CHAMPIONSHIP WINNING SUCCESS FOR KTM AT BSEC ROUNDS 7&8
KTM riders Steve Holcombe and Jane Daniels have clinched the Under 19 and Women’s British Sprint Enduro Championship titles following winning performances at rounds seven and eight of the 2012 BSEC series.
Adding to a great weekend for KTM, Jonny Walker finished first overall in the Under 23 class with a 2/2 result, while Daryl Bolter secured another podium finish in the Elite class having placed third on both days.
KTM mounted Steve Holcombe continued his winning results at the penultimate rounds of the championship at Adstone, Northampton to secure the Under 19 title. With overnight rain making conditions extremely wet and muddy, Holcombe immediately set an impressive pace during round seven. Winning all but one of the day’s eight special tests in the Under 19 class, Holcombe comfortably placed over three minutes clear of his nearest rival to earn his seventh win of the series.
With conditions improved for round eight, the KTM rider again quickly placed himself at the front of his class. Steadily increasing his winning margin throughout the day, Holcombe recorded his eight win of the season and with it claimed the Under 19 BSEC championship.
In the Elite class Daryl Bolter secured another strong result. Setting the third fastest time on lap one at round seven, he maintained a strong pace throughout the day to finish third. Fastest on the opening lap at round eight, Bolter enjoyed a close battle with KTM mounted Tom Church as the duo scrapped it out for the runner up position. A small crash during the final lap pushed Bolter back to third at round eight but his result was enough to secure third overall in the Elite class while maintaining his second overall position in the Elite class championship.
Hopeful of a strong result at Adstone, Tom Church endured a crash filled round seven. Battling his way back up the leader board, Church eventually placed fourth in the Elite class. Feeling much more confident in the direr conditions at round eight, Church greatly improved his pace as the day progressed to finish as runner-up behind winner Alex Salvini. With two rounds remaining, Church now sits third overall in the championship standings.
Making a one-off appearance in the BSEC, Jamie Law produced a strong ride at round seven to place fifth in the Elite class before ending round eight in eighth.
In the Under 23 class, Jonny Walker placed first overall. Working hard to recover from some mistakes in the muddy conditions during round seven, Walker finished less than 20 seconds behind class winner Alex Rockwell to place second. Starting round eight in a determined mood, Walker opened up a 19 second advantage by mid afternoon. However a crash during the final test of the day robbed Walker of a chance of victory but his combined result was still enough to secure the overall Under 23 class win.
It was yet another successful weekend for Jane Daniels in the Women’s class. Comfortably winning rounds seven and eight of the series, in securing her eighth win of the championship she clinched the Women’s British Sprint Enduro Championship.
The ACU British Sprint Enduro Championship concludes with rounds nine and ten at Canada Heights on June 16/17.
Steve Holcombe, Under 19 (1-1): “It’s been a really good season for me and I’m delighted to have won the Under 19 championship so soon. I knew I could win the championship this weekend so I just tried to ride as smart and as safe as I could to get it done. Winning every round of the championship so far had been an unexpected bonus.”
Daryl Bolter, Elite (3-3): “I enjoyed the conditions this weekend. They were tricky at round seven but at round eight the course was much drier. I started off fast and was able to hold an early lead during the morning. I’m pleased with my riding and I can see myself improving as the championship progresses. We worked a little on the setup of the bike this weekend and it helped a lot. I’m looking forward to the final round of the season in Canada Heights where hopeful I can get another good result.”
Tom Church, Elite (4-2): “It started off tough at round seven when I had a big crash in the woods but I was pleased to have recovered to finish fourth. Round eight was a big improvement. I felt I rode solid all day, aside from a crash on the penultimate test, and was able to set a strong pace that which helped me to finish second.”
Jonny Walker, Under (2-2): “I’m annoyed with myself for crashing on the final lap of round eight as it meant I finished second. I caught a tree root leading into a right-hander and tucked the front wheel pretty hard. I was pleased with the way I had been riding but unfortunately that’s just the way racing goes sometimes.”
Jamie Law, Elite (5-8): “It was good to experience this type of racing and try to learn something new. I enjoyed my time and did my best to improve on the wooded sections. It was very slippery at round seven but round eight was much better and hopefully I can come back and do another few rounds of the series.”
Jane Daniels, Women’s (1-1): “I knew I could win the championship so I just tried to have a steady weekend. Aside from a few mistakes here and there everything went really well and I was able to secure the title. It’s been a great season so far and I’m delighted to have won it.”
Results – BSEC Round Seven
1. Alex Salvini (Husqvarna) 1:11:50.06; 2. Jordan Rose (TM) 1:12:10.17; 3. Daryl Bolter (KTM) 1:13:34.63; 4. Tom Church (KTM) 1:13:59.29; 5. Jamie Law (KTM) 1:14:23.33…
1. Alex Rockwell (Husaberg) 1:12:38.00; 2. Jonny Walker (KTM) 1:12:57.96; 3. Danny McCanney 1:13:22.20; 4. Jack Rowland (Husqvarna) 1:15:33.22; 5. Lewis Belfield (KTM) 1:16:48.43…
1. Steve Holcombe (KTM) 1:16:31.85; 2. James Dent (KTM) 1:19:40.89; 3. Robert Johnson (Husqvarna) 1:19:46.63; 4. Aaron Smith (Husaberg) 1:20:18.93; 5. Joe Wootton (Kawasaki) 1:21:55.27…
1. Jane Daniels (KTM) 1:25:06.78; 2. Rhian George (KTM) 1:38:37.02; 3. Katie Walker (KTM) 1:43:52.31; 4. Liz Childerley (Gas Gas) 2:10:22.03
Results – BSEC Round Eight
1. Alex Salvini (Husqvarna) 1:00:51.61; 2. Tom Church (KTM) 1:02:16.44; 3. Daryl Bolter (KTM) 1:02:23.06; 4. Jordan Rose (TM) 1:02:23.58; 5. Simon Wakely (Husaberg) 1:02:54.45…
1. Danny McCanney (Gas Gas) 1:01:55.97; 2. Jonny Walker (KTM) 1:01:57.67; 3. Alex Rockwell (Husaberg) 1:02:27.23; 4. Jack Rowland (Husqvarna) 1:03:40.09; 5. Lewis Belfield (KTM) 1:06:03.72…
1. Steve Holcombe (KTM) 1:03:36.71; 2. Joe Wootton (Kawasaki) 1:05:41.35; 3. Robert Johnson (Husqvarna) 1:06:37.70; 4. James Dent (KTM) 1:07:13.20; 5. Stuart Owen (Yamaha) 1:07:50.68…
1. Jane Daniels (KTM) 1:12:03.66; 2. Katie Walker (KTM) 1:20:02.25; 3. Rhian George (KTM) 1:29:29.69; 4. Liz Childerley (Gas Gas) 1:39:48.10; 5. Stephanie Rowe (AJP) 2:10:14.25