Tom Sagar is the new leader of the British Enduro Championship after a win and a runner-up at the Natterjack Enduro in Hampshire at the weekend. Riding his new HM Moto CRE-F450R, Sagar made the most of David Knight?s and Danny McCanney?s absence (both competing in the Enduro World Championship) to claim a big haul of points and lift himself into a clear lead in the BEC overall championship standings. However, with one round remaining and riders allowed to drop their two worst scores from the eight days of racing, the championship is still a three-way battle between Sagar, Knight and McCanney.
Despite the absence of some of the championship?s top performers Sagar didn?t have an easy two days. Three-time E1 British champion (and a former European champion) Daryl Bolter fought Sagar for every second of day one and when Sagar crashed and lost 20-seconds in the final cross test Bolter secured his maiden national victory on the Crescent KTM 350EXC. On day two Bolter was again Sagar?s key rival but a heavy crash on the second cross test aggravated an old wrist injury and he retired. Despite not having ridden for a month due to injury, Sagar?s imperious speed through the long enduro test guaranteed a comfortable victory.
Sagar?s performances also secured him the national E2 title with a round to spare. Two further champions were crowned at the Natterjack: Steve Holcombe (Experts) and Aled Price (Clubman). Meanwhile a double win took Mid West Husaberg?s Si Wakley to
the top of the E3 class and another double put MPS Husqvarna?s Jack Rowland to the top of the E1 four- strokes.
Tom Sagar: “What a great event – the Natterjack always has amazing tests, I really enjoyed that. Day one was a fight with Daryl and after the crash I knew second was the best I could achieve. Day two everything went to plan – the bike was awesome and it was great to get the bike time in after so long off.”