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Helmsley Report: British Enduro Championship 2021 – Tom Sagar wins

Tom Sagar

Tom Sagar

Multi-time British Enduro Champion Tom Sagar secured victory at Helmsley after some incredible riding throughout rounds one and two of the 2021 ACU Michelin British Enduro Championship.

Riding consistently well all day, it was no surprise who would be victorious at the end of day two as Sagar rode smooth while capitalising where others made mistakes.

Tom Sagar

Tom Sagar

An outstanding last day push from Tom Ellwood secured him second and the only rider to beat Sagar on the final test of day two. Also on the podium was Alex Walton on his new MRS Sherco. Walton (2019 E1 champion) now rides in E3, and he won both days in class and finished runner–up day one and third on day two.

David Knight returned to the BEC and enjoyed a strong and consistent weekend. Harry Edmondson topped E1 both days on his 125 Fantic, followed by Charlie Chater, who’s new to the championship class but holding his own.

The Expert class saw no real favourites before the weekend, but young gun from Bristol Alfie Webb topped the group on a little 125, showing massive potential to be a championship contender. However, day two saw him finish second behind Harry Houghton on his Beta. Houghton, who was third on Saturday, stayed consistent and smooth to win day two.

Just off the box on day one was Rich Ely. The long gnarly test certainly suited Ely – who’s been an Expert for a few years now – and he found himself on the podium on day two, carrying momentum to round three and four at Hafren in a few weeks.

After being treated to some extreme transfers on day one, the riders were happy when the organisers cut out some gnarly places giving the riders an easier second day.

Jake Roper

Jake Roper

The Clubman class saw Jake Roper lead the way both days – this is the first we’ve seen of Roper at the BEC, and he came out swinging. Behind Roper was Lewis Townsend riding just off Roper’s pace but overall pleased with his result – he’s hoping to be on the top step at Helmsley.

Jacob James – who’s just moved up to E2 on a YZ250 – displayed talent and experience gained in 2019. He rode strong and stayed on time to finish third, but his younger brother Adam wasn’t going to let him take the podium spot easily as they battled all day. Chris Brown, on his Beta 300, took the E3 class overall win.

John shirt and Andrew Revees

John shirt and Andrew Revees

GASGAS man John Shirt was the man to beat in the over 40s on both days as Paul Herbert and Darren Kiff were second and third. Shirt – onboard his new EC 350F from John Shirt Motorcycles – remained calm and relaxed to win on both days.

Karl Greenhall tasted top step victory in the over 50s each day in the North Yorkshire wood. Saturday saw Garry McCoy and Paul Davies finish second and third, respectively. On Sunday, there was a change in proceedings behind the leader as Davies finished second and McCoy in third.

Karl Greenhall

Karl Greenhall

Alan Morris was Saturday’s Sportsman winner, and John Walker and Gordie Taylor rounded out the top three. John Walker blitzed the competition on Sunday, followed by Alan Morris and Gordie Taylor in third.

Words: Tristan Young; Editing: Andrew Hill

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