THE final round of the NG Road Racing Club 2016 season came to a thrilling end at Thruxton at the weekend.
With most titles already sewn-up before the motorbike racing club headed to the fast Hampshire track, the one-day event proved to be a chance to try something new for many of the club’s regular runners.
Newly crowned NG 600 and Open Champion Josh Day added a new ZX10 Kawasaki leant by his sponsor to the Dayo Racing stable sitting nicely alongside his own R6. He used the big bike in the Open and Powerbikes and revelled in the extra power on tap.
He was joined as a new ZX10’er by Levi Day, the young Aussie who rides in BSB Supersport having his first ride on the Morello ZX10.
But the biggest coup was recent Assen BSB Supersport race winner Luke Jones who was getting his first taste of the Appleyard Macadam Racing R6 he will run in British Supersport next year.
Jones set a new lap record before winning the Phoenix Motorcycles Open by six seconds ahead of Day, with Scott Pitchers third on his BMW. Jones also won the 600 race on the Appleyard bike.
Being the final round of the season most racers want to end the year a championship, and if that wasn’t on the cards, a win was the next best thing.
New 1300 Pre Injection champ Adam Jeffery turned up for his final race before he retires to concentrate on sponsoring young riders (top man – the Ed) but his hopes of ending the year on a high ended in tatters after a coming-together on the first lap.
He was forced to pull in and watch Mike Hobbs take the race over Paul Harlington.
The 700 pre injection was a four way fight with Phil Webber just coming out on top after a battle with Kai Masters and Liam Turberfield on 600’s and surprise package Ben Harrison pitting his ZXR400 against the bigger bikes.
Harrison used the race as extra track time for his main focus, the F400 final, which he won by more than 10 seconds from Mark Thompson and Simon Gates.
Harrison impressed so much here that he was a natural pick for the Clive and Pam Flood Performance of the Meeting Award.
Mike Wilson took his third win of the year in the F125 to grab second in the series whilst Greg Maden took his fourth win to take the GP45 series over Tony Bridgefoot.
Maden was also in the hunt for open 500 honours but a sixth place was not enough, especially when his rival for the title Dave Hampton stormed to a 21 second win on the Single Cell Tigcraft 450 Yamaha based bike.
William Holland stormed to pair of wins taking both the Mini Twins and Super Twins on his JHS Racing Suzuki SFV 650 Gladius heading off challenges from Jake Dettloff, Paul Wardell and Tom Blackwell.
In the bigger Sound of Thunder class Dave MacKay parked his regular True Heroes 899 Panigale for the weekend and rode his old KTM RC8 to victory over the 675 Triumph of Sam Thompson in a very close fight.
Mark Dangerfield took his second win of the year on his Space Centre Honda Fireblade to head home Paul Jeffery and Richard Hughes in the 1300 Streetstock.
In the 700 street category Tom Williams stunned everyone by hanging onto the back of the bigger 1300 bikes that were out on track at the same time.
Josh Day took a 10 second win in the Powerbike final on the borrowed ZX10, ahead of Levi Day
James Gerrard took both Desmo Due A class wins over the new class A 620cc winner Andy Blomfield. Jack Younge returned to the series in the 600cc B class reminding everyone just how quick he is by taking a pair of 25 point earning wins over Lee Moxham and James Robinson.
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