Frost Wins 2019 Sudbury Extreme
Charlie Frost (300 KTM)
Charlie Frost (300 KTM) dominated this year Sudbury clubs extreme enduro at a slippery Foxborough quarry just outside Halstead in Essex with an apparent smooth style that looked effortless. But effortless was far from reality as the hardworking people of the Sudbury club had added new obstacles and enhanced older ones to give any of the adventurous and perhaps masochistic rides talking part lots to think about and battle against.
As the clock struck 11.00, the forty-five riders entered, in their classes, made a short run on foot down a hill to their waiting machines for the dead engine start of the long-distance event with Frost leading the pack around the track to the first of the waiting fearsome testing obstacles.
For the first lap, Ben Wibberley (300 Husqvarna) was pushing Frost hard and was in his wheel tracks. But as they came around to start the second lap, the two fast riders came up to some fellow competitors still stuck on the long set of tyres and logs running alongside the paddock. Putting lots of them already a lap down.
Stevie Roper (300 KTM)
And backmarkers decided the race further around the second lap for as Frost approached the skip for the second time, he sailed through where Wibberley got held up. Another rider fell in the skip after Frost had passed and with three other waiting for there go Wibberley way was blocked. Although it only seemed like a couple of seconds, it was enough for Frost to open up a comfortable lead. Such was his pace as the race came to a close, he caught at lapped Wibberley to pass the whole field of riders, some multipool times.
Wibberley did sixteen laps to Frost seventeen, but the pair of them were four laps clear of third-place man, and Sudbury club member Stevie Roper (250 KTM). Stevie’s cousin Craig Roper was one lap less but was chassed over the finish line by Ian Parker (125 KTM).
Top motocrosser Jake Nicholls took time out from Buildbase Honda motocross testing and training to ride a CRF300RX in the event but only competed just two laps before pulling out for an undisclosed reason.
Jez Moss (300 TRS)
Rayan Hammond (250 KTM) topped the expert class with eleven laps. A score that would have seen him finish fourth in the pro class. Jason Pearce (300 Husqvarna) was a lap down in second with Toby Morley (250 KTM) third, two laps behind the winner.
Things were tighter at the top of the clubman class with the top six separated by just three laps with class winner Jack Austin (450 Husqvarna) doing ten laps as Keith Maude (300 KTM), and Joe Phillips (125 Husqvarna) did nine, in second and third. Barnaby Knight (125 KTM) and Kevin Silvain (125 KTM) both finished on eight while Colin Brand (300 KTM) rounded out the top six on seven laps.
Hero of the event was the winner of the trials bike class Jez Moss (300 TRS) he did seven laps of a trail bike. Mind you, he wasn’t standing up all the time as he had an MX seat zip-tied to his motorcycle for those all-important legging sections of the course. Second in the class was Jason Green (250 Beta) one lap down, but he finished without a front brake and with the machine stuck in first.
Jason Pearce (300 Husqvarna) and Jake Nicholls (300 Honda)
“Super chuffed to have won today’s Foxborough Extreme Enduro,” said a thrilled Frost, “This is five years in a row now. The course was brutal with a lot of new lines forming throughout the event and of course battling with backmarkers is always quite tricky. But I thoroughly enjoyed it, as usual. After returning home from the GetzenRodeo in Germany, I had to return my sponsored 2019 Eurotek KTM 300 awaiting the 2020 version to be delivered. Unfortunately, there was no due date, and I have just had to be patient and wait. I have been filling in my time riding my trails bike a lot recently, so I am pleased everything went well.”
Ryan Mesk (250 Yamaha), Alec Bale (300 KTM) and Bryce Hagger (250 KTM)
Second place man Wibberley said, “Charlie (Frost) led from the off today and set a very high pace. We were together for the first lap and a half till I got caught at the skip with no way through. I lost about two minutes there and made a couple of other mistakes, but nothing major. Charlie was riding to well today. But it was a good event and will get me ready for 2020.”
After the main event, the junior hour-long race took place on a “less demanding” circuit. This was won by William Belton (125 KTM) who completed twenty-two laps with William Turtle (125 Husqvarna) second place, three laps down on the winner. Michael Wilson (1225 Husqvarna) completed the podium in third.
Ben Wibberley (300 Husqvarna)
1 Charlie Frost (300 KTM) 17 laps
2 Ben Wibberley (300 Husqvarna) 16
3 Stevie Roper (250 KTM) 12
4 Craig Roper (250 Husqvarna) 11
5 Ian Parker (125 KTM) 10
6 Jack Berry (300 Husqvarna) 10
7 George Ellis (450 Husqvarna) 4
8 Jake Nicholls (300 Honda) 2
9 Declan Whittle (450 Husqvarna) 1
1 Ryan Hammond (250 KTM) 11
2 Jason Pearce (300 Husqvarna) 10
3 Toby Morley (250 KTM) 9
4 Paul Hunt (250 KTM) 7
5 Dan Hunt (300 KTM) 7
6 Shaun Leggett (300 Husqvarna) 6
7 Gene Womack (300 Beta) 4
8 Jono Jones (250 KTM) 2
1 Jack Austin (450 Husqvarna) 10
2 Keith Maude (300 KTM) 9
3 Joe Phillips (125 Husqvarna) 9
4 Barnaby Knight (125 KTM) 8
5 Kevin Silvain (125 KTM) 8
6 Colin Brand (300 KTM) 7
7 Archie Gunton (125 KTM) 5
8 Daniel Piper (250 KTM) 4
9 Michael Smith (250 Yamaha) 4
10 Nick Bird (250 KTM) 3
1 Jez Moss (300 TRS) 7
2 Jason Green (250 Beta) 6
3 Oliver Bolton (300 Beta) 3
4 Daniel Peters (250 TRS) 2
1 William Belton (125 KTM) 22
2 William Turtle (125 Husqvarna) 19
3 Michael Wilson (125 Husqvarna) 15
4 Archie Peters (125 Husqvarna) 13
5 Freya Jolly (125 Husqvarna) 12
6 Thomas Davies (125 Yamaha) 12
7 Alfie Arnold (125 Yamaha) 12
8 George Potter (125 KTM) 5
9 Cullen Hawkins (125 Husqvarna) 4