Weston Beach Race - 2016  (Oct 10, 2016)

Picture: Jack Grayshon on the podium.

Weston Super Mare was taken over, once again, by the off-road biking community this past weekend for the beach race. This annual affair sees a multitude of races over the weekend along with some great attractions to keep all entertained throughout. A well laid out track and some much welcomed great weather made for an incredible weekend for all involved and gave the large crowds a spectacle to behold.

Competing this weekend from our regular team of riders was Troy Willerton in the Youth 125cc class and Jack Grayshon in the 85cc Small Wheel class.

Troy was first out on track on Saturday morning and after a great start a small fall early doors left Troy trailing at the back of the pack. However pushing hard Troy soon began to make time and places and worked his way into the running, unluckily for Troy pushing hard also cost him and a big crash saw him tumbling down the track. Remounting his now very damaged TM, with its front plate torn from its mountings, front brake hose floundering, front mudguard broken, handlebars bent, and so on, Troy entered the pits to momentarily get his breath. A big charge in the final half of the race however saw Troy put in the fastest lap of the 125 riders and with a great effort he ended the race in a well earned 6th place (as we believe) in the 125cc class. A great comeback from a very big crash and on a very bruised machine.

In the 85cc class race on Sunday, young Jack pushed his way to the front of the pack ensuring himself a clean start, sadly for Jack his early efforts were in vain as a first turn fall saw him cartwheel the bike over the dune. With his bike having received a hit of some kind to the carburetor in the crash, alongside a very sad looking radiator, his once rocket-ship TM was now over-fueling and not making full power. With a bike that was not performing 100 percent Jack battled on and after 2 pit stops was creeping his way up the leader-board. With a very determined ride, Jack's first attempt at Weston, he began to mover further and further up the charts as his competitors battled with problems of their own. At the end of the elapsed time Jack ended his race in a great 3rd position, an excellent result on his maiden Weston event.

Also competing in the main 3 hour race was Lasermaster TM supported Enduro rider, Gethin Francombe, on his TM 250Fi ENes machine. Gethin put together a great race that saw him working his way up the charts continuously among the other 800 competitors in this 'big' race. At the end of the 3 hour event Gethin finished, we believe, in 64th place, and much higher within 'class'. A great result for Gethin.

A big well done to all the other TM entrants at the event, of which we are told all finished every race/class entered, Well done. A big well done also to Kerry on his TM 300 EN machine, that upon finishing the race then used his own machine to go and tow back other stricken friends riding other brands on the beach after the races conclusion, a great gesture after such a grueling event.

Finally a big thank you to all of our sponsors and supporters who make all of this possible. Thank you.