2016 Premier Cup  (Jul 5, 2016)

Round 6 of the 2016 Premier Cup took place this past weekend at the Brookthorpe circuit in Gloucestershire. The 'natural' circuit was very firm underfoot, as was expected, and the showers throughout Saturday certainly made for some entertaining action as the riders struggled somewhat on the treacherous and slippy course. Once again the TM UK Team was in attendance to compete in multiple classes but with a reduced line-up of riders as yet more injuries depleted the team further. With multiple125cc champ, Jim Davies, still out of action, Callum Gasson just making his return to two wheels after an 8 month absence, Ryan Butler recovering from surgery, Liam Gale out with an ankle injury and now Archie Hicks recovering from a broken leg it was literally a 'half awning' this weekend. Competing this weekend were Richy Roberts alongside VRM supported rider, Troy Willerton, both out to do battle in the 125cc class, with Sam Hunt in the 85cc Big Wheel class and VRM supported rider, Jack Grayshon in the 85cc Small Wheel class.

In the 125cc class it was all action for the TM mounted duo of Richy and Troy. Richy put together 5 solid races and his best race finish to date, showing some great skills in the wet and slippery third race to take a well deserved 5th place. Richy ended his weekend with a 10/10/5/11/10 scorecard for a well earned 9th overall and 6th place in the current championship standings. Troy had a weekend of mixed results, mainly due to a very big exit from the the track in race 2 whilst running in 3rd place which saw Troy launch the bike into the trees and undergrowth from one of the very slippery jump faces. Taking over 5 minutes to rescue the bike it was game over for race two with Troy also injuring his chest, an injury that hampered him for the remainder of the weekend. Troy ended his weekend with an 9/dnf/16/8/8 scorecard.

In the Big Wheel 85cc class, Lasermaster supported rider, Sam Hunt, once again dug deep to improve his results. This, his first year of National competition, has seen young Sam taking to the challenge well, showing gradual increases in confidence, and pace, as the season progresses. The slippery conditions on Saturday were hard work, with little experience on this kind of going Sam toughed it out well from some mixed starts to battle through or recover from some small falls. For his efforts Sam ended his weekend with a 26/28/26/22/21 scorecard.

In the Small Wheel 85cc class it was business as usual for Jack Grayshon, apart from a small fall in race 2 costing him the lead it was pretty much start to finish wins for Jack and his TM 85 MX machine. Jack showed great speed throughout the weekend in the ever changing track conditions and once again took the overall win and extended his championship lead further.

A big well done to the TM UK riders, mechanics, supporters and of course a massive thank you the team sponsors. A big well done also, to all of the other TM Racing riders at the event, some great results, well done.

Finally a huge thank you to those who searched tirelessly for the items stolen and hidden, for no doubt a later collection, by some undesirables on Saturday night. We are most grateful for the finding and returning of the generators, well done, very much appreciated.

TM UK.

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