Premier Cup - Round 3 - Landrake  (May 9, 2016)

The incredible Landrake Moto Park played host to round 3 of the 2016 Premier Cup and the TM team, and associated dealer supported riders, where there in force to compete in a multitude of classes.

With only a few small showers and some light winds to contend with the weekend turned out to be probably the one of the best to date as far as the weather was concerned. The track, as ever, was prepped well and as expected the ruts and hard surface came to the fore as the event unfolded, this gave us some great action on the track as passing became harder over the duration. With a large contingent of TM mounted riders here is a brief run-down of the weekends action.

In the small wheel 85cc class Jack Grayshon and his TM quite simply dominated, going from start to chequered flag unchallenged in most races. Young Jack, and his VRM supported TM 85 MX machine, certainly showed their class and he looked comfortable as he headed off to 5 wins from 5 starts to take the overall win and extend his championship lead. Also competing on a TM 85 MX machine was Alfie Rickwood who is being suported by Brian Williams of 'Wildmoor' fame, a name synonymous with TM Racing in the UK for many years. Alfie had some great races taking a second and a third on Saturday, however Sunday saw Alfie have a big crash to which he was unable to walk-away from at the time and he was admitted to hospital with a suspected broken coccyx. Luckily Alfie is just a bit battered and bruised and we wish him all the best.

In the Big Wheel class it was Archie Hicks and his 190 hour old, yes.. 190 hours!, TM 85 MX machine that showed great improvement on the hard pack track. Young Arch could not master the starts but some gutsy rides pulled him through the field to end his weekend with a 9/12/10/6/10 scorecard giving him 9th overall for the event. Archie's efforts did not go unnoticed by the event organisers either, for his hard work over the weekend he was awarded the rider of the day award. Also in the big wheel class was Lasermaster supported rider, Sam Hunt, on his TM machine, the likeable young Cornishman had a reasonably short trip, by his standards, to this event. He too showed some good improvement over the weekend that was only hampered by some small crashes and subsequent bike damage. Sam ended his weekend with a 15/dnf/15/13/23 scorecard.

In the Rookies class Liam Gale stepped up to the challenge of a 'big bike' as he swapped his big wheel TM 85cc machine for a TM 125cc machine. His first 'National' event on a full size machine was a big step forward, and despite some early nerves from mum, Liam showed all he was ready to 'move-up'. Riding the big bike well Liam ended his first national event on the 125' with a 18/17/19/17/18 scorecard in the overall combined 125 / 250F results, with a top 4 in the 125's yet to be confirmed.

In the 125cc class the TM UK MX Team welcomed Lasermaster TM UK Enduro rider, Josh Gotts into the awning this weekend. Riding one the TM UK 125cc machines Josh showed all that the Enduro riders are indeed no slouches on an MX track. It was a sharp re-learning curve for Josh who has not ridden a 125cc machine for a few years now and only set eyes on the bike on Saturday morning when he arrived at the venue. Taking two great holeshots and with 5 great rides under his belt, Josh mixed it up with the best the championship has to offer and for his efforts ended his weekend with a 6/3/4/2/5 scorecard for 4th overall (joint 3rd on points), a great result. Richy Roberts battled hard all weekend on his TM 125 MX machine and improved his style as the races unfolded, trying something new to his alter riding technique seemed to be paying dividends for Richy who 'smoothed it out' a little and felt the benefits. Richy ended his weekend with a 10/11/14/11/10 scorecard for a well earned 9th overall. Ryan Butler once again showed he has the pace to run at the front, a position we all know he is capable of running at, sadly for Ryan the dreaded arm problem reared its head once again. After taking a 9th and 10th in the first two races, dropping from the top 5, whilst being in discomfort and getting extremely frustrated with not being able to ride how he can, Ryan has decided that he will not race again until he has had a small operation on his arms that he is currently waiting for. A wise, but nevertheless difficult decision, for a racer to make, but one that is for sure the correct one for Ryan.

A big well done to all the TM Riders at the events, the helpers and supporters, mums and dads, and of course, a massive thank you to all of the team sponsors . Thanks, TM UK.

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