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  • Rob Dyer

Meeting Result - Vincent's Motorcycles & Antiques Handicap Challenge (Round 1)

Warriors captain Ben Morley capped a fine nights racing when he was crowned winner of the Vincent’s Motorcycles and Antiques Handicap Individual Challenge (Round 1) on his home track at the Andrew Younie Smallbrook stadium tonight.

This individual event for up to twelve riders was broadly based on the speedway model used extensively in the USA where riders starting positions are determined by their ability based on their average points score. Less experienced rider went from the starting gate; more experienced riders started fifteen metres back from the tapes, whilst the star men had a thirty metre gap to make up.

When racing started it was soon clear that the handicapper had done his homework as the riders used speed, skill and track craft to manoeuvre alongside, around or inside their competitors. This produced close racing with nearly every heat recording a pass in one form or another. Certainly the supporters were richly entertained and whilst this type of meeting may not be to the traditionalists taste, the enthusiasm of the riders on the wide sweeping Smallbrook track was clear to see. Whilst disappointing to lose two riders to injury and sickness before the start, the remaining ten riders need to be congratulated for their whole-hearted efforts.

As would have been forecast, home heroes Ben Morley and Alfie Bowtell were always in the mix whilst Warrior favourite Danno Verge should be very pleased with his contribution to the action. Former Warrior Nathan Stoneman (Kent) w