Trials:Fry’s two-day delight as Broom sweeps clean

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The much-improved 19-year-old Tadley MCC rider, in only his third attempt, picked up only half of the penalty points of his nearest rival over two remarkably dry days.

The 77-strong clubman class result went to an extremely elated Rod Broom, who for the last two years has been acting as official bridesmaid.

Eighteen sections were completed three times each day, with Saturday’s being at Jubilee Hill, Mont Rossignol and St Peter’s Valley.

Fry and runner up Matthew McDonald were evenly matched with their Sherco 290s on the grippy rock sections at Jubilee, picking up five and seven fault points respectively.

Similar terrain at Mont Rossignol, but that is where the similarity ended with Fry consistently cleaning all six sections.

His cleaning spree continued into the wooded slopes of St Peter’s Valley, carding two single dabs.

But then there was section 15 – the stopper! Fry and McDonald were among half of the Expert class to ride a double maximum on this section where Fry picked up 13 of his 20 points.

It looked like the over 40-year-old Sherco 290-mounted Gary Marshman was going to give the youngsters a lesson, having carded a one and two, but he also took a max on his final attempt at the summit of this tricky rock step.

Meanwhile, the large clubman class were having a fairly leisurely time of it across fairly easy sections, with the exception of one uncleaned dabbing section on Jubilee.

Only one single recorded and that was by Jeremy Cross, overnight leader by one point, ahead of Jason Atwell on nine, and Broom another point adrift.

By the half-way stage the result was still wide open with 13 riders under 20 points.

Sunday was thankfully just as dry, as half of the sections were on the steep slopes on the North coast cliffs at Les Platons, and the wooded sections at Bouley Bay and Egypt.

For the clubmen most points came from the eight sections set out in the remarkably dry Egypt valley.

Broom carded a class- winning 11 points while all his closest challengers carded 20-plus Tougher day for the experts as scores doubled and quadrupled.

Jersey’s Paul Mollet as usual, bettered his first day, the only expert to return a lower second-day score, overtaking Gary Marshman to again take both third spot, and the over 40 award.

Fry continued to ride confidently for 28 points, returning a triple clean on the uncleanable root-covered rock step at section 15 and also the only rider to clean the sheer rock step on section nine.

He really was in a class of his own, but he does have youth on his side.

Over half of the entry were in the over-40 category, some over 50, and a few were showing signs of wear before the end of the event! The annual event was sponsored by BVM,Condor Ferries, Education, Sport and Culture.

Club officials expressed their thanks to the landowners, honorary police and the many observers who assisted – especially the enthusiastic road sweeping crew which included Hedley Guilleaume and Lorraine Luce, who are, respectively, in their eighties and seventies!

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