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  • Two More Events Cancelled 
    Following further guidance regarding the Covid-19 from the Government & the ACU, our Eastern Centre Championship round on the 28th June along with the trial at Santon Downham on 21st June are also now cancelled.
    Thank you for your continued support & understanding.

  • ACU and AMCA plan return to motorcycle sport

    Read the 13 May ACU Press Release here: ACU PR 13 May
    For further information please see the ACU's Coronavirus Operational Plan:   ACU Coronavirus Operational Plan

  • More Events Cancelled

    The ACU has extended the suspension of all motorcycle sport in the UK until at least 31st May.
    The MXGB British Motocross Championship round on 12th April, the ACU Eastern Motocross Championship round on 10th May & the ACU Eastern Open Trial on 24th May have all been cancelled. Further updates will be issued as soon as we receive them. To all our members and the wider motorcycling community stay safe and follow the governments advice to help defeat this dreadful virus. The full statement from the ACU Chairman is printed below:

    Covid-19 Update

    In light of recent developments in the COVID-19 crisis, and following the address to the nation by the Prime Minister on the evening of 23rd March, the Auto-Cycle Union has today extended its suspension of all organising permits for motorcycle events until at least 31st May but will be constantly reviewed.

    This move provides clear guidance to event organisers, clubs, venues, competitors, officials of the role that the Auto-Cycle Union must play in supporting the broader UK public health agenda.

    Auto-Cycle Union Chairman, Roy Humphrey explained, “The government have required that we effectively lock-down for a period of three weeks, however given that the most vulnerable in our society are required to isolate for three months, we feel it only sensible to propose a longer suspension for all motorcycle sport. This is a time of national unity and we need to come together with the broader public community to do all we can to support this battle and ultimately save lives.

    This evening, Health Secretary, Matt Hancock said the Government is launching a new scheme to recruit 250,000 volunteers to support the NHS through the coronavirus pandemic. A quarter of a million volunteers, people in good health to help the NHS, for shopping, for the delivery of medicines and to support those who are shielding to protect their own health. We may not be involved in any sporting activities, but, we could help support the NHS through this pandemic!" More information can be found here - https://www.goodsamapp.org/NHS 

    Auto-Cycle Union will continue to monitor the prevailing advice from the UK Government in respect of the COVID-19 international pandemic and will update the motorcycle community accordingly.

     MSVR and MCRCB Updates - http://www.britishsuperbike.com/news/statement-from-msvr-regarding-covid-19-and-the-2020-bennetts-british-superbike-championship-march-24-update/ 

  • Dennis Slaughter MBE 1928 - 2019

    It is with great sadness we have to inform you all of the passing of Dennis Slaughter MBE at the age of 91 years.
    Dennis first became involved with Norwich Viking MCC at the age of 12 when he helped at Cadders Hill, Lyng. After his national service he eventually owned his own motorcycle shop.
    Dennis was a competent rider in both scrambles and grass track; he was Eastern Centre 250cc Grass Track Champion in 1955 and would undoubtedly have won a lot more had injury not brought his riding career to an abrupt end in 1956.
    In 1973 he sponsored shop employee, Ray Parker, in motocross. As the shop thrived Dennis sponsored a number of good motocross riders in the Eastern Centre and with Geoff Mayes (Maico)  went on to win the 1980 British Motocross Championship. More recently Dennis sponsored Ray Parker’s son Luke #49 who went on to win the Eastern Centre Motocross Championship in 2016.
    Dennis served on the ACU Motocross Committee from 1983 until 1998. He became Chairman of the MXC in 1993 when Albert Carter passed away. During his time on the motocross committee Dennis managed the Great Britain Motocross Des Nations Team on several occasions including gaining a podium place in Australia in 1992 & taking the top step of the podium in 1994 in Roggenburg breaking a run of 13 wins by the USA.
    The ACU made Dennis an honorary member of the ACU in 2009. He was also a Life Vice President of ACU Eastern, & latterly President of Norwich Viking MCC having previously held virtually every senior position on Norwich Vikings committee at various times.
    Dennis was awarded an MBE in the 2012 New Year’s Honours list for services to motocross.
    Affectionately known as “The King of Lyng” or simply “The Boss,” until about three years ago, Dennis boasted that he had not missed a scramble/motocross event at Lyng since 1948. He even managed to come to the final round of the ACU Eastern MX Championship at Lyng just 8 weeks ago. Cadders Hill Lyng, having hosted numerous British Championship events and a 125cc GP in 1993, would definitely not be the established motocross venue it is today, had it not been for Dennis dedicating his life to making the venue what it is today. A man with a passion for the sport unlike anyone else. He spent every day he could at Cadders Hill, fixing fences, painting stakes, grading and was famous for raking up stones by hand.
    R.I.P. Dennis Slaughter MBE, you will be greatly missed by all at Norwich Viking MCC and the much wider motocross community. Condolences to his family and friends.

    The funeral service will be held at Norwich St Faiths Crematorium, 75 Manor Road, Horsham St Faith Norwich NR10 3LF on Monday 6th January 2020 at 3:30pm. Afterwards Dennis will be remembered at the Holiday Inn Hotel, Norwich Airport, Cromer Road, Norwich NR6 6JA. All are welcome; please let Ray Parker or Andrew Hay know for catering purposes.
    Family flowers only. Donations to: ACU Benevolent Fund.


  • Tombs the new Eastern Champion

    The final round of the Eastern Centre Motocross Championships was held at a wet Cadders Hill circuit on Sunday, hosted by the Norwich Vikings club, and sponsored by Bickers Lifting and Stebbings Car Superstore. All credit to the club officials, marshals, medics etc, who braved the weather, ensuring that the fifteen race programme was completed.

    The first premier class race for the experts saw Lewis Tombs setting a fast pace at the front, chased by local ace, Luke Parker, who had spent this year competing in British and European enduro events.

    George Turner was involved in a fierce battle with series leader, Luke Benstead, for third place, but on lap four, both riders went missing at the top of the circuit, allowing Calum Mitchell to move into third, chased by 2018 champion, Shaun Southgate, and local ace, Declan Whittle. Tombs led all eleven laps to gain 25 points, which saw him leading the series, just three points clear of Benstead, who's retirement effectively lost him the title.

    Race two saw Tombs storming to the front again, leading throughout the twenty minute long race. Ipswich youngster, Ryan Allison, held second place for two laps, before being passed by Benstead, who gave chase, but could not catch the on form Tombs. Sam Nunn was battling hard on his MX2 bike, and the youngster claimed third place at the end of a gruelling race. Parker was fourth, followed by Allison and Josh Peters. Championship contender Shaun Southgate's challenge was ended when he was forced to retire on lap eight.

    Tombs ensured that the 2019 title was his, by winning the third moto with ease. Parker held second place for five laps, until Benstead passed him on a strong downhill pass. Nunn and Calum Mitchell on their 250cc bikes, were having a race long battle, and both got the better of Parker, who had to settle for fifth place. Unfortunately the race was stopped after eight laps when Josh Peters took a heavy fall, and it is hoped that the young ace recovers well from his injury.

    After qualification, the fastest forty junior grade riders hotly contested the final round of their championship. In a hectic battle, Tomas Hardcastle led after lap one of the fifteen minute long race, but a chain problem ended his race, leaving Max Bickers to lead the pack, chased by local rider, Ryan Powley, and fifteen year old Eastern youth champion, Will Farrow. Farrow moved into second place on lap four, but could not catch Bickers, who had taken the championship lead by just one point at the finish. Casey Lambley rode well for third place, from Powley and Jack Youngs, who was leading the series prior to the Lyng meeting.

    Farrow rode brilliantly in race two on his little 125cc KTM, leading from start to finish. Youngs was holding second place on the first lap until Lambley made a fine move to grab second place. Bickers finished in third place after a battle with Hardcastle, but on the penultimate lap, Hardcastle was forced to retire again, allowing Charlie Roper to finish in fourth place ahead of Joe Golding and Powley. Youngs was having problems on the tough circuit, and could only manage eighth place at the finish.

    The third junior championship race saw Roper leading for a couple of laps until rising star, Farrow, moved to the front to claim his second win, and overall victory on the day. Hardcastle's luck turned for the better, and rode well for second place, ahead of Lambley and Roper. Bickers had a steady ride to finish in fifth place, knowing that the championship was his, with young Archie Fisher rounding out the top six.

    The B group support races saw Chelmsford's Joe Salmons taking the overall win with two wins and a second place. Surrey visitor, Roger Frean, won the first leg, followed by a second and fifth place to finish in second overall from the consistent Jack Austin.

    Veteran Lee Keyton won all three moto's in the C group, with Norwich rider, Scott Goodson taking second overall from Tristan Cunningham, Bradley Allen and Ed Pegram.

    In the D group supports, victory went to former speedway rider, Shaun Tacey, who could only finish in tenth place in the first race, but by winning the following two races, took the overall win. Josh Warren rode well for second, ahead of youngster, Henry Cox.

    Results, final round of the Bickers Lifting/Stebbings Car Superstore Eastern Championships.

    Premier class overall.

    1st Lewis Tombs Buildbase Honda, 2nd Luke Parker Pope Kawasaki, 3rd Sam Nunn, HCR Apico Yamaha, 4th Luke Benstead GH Husqvarna, 5th Declan Whittle Lings Husqvarna, 6th Ryan Allison GH Husqvarna.

    Junior Championship overall.

    1st William Farrow KTM, 2nd Casey Lambley KTM, 3rd Max Bickers Lings Husqvarna, 4th Charlie Roper Husqvarna, 5th Jack Youngs Lings Husqvarna, 6th Joseph Golding Yamaha

    Support group B overall.

    1st Joe Salmons KTM, 2nd Roger Frean Yamaha, 3rd Jack Austin Honda, 4th Jack Whitlam KTM, 5th Anthony Brown Yamaha, 6th Bruno Van Dyke Husqvarna.

    Support group C overall.

    1st Lee Keyton Yamaha, 2nd Scott Goodson Husqvarna, 3rd Tristan Cunningham Husqvarna, 4th Bradley Allen KTM, 5th Edward Pegram Husqvarna, 6th Ty Atkins Honda.

    Support group D overall.

    1st Shaun Tacey Kawasaki, 2nd Joshua Warren Husqvarna, 3rd Henry Cox KTM, 4th Andrew Webster KTM, 5TH Aaron Holden Honda, 6th Alfie Self KTM

    2019 Champions.

    Premier class Lewis Tombs

    Junior class Max Bickers

    MX2 expert Calum Mitchell

    MX2 junior Max Bickers

    Rookie expert Ryan Watts

    Over 40 Matt French

    Report from Charlie Ralph

  • Eastern Finale at Lyng

    The final round of the 2019 Bickers Lifting / Stebbings Car Superstore ACU Eastern Motocross Championship will be staged by the Norwich Viking MCC at the iconic Cadders Hill circuit in Lyng, Norfolk on Sunday 13th October.
    Unfortunately, due to the appalling weather last weekend, the penultimate round of the series at Wakes Colne had to be cancelled. The experts rejoin the series after having to miss out at Wattisfield Hall because of a dates clash with the British Championship at Landrake.
    Luke Benstead (GH Motorcycles Husqvarna) holds a 21 point advantage over Shaun Southgate (Herts MX Honda) who is a single point ahead of Lewis Tombs. Local rider, Declan Whittle (Lings Husqvarna) is a further 10 points back. Former champion Luke Parker riding a Kawasaki for Matt Pope Motorcycles, is making a rare appearance this year after concentrating on the European Enduro Championship. Ben Cole (GH Husqvarna) is another Lyng specialist who could spring a surprise result. Calum Mitchell and Josh Peters will be battling it out for the MX2 title
    In the Juniors, Jack Youngs (Lings Husqvarna 350) leads the title hunt with Max Bickers (Lings Husqvarna 150) having moved into second place just 8 points adrift. 15 year old Will Farrow (Southside MX KTM) is in third only a single point ahead of another local rider, Ryan Powley (Rad FMX Honda), who should score well on his home track. Don’t discount Matt French who scored maximum points last time out, Tomas Hardcastle or young Daniel Sultana from causing an upset or two during the day.
    There is a full 15 race programme which is sure to provide some very fast, exciting racing. The organisers hope that spectators will stay behind to see the presentation to the 2019 Champions.
    The post code for the track is NR9 5QZ, adults £10, children under 15 free. Qualification starts at 09:15 with the first race straight after practice at approximately 11:00.

  • Report - Motocross 4 August

    Almost 200 riders made the trip to Cadders Hill, Lyng, organised by the Norwich Vikings club, on Sunday. Held in hot, humid conditions, the 15 race programme included a round of the Eastern Evo's and NGR over 30's championships.

    Local National star, Jake Nicholls, surprised the crowd by riding a Honda twostroke in the Evo's group, and won all three moto's, although Jason Morland gave him some spirited challenge. Morland led all three races, outdragging everyone on the start straight with his powerful 500cc KTM, but was soon caught by Nicholls, who was enjoying himself on the tough gnarly circuit. In race two, Morland held onto the lead for four laps until Nicholls made an audacious pass on the steep descent of Cadders Hill to take the lead. Brett Fisher was his usual consistent self with three third places, and Alex Hornsby, Glen Bixby and Matt Coles battled all day for fourth place honours.

    Series leader in the NGR championship, Will Kerry, led at the start of race one, but was soon caught by invited rider, former National star, Gary Hoptrough, who was having a one off ride. Mark Hunt also passed Kerry and chased Hoptrough hard throughout. Kerry held onto third place from former champ, Liam Walker. Race two saw Kerry leading with Hoptrough, Hunt, Mark Goodson and Aaron Smith scrapping over second place. Kerry led for three laps until Hoptrough took over, chased by Hunt, leaving Kerry to fend off Goodson and Steve Atkins. On lap seven, a small mistake by Hoptrough allowed Hunt to take over at the front, and despite Hoptrough's efforts, victory went to Hunt. Kerry was a lonely third from Goodson, Atkins and veteran Paul Aldridge.

    In the last NGR race, Kerry led the 40 rider pack for a couple of laps, with Hoptrough and Smith chasing hard. Hoptrough was soon in charge and took the win, although as an invited rider, his results did not count in the overall standings. Hunt, who had fought through from 8th place on lap one, was second, and Kerry maintained his lead in the series by finishing third again, with Atkins getting the better of Goodson for fourth place.

    Following timed practise, the experts and fastest junior grade riders made up the A group of allcomers, and Nicholls, riding his 450cc Buildbase Honda, was soon in charge of race one, with Luke Benstead chasing hard. Steve Bixby was riding well in third place, until local hotshot, Declan Whittle, charged by. Josh Keeble on the MX2 class Yamaha finished fifth from a hard charging Harry Clark.

    Benstead stormed to the front in race two, and led the first lap, but a mistake on the next lap by the Cambridgeshire rider, saw Nicholls in front, hotly chased by Whittle, with Benstead regrouping in third place. Nicholls increased his lead to take the win, with Whittle holding off a charging Benstead, and behind them, Harry Clark got the better of Bixby on lap eight to claim fourth place.

    In the final moto, Nicholls led the first lap from Benstead, Whittle, Ben Cole and Sam Mitchell, but in his sixth race of the day, Nicholls lost his chain, putting him out of the race, leaving Benstead in charge. Whittle tried hard to catch him,putting in some fast laps, but had to settle for the runner up position. Bixby managed to pass Ben Cole for third place, with the consistent Clark finishing ahead of Mitchell.

    The junior grade lads battled well with the experts in group A, and Ollie Brader was the top junior with 7th overall, with young Daniel Sultana second best, with 12th on the day.

    The allcomers B group saw Kyle Wilby in great form, taking all three wins. Wilby was most impressive in his first moto when he came from midfield to lead after five laps. Luke Clifton rode well in all three races for second overall, with Diss club rider, Jack Whitlam third on the day.

    Tom Sutton took overall victory in the C group despite not winning a race. Lee Scott failed to finish race one, but then had two wins to claim second overall, and local rider, Scott Goodson, won the first moto, but crashed out at the start of race two. However, his second place in the third race ensured him of third overall.

    Results.

    Eastern Evo's overall. 1st Jake Nicholls Honda, 2nd Jason Morland KTM,3rd Brett Fisher Honda, 4th Alex Hornsby Honda, 5th Glen Bixby Honda, 6th Matthew Coles Honda.

    NGR over 30's overall. 1st Mark Hunt Husqvarna, 2nd Will Kerry Husqvarna, 3rd Steve Atkins Honda, 4th Mark Goodson KTM, 5th Paul Aldridge Husqvarna, 6th Phillip Waldron Yamaha

    Allcomers group A overall. 1st Luke Benstead Husqvarna, 2nd Declan Whittle Husqvarna, 3rd Steve Bixby KTM, 4th Jake Nicholls Honda, 5th Harry Clark KTM,6th George Ellis Husqvarna.

    Allcomers group B overall, 1st Kyle Wilby Husqvarna, 2nd Luke Clifton Honda, 3rd Jack Whitlam KTM,4th Joshua Fullalove KTM, 5th Connor Cramp KTM, 6th Ryan Bailey KTM.

    Allcomers group C overall. 1st Tom Sutton Yamaha, 2nd Lee Scott Honda, 3rd Scott Goodson Husqvarna, 4th James Gadd Kawasaki, 5th James Collier KTM, Lewis Abel Honda.

    Report from Charlie Ralph

    Pics from Sophie Brinkley.

  • Bickers Lifting / Stebbings Car Superstore ACU Eastern Motocross Championship - Round 2 - Cadders Hill, Lyng - Sunday 16 June

    Expert entries are still available but unfortunately the Junior graded riders class filled within the first 4 minutes and the reserve list is also full.

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Tel: 07786 994131

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