Sidcup MCC - Dick Dickenson Trial
By Dick Law on 7th Nov 23
GASGAS rider Thomas Moss rode both laps of 18 sections of the Sidcup club’s Dick Dickenson trial without loss last Sunday. That’s 36 sections on the hills around the club's famous Canada Heights motocross track without putting a foot down, not even once.
Laying out a trial in this country at this time of year is always a problem most clubs have to deal with, but a week before the event, with wind and rain lashing the hillside venue, and with the weather forecast not looking that good, the hardworking club members laid out the event with all that information in mind. But, as we all know, the weather changes and the day before the trial, the sun came out, and the wind dried out the sections. Hence the low-scoring trial.
Luckily, Moss was the only rider to clean the trial and was awarded the historic Simmons Cup, without even getting his boots muddy.
Three-time cup winner, including last year, Ashley Newbery (TRRS), started his day off well and was notching up clean after clean until Section 16 on the opening lap, where he slipped up and recorded a three. He cleaned that section on his second attempt, but disaster struck Newbery again at Section 12, where he recorded an unexpected five after cleaning the section on lap one. This gave him an event total of eight, which dropped him to the runner-up position.
Ben Smith (Beta) and Jack Stiles (GASGAS) were difficult to split in third and fourth as they both finished the trial with the loss of just 11 marks – it was down to the most numbers of clean sections to decide the final finishing order.
Smith had a two on section two and a disastrous five on section seven. He had a couple of single dabs for the rest of the lap for a total of nine marks lost. On his second lap, he once again lost two on Section Two and cleaned the rest of the lap, giving him an event total of 11.
Stiles, in contrast, had three single dabs and a two on his opening lap for five marks lost and started lap two with a two and a dab. He then cleaned the rest till two sections from the end of the trial, where he had a three for his total of 11. Smith had 31 cleans while Stiles had 29.
Gavin Cooper (GASGAS) won the slightly easier Expert B class dropping just three single dabs, all of which he acquired on lap one. He cleaned his second lap for a total of three marks lost.
A five on his first attempt at Section 11 cost Brodie Branch (Beta) the class win as he completed the rest of the trial for a couple of dabs. He finished on seven marks lost – four behind the winner Cooper.
Mark Reason (Beta) doesn’t mess about. He cleaned all but three of the 36 sections. Unfortunately, the three he didn’t clean were all fives, giving him a total of 15 marks lost as he took third in class.
Only six marks separated the top four in the Intermediate class as Matthew Godden, on an old SWM, took the win against a field of modern machines with a loss of just nine marks, all of which were ones and twos scattered about the trial. Jason Arnold (TRRS) was second, four points behind Godden, with Michael Hollyer (TRRS) and Jack Taylor (Beta) in third and fourth, all separated by a single mark.
Tony Dobbs (Montesa) had a four-point win over Kevin Miller (TRRS) in the Intermediate B class with Marc Taylor (Beta) third, just two behind Miller.
Kurt Gigney (Beta) won the hotly contested Novice class with David Little (Beta) and Sean Cuckow (GASGAS) second and third, separated by a single dab.
Holeshot PR head honcho Harley Stephens (Beta) won the Over 40 class riding the Blue route with the loss of just six marks, a score that would have seen him winning the Intermediate class. Jon Allen (GASGAS) was second, five behind the winner, Stephens, with Richard Brush (TRRS) third.
Warren Eves (Montesa) won the Over 50s, riding the Red route with the loss of six, and once again, a score that would have seen him win the Novice class. Andrew Randell (GASGAS) was second, with Brian Thomas (Beta) third.
Steve Mannerings won the small twinshock group riding the Blue route, while Daniel Burton (Aprilia) won the Pre67 Twinshock class riding the Red route.
Samuel Le Fevre (Beta) was the only youth rider to attempt the Expert route and finished on a respectable 60-mark score.
Rowan Dean (Beta) won the Youth Intermediate B class, while Flynn Joyce (Beta) won the Youth Novice group.
Ken Cross (Montesa) won the Sportsman class, while Charlie Gigney (Beta) took top honours in the Youth Sportsman class.
Sidcup MCC Dick Dickenson Trial 2023 Results
|1||Thomas Moss||GASGAS||0 marks lost|
|3||Ben Smith||Beta||11 (31 Cleans)|
|4||Jack Stiles||GASGAS||11 (29 Cleans)|
|6||Phillip Stewart||Montesa||32 (23 Cleans, 6 Ones)|
|7||Terry Lilley||Montesa||32 (23 Cleans, 5 Ones)|
Over 40 (Blue Route)
|5||Jonathan Sturdey||GASGAS||17 (28 Cleans)|
|6||Adam Marshall||GASGAS||17 (28 Cleans)|
|7||Michael Nutbrown||Beta||19 (28 Cleans)|
|8||Lee Brocklehurst||GASGAS||19 (27 Cleans)|
|9||Shaun Wallis||GASGAS||19 (25 Cleans)|
Over 50 (Red Route)
|9||Roy Beatty||GASGAS||33 (23 Cleans)|
|10||Graham Knowler||Montesa||33 (18 Cleans)|
Twinshock (Blue Route)
Pre-67 Twinshock (Red Route)
|2||Graham Baylis||Francis Barnet||8|
|4||Trevor Town||Francis Barnet||15|
|1||Samuel Le Favre||Beta||60|
Youth Intermediate B