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Round 1, Three Sister Race Circuit Wigan, 30th & 31st March 2024

Day 1 Tripz.uk National Supermoto Championship

Team Tripz.uk headed over to Three Sisters Race Circuit near Wigan for round one of the Bristish and National Supermoto Championship.

Day 1, Saturday was the start of the National Championship. Team boss Chris walker was on form, winning 1st place in the Clubman Class. Followed by fellow team riders Paul Groom 3rd place and Harley Sharp 4th place.

Jay Smith took the 1st race win and joint 1st overall in the Elite Class after joining the team this season. While Richard Sharp held 5th place after gaining confidence on his new bike.

Jason Slater and Simon Wadsworth finished the day 9th and 14th respectively in the Novice Class. Gaining valuable experience on what was a very challenging track layout.

The team we’re helped by the wonderful Franco Mollo, owner of the KTM MTR World Supermoto Championship Team. Franco added a level of professionalism to the team along with his vast knowlegde and experience of World Championship Racing.

Day 2 Tripz.uk British Supermoto Championship

Day 2 was the British Championship and it was the turn of Simon Wadsworth to take a win in race 2 of the C class. This moved him up a group to the B class with fellow Team member Jason Slater for the last race.

Tension grew with 3 team members drawing for the overall Clubman Class win, going into the last race. It was Paul Groom who took 1st place with Chris Walker 2nd and Harley Sharp 3rd. A Tripz.uk Racing clean sweep!

In the Over 45 class another full podium for Tripz.uk with the ever so skilful Richard Sharp taking 1st place. Chris Walker 2nd place and Paul Groom rounding filling the podium in 3rd place.

With just one team rider in the Under 21 Class, Harley Sharp put on a good show taking 3rd place.

Jay Smith, Richard Sharp, Chris walker, Paul Groom and Harley Sharp all made the Elite Class. Jay Smith finished 2nd place overall. Richard took 4th place, after a fall in race 2 and an epic win in the final race of the weekend.

With strong results for all the Team we are looking forward to Round 2 at Teeside Autodrome 4th & 5th May.

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Round 2, Teeside Autodome, 4th & 5th May 2024

Day 1 Tripz.uk National Supermoto Championship

On day 1, team boss Chris Walker carried on where he left off in round 1, racing on a shortened track due to wet weather from a storm the night before getting 1st in the Clubman National Championship. He was followed by fellow Team riders Harley Sharp 2nd and Paul Groom 3rd rounding out the podium.

In the Elites Tripz.uk team rider Jay Smith took 1st overall with our other rider Richard Sharp coming in 3rd. Both showing great skills in such a stacked field of riders.

Simon Wadsworth had good day finishing 5th in the Novice class while Jason Slater had a day of issues with his bike.

Joining the Tripz.uk team this weekend was Josh Walker setting out for his first race in the Junior Minis at age 9. Being the first time he’s ever ridden an 85cc bike we think he did remarkable well and managed 2nd place in his group.

Day 2 Tripz.uk British Supermoto Championship

The main Elite races were action packed but once again Jay Smith stayed out of trouble getting 2nd place in all 3 races but taking the overall group win for the day. With Richard Sharp’s race bike’s engine failing he jumped on Chris Walker’s spare bike and rode incredibly taking the last race win in convincing style and coming 3rd overall. Chris Walker had some of his best results since his return to the sport only to be collected by another rider with both crashing hard on the last lap of the last race. Harley Sharp who’s following in his dad’s footsteps also had some strong races ending up 11th in the elites and 3rd in the hotly contested under 21 class.

With the points stacking up from qualifying for the Elite races Chris Walker took the second place trophy and Harley Sharp 3rd place for the British Clubman Class. While our other team member Paul Groom had a respectable 5th place.

Jason Slater managed to over come his bike issues and rode into 5th in the Novice group. Simon Wadsworth dropped a few points after a crash in the last race with Chris Lambourne.

While our new Tripz.uk team member Josh Walker went out for the first time in the Supermoto Academy.

It’s a quick turn around with only 3 weeks to round 3 at Rowrah Karting Circuit 25th & 26th May.

To watch all the action from Round 2 head to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8_7e-xP5dK8

Round 3, Rowrah Circuit 25th & 26th May

Day 1 Tripz.uk National Supermoto Championship

Round 3 was up in the Lake District at the very tight and technical Rowrah Circuit.

Chris walker carried on his strong form, winning the clubman class and teammate Paul Groom finished 4th. Good for a track Paul isn’t too keen on. Harley Sharp’s 2nd race was spoilt with technical problems, but he still managed 8th overall to keep his championship hopes alive.

In the Elites it was Richard Sharp who got pole in qualifying and in such a tight front running group ended up the day in 4th place. Jay Smith brought home his KTM in 7th place on the day with a few issues and bike set up problems. He then collected in a huge crash after the finish line was lucky to walk away. Both Richard and Jay are still on the championship hunt.

Simon Wadsworth was 5th in the Novice class but showing great speed on the tarmac his results will improve.

Josh Walker showed great improvement in only his second round, coming in 2nd place in the Junior Mini Class.

Day 2 Tripz.uk British Supermoto Championship

Young Josh Walker on his 85cc bike was masterful over the very tricky tarmac step up jump and slashing his lap times by huge chunks. Each time out he got well inside the top 10 only for a couple of slip offs knocking his results back a little. He’s fast getting the hang of it and hungry for more !!!

Chris walker had 3 strong rides to win the clubman class again and Harley Sharp was third on the podium improving in each race. He also took 3rd place in the under21 championship.

In the Over 45 class it was a Tripz clean sweep again with Richard Sharp 1st, Chris walker 2nd and Paul Groom 3rd.

The main Elite races were so close with only 0.5 of a second splitting the top five lap times. With passing other riders being extremely difficult the starts were crucial, but the reverse grid specialist Richard Sharp got it mastered and won the final race of the day and took 3rd overall . Leading the championship going into this round Jay smith had some bad luck while running up front and collected a rear wheel puncture causing a DNF. He finished the day in 11th place overall but it’s a long season and he’s only 9 points down from the championship leader and in 3rd behind teammate Richard Sharp in 2nd .

Simon Wadsworth had a fantastic 3rd in the final race and his best result to date!

Round 4 is at Crail on the East coast of Scotland and hopefully should suit our riders more as it has a longer and better dirt sections and flowing tarmac. All riders are still in strong championship positions and it’s all to play for!!

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