PODIUM SUCCESS FOR KTM AT BSEC ROUNDS FIVE & SIX
KTM UK riders enjoyed a successful weekend of racing at rounds five and six of the ACU British Sprint Enduro Championship held at Saints Well, Mid Wales
Daryl Bolter continues to improve his results in the highly competitive Elite class with a creditable second overall in Wales. Setting the fastest time in the opening special test at round five, Bolter quickly found himself in contention for a top result. Battling hard with eventual winner Jordan Rose, Bolter ended his day second in class. At round six, Bolter once again repeated his fast starting performance on the KTM 350 EXC and held an early lead. However making a couple of small mistakes he finally ended his day in third.
Unable to compete at round five due to an injured thumb, KTM’s Tom Church gritted out a strong result at round six. Continuing to improve greatly with each round of the championship, Church upped his pace at round six to challenge for the race win.
Leading into the final test of the day only four seconds separated him from race leader Rose. With his first BSEC win in sight, Church tried too hard in the extreme section of the track and crashed. With no chance to recover he ended his day in second place, less than nine seconds short of the day win.
After his stunning Under 23 double victory last time out at Llangrove, Jonny Walker started the Saints Well event hopeful of a repeat performance. However, during the third test at round five, Walker caught some loose wire around his foot peg that stopped him in his tracks. Loosing contention with the leaders and struggling with fitness due to an upset stomach, Walker could fair no better than third place at both rounds.
Steve Holcombe continued his domination of the Under 19 class. Winning both rounds of the series in Saints Well, Holcombe remains unbeaten in the championship so far.
Jane Daniels continues to be the runaway victor in the Women’s class. Easily topping her class each day, she also placed 48th and 47th in the overall classification. Fionn Griffiths battled hard at round five to finish third.
Daryl Bolter Elite (2-3): “I’m happy with my progress this weekend. Finishing second at round five and then third at round six left me second overall in Elite, which I’m pleased with. With Tom riding at round six it pushed me back to third but to be fair I just struggled a little to match the leader’s pace. They gained about five seconds on me in every test and over the day that built up. But this weekend has been a good step forward and I’m keen to improve at the next rounds.”
Tom Church Elite (DNS-2): “Unfortunately I hurt my thumb on Friday before the event so I wasn’t able to compete at round five. Entering round six I was confident of pushing for a top three result but knew that it would be difficult due to not having ridden the track the previous day. I started off a little slow but soon got into it. Jordan (Rose) was pushing hard today and I think that dragged me on to finish second. I still need to work on the extreme sections as I’m making most of my mistakes there. However overall I’m pleased with another strong result and feel like my results are heading in the right direction”
Jonny Walker Under 23 (3-3): “I feel somewhat disappointed with my performance this weekend. After winning rounds three and four I was expecting to do better here but unfortunately it didn’t happen. I was sick leading into this weekend and I lacked energy. Unable to run the pace I know I should, I tried my best to salvage some decent points.”
Steve Holcombe Under 19 (1-1): “There were a few riders missing from my class this weekend, which helped to make things a little easier but getting my sixth win of the season has been great. Overall I’m continuing to improve and was happy to finally break into the top ten of the overall results with ninth place at both rounds. I’ve been pushing towards that result all season so to get it done here in Wales has been a big bonus for me and hopefully I can repeat it again in Northampton.”
Jane Daniels Women (1-1): “It’s been another perfect weekend for me to be honest. The conditions made things tough at times but I was able to find a good pace and just stuck to it. The extreme sections suited me and I think I made up most of my time there. Winning my class again has been great but I’m also happy with my overall result by dipping inside the top 50 with 48th and 47th.”
1. Jordan Rose (TM) 1:08:41.69; 2. Daryl Bolter (KTM) 1:09:00.98; 3. Jamie Lewis (Husqvarna) 1:10:11.21; 4. Simon Wakely (Husaberg) 1:11:02.77; 5. Lee Edmondson (KTM) 1:11:40.12… 7. Ashley Wood (KTM) 1:13:27.61…
1. Danny McCanney (Gas Gas) 1:08:03.90; 2. Alex Rockwell (Husaberg) 1:08:06.48; 3. Jonny Walker (KTM) 1:10:06.25; 4. Jack Rowland (Husqvarna) 1:10:48.36; 5. Lewis Belfield (KTM) 1:13:14.11…
1. Steve Holcombe (KTM) 1:11:32.71; 2. Joe Wotton (Kawasaki) 1:15:07.48; 3. James Dent (KTM) 1:16:13.13; 4. Robert Johnson (Husqvarna) 1:18:19.95; 5. Aaron Smith (Husaberg) 1:22:41.79…
1. Jane Daniels (KTM) 1:24:07.48; 2. Rhian George (KTM) 1:39:02.32; 3. Fionn Griffiths (KTM) 1:53:06.15; 4. Liz Childerley (Gas Gas) 1:59:00.77; 5. Stephanie Rowe (AJP) 2:51:00.76
1. Jordan Rose (TM) 52:06.32; 2. Tom Church (KTM) 52:15.13; 3. Daryl Bolter (KTM) 52:50.99; 4. Jamie Lewis (Husqvarna) 53:39.22; 5. Simon Wakely (Husaberg) 54:34.53… 8. Ashley Wood (KTM) 55:30.59…
1. Alex Rockwell (Husaberg) 52:23.97; 2. Danny McCanney (Gas Gas) 52:44.16; 3. Jonny Walker (KTM) 52:55.05; 4. Jack Rowland (Husqvarna) 53:29.34; 5. Lewis Belfield (KTM) 56:18.44…
1. Steve Holcombe (KTM) 54:34.51; 2. Joe Wotton (Kawasaki) 56:07.47; 3. James Dent (KTM) 56:46.69; 4. Robert Johnson (Husqvarna) 57:43.99; 5. Andrew Bull (KTM) 1:02:35.34…
1. Jane Daniels (KTM) 1:03:15.50; 2. Rhian George (KTM) 1:10:25.00; 3. Liz Childerley (Gas Gas) 1:25:03.09; 4. Stephanie Rowe (AJP) 1:49:05.45