BSEC HEADS TO BLACK DOG WOODS
The Enduro21.com ACU British Sprint Enduro Championship, powered by Husqvarna Motorcycles heads to Black Dog Woods from the penultimate rounds of the series this weekend.
Taking in the new venue near Westbury in Wiltshire, Black Dog Woods will be a new challenge to competitors as the battle for championship honours heats up. Offering a wide mix of flowing woodland trails, technical climbs and open grassy sections, the venue has something to keep everyone on their toes.
In the Michelin Comp VI Elite class, Beta’s Daniel McCanney will be pushing hard to extend his point’s lead. With five wins from eight starts he’s very much the rider on form this year and has every intention of continuing his winning ways this weekend. KTM’s Tom Sagar has been a thorn in McCanney’s side this year and has kept the Manxman honest. He’ll be looking to add another win to his 2014 tally. Now back up to speed following his injury-riddled start to the year, Jamie McCanney will try shake things up and snatch a race win away from his brother Daniel.
Steve Holcombe (KTM) hangs on to third overall in the series but with Jack Rowland (Husqvarna), Jamie Lewis (Husqvarna) and Daryl Bolter (KTM) all within 20 points of Holcombe, the pressure is still on to secure a top three result in his debut year in Elite.
In the Husqvarna Under 23 classification Rob Johnson (Husqvarna) holds a 28-point lead over James Dent (KTM). Dent – the only rider to beat Johnson this season – will be hoping to reel his rival back in at Black Dog Woods.
The final step of the podium is far from settled with just one-point separating both Frazer Norrie (KTM) and Josh Gotts (TM). Gotts delivered his best result of the series last time out at Westwood by recording a pair of runner-up results to Johnson and will be looking to challenge for a top result this time out. Behind the leading quartet, Jonathan Rowlands and Fraser Flockhart are ready to create a stir.
In the closest battle for championship honours, the pressure is on for Joe Wootton (Husqvarna) to hold Brad Freeman (KTM) off in the Motul Under 19 class. With one-point between them, this is a battle to watch. After a dip in form midway through the year, Freeman came back strong at Westwood to stop Wootton securing a hat trick of wins. With everything to play for this will be a crucial race for both riders. Sitting third, Lee Sealey (Husqvarna) is capable of mixing things up too. He’s the only other rider to win in the Under 19 category this year. Charlie Frost (KTM), Jon Hunt (Sherco) and Aaron Edwards (Beta) are all in close contention.
Heading the Enduro21.com 125 Youth class, Husqvarna’s Jordan Ridgway is the rider to beat. Behind him Robbie Wallace (Yamaha) hangs onto second by one point from the hard charging Jack Staines.
Claiming five wins in the last six races, Welshman Charlie Evans (KTM) is on top form in the Amped Expert class. TM’s Carl Brogden chases him in second with Carl Jones (KTM) third. Jamie Paget (Husqvarna) and Sean Eckersley (KTM) complete the top five.
Only beaten once this year Andrew Reeves (Beta) leads the way in the Acerbis Expert Vet category from Phil Lewis (KTM) and Lee Cornish (KTM). Keith Jones (KTM) hangs onto the top spot of the USWE Clubman Vets from Simon Trevaskis (KTM) with Simon Ellway (KTM) in third.
In the DEP Pipes Clubman things are far from settled. Jack Penhaligon (Husaberg) holds the points lead from Chris Bennetto (Sherco) and Jamie Jenkins (Yamaha) while in the TCX Women’s class it’s Jane Daniels (Husqvarna) who looks favourite for top honours.
With entries still open for Black Dog Woods on July 26/27 – the penultimate round of the BSEC – there’s still time to catch the final woodland race of the series before championship concludes with the sandy beaches at Ingoldmells, Skegness on October 4/5.
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