UK Moto Gymkhana Championship 2017
Round 2 – Donington Park.
At the end of the first attack newcomer Grant Fraser was showing the way home on his SV650 with a very aggressive approach. He finished a second ahead of Ian Handley on a Hornet with a group of three within a second of each other for third.
The experts run last and again put on a great show of skilled riding, it looks so easy when it’s done well. Reigning champion Rob Fox put his little Honda 250 2 stroke into the lead by the huge margin of 0.38 seconds from Mark Wraith on the DRZ400. Both had had clean tidy runs so their second attacks would need just that little bit more if they wanted to clinch the win. Third expert was again Ian Ashford on this CBR600.
So with only a second covering the top three novices and with a few more snapping at their heels it’s going to be a very competitive class this year. All three got a ranking point towards expert status, as did Gary Davies with his second point of the year.
In the women’s class there was a disappointing end to Beth Price Williams’ challenge, her Honda CB1 suffering mechanical problems. Joanna Noble Finch was on a mission, smooth with no time wasted she improved her time by a massive 17 seconds giving her the win over Beth. Third was Pauline Thornton on a KTM 390 Duke.
It was a tense climax to the day’s competition with everyone watching in anticipation as the timing screen flashed up Mark’s final time.
So with two rounds done Mark Wraith is the championship leader with defending champ Rob Fox only 6 points behind. Just 4 points further back in 3rd is Andrew Rayfield, all three are still well in the hunt for the championship.
I’m sad to announce that on the 11 June 2017 our friend and Moto Gymkhana Member Gary Davies was killed in a motorcycling accident. We will all remember his competitive spirit and his passion for motorcycling. Our thoughts are with his family and friends. We’ll miss you man…
Ian Handley – Grant Fraser – Steve Laughton
Andrew Rayfield – Mark Wraith – Rob Fox