10:01pm Thursday 28th February 2013
Bradford Motor Club officials Richard Taylor, Richard Midgley and Paul Bailey made sure of trials action in West Yorkshire and headed for Rough Holden Farm, near Silsden, to stage the first closed to club event of the season last Sunday.
Seventy-one riders braved an icy breeze and ten hardy observers endured the cold but dry conditions on the one-mile course.
Distance seemed no object with a strong contingent of Lancashire visitors bidding for championship points.
Oliver Smith travelled all the way from East-bourne to ride his new Gas Gas machine for the first time.
He had stayed with Keighley’s rising starlet Jacob Snowden to sample a Yorkshire trial, but a first-lap crash ended his trialling holiday.
The frozen slopes and sections accounted for quite a few unplanned dismounts but without any serious injury.
Baildon girl Chloey Armistead observed the opening steep section where her father Clive lost two penalties, then rode the next two sections faultlessly.
Silsden locksmith Rob-ert Cockshott lost the trial in that first section where Barnoldwick winner Cliff Camfield swept through without fault, and he did the same at seven other sections on the route.
Andrew Halker and Paul Sullivan tied on the hard course, while Trawden’'s Phil Crosby and Glusburn builder Nathan Wriggles-worth went into a tie-breaker for third, which favoured Crosby.
Keighley’s Joseph Fox won class B from Mick Yeomans and Silsden’s Gabby Whitham.
Addingham class D champion Edward Earle won class C.
Only three class E youngsters competed on electric Oset machines where the clear winner was Keighley’s Myles Hutchinson.
See full results from the trial on page 57.
l The third and fourth events in the ACU Luscombe Suzuki Leeds British Sidecar Trials Championship take place at Bovey Tracey and Tregurgh this weekend.
Championship sponsor and multi-British champion Robin Luscombe will compete with his son Sam in their sidecar outfit.
The Luscombes, from Cullingworth, head the championship points table.
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