Riders tackle tough tracks at Kirkby Malzeard bike trial

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Seventy-five motorbike enthusiasts descended on Kirkby Malzeard to take part in the David Mawer Invitation Christmas Trial hosted by Ripon Motor Club.

In attendance was Ripon’s own Graham Jarvis who rode his Husaberg enduro machine round followed by a film crew.

The riders tackled three muddy laps, each with four different sections and low grip levels.

Diving into the opening section to the rear of a farm building, the riders then charged across a meadow to a dense wood.

Richard Sadler set the benchmark on the hard course and dropped only two marks, dabbing at the fifth obstacle where the rocks barred any fancy moves.

Richard Timperley was right on the leader and went clear at the same point Sadler made his error.

But he lost singles on obstacles six, nine and 12 to fall behind.

Billy Bolt dropped 15 points in third, with Rob Waite (17) and Guy Kendrew (24) making up the top five.

Fourteen riders hit the hard route including Stuart Mack who had travelled from Scotland to compete.

Paul Dennis won the green course with seven faults ahead of Neil Gaunt (14) and Ian Myers (15) in a class of just 20 riders.

Norman Shepherd topped 43 riders around the easy course as he rode a clear round.

Chris Crossley (15) and Stuart Blythe (17) also stood on the podium.

The event also raised £2,800 for the British Heart Foundation and the Yorkshire Yorkshire Air Ambulance Appeal Fund.

Results: Hard course: Richard Sadler (MRS Sherco) 2, Richard Timperley (Jotogas) 4, 3 Billy Bolt (Ossa) 15, Rob Waite (Beta) 17, Guy Kendrew (Beta) 24.

Green course: Paul Dennis (Beta) 7, Neil Gaunt (Beta) 14, Paul Sadler (Sherco) 15, Ian Myers (Sherco) 20, Robert Hardisty (Sherco) 25, Josh Swiers (Beta ) 29.

Clubmen: Norman Shepherd (James) 0, Chris Crossley 15, Stuart Blythe (Triumph) 17, Michael Platts (Sherco) 18, Steve Dale (Sherco)   22, David Carr (Beta ) 22.