FLASHBACK FRIDAY BRITISH CHAMPIONSHIP 2007

HAT TRICK

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Graham Jarvis 2007 British Trials Champion

Graham Jarvis took the win at the final British Championship round held high above the Yorkshire market town of Skipton at Skyrakes farm. The Sherco star was never headed all day culminating in his fourth British title. The Expert class saw the quiet Joe Baker give French manufacturer Scorpa their first ever British Championship win after he failed at the final hurdle last year.

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Shaun Morris (JST Gas Gas)

With the disappointment of Gas Gas title contender Shaun Morris missing the event through injury, Graham Jarvis was assured of the title before he even started. However, this did not deter him from putting in a blistering performance on the four stroke Sherco at this difficult venue. Morris had won the last round at Hooks Wood managing to put James Dabill between him and Jarvis setting up a thrilling finale with a winner takes all, but it was not to be. Dabill would be away contesting the Italian domestic championship honoring his agreement with sponsor TRW and so would not compete. The last win by a four stroke was in 1986 when Steve Saunders took the works Honda to the title but Jarvis has perfected the technique needed to ride the new machine and displayed its potential to the full over the eight round series winning five of the rounds. As per normal the riders set off on their first lap at the usual snails pace as the unusually good weather gave them no reason to rush. It was looking like a surprise might be on the cards as Manxman Steve Colley in his nineteenth and final year of British Championship events finished his lap for a total of fourteen; only three behind Jarvis and only two in front of new kid on the block Alexz Wigg. Beta mounted Michael Brown had a nightmare opening lap adding four fives to bump his score up to twenty-four. Under the watchful eye of seven times World Champion Dougie Lampkin, the near impossible section eleven consisted of two steep, grassy, rock filled vertical hill climbs, both climbs finishing with a vertical rock step to contend with. Fives were the order of the day from all the entry on the first lap as some spectacular crashes were witnessed. However, Jarvis managed to maul the Sherco up for a two on the second lap as once again the rest of the entry failed. Conversely, “mighty atom” Brown managed a superb clean on the last lap to a huge cheer from the much appreciative crowd who had gathered. The second lap score from Jarvis consisted of a three on the awkward rocks of section four and the two as mentioned on the dreaded section eleven. Colley dropped way off the pace with a massive thirty-four with Brown also having another poor lap of twenty-two. Wigg though was showing the potential which has been waiting to burst all year with another solid lap of sixteen. The last lap saw Brown pip Jarvis by two marks to finish on a very respectable twelve. This pulled himself back into the runner up berth as “Wiggy” collected five fives for a lap total of twenty-eight. In his first full season of adult competition and having to contend with swapping from the 125cc to the 300cc Gas Gas, finishing on the third step of the podium was no mean feat and bodes well for the future. He finished fourth in the championship holding off a strong challenge from Sam Haslam. The most unluckiest man must be Morris, who despite not riding, still finished in the runner up berth as Jarvis made it a hat trick of wins for Sherco proving the master of both the two and four stroke machines. On paper it would have taken a super-human effort for anybody to take that elusive first British Championship crown away from the much traveled Joe Baker from Bewdley. But eighteen-year-old Ross Danby has been ever present in the series on the little 125cc Gas Gas and was putting more pressure on Baker having won the last round. After the first lap, the three leading contenders all finished very close with Baker holding a slender two mark advantage in front of Danby and Dan Thorpe, both on five apiece. Xtreme trials display team rider Martin Crosswaite was having a one off championship outing, using the event as training for the Scott trial which will be only his third competitive outing this year! He finished his first lap on a respectable nineteen, ending up sixth overall and showing the younger riders a thing or two along the way. With a nightmare second lap score of twenty which included two fives; Thorpe was well out of contention, but Danby was still applying the pressure coming in on a decent nine. Baker managed to better that by four marks and despite suffering two threes in his final lap of nine, matched by Danby, the Scorpa mounted rider took his first ever adult British championship, making up for last years disappointment. Proud sponsor Nigel Birkett and Bakers father Graham were over the moon, and quite rightly so. Behind them Mika Vesterinen has used his vast experience to finish in fourth place having had an enjoyable year. The battle for fifth place was as hard fought as any though between good friends Chris Pearson and apprentice motor cycle mechanic Craig Robinson. Young Robinson was riding his first full championship season and seemed to have the upper hand entering the season finale and finished well in front of Pearson to miss the top five by only one mark. The Expert series has been the back bone of the whole year with very healthy entries at all the events. With the amount of younger riders coming through from the youth scene such as Jack Challoner, Adam Jones and fourteen-year-old Ben Morphett next year is already looking good. Who will move up to the Championship class we do not know, but no doubt some will move down to make the Expert championship as hotly contested as ever.

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Michael Brown (Beta UK.Com)
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Alexz Wigg (JST Gas Gas)
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Gary Macdonald
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Steve Colley (JST Gas Gas)
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Lee Sampson

Craig Robinson (JST Gas Gas)

British Championship Rd 8 Bradford & DMC (SKYRAKES)

Championship Class

1: Graham Jarvis (Sherco) 30

2: Michael Brown (Beta) 59

3: Alexz Wigg (Gas Gas) 62

4: Steve Colley (Gas Gas) 80

5: Gary Macdonald (Sherco) 85

6: Sam Haslam (Gas Gas) 90

7: Lee Sampson (Sherco) 110

8: Ian Austermuhle (Beta) 114

9: Liam Walker (Gas Gas) 116

10: George Morton (Beta)34

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Joe Baker (BMS Scorpa)
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Mika Vesterinen (Beta)
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Craig Robinson (JST Gas Gas)
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Martin Crosswaite (Montesa)
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Matt Jones

Expert Class

1: Joe Baker (Scorpa) 17

2: Ross Danby (Gas Gas) 23

3: Dan Thorpe (Gas Gas) 39

4: Mika Vesterinen (Beta) 63

5: Craig Robinson (Gas Gas) 67

6: Martin Crosswaite (Montesa) 72

7: James Fry (Sherco) 73

8: Sam Ludgate (Beta) 74

9: Chris Pearson (Sherco) 76

10: Dan Hemingway (Beta) 76

11: Matt Jones (Sherco) 100

12: Gary Jenkins (Sherco) 103

13: Dan Farrer (Gas Gas) 104

14: Gareth Andrews (Beta) 105

15: Ben Wibberley (Gas Gas) 109

Youth Class

1: Jack Challoner (Beta) 45

2: Ben Morphett (Gas Gas) 100

3: Adam Jones (Sherco) 104

4: Jonathan Richardson (Gas Gas) 119

2007 BRITISH TRIALS CHAMPIONSHIP

1: Graham Jarvis (Sherco)145

2: Sean Morris (Gas Gas)123

3: Michael Brown (Beta)119

4: Alexz Wigg (Gas Gas)91

5: Sam Haslam (Scorpa/Gas Gas)77

6: Gary Macdonald (Sherco)73

7: Steve Colley (Gas Gas)72

8: Lee Sampson (Sherco)65

9: Liam Walker (Gas Gas)38

10: James Dabill (Montesa)37

11: George Morton (Beta)37

12: Richard Ellwood (Sherco) 27

13: Sam Connor (Beta) 24

14: Ian Austermuhle (Beta) 21

15: Michael Phillipson (Beta) 16

EXPERT CLASS

1: Joe Baker (Scorpa) 149

2: Ross Danby (Gas Gas) 134

3: Dan Thorpe (Gas Gas) 125

4: Mika Vesterinen (Beta) 95

5: Chris Pearson (Sherco) 73

6: Craig Robinson (Gas Gas) 72

7: James Fry (Sherco) 61

8: Mathew Jones (Sherco) 59

9: Garry Jenkins (Sherco) 40

10: Robert Andrews (Gas Gas) 38

11: Dan Farrer (Gas Gas) 30

12: Gareth Andrews (Beta) 26

13: Darren Brice (Sherco) 25

14: Ben Wibberley (Gas Gas) 17

15: Sam Ludgate (Beta) 15

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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