Quartet hit high notes in Essay Supermotard

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Oliver Holmes, Mick Bertram, Bruce Dingle and Lee Rayson all had good reason to be pleased with their efforts on the track, which is near Le Mans.

Holmes achieved his aim of qualifying for the 450 cc National finals, while Dingle and Rayson both impressed to make the 450 A finals.

And Bertram put his poor start to the season behind him to qualify for the 650 cc A finals – and taste victory.

In the 450 A finals Dingle was the first Jersey rider home, running in third in the opening final until an error approaching the off-road section caused him to crash and fall to the back of the field.

However, he remounted and battled his way back through to finish in a very respectable 15th.

Rayson also suffered from an early crash but he, too, came back to cross the finish line in 20th.

Dingle had a much more successful second final, staying close to the leaders throughout to finish an excellent third.

Rayson was also running high up the rankings until his bike cut out on the penultimate lap.

Dingle finished eighth overall in the A group.

Bertram gained his best results so far.

Starting from pole in the first final he was locked in a five-way battle for the lead.

After swapping positions throughout the race Bertram eventually crossed the line in third.

Not content with this, Bertram flew off the start in the second final, leading the race from beginning to end.

His strong results gained him second spot overall and his first ever Supermoto A final podium.

Holmes was also on top form.

Pushing hard from the start of the day, he qualified for the National finals for the first time this year.

Holmes went on to qualify in 29th position.

The level of competition in the national finals was very high, with all 32 riders being separated by just over four seconds a lap.

In the first final Holmes managed to avoid a number of big crashes and battled his way to the finish line in 24th position.

He was also successful in the second final, and after a race-long battle with a group of other riders put in a number of fast laps to come home in 25th.

Lap times from the weekend were very good for all four Jersey riders.

Rayson’s best lap was 1 minute 17.4 seconds, Bertram 1 minute 16.6 seconds, Dingle 1 minute 16.2 seconds and Holmes 1 minute 14.7 seconds.

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