AN EXHILARATING day at the Knighton sandpit saw top riders compete on a challenging course in Round 3 of the Isle of Wight Motorcycle Club's Winter Series, the Novice and Expert Cup.

After an intense day of events, current champion Tom Richards emerged victorious, scoring a respectable 34 in the otherwise tricky Expert class route.

Richards said: "I'm pleased with my score."

Isle of Wight County Press: Freddie Death in action.Freddie Death in action. (Image: Vicki Taylor)

Just one mark separated the top two in the Intermediate category, with Freddie Death edging out runner-up Ajay Shaw after scoring 68.

Notwithstanding, Harrison Crickmore displayed top form to clinch third place with 77.

In the Open C class, Simon Strickland made a striking comeback from injury to secure the win with the day's second-lowest score of 26.

Last week's champion, Geoff Taylor, had to be content with second place on 64.

The Novice and Over 50s classes had sole star performers.

Isle of Wight County Press: Connor Shaw at Knighton sandpit.Connor Shaw at Knighton sandpit. (Image: Vicki Taylor)

Connor Shaw bagged maximum championship points in the former, while Andy Scott-Jackson was the latter's lone finisher.

In the Adult Easy class, Guy Beeson stole the show with the day's lowest score of 24.

Finally, delight in the Youth Novice class as Riley Baker earned another ten championship points, with Leo Death making notable strides in the Youth Easy category with 45 points.

Trial enthusiasts now eagerly await the forthcoming Jeffries Cup, at Shorwell Chalkpit this Sunday, February 18.