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May 30

Hopper Sprints To Victory in Round 3

John Hopper (Cottingham CC) sprinted to victory in round 3 of Road Race League on the Walkington circuit last Thursday evening.

Held in ideal conditions the 5 groups faced 4 laps of the Walkington / High Hunsley circuit.

Following on from the scratch group catching everybody within ¾ distance the previous event the time gaps were extended slightly to hopefully leave the catch until later.

Laps 1 and 2 kept all 5 groups apart with the time gaps between all coming down, however on lap 3 groups 1,2 and 3 merged and on the climb out of Walkington 6 riders from Group 4 managed to bridge the gap which gave the front of the race added impetus, at the bell it looked like the scratch group where on course to make the catch, however it was not to be and with the front group splitting on the last lap due to constant attacks a bunch of around 25 riders contested the finish.

In the closing metres it was John Hopper (Cottingham CC) who took the victory by about half a bike length from Steve Johnson (Slipstream) and Jacob Trotter (Squadra RT).

Also in the mix were Martin Cockerill (Bridlington CC) 8th and Mark Robinson (Active/CP) 5th who are the only 2 riders to score points in all 3 events. Robinson now leads the series on 16 points with Cockerill and Andy Fainchley (City RC) joint 2nd on 13 points.

Next event is on the Etton circuit on Thursday the 7th June.

 

Position

Name

Club

Points

1

John Hopper

Cottingham CC

10

2

Steve Johnson

Slipstream

9

3

Jacob Trotter

Squadra RT

8

4

Matt Fenton

Cottingham CC

7

5

Mark Robinson

Active / CP

6

6

Miles Flather

Bridlington CC

5

7

Andy Fainchley

City RC

4

8

Martin Cockerill

Bridlington CC

3

9

Peter Cox

2

10

Paul Drop

Wilson Wheels

1