A full entry of more than 200 riders will tackle Diss MCC’s GH Motorcycles Muntjac Enduro on Sunday, November 19.
The event forms the final round of the ACU British Timecard Enduro Championship and the 20-mile course of forestry going at Thetford in Norfolk is looking in good shape.
The club have been hard at work marking out a lot of new going and the special test has been altered in a few places to avoid areas which previously had a tendency to cut up when it turns wet.
At the moment, the going is very dry which should make for excellent riding. Repeating the format tried for the first time last year, the championship riders will be starting at 8.45am to enable them to ride the first special test back-to-back, before riding the test again on laps two and three, and then three times on lap four.
This format combined with the compact nature of the event makes it all action and enjoyable for spectators and support crews. Newly crowned Junior World Champion, Brad Freeman starts as favourite.
On top of his world success, Brad has already taken the E3 British Championship honours and overall victory on four out of the six BEC rounds held this year. However, Manxman Danny McCanney, who won this event outright in 2016, is going to provide a real challenge. He is already E2 BEC champion and achieved fifth overall in E2 World Enduro Championship.
Dan Mundell has tied up the E1 class but he will be battling for honours on the day with Jack Edmondson. Jack actually won the first test outright at last year’s Muntjac by nearly four seconds and while he has been out injured most of the summer months, he has only recently returned and took a class win at the GNCC Ironman Raceway in USA.
This secured him third overall in the GNCC 125 class in his first season competing across the pond. In the Championship Lee Sealey should close out the series by taking a well deserved win.
Other riders looking for victory include Joe Wootton (winner of the Santon Enduro in Thetford Forest in February), Alex Snow (winner of the ACU GBX Sprint Championship) and Thomas Ellwood (good ISDE Junior Team result in France). Competing in the Championship class and likely to also present a challenge are the likes of Todd Kellett (winner of the October 2017 Weston Beach Race) and Luke Parker, Eastern Centre Motocross Champion.
In the Expert class Brad King, Jay Thomas, Alex Walton, Andrew Bisset, Jon Hunt, Kev Murray and Rich Ely will be fighting it out for British Championship Expert overall honours and also their respective class wins. Another rider in the thick of it will be Adam James. A good ISDE performance in France has helped him to get confidence and fitness back.
The Clubman championship will also see Fred Adams (102 points), Harry Hiller-Rees (92) and Allyn Taylor (88) all fighting for the crown. Experts will be timed on their first three tests and Clubman on the first two tests.
One of the reasons why these classes do not ride more tests is to reduce the overlap of riders due to the short course. Nevertheless the last check of 20 miles provides the greatest test.
For safety reasons all riders are reminded that the refueling area is a walking speed area – no exceptions unless you are riding within the bypass provided. Even then, from the yellow flag into the control, is walking speed. It is also important that all refueling is carried out on an environmental mat, so bring one and use it.
Everyone is asked to park sensibly as some of the parking area has now been fenced off. Please do not obstruct the forest track entrance / exit to the event as this is a first aid route.