Fantastic weather graced North Yorkshire as RAW Enduro dropped into Ripon where the popular Ellington Banks played host to another full-on RAW Championship Race. First up were the Youths and John Stanley was in great form to claim the Youth A win on his special KTM 85 big-wheel.
Tommy Tate is improving every race and took a great runner-up place ahead of 2018 Youth B champion Bert Boam. Hayden Stansfield was a runaway winner in Youth B from Ryan Stoneley, who managed to hold off Tobias Stansfield.
Nick Manger was top dog in the Sportsman Elite class with a well deserved win from Mick Alderson, as Lewis Fletcher just edged out Liam Crowe to take the final podium place. The Sportsman class at RAW is getting seriously competitive, with the top eight riders all completing 12 laps and just four minutes separating all of them.
Lee Thornborough took the win from Ben Fenton by just 40 seconds at the flag. The course for round two was a mix of 4×4 MOD test areas, and some fast forest tracks, which were a favourite for the riders to blast around in the spring sunshine.
Closest finish of the day was in the Sportsman Vets class as Mick Robson grabbed the win on 12 laps – just four seconds in front of Kris Farrar. Kris in turn was just a further four seconds in front of third-placed John Hedley.
James Riley topped the Novice class by around a minute at the flag from Gas Gas mounted Rees Leonard, with Dean Bromley recording his best finish of the year so far with a solid third place. In the Over 50 class D3 KTM boss Neil Crayston was enjoying his day off blasting his KTM around the MOD site and he was never troubled as he took maximum points.
Runner-up Mark Stoneley was the only other Vet to complete 12 laps. Just two Ladies entered and Simone Wallis took the honours from Olivia Knight.
Holeshot man Rob Francombe led the Experts away but Lewis Ellis was on his tail and on the final lap he exited the woodland section first having timed his pass to perfection with only the short run to the finish flag to take the win. Ben Hamilton joined the leading pair on the podium.
Jamie Williams rode superbly to win the Clubman class, with James Clark matching him on 14 laps. Richard Taylor continues to keep an eye on overall Clubman honours in third place. Vince Harker was the Elite Vets winner from Steve Pattinson and local lad John Bradford.
Youth A: 1 John Stanley, 2 Tommy Tate, 3 Bert Boam.
Youth B: 1 Hayden Stansfield, 2 Ryan Stoneley, 3 Tobias Stansfield.
Junior Auto: 1 Harley Allen, 2 Jacob Bragg
Sportsman Elite: 1 Nick Manger, 2 Mick Alderson, 3 Lewis Fletcher.
Sportsman: 1 Lee Thornborough, 2 Ben Fenton, 3 Andy Wadkins.
Sportsman Vets: 1 Mick Robson, 2 Kris Farrar, 3 John Hedley.
Novice: 1 James Riley, 2 Rees Leonard, 3 Dean Bromley.
Over 50: 1 Neil Crayston, 2 Mark Stoneley, 3 Colin Mills
Expert: 1 Lewis Ellis, 2 Rob Francombe, 3 Ben Hamilton
Clubman: 1 Jamie Williams, 2 James Clark, 3 Richard Taylor.
Elite Vets: 1 Vince Harker, 2 Steve Pattinson, 3 John Bradford