Friday, 21st November 2014

Bridgnorth riders’ success

The last couple of weekends have seen Bridgnorth Motocross Club riders taking trophies in events at Boraston, near Tenbury Wells and Warmingham, near Crewe, writes GRAHAM GATT.

In the veterans over-35 races at a dust plagued Boraston, Graham Nicklin had more tussles with his old adversary Dave Livesey of the Teme Valley Club.

The pair outpaced the rest of field in each moto, with Livesey winning the first two leaving Nicklin a couple of bike lengths adrift. All race long the order was in the final encounter.

Nicklin made a brilliant start and Livesey could not get by, to give the flying Bridgnorth clubman a great win, which consolidated his runner-up placing in the overall results.

Also contesting the veterans’ class was Robin Davies – or Mr Consistent – who had three third placed finishes behind the battling Nicklin and Livesey, to take the third prize.

Racing in the MX2 expert at Boraston, the fast gating Lewis Bagnall also raced to an overall third prize with three third place finishes.

In contrast to the Boraston dust, Sunday’s sun-soaked event at Warmingham Lane did start off with several boggy patches around the track, but conditions were perfect for racing, which suited the two Bridgnorth clubmen who competed.

Forty-four-year-old Nicklin was up against riders half his age but still beat most of them, finishing with two seventh placings and a final flourish in third position, to finish sixth overall.

The other Bridgnorth contestant was Bruce Gatt, racing in the MX1 seniors. Now getting into race fitness he proved he was still on the pace against lads who were not born when he started racing.

After a good start he passed the flag in fifth in race one, and flying from the gate again he improved to third in the second moto.

Another brilliant start saw him dicing for the lead in the final moto to finish a very close second, which clinched the overall second prize in his class.