Richmond Motor Club saw the annual Scott Trial charity event run on Saturday 14th October, with 190 riders setting off from Scott Trial Secretary Ken Wallis’ family farm Start Field just outside of Marske. Despite low temperatures and the odd light shower throughout, the sun was shining for most of the day, making for decent riding conditions.
The riders attempted 76 sections planned out by Clerk of Course Nathan Stones & helpers and covered approximately 87 miles over the day. Out of the 190 starters, only 88 riders finished the full course within the allowed time.
Spectators were pleased to see a familiar road racer & TV personality when Guy Martin (Montesa) arrived on the Start Field. Not having ridden many trials before, Guy knew it wouldn’t be an easy ride, but found he had some learning to do after running out of time on the course and being pulled by the Back Markers, still with a huge smile on his face. He was pleased to have got as far as he did and is keen to start training again and hopefully return stronger in 2024!
Jonathan Richardson (Montesa) was the first rider home once again and set standard time, completing the course in 5 hours, 12 minutes and 27 seconds, but his observation score of 97 put him in 11th position.
Jack Price (Vertigo) dropped 41 marks on observation after a few too many fives, but racing across the finish line shortly after Jonathan gave him a score of 1 on time, and put him into the overall lead on 42 marks, claiming his third Scott Trial victory in a row. Jack’s score, alongside low scores from Richard Sadler (Vertigo) and Alfie Lampkin (Vertigo) meant that the “Vertigo A Team” won the Scott Trophy for a trade team of three riders on the same make of machine entered by a manufacturer’s agent.
2023 Reeth 3 Day Trial winner Harry Hemingway (Beta) did exceptionally well on his first ever attempt at the Scott Trial, not only bagging the Herbert Scott Trophy for the best performance by a first timer, but also receiving the T Cowie Trophy for the best performance by a rider under the age of 21, the Frank Fletcher Trophy awarded for the lowest score on observation only, the Raymond Bailey Trophy, plus a Gold Scott Spoon for Second Best Performance on time and observation with a total of 23 marks on time and 25 marks lost on observation; a total score of 48 marks.
The Eric. S. Myers Trophy awarded to a team of three individually entered riders, not on the same make of machine and entered by a Club, was won by the “Yeadon & Guiseley A Team”, comprising of Jack Price (42), Harry Hemingway (48) and Alfie Lampkin (114).
Billy Green (Scorpa) was exhausted after running out of petrol on the final run back home and having to push his bike three quarters of a mile to get back to the finish line. Despite this, Billy managed a respectable score of 20 marks on time, coupled with 28 on observation, putting him in third place overall on 48 marks lost.
Jack Peace (Sherco) managed a brilliant score of 26 on observation, just one more mark than Harry Hemingway, but his time penalty was 24, giving him a total of 50 marks lost and finishing in fourth place. Jack was also awarded the Whitaker Trophy for the best performance by a member of the Scarborough & District Motor Club.
Richmond Motor Club rider Richard Sadler (Vertigo) finished in fifth place, losing 38 marks on observation and 15 marks on time, with a total score of 53 marks. First timer Toby Martyn (Montesa) was sixth, finishing with 41 marks on observation and 32 on time, a total score of 73.
Dan Thorpe (GasGas) missed out on a Gold Scott Spoon, losing 52 on observation and 34 on time, giving him a total score of 86 and awarding him a Silver Scott Spoon Award.
Once again six times Scott Trial winner Dougie Lampkin stepped aside from riding the event to support his eldest son Alfie (Vertigo) in his Second Scott Trial. Alfie improved on his observation from last year, finishing with 64 marks lost and a further 50 marks on observation, putting him in 15th place with a Silver Scott Spoon.
Local rider Callum Fowler (Beta) had a great first attempt at the Scott Trial, finishing in 56th place on a total of 281 marks and winning the Malcolm Rathmell Trophy for the best performance by a rider on a machine up to and including 125cc and was welcomed back to the Start Field by parents Darren and Sandra and sister Chloe, who all work hard behind the scenes at Richmond Motor Club, with Sandra being the Club Secretary.
Nine times Women’s World Championship rider Emma Bristow (Sherco) had a tough day after cracking her clutch cover and losing all the oil, then burning out her clutch on the Grouse Moor. Despite this, Emma managed to repair her bike and pick up the pace to make up for lost time, finishing in 40th position on 155 marks lost, with an additional 105 marks on time (total 220), once again winning the MHT Trophy for the best performance by a lady rider.
Richmond Motor Club’s Scott Trial Committee would like to thank everybody involved in the mammoth task of organising and running the event – far too many to mention! Well done to everybody who attempted the trial, we hope to see you next year!
Full results, awards and a section-by-section analysis can be found here: http://www.richmondmotorclub.com/latest-news/9497/
Report & Photos: Charlotte Brown
(Photo of Guy Martin at Surrender with Back Markers: Ros Brown)
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