2013 Husqvarna ACU British Sprint Enduro Championship, Rounds 4&5
Danny McCanney and Matti Seistola share Elite honours at rounds four & five of the Husqvarna ACU British Sprint Enduro Championship at Llangrove …
Hot and dry conditions were again the order of the weekend for those competing in the Husqvarna ACU British Sprint Enduro Championship, with rounds four and five seeing the series pass the halfway point at Llangrove, near Monmouth. Described by some as the toughest rounds of the BSEC ever held, the combination of hot weather and a dry and challenging track ensured riders in all classes were made to work extremely hard during what was a action packed two days of racing.
Winning the first and last of the eight laps completed by the Elite class riders at round four Danny McCanney (Gas Gas) went on to claim victory ahead of Matti Seistola (Husqvarna) and brother Jamie. Making the most of a slow start by Seistola, Danny maintained his lead during the closing laps, despite a spirited effort from Seistola to claim the win. With 13 seconds separating the leading duo, Jamie McCanney (Husaberg), who topped laps two and three, finished some eight seconds adrift of Seistola. With the top three some distance clear of all other Elite class riders Jamie Lewis (HM Moto Honda) placed fourth ahead of Tom Sagar (KTM), Mark Roberts (KTM) and Tom Church (Husaberg)
At round five it was Seistola who made the best start of the Elite class riders. Edging ahead after two laps, on lap three the Finn cartwheeled his bike down a rocky stream and lost time re-starting it. Fighting his way back to the top of the class he eventually claimed the win by some 14 seconds from Danny McCanney. McCanney’s day started in the worst possible way as two falls and a bent gear selector saw him lose close to one-minute on the very first lap. Forced, just like Seistola, to fight back, he claimed a well-deserved runner-up result, just seven seconds ahead of third placed Jamie Lewis. Fourth went to Jamie McCanney with Tom Sagar and Tom Church rounding out the top six.
Steve Holcombe (KTM) dominated in the Under 23 class, winning both days by considerable margins. Never outside the top six overall throughout round four, Holcombe placed two minutes clear of eventual runner-up Jack Rowland (Husqvarna), who suffered his first loss of the series. James Dent rounded out the top three on day one, close to two minutes behind Rowland.
Round five saw Holcombe’s pace increase. Fast out of the blocks he set the fastest outright time on lap one, backing it up with a second fastest outright time on lap two. Come the end of the day Steve placed more than three minutes ahead of runner-up James Dent, with an end-of-day final time good enough for fifth in the Elite class. Third went to Max Varney (Yamaha)
Rob Johnson (Husqvarna) delivered two solid rides to claim the Under 19 class win at both rounds four and five. Looking strong on the dry course Johnson finished comfortably ahead of 125cc mounted Josh Gotts (TM) and Joe Wootton on day one, and then ahead of Gotts and Charlie Frost (KTM) on day two.
125cc Youth Cup
In securing his fourth and fifth 125cc Youth Cup class wins Brad Freeman put himself in a position to secure his class championship at the sixth round of the series. Close to not putting a foot wrong during the two days of competition, Brad improved his pace throughout round four to finish three-and-a-half minutes up on Lee Sealey (Husaberg) with Jack Staines (KTM) third. At round five all of Brad’s times were again inside the overall top 10, going on to claim the 125cc Youth Cup win ahead of Sealey and Drew Slevin (Yamaha)
After a day-long battle with Richard Ely (KTM) it was Carl Brogden (TM) who topped the Expert class at round four. Separated by just 11 seconds the pair comfortably finished ahead of third placed Brad King (Kawasaki). Round five saw Ely get the upper hand, moving ahead of Brogden by 12 seconds. Third at round five went to Brad King.
In the Expert Vets class Andrew Reeves (KTM) and Carl Tiley (TM) enjoyed a weekend long battle. Reeves topped round four, but Tiley fought back to claim the win at round five. Third on both occasions was Neil Bowker.
Mark Denslow (KTM) was the rider to beat in the Clubman class on day one, placing ahead of Nick Sims (Sherco) and Jesse Say (KTM). At round five sprint enduro newcomer Jonathan Rowlands (Beta) claimed a commanding win ahead of Jesse Say and Nick Sims.
Tim Cotton (Husaberg), Keith Jones (KTM), and Dai Beer (KTM) placed top three in the Clubman Vets class at both rounds four and five.
Jane Daniels (Husaberg) topped the Women’s class on both days, finishing in front of Katie Walker (KTM) and Rhian George (Husaberg) at round five and ahead of Walker and Hannah Styles (Husaberg) at round five.
Round six of the 2013 Husqvarna ACU British Sprint Enduro Championship takes place at Westwood, near Sheffield, on August 4th.
Results – BSEC 2013 Rnd 4
1. Danny McCanney (Gas Gas) 1.02:04.68; 2. Matti Seistola (Husqvarna) 1.02:17.54; 3. Jamie McCanney (Husaberg) 1.02:25.34; 4. Jamie Lewis (HM Moto Honda) 1.03:42.57; 5. Tom Sagar (KTM) 1.03:58..17; 6. Mark Roberts (KTM) 1.05:07.25; 7. Tom Church (Husaberg) 1.06:07.35; 8. Lee Edmondson (Beta) 1.07:14.33; 9. Ollie Moyce (Husqvarna) 1.09:19.97; 10. Travis Teasdale (Husaberg) 1.09:59.91…
1. Steve Holcombe (KTM) 55.22:79; 2. Jack Rowland (Husqvarna) 57.28:14; 3. James Dent (TM) 59.12:27; 4. Max Varney (Yamaha) 1.00:36.03; 5. Neil Chatham (KTM) 1.01:45.97; 6. Roger Holland (KTM) 1.03:01.57; 7. Liam Gooding (KTM) 1.06:17.11
1. Rob Johnson (Husqvarna) 58.47:69; 2. Josh Gotts (TM) 1.00:21.79; 3. Joe Wootton (Kawasaki) 1.01:11.47; 4. Scott Altass (KTM) 1.01:27.45; 5. Charlie Frost (KTM) 1.01:47.21; 6. Alex West (KTM) 1.01:54.53; 7. Andrew Bull (KTM) 1.02:09.06; 8. Harvey Dark (KTM) 1.03:25.57; 9. Luke Flack (KTM) 1.04:25.44; 10. Hayden Miller (KTM) 1.08:54.61…
125cc Youth Cup
1. Brad Freeman (KTM) 57.39:89; 2. Lee Sealey (Husaberg) 1.00:56.01; 3. Jack Staines (KTM) 1.01:46.95; 4. Drew Slevin (Yamaha) 1.06:22.13; 5. Jordan Ridgeway (Husaberg) 1.10:27.20; 6. Ben Green (KTM) 1.20:44.59
1. Carl Brogden (TM) 58.31:71; 2. Richard Ely (KTM) 58.42:71; 3. Brad King (Kawasaki) 1.00:19.56; 4. Scott Austin (Sherco) 1.00:19.71; 5. Jamie Paget (Husaberg) 1.00:52.87; 6. Jack Lee (Beta) 1.01:10.07; 7. Dan Beaven (KTM) 1.01:24.91; 8. James Burroughs (Husqvarna) 1.02:40.99; 9. Gethin Francombe (TM) 1.02:47.42; 10. Tom Smith (KTM) 1.04:39.96…
1. Andrew Reeves (KTM) 1.01:51.32; 2. Carl Tiley (TM) 1.02:44.65; 3. Neil Bowker (KTM) 1.09:47.27; 4. Neil Griffiths (KTM) 1.13:49.34
1. Tim Cotton (Husaberg) 1.09:37.62; 2. Keith Jones (KTM) 1.12:57.80; 3. Dai Beer (KTM) 1.13:13.96; 4. Richard Holland (KTM) 1.13:26.18; 5. Jim Munden (KTM) 1.21:46.24; 6. Richard Williams (KTM) 1.23:15.47; 7. Jason Way (Husqvarna) 1.26:08.69; 8. Steven Cooper (Suzuki) 1.26:14.04
1. Mark Denslow (KTM) 1.05:48.29; 2. Nick Sims (Sherco) 1.06:04.47; 3. Jesse Say (KTM) 1.06:26.40; 4. Mike Pratt (KTM) 1.06:42.73; 5. Josh Snowden (KTM) 1.08:02.61; 6. Danny Clarke (KTM) 1.08:32.81; 7. Tony Revell (KTM) 1.08:35.37; 8. Peter Heyward (KTM) 1.08:38.34; 9. Richard Holmes (KTM) 1.08:55.66; 10. Rodge Baker (KTM) 1.09:39.63…
1. Jane Daniels (Husaberg) 1.06:01.56; 2. Katie Walker (KTM) 1.11:04.92; 3. Rhian George (Husaberg) 1.12:02.64; 4. Hannah Styles (Husaberg) 1.15:56.41
Results – BSEC 2013 Rnd 5
1. Matti Seistola (Husqvarna) 48:53.16; 2. Danny McCanney (Gas Gas) 49.07:13; 3. Jamie Lewis (HM Moto Honda) 49.14:24; 4. Jamie McCanney (Husaberg) 49.16:73; 5. Tom Sagar (KTM) 50.16:59; 6. Tom Church (Husaberg) 50.18:85; 7. Mark Roberts (KTM) 50.36:80; 8. Lee Edmondson (Beta) 52.15:96; 9. Travis Teasdale (Husaberg) 52.43:86; 10. Kevin Murray (KTM) 53.12:52
1. Steve Holcombe (KTM) 49.35:69; 2. James Dent (TM) 52.59:35; 3. Max Varney (Yamaha) 53.26:55; 4. Neil Chatham (KTM) 53.41:20; 5. Jack Rowland (Husqvarna) 55.21:53; 6. Roger Holland (KTM) 57.06:18; 7. Liam Gooding (KTM) 1.03:38.57
Under 19 class
1. Rob Johnson (Husqvarna) 51.56:59; 2. Josh Gotts (TM) 53.43:95; 3. Charlie Frost (KTM) 54.04:89; 4. Andrew Bull (KTM) 54.28:97; 5. Alex West (KTM) 55.55:28; 6. Jake Morgan (KTM) 56.38:86; 7. Luke Flack (KTM) 58.18:27; 8. Harvey Dark (KTM) 59.18:68; 9. Luke Fletcher (KTM) 1.01:52.34; 10. Joe Wootton (Kawasaki) 1.01:53.69
125cc Youth Cup
1. Brad Freeman (KTM) 51.01:73; 2. Lee Sealey (Husaberg) 54.40:49; 3. Drew Slevin (Yamaha) 59.42:45; 4. Jordan Ridgeway (Husaberg) 1.00:17.58; 5. Jack Staines (KTM) 1.01:25.72; 6. Ben Green (KTM) 1.08:54.79; 7. Rob Armitage (Husqvarna) 1.09:53.67
1. Richard Ely (KTM) 52.39:96; 2. Carl Brogden (TM) 52.51:69; 3. Brad King (Kawasaki) 52.55:28; 4. Jack Lee (Beta) 53.38:23; 5. Jamie Paget (Husaberg) 54.27:46; 6. Dan Beaven (KTM) 54.36:81; 7. James Burroughs (Husqvarna) 55.15:29; 8. Gethin Francombe (TM) 55:40.27; 9. Kalem Hicks (KTM) 56.26:99; 10. Phillip Cooper (KTM) 57.44:14…
1. Carl Tiley (TM) 55.44:50; 2. Andrew Reeves (KTM) 55.55:63; 3. Neil Bowker (KTM) 1.01:16.97; 4. Neil Griffiths (KTM) 1.06:54.25
1. Tim Cotton (Husaberg) 1.02:41.36; 2. Keith Jones (KTM) 1.05:33.12; 3. Dai Beer (KTM) 1.06:12.25; 4. Richard Holland (KTM) 1.07:12.54; 5. Mike Crumb (KTM) 1.10:43.26; 6. David Smailes (KTM) 1.12:21.71; 7. Jim Munden (KTM) 1.12:34.13; 8. Neil Price (KTM) 1.16:37.55; 9. Richard Williams (KTM) 1.16:47.23; 10. Steven Cooper (Suzuki) 1.31:45.96
1. Jonathan Rowlanda (Beta) 55.53:10; 2. Jesse Say (KTM) 59.26:17; 3. Nick Sims (Sherco) 59.26:64; 4. Mike Pratt (KTM) 59.38:60; 5. Mark Denslow (KTM) 1.00:02.06; 6. Richard Holmes (KTM) 1.00:52.28; 7. Tony Revell (KTM) 1.00:55.78; 8. Peter Heyward (KTM) 1.01:28.65; 9. Ryan Nash (KTM) 1.01:51.07; 10. Donovan Pearce (KTM) 1.02:12.16…
1. Jane Daniels (Husaberg) 1.00:18.06; 2. Katie Walker (KTM) 1.05:19.28; 3. Hanna Styles (Husaberg) 1.06:19.01; 4. Rhian George (Husaberg) 1.09:53.09Photos: Pickle Media
About the BSEC
The Husqvarna British Sprint Enduro Championship is the UK’s newest off-road motorcycle race series, promoted and organised exclusively by GMC Events Ltd. Enduro is one of the world’s longest standing off-road motorcycle disciplines, the motorcycle equivalent of car rallying. Sprint enduro is an exciting new rider, spectator, and media friendly discipline that delivers simple to understand, day-long, enduro racing action. The series caters for the best enduro talent in the UK.
Husqvarna is an iconic off-road motorcycle brand. Enjoying competitive success at the highest level, in 2011 Husqvarna clinched the Enduro 1 and Enduro 2 World Championship titles with their TE250 and TE310 machines ridden by Finn Juha Salminen and Frenchman Antoine Meo. Building its first motorcycle in 1903 Husqvarna motorcycles were produced in Sweden until ’86 when the company was sold to the Cagiva Group, which later became MV Agusta S.p.A. Enduro greats such as Anders Eriksson, Paul Edmondson, Samuli Aro, Stefan Merriman, Petri Silvan, Antoine Meo and Juha Salminen have all enjoyed world championship winning success with Husqvarna. https://www.husqvarna-motorcycles.co.uk.
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