Royston rockets round-up

PUBLISHED: 10:26 06 July 2010 | UPDATED: 10:27 06 July 2010

THE National BMX 2010 Summer Series moved to the North West last weekend as the Manchester BMX Club hosted rounds seven and eight of the series.

The Royston members had success in both rounds which attracted almost 500 riders from across the United Kingdom.

The racing was close, fast and very competitive on the 400m long track and Royston’s young riders in the 9-year class worked hard to gain points for their series rankings but neither Ted Dalleywater nor Marmaduke Birt were able to move out of the qualifying races on either day.

In the 10-year class Royston had a trio of riders with Ethan Vernon finishing in second place on both Saturday and Sunday while Daniel Blanche also made the A final on both days with two seventh placed finishes. Myles Fisher took eighth place in the B finals of both rounds.

In the 11-year class, Aaron Dalleywater had a poor day by his standards on Saturday but still managed to take eighth place in the B final but was unable to stay to compete on Sunday.

In the 14-year class, James Handleigh just missed qualification for the semi finals on both days and Andrew Brooker, in the 16-year class continued to hone his race skills with fifth and fourth placed finishes in the class B finals.

Competing in the Masters Class was Richard Townsend who finished third in Saturday’s B final and improved to second in Sunday’s B final.

In the over-45 year cruiser classes, Carl Birt took home two seventh places and in the Veteran (40+) class, Lee Alexander again showed the pack how to ride the track with a clear win in Saturday’s A final only to aggravate an old injury in Sunday’s practice which brought his weekend to a premature end.

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