THE Isle of Wight Motorcycle Club kick-started the second half of its 2020 Winter Series Trial Championships with some great action at Duxmore Quarry, Downend.

With the ‘rule of six’ and ‘track and trace’ — new buzzwords for sport — in place for riders and spectators, 31 took competed and gave some great entertainment on the tough eight-stage course of manly soil heaps, with steep climbs and downhill descents to test the riders’ balance and control to the full.

Isle of Wight County Press: James Stay in action.James Stay in action.

National British expert solo trials champion, Chris Stay, set the tone — attacking the sections with ease.

However, it was George Gosden who stole the show, riding a 40 year old 156cc Fantic twin shock machine as if it were a modern, tricked up and powerful mono shock bike.

In the club championships, two expert class riders battled for the top spot, with Jack Ayres beating Tom Richards by 19 marks.

Isle of Wight County Press: Josh Morris in action.Josh Morris in action.

Meanwhile, Ben Read won the intermediate class in style finishing on 24, the second lowest total of the day, and 28 ahead of nearest challenger Adam Morgan.

The over-50s class was dominated by Simon Newnham with 47.

Phil Chase was alone in the clubman’s class, but ensured he earned his maximum ten championship points.

In the twin shock category,experienced rider Nick Symes finishing 58 ahead of Jason Elford.

The closest contest of the day was provided in the novice event, with Tristan Osborne beating Ben Ashcroft by a single mark.

Mike True took the honours in the adult easy class, with a convincing margin of 31 over Sam Jurich.

The youth classes were headed up by Josh Morris (youth expert), who ending the day with 73 — a total right in the mix with the adult riders.

Alfie Gaskin (youth intermediate) rode well on the challenging Duxmore course for his maximum ten points.

In the youth easy class, Ollie Elford, in only his second trial, beat Freddie Death by two marks.

The club’s next meet will be for the Frank Pragnell Cup, on Bembridge Down, tomorrow (Sunday).