BMX - Final fling brings a silver for Laurence

PUBLISHED: 11:47 17 August 2006 | UPDATED: 14:47 12 May 2010

LAURENCE Mapp took the runners-up spot in the Elite Class when Royston Rockets travelled to Newton Abbot at the weekend. It was the sixth round of the National BMX Summer Series at Decoy BMX Club. Saturday was warm and sunny but by Sunday the sky was over

LAURENCE Mapp took the runners-up spot in the Elite Class when Royston Rockets travelled to Newton Abbot at the weekend.

It was the sixth round of the National BMX Summer Series at Decoy BMX Club.

Saturday was warm and sunny but by Sunday the sky was overcast. This made conditions good for racing and with the track being very tight and twisty there was some exciting racing from almost 300 riders from around the country.

A fine performance from Mapp saw him collect the silver medal, with team-mate Richard Townsend also reaching the final, where he finished seventh.

The racing started with the youngest riders competing in the six-and-under class where Rockets rider Daniel Blanche finished fourth.

In the seven-year class B final, Bradan Blanche finished in an excellent first place.

Ethan Lewis took seventh place in the competitive eight year class and Royston's three riders in the 10 year class had a varied day with all of them making their way to the semi-finals.

Zach Stevens and James Handleigh made the A final with Stevens finishing second, just ahead of Handleigh, while in the B final Burton took a hard-earned second.

Moving up to the male 11-12 year class, Aston Blanche was unable to qualify for the semi-finals but in the junior male class (17-18) Jonathan Roberts continued his excellent year's racing with a fourth place.

In the masters (30+) class, Lee Alexander went one place better with a fine third, while in the Cruiser classes Leroy Seaton took seventh in the 40+ final.

In the junior female category, Katie Roberts, returning after illness, finished sixth in the A final.

The Rockets are hosting the penultimate round of the East Anglia Regional Series on Sunday with registration closing at 11am and racing due to start about 1pm.

About 120 riders are expected so a full action-packed afternoon is on offer to anyone who wishes to come and spectate - or take part.

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