Newly crowned Enduro Junior World Champion Brad Freeman starts as hot favourite for victory at the final round of the 2017 British Enduro Championship at the Muntjac Enduro.
But with Danny McCanney also on top form, the battle for this year’s title is set to go down to the final test of the year.
A full entry of over 200 riders will tackle Diss MCCs GH Motorcycles Muntjac Enduro on Sunday 19th November.
Tight check times expected
The event marks the final round of the 2017 ACU British Timecard Enduro Championship and the 20 mile forestry-based course at Thetford in Norfolk is looking in good shape.
The club have been hard at work marking out a lot of new going and the special test has been altered in a few places to avoid areas which previously had a tendency to cut up when it turns wet. At the moment, the going is very dry which should make for excellent riding.
Repeating the format tried for the first time last year, the championship riders will start at 08:45. This will allow them to ride the first special test back-to-back, before riding the test again on laps two and three, and then three times on lap four.
This format combined with the compact nature of the event makes it all action and enjoyable for spectators and support crews.
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Freeman v McCanney for title honours
Newly crowned Junior World Champion, Brad Freeman – Beta Boana Racing Sport, starts as favourite.
On top of his success in the world enduro championship, Brad has already taken the E3 2017 British Championship honours and overall victory at four out of the six BEC rounds held this year.
However, Manxman Danny McCanney - Rockstar Energy - Husqvarna Factory Racing who won this event outright in 2016, is going to provide a real challenge.
He is already E2 BEC champion and placed fifth overall in E2 World Enduro Championship and was setting a blistering pace and winning the E2 class in the final round in Germany.
Mundell looks to weigh in
Dan Mundell – Apico/JD Racing KTM has tied up the E1 class but he will be battling it out for honours on the day with Jack Edmondson - Coastal Racing, Husqvarna UK.
Edmondson won the first test outright at last year’s Muntjac by nearly four seconds and while he has been out injured most of the summer months, he has only recently returned and took a class win at the GNCC Ironman Raceway in USA.
In the Championship E1/4 stoke the very spectacular to watch and talented rider Lee Sealey - Yamaha UK Offroad Experience should close out the series by taking a well deserved win.
The above riders will expect intense competition from the first test with lots of other extremely talented riders looking for victory including Joe Wootton (winner of the Santon Enduro in Thetford Forest in February and recently having a strong ISDE in the Junior team).
Alex Snow (winner of the ACU GBX Sprint Championship) and Thomas Ellwood (good ISDE Junior Team result in France) will be in the mix.
Competing in the championship class and likely to also present a challenge are the likes of Todd Kellett (winner of the October 2017 Weston Beach Race) and the Luke Parker, Eastern Centre Motocross Champion.
All to play for in Experts
In the expert class Brad King, Jay Thomas, Alex Walton, Andrew Bisset, Jon Hunt, Kev Murray and Rich Ely will be fighting it out for British Championship Expert Class overall honours and also their respective class wins.
Hunt has secured the Expert E1 4 stoke championship but the other classes are still up for the taking.
Another rider in the thick of it will be Adam James back riding the British Championship after recovering from injury. A good ISDE performance in France has helped him to get confidence and fitness back.
Clubman honours go down to the wire
The clubman championship will also see strong competition with the current top three, Fred Adams (102 points), Harry Hiller-Rees (92) and Allyn Taylor (88) all fighting for the 2017 BEC clubman crown.
Experts will be timed on their first three tests and clubman on the first two tests. One of the reasons why these classes do not ride more tests is to reduce the overlap of riders due to the short course. Never the less the last check of 20 miles provides the greatest test.
For safety reasons all riders are reminded that the refuelling area is a walking speed area – no exceptions unless you are riding within the bypass provided.
Even then, from the yellow flag into the control, is walking speed. It is also important that all refuelling is carried out on an environmental mat, so bring one and use it.
Everyone is asked to park sensibly as some of the parking area has now been fenced off. Please do not obstruct the forest track entrance / exit to the event as this is a first aid route.
Many thanks to event sponsor GH Motorcycles and G&B Finch Aggregates of Colchester for their support and also for generously supporting the 2017 Eastern Centre Enduro Championship. See you there!
Report Andy Waters
Gemma JamesBritish Enduro Contributor