saturdayr.

Later on Saturday the Youth 85 Big Wheel race begins, and there are high hopes for Sam Nunn (Lings Husqvarna TC85) who already has an outstanding MX pedigree as a youth national rider, finishing third in the year's MX Nationals. He won Weston's 2014 Youth 85 and finishing second last year.

Lings is happy to introduce new riders to the world of MX and Enduro with motocross bikes to suit all ages, experience an d budget and can fully kit riders out at its Hein Gericke Clothing Outlet.

Telephone Lings Honda Harleston, at Lings Corner, Mendham Lane, on 01379 851090 or Lings Husqvarna Lowestoft, at Lings Wharf, Riverside Road, on 01502 537444 (Lings) or pop into your local dealership and let us be your first step into motocross.

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