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The final two rounds on the British Sprint Championship could have seen 3 winners....Jordan Rose (TM), Daryl Bolter (KTM) and MX Star Tom Church (KTM) depending on how the results sorted themselves out, the addition of wildcard EWC front-runner Matti Seistola (Husqvarna) only added to equation.
Rose needed to finish ahead on Bolter and Church on round 9 to secure the title before the final round, but as can happen with motorsport things can go wrong....
Entering the first test of the day Rose set off last chasing down Church but had not completed more than 1000m when the bike ground to a halt, Initially it seemed the chain had derailed but in fact is was one of Canada Heights millions of small stones that has jammed under the chain and locked the sprocket. Quick enough to realise the problem Rose wheeled the bike backwards, dislodged the stone and continued on to lose some 35 seconds to his rivals. From then on it was catch up all day through the next 7 tests eventually to overhaul both Bolter and Church on the last test of the day to secure 2nd place on the day and the Championship title. Job done, if the hard way.
With the championship secured Jordan and his TM were relaxed and determined to have a run at Seistola for the final round and set off to a flying start on the first test Sunday morning. Unbelievably a quarter way round the first lap the Canada Heights stones again decided to do their work and a larger block jammed in the rear quide locking the rear wheel, this time more securely and it took over 60 seconds to remove it. Over a minute down, Jordan set some blistering times to move to 4th place by the last test and was in fact pushing on to 2nd place only to fall in the last corner of the last lap to finally finish 4th on the day, only mere seconds from 2nd place but unable to regain the time lost to Seistola who was the fastest rider on the day.
"Well I am pleased that is over. Saturday I had decided to ride a steady race and see how I was lying after the mornings tests. Coming through the gate on the first lap the bike just stopped, I knew it was not an engine problem and when I tried to move I could hear the chain grinding so figured it was jammed by a stone which I have had before here in Canada heights. I got it free but it made the rest of the day much harder as I had to push as hard as I could without overdoing it. In the end I was about 6 seconds per test faster than Daryll or Tom and managed to pull the time back by the end. Thankfully all went well thereafter but it was a bit nerve racking. On Sunday I was going to have real go at beating Matti and I could not believe it when almost the exact same thing happened on the first test... this time the stone jammed the rear guide and I could not get it free, three times I had to stop until the stone finally broke. By that time I had lost over a minute. I tried really hard and managed to regain positions only to fall in the last corner of the last test and lost 2nd by seconds. Matti was too far ahead for me to catch.
All in all it could have been worse as the chain could have snapped and I have won the championship which was what we needed to do."
Another success story for the TM marque was Gethin Francombe on his TM 300cc machine, consistent rides all season long and a multitude of round wins gave the likeable young Welshman the title of 2012 British Sprint Enduro Clubman Champion. Gethin rode superbly all weekend and took the victory both days, the overall for the weekend and the championship title.
In the Youth 125cc Class Josh Gotts on his TM 125cc machine was not so lucky, after running top three nearly all season in the highly competitive 'young guns' class Josh was unlucky during Sunday penultimate test to have a spectacular crash which witnessed him drop from third on the day to fifth after the subsequent time loss, this drop in position was unfortunate enough to see him tie on points for third in the overall championship standings, however on 'count-back' with the result on the day being taking into consideration Josh lost out and ended his season just off the final step of the podium.
"An incredible result for the TM Racing brand with two titles on production machinery. Jordan proved at the weekend that without doubt he was the fastest regular championship contender in the Elite class. After two unfortunate, and almost unbelievable starts, to both days the times he set to claw the lost ground back were impressive and huge admiration must be given to Jordan and the 250cc 2-stroke TM machine. Another big well done to Gethin on the 300 2-Stroke in the Clubman class, he has pretty much dominated the class since the start of the season and wholly deserves his British Championship title. Commiserations to young Josh Gotts who just missed out on the overall championship podium 3rd place, Josh was pipped by Jamie McCanney who gained the third place on result count-back after Josh suffered a nasty crash on the penultimate lap robbing him of a vital point, they tied on points but the result on the day favoured Jamie."
Congratulations to all and a big thank you to all of our sponsors and supporters.
Thank you, TM UK.