SUPERMOTO: Stafford’s super hat-trick

Terrific treble: Ben Stafford. Photo by GARY NAYLOR
Terrific treble: Ben Stafford. Photo by GARY NAYLOR
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BEN Stafford extended his championship points tally with an impressive hat-trick at Three Sisters.

The speedy South Holland-based youngster rode to three wins out of three at round two of the Norasport British Supermoto championship at the Wigan track last weekend.

Stafford, who qualified in pole went on to finish the top spot in all three races aboard his D3Racing KTM 250. It was comfortable too, with a 17second gap between him and the second place rider in race one. Races two and three then followed a similar trend.

Monday’s open Elite Group proved to be a different story for the youngster though, as he pitted his wits against larger machines on a lengthy track with some very long straights.

Qualifying in 15th place, Stafford battled all day to keep a similar place and rode the wheels off the smaller machine on the technical parts – only to be overtaken again on the faster straights.

This is all good experience for the teenager in preparation for the long season ahead, before moving up to a larger machine later in the year.

• THREE members of Team TRM put in a fine string of showings over the Easter weekend.

Competing in the Norasport British Supermoto Championship at Three Sisters, Wigan, Ashley Rudd and Ryan Rudd managed second overall, while Lee Rudd was in solid form.

On a roasting hot day in the North West, young Ashley Rudd had a typically strong outing in the 150cc category.

He picked up a trio of second places to take the runner-up spot overall – something he’ll be looking to improve on next time around.

In the 250cc section, Ashley’s older brother Ryan Rudd was also competing at the top end of the field.

He clinched a treble of second places to take a fine runners-up finish in a tough field.

The Holbeach-based team were delighted with his showing in what is his first season in this section.

Meanwhile, Lee Rudd put in a spirited showing in the incredibly tricky Elite group.

Racing his CRF 450 bike,he managed finishes of 14th, 12th and 11th in the toughest of the classes.

This weekend sees the Rudd clan head to Great Hockham for some motocross action.

Six-year-old starlet Kieran Rudd and the experienced Mark Rudd will join Ryan and Ashley on the track.