BMX - Rocket Richard shows he's the master

PUBLISHED: 13:01 05 April 2007 | UPDATED: 15:03 12 May 2010

SUNDAY saw the traditional opening event of the East Anglia BMX Summer Season with the Spring Classic Race at Braintree and unlike last year, the weather was sunny and even warm at times although gusting winds did make for less than ideal conditions in wh

SUNDAY saw the traditional opening event of the East Anglia BMX Summer Season with the Spring Classic Race at Braintree and unlike last year, the weather was sunny and even warm at times although gusting winds did make for less than ideal conditions in which to race.

More than 100 riders from around the region took part and despite the weather the good condition of the track made for some very competitive racing.

Royston Rockets BMX Racing Club had riders in many of the classes with the youngest member, Loui Foreman, competing in the under-six class where he was rewarded with fifth place after a meeting long battle with fellow competitors.

In the seven-year class Royston took top honours with Daniel Blanche taking the win just ahead of team mate Aaron Threader in second.

In the nine year section Zak Foreman emulated his younger brothers achievements with a fifth place in the final while in the 11-12 year class James Handleigh finished in second with Louis Burton in fourth and more second places came from Katie Roberts in the 13 and over female class and Darren Foreman in the over-40 Cruiser class.

The final class on the track were the Masterclass riders with Richard Townsend, taking yet another second and Jonathan Roberts in fourth after a race long battle with some of the countries top riders.

The next event on the race calendar is the first round of the Regional Summer Series - a big event as it is part of an Inter Regional Challenge involving the South and East Anglia - the first round being held at Hayes BMX Club with the second part of the Challenge being hosted by the Milton Keynes Club on April 22.

The Rockets will be out in force for both these events to gain points towards their Regional ranking and counting towards qualification to the British Championships later in the year.

The club's own summer series starts this month with their regular Tuesday night sessions at the clubs track in Burns Road, Royston commencing on April 24 by which time it is hoped the track alterations will be complete.

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