ClassicMXRider.com Pre-68 Championship – Round 6
Ricky Roper made a return aboard his late father’s 500 Triumph Metisse to take two wins in round 6 of the ClassicMXRider.com Pre-68 Championship at Gosfield.
The 33-year-old dominated the second and third championship races at the event, however, Aaron Graves took a win in the first race, his first since taking a win at the same event last year.
In race 1, it was series newcomer Adrian Coppen (500 BSA), who took the holshot, with Sam Heitman (500 Boretech Metisse) and Gene Womack (545 Jawa Metisse) in close company. By the end of lap one, it was Womack who lead, followed by Coppen, Heitman and Sam Appleton (441 BSA Metisse) in fourth.
By lap three, Aaron Graves (500 BSA) had moved up from eighth to fourth, and Womack was beginning to build a commanding lead over Coppen.
On the penultimate lap, however, disaster struck for Womack as his rear tyre gained a puncture, leaving Graves, who had moved up to second, to take the lead and the win, with Coppen in second and 2013 series champion, Heitman, in third.
Race 2 saw Roper storm off the start line, taking the holeshot. Womack was determined to make up for the bad luck he experienced in race one, and although Roper began to take a commanding lead, Womack was able to keep Nick Archer (500 BSA) and Greg Speed (350 BSA) at bay.
At the end of the second lap, Graves had moved up to third and was chasing Womack hard into the penultimate lap. Womack kept his cool and took second place behind Roper, with Archer in fourth and Coppen fifth and the ever-improving Greg Speed in sixth.
Roper continued his dominance in race three, exiting the first corner in the lead. This time, Graves had made a good start and nipped it up the inside of Nick Archer to take second place. Behind Archer was Womack, that was until the two had a coming-together on lap two near the entrance to the wooded section of the circuit. Archer continued unscathed, however Womack was dead last after rejoining the race.
By lap four, 19-year-old Speed had overtaken Appleton to move up to fourth position, but Coppen was hot on his hills.
At the end of the final lap, Roper had crossed the line with a commanding lead over Graves, followed by Archer and Coppen, who overtook speed with four corners to go.
Aaron Graves now leads the championship with three rounds remaining. Womack sits in second, 28 points behind Graves, with James Newstead slipping to third. Head to the championship points page for the latest points standings.
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|Race 1||Race 2||Race 3|
|1||Aaron Graves||Richard Roper||Richard Roper|
|2||Adrian Coppen||Gene Womack||Aaron Graves|
|3||Sam Heitman||Aaron Graves||Nick Archer|
|4||Stephen Ross||Nick Archer||Adrian Coppen|
|5||Richard Roper||Adrian Coppen||Greg Speed|
|6||Gene Womack||Greg Speed||Sam Appleton|
|7||Sam Appleton||Stephen Ross||Les Robinson|
|8||John Bateup||Sam Heitman||Paul Crudgington|
|9||Greg Speed||Sam Appleton||Graham Mays|
|10||Dave Holt||Paul Crudgington||Carl Walker|
|11||Nick Archer||Daniel Womack||Luke Womack|
|12||Paul Crudgington||Phil Crowfoot||Daniel Womack|
|13||Bob Clarke||Graham Mays||Bob Clarke|
|14||Phil Crowfoot||Carl Walker||Gene Womack|
|15||Luke Womack||Dave Holt|
|16||Tucker Dow||Luke Womack|
|17||Alan Lythgoe||Alan Lythgoe|
|18||Vince Grudgington||Tucker Dow|