Husqvarna's Danny McCanney made it a winning end of season ride at the final round of the British Enduro Championship at Muntjac.
Competing on 300 two-stroke Husqvarna machinery for the first time in the BEC this season, McCanney took the win by over 20 seconds from an impressive Jack Edmondson (KTM) in second with newly crowned European champ Brad Freeman (KTM) third.
- It was McCanney’s first national race on a two-stroke since 2014
- Freeman recovered from 41st to third
- A bumper entry saw 216 riders compete
- Test wins: Edmondson (2) McCanney (3) Freeman (1)
- 2016 BEC champ Steve Holcombe wasn’t racing
Sunday saw Diss MCC run the ninth and final round of the 2016 ACU British Enduro Championship with some 216 riders up for the challenge. The competition was always going to be strong but the threatened weather was also part of everyone's pre-race discussion.
Eight hours of heavy overnight rain drenched the course but the predicted gale force winds didn't materialise and the rain fortunately stopped as the action got underway.
The strong championship class started their day with back-to-back tests and facing an early major challenge with a very wet and slimy test.
First blood went to 125cc mounted Jack Edmondson (KTM UK) with a stunning first time nearly 3.5 seconds clear of Danny McCanney (Husqvarna) with Brad Freeman (KTM) two seconds further back. TM Racing’s Stuart Edmonds - using his MX experience to good effect - and Jake Subachus on the (Sherco) rounded out the top five.
As soon as the last championship rider had finished they were back for test two. Edmondson continued to read the challenging conditions to perfection pulling a further four seconds over McCanney with Edmonds hanging strong in third.
Josh Gotts (TM) was five seconds back in fourth with Alex Snow (Sherco) slotting into fifth. Brad Freeman struggled to restart after a fall on the slippery going placing 41st overall and almost 50 seconds down on Edmondson.
The start of the second lap saw the championship class return to see a very changed test with lots of ruts and berms. McCanney increased his pace to win the next test by three seconds from Edmondson with Freeman a further seven seconds back. Edmunds and Jamie Lewis (Yamaha) taking fourth and fifth.
The fourth test at the start of lap three saw McCanney and Freeman run sub five minutes. Edmondson maintained his strong pace with a five minute test time. Nine seconds back was Lewis followed closely by Gotts. Edmunds made a small mistake and his time dropped him to seventh.
McCanney had now edged in front in the overall standings by the smallest of margins going 0.27 seconds up on Edmondson, with Edmunds holding onto third from Gotts, Lewis and Freeman now sixth.
Andy Waters the very experienced clerk of the course decided the championship and expert classes would only ride the test then return to the time control rather than complete lap three in response to the deteriorating conditions and to ensure all riders had a clear run through the test.
Experts then headed off for lap four and the championship class returned to the special test for a final back-to-back test challenge as their fourth lap.
Test five saw McCanney up his game still further setting a blistering pace delivering a 4 minute 50 test nearly 9 seconds ahead of Freeman with Edmondson again third on 5:02 from Jamie Lewis and Josh Gotts. Ill fortune hit Edmunds on lap five and a further small mistake left him on 5:30 and in 14th on the test dropping him in the overall standings to sixth.
McCanney had pulled out a 12-second gap from Edmondson with Lewis and Gotts sitting in third and fourth. Freeman’s sub five-minute time pulled him up to fifth and six seconds behind Lewis.
McCanney strengthened his grip on the win with a solid final test but the win on this test went to Freeman by one-second. Edmondson was next as Edmunds and Lee Sealey (Yamaha) pushed Gotts and Lewis into sixth and seventh respectively.
The overall test position was in no doubt - McCanney had found his form taking the win by nearly 21 seconds from Jack Edmondson who had ridden top three on every test. With Gotts and Lewis edged down the order Freeman pulled back enough to salvage third.
The battle for fourth and fifth couldn't have been closer with Lewis just pipping Gotts by 0.66 seconds after over thirty minutes of test action.
With Thomas Elwood - the 2016 Expert champion - trying his hand in the championship class, Dan Mundell (KTM UK) took the Expert overall win in front of Brad Williams with Roger Holland less than a second down in third place. In total 12 experts cleaned the course.
The clubman class saw Ryan Comer, ET James 125 KTM take an emphatic victory, nearly 19 seconds clear of Jack Ditchfield with Aaron Gordon less than half a second behind to round out the top three with Ditchfield unofficially taking the Clubman BEC title.
In the woman's class Rosie Rowett took a string win from Glesni Jones - some 38 seconds in front - with her final lap giving her the win.
The ultra competitive Over 40 category saw just three riders stay clean with Russ Millward on his finishing some 16 seconds clear of Karl Greenall and Julian Harvey in third.
In the Over 50 class Mark Chapman secured the win, finishing more than four minutes clear of Paul Armstrong and Darren Osborne.
Photo: Future7Media & Gemma James
Results - British Enduro Championship, Round 9