DOUBLE PODIUM FOR BOLTER AT BEC FIRST ROUND
Crescent KTM Enduro racer Daryl Bolter made a great start to the British Enduro Championship last weekend by taking two third places on his KTM 350EXC-F at the first round of the season which was held at Elgin in Scotland.
Bolter produced two strong performances in his first event of the new Enduro season that saw him race in bright sunshine and through hard frosts, as well as sandy and icy sections at the Lossiemouth circuit near Inverness. Despite not quite feeling 100% right, which Bolter put down to new season and first event nerves making him a bit anxious.
The 28-year-old from Salisbury soon got to grips with the terrain and produced some consistent riding in what at times were treacherous conditions. Bolter was happy with his performance, but still thinks that there is more to come as the season progresses, he felt a bit rusty after a long winter and also had to deal with a persistent wrist problem that gave him grip problems at times, especially in the beach sections that were very bumpy and fast.
The Crescent KTM man also had to contend with the local Police, who stopped many riders on a road section of the course to check the legality of the machines, Bolter didn’t escape and was fined for an undersized number plate. Tom Sagar, also on a KTM, took the honours on both days by winning the two races, with Jamie Lewis taking second place in both events.
Bolter was Crescent KTM’s only participant at the event as team-mate Steve Holcombe is still recovering from a shoulder operation and hopes to be back racing soon. The next time that Bolter will be in action in the BEC will be at Helmsley in Yorkshire, for the second round of the season over the weekend of 4/5 May.
“I rode ok over the weekend and finished third overall on both days, it wasn't my best riding and I need to improve in some areas, especially the beach sections that made the sand bowl at the Natterjack Enduro look like a child’s sand pit! The Crescent KTM 350 EXC-F didn’t miss a beat and was a joy to ride - I felt that I bonded with it well in my first outing. After an 11-hour drive to Scotland we arrived at Elgin and the tests looked awesome, with some very difficult sections. All was going well until we got to the road section where the Police were waiting to issue anybody that wasn't 100% legal with fines - which was the whole field in one way or another! Luckily we managed to get word back and only about 20 or so got stopped, unfortunately I was one of the riders stopped and I was fined £60 for an undersized number plate! I’m now looking forward to the first round of the BESC and then the next round of the BEC in Yorkshire next month. As always thanks to all my sponsors and helpers for all your support.”