After claiming his first win in the BSEC at round five, Jordan Rose continued to be the rider to beat at round six of the championship in Saints Well, Powys, Wales. With the course reversed for the second day of competition, Rose quickly found the rough and choppy conditions to his liking and began setting a fast pace. Quickest on the second special test, Rose worked his way to the front of the field. Fending off a late race challenge from KTM’s Tom Church, he was able to secure victory in both the Elite class and the overall classification.
“It was a tough battle with Tom but it’s been good to come away with another win this weekend,” said a pleased Rose following the podium celebrations. “After winning round five it gave me a lot of confidence to try and repeat the same result at round six. Finishing first is another positive step for me so hopefully I can keep building on these results for the rest of the championship.”
Chasing Rose home for second was Fowlers KTM’s Tom Church. Missing round five due to a niggling injury sustained prior to the BSEC, Church showed no ill effects of his injured thumb in Saints Well and soon began pushing Rose for the win. Closing to within four seconds of the TM rider on the penultimate test of the day, Church saw his chance of victory slip away with a crash in the extreme section during the final test. Setting the fastest time on the first test of the morning, Crescent KTM’s Daryl Bolter ended his day in third. Putting in a solid ride, Husqvarna’s Jamie Lewis finished fourth while Midwest Husaberg’s Simon Wakely rounded out the top five.
After narrowly missing out on victory at round five, Midwest Husaberg’s Alex Rockwell returned to round six determined to make amends for his misfortune. Fastest in the first two tests, the Manxman quickly built up a nine-second lead over his nearest rival Gas Gas’ Danny McCanney. Posting consistently fast times throughout the day, Rockwell eventually claimed his first BSEC win of 2012 by finishing over 20 seconds ahead of McCanney.
“It feels great to finally get a win,” confirmed Rockwell. “After been beaten at round five I was determined not to let it happen again. I pushed hard early on to stretch enough of an advantage over Danny and thankfully this time it was enough to win. Changing to the two-stroke this weekend has made such a difference to my pace and I’m beginning to feel a lot more competitive again.”
After his dramatic come-from-behind victory at round five, McCanney was unable to repeat the same feat at round six. With Rockwell over twenty seconds in front, the Manxman settled for a comfortable second. Struggling to ride the pace he wanted to, KTM’s Johnny Walker finished 11 seconds behind McCanney in third. Husqvarna’s Jack Rowland repeated his round five result to finish fourth while Lewis Belfield (KTM) was fifth.
In Under 19, Steve Holcombe (KTM) continues to remain unbeaten. Fastest in each of the seven special tests, Holcombe claimed an impressive class win while also finishing ninth in the overall classification. Joe Wotton (Kawasaki) again finished as runner up to Holcombe with James Dent (KTM) in third. MPS Racing’s Robert Johnson ended his day in fourth with Andrew Bull (KTM) in fifth.
Continuing to set the pace in the 125 Youth Cup, KTM’s Brad Freeman backed up his winning result at round five with another impressive win at round six. Offering an early challenge to Freeman, Josh Gotts (TM) improved on his previous day’s result of third to finish in second place. Lee Sealey (KTM) secured another top result in the 125 Youth Cup with third. Jack Staines (Yamaha) ended his day fourth while Luke Flack (TM) was fifth.
Focused on improving his round five result of fourth in Experts, Oliver Hart started his day in a determine mood. Dipping inside the eight-minute mark on lap four, Hart opened up a comfortable lead, which he controlled to the finish and claimed a well earned win. Round five winner, Tyson Maytom Jones (Husaberg) finished runner up to Hart. Recording his second podium result of the weekend, Edmondson’s Racing KTM’s Richard Ely was third. Netting his best finish of the series so far, Daniel Beaven (KTM) finished in fourth with Honda’s James Jackman in fifth.
TM’s Gethin Francombe was once again the rider to beat in Clubman as he earned his second win of the weekend. Ian Smart (KTM) placed over 70 seconds behind Francombe to finish second while Christopher Lappin (TM) completed the top three. Paul Davies (KTM) and Aaron Martin (KTM) rounded out the top five.
Jane Daniels continued to set the pace in the Women’s class. Finishing over seven minutes clear of runner up Rhian George (KTM), Daniels also ended her day an impressive 47th in the overall classification. With George in second, Liz Childerley (Gas Gas) was third while AJP’s Stephanie Rowe in fourth.
The Husqvarna ACU British Sprint Enduro Championship continues with rounds seven and eight in Adstone, Northampton on May 19/20.