Tough Times For The TM UK Team at Mildenhall  (Mar 22, 2016)

The first round of the 2016 Premier Cup took place this past weekend at the Mildenhall circuit near Bury St Edmunds. With the weather holding out and the track surface in prime, but very fast, condition it was an action packed weekend for the team of riders in all classes. Sadly for the team injuries to some of the riders took precedence on Sunday and dampened the spirits for all involved.

The 125cc class, that has been dominated by TM UK's Jim Davies for the past few seasons, had some new faces and new competition, something Jim was relishing, and sure enough the racing proved to be exciting. Jim put together two solid results on Saturday taking a 3rd and a 2nd, Sunday saw Jim on a charge and in the first race he took a well deserved victory. Race two on Sunday was not so good at all, a small fall in the early laps whilst running in 4th place saw Jim up and retrieving the bike in true Davies style. However the following pack we unaware of the fallen riders ahead and Jim was hit, and hit hard, by a fellow competitor breaking his leg. An accident that could and should of been avoided has now left Jim on the sidelines.

Ryan Butler showed some great speed once again in the 125cc class, after some good starts and running at the sharp end of the field early doors, some small mistakes, forced from arm pumps issues, made it hard work for the likable youngster to maintain pace. Ryan ended his weekend with a 11 / 8 / 8 / 8 / 8 scorecard for 7th overall.

Richy Robers on his TM 125cc machine improved his results race by race over the course of the weekend. Some great starts gave Richy the early jump on the pack but jostling in the first few corners left him 'wide' and with work to do. Nevertheless Richy battled on in all 5 moto's and for his efforts ended his weekend with a 15 / 12 / 12 / 9 / 10 scorecard for a great 9th overall.

Guesting in the awning for this event was Troy Willerton on a 125cc machine. Troy who has only recently returned from injury, is still finding his feet but nevertheless showed great pace. Sadly Troy was another rider to fall foul on injury over the weekend, after being hit hard by a competitor in race one. Hurting his arm and hand Troy retired from day one but restarted on day two after a nights rest, however it was not to be. A retirement in race one on Sunday was followed up by a trip to the medical centre after crashing in race 2 and banging his head, Troy was left unconscious on the circuit for some time before being attended too.

In the Small Wheel 85cc class it was Jack Grayshon, supported by Vampires Rock TM Racing, that turned some great starts into great results. Jack ran at the sharp end all weekend and even took the lead early doors breaking away at the front end from the following competition. Unfortunately a clutch issue in race 4 saw Jack limp home into retirement. Nevertheless a brace of four 3rd place finishes gave Jack a well earned 6th overall.

In the Big Wheel 85cc class Archie Hicks showed some great improvement after the winter break. With some superb starts and clever riding Archie put together 4 solid races and 4 great finishes. With his last race of the weekend being his worst result after some small mistakes crept in late on. Archie ended his weekend with a 10 / 9 / 4 / 11 scorecard for a great top ten finish in 9th overall.

Liam Gale on his Big Wheel machine started his weekend with some mistakes costing him time and places. However the results improved as the racing continued and Liam settled into the track. Liam worked hard and battled his way up the standings to end his weekend with a 21 / 14 / 9 / 13 scorecard for a good 14th overall.

Guesting in the TM UK awning for the Premier Cup is Lasermaster TM team rider, Sam Hunt on his TM 85 Big Wheel machine. Young Sam is making the move up to national level status and this was his first event alongside new people, new competition and new tracks. Sam rode better than his results show, especially when considering this was his first 'big' event. With more time to settle into his new surroundings the young Cornishman will gain experience, confidence and no doubt achieve the results he desires. A big step to take and one that is most daunting but one he completed with great maturity.

A big well done to all of the riders, mechanics and supporters and of course, a massive thankyou, to all of the sponsors of the team for the 2016 season.