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SWOR MASTERCLASS AT MORLEIGH

Morleigh home track to  South west Devon MX was the venue for this weeks SWOR club event.


Coming straight off the back of the first championship round last week, expectations were high.
The meeting did not disappoint , with the club having made several improvements to the circuit , it was obvious to see the hard work and effort that had taken place to present a near perfect track.
Starting the event today were the junior 125/250f group.
Race 1 was to set the standard for the entire days racing with some sensational riding on display. After the lead changed hands several times , it was rider No 46 Phil Deeble  taking the chequered flag for the first win with No 666 Thomas Townrow not far behind in 2nd and No 31 Paul Bennett securing 3rd.
Race two started in much the same way but Deeble was to take a hard fall and saw

race 1 rival Thomas Parker taking the win with No 76 Jack Wilson taking 2nd and Ross Brock finishing in 3rd.

In race 3 the crowd were to witness some great battling but it was the ever determined Parker to take his second win of the day securing the first overall result.
Next out were the Expert class, and it was on form rider No 111 Kelvin Townsend who took control with some sensational riding, taking all three race wins. Although riders Nick Life and Ben Butler were to chase hard and were not making it easy at the start, Townsends speed and determination seemed too much for either rider to provide an answer.
Another on form rider No 20 Alfie Crocker was to take all three race wins in the inter 9-13 group. The youngster seemed to have filled his bike with rocket fuel as he flew round the track with considerable ease. Rider No 101 Thomas Townrow claimed two 2nd’s and a 3rd place securing the second overall and finishing 3rd overall on the day  No17 Ashton Hewitt.
The Junior open today saw an explosive performance from rider No89 Rob Bassett.
To say this rider dominated this group would be an understatement to say the least. After taking comfortable wins in races 1 and 2, a win in race 3, even after a huge fall on the table top, saw Bassett picking himself up,  dusting himself off,  and still finishing the race nearly half a lap clear of 2nd place.
Rider No 140 Jack Perkins was to claim the first overall result in the 14-16 Inter class. After a fine performance it was  Dan Mundell  taking victory in race 1 with Perkins finishing in 2nd.
Perkins undeterred claimed victory after a gutsy performance in race two with Mundell suffering a DNF.
Mundell was back on form in race 3 taking the race win but it was Perkins finishing in 2nd that claimed the overall win for today.
The Senior class were to close out the event , and like every other group before them , provided the crowd with some incredible racing. No 17 Mark Ferris (shown above) on the Hill power racing 450 Honda took the holeshot in race 1 and was to lead for nearly half the race , but it was the hard chasing Dan Griffin that was to pass Ferris to take the first win.
Ferris was not to be beaten and proved so with a second holeshot and leading from the start. Chris Clapham and Ed Lewis were not far behind , but it was Ferris that held on to win race 2.
Race 3 was all about Ferris as holeshot No3 secured the win as Ferris gradually pulled away from the chasing pack to finish6.5 seconds clear of 2nd place rider Ed Lewis.
All in all some amazing individual performances made for a great day of MX racing.
The next SWOR event is at the Brendon farm circuit hosting round 2 of the championships taking place on Sunday the 12th of May post code PL14 4SW.  Practice starts at 9.30am with  racing starting at approx 10.30am.  
For all today’s race results in full please visit www.mylaps.com
Words and photograph by
Tides Photography.

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