It was a fantastic end to a season for the MRS Sherco team on Saturday at the Scott Trial with Jonathan Richardson who took his first ever win on only his third attempt of the tough one day trial and became one of the youngest riders to ever win the Trial at just 19-years-old.
Jonathan had his work cut out and did not have an easy day and suffered four punctures in the process of his journey over the 75 miles of moorland and 70 sections. He also had to work harder as local man Jonny Sunter was on a mission to set standard time during the day, Jonathan was eager to keep as near to him as possible but was unfortunate not to set standard time and missed out by two minutes.
Despite this Jonathan knuckled down in the sections and tried to ensure his observation score was as low as possible. With the weather conditions being dry and sunny it made the pace of the trial much faster and in turn caused a number of riders to suffer punctures.
The long anticipated wait on the evening before the results were announced were agonising and finally at nearly midnight the winners were announced. Only 85 finishers from 210 starters goes to show what a physically tough and mental trial it is. The 19-year-old was finally announced as the winner at around 1am to a huge standing ovation.
Speaking with him he said "I'm just speechless I can't believe it's actually true and I've managed to win it. Being a local boy and also the pressure of knowing my Dad has won it before makes it one of the biggest events for me personally on the trials calendar. I'm just overwhelmed with the response and also that I actually managed to do it, I thought with all the problems I had with punctures it would have let me down. I'd like to thank my family and friends, the full MRS team, Mike at Mial, Spea and everyone else that helped me during the day to help me finally achieve my dream! I was gutted when I woke up on Sunday morning to hear the terrible news about Marco Simoncelli and I would like to dedicate my win to him, I never met him but we all stick together in the biking family and it's just terrible."
The entire MRS Sherco team had a good day all in all and despite a small split in his fuel pipe Wayne Braybrook carried on his succession on achieved Gold Spoon number 16 - the most ever. He lost a lot of time early on but soon got back on his way and finished in a great sixth place.
South Eastern born James Fry and fellow MRS Rider rounded out the main awards and gained his best ever result of seventh. MRS Sherco and Jonathan Richardson also won Best Performance on Time and Observation by a Yorkshire man, Best Under 21 and part of the Best Team entered by a Club. Wayne Braybrook won the best performance prior to and including 1994 and Richard Sadler won the award for Best Performance by a Richmond Rider.
Team Manager Malcolm Rathmell commented "We're delighted with Jonathan, 2011 hasn't been a great year for our team for various reasons but this makes it all worthwhile. Jonathan rode exceptionally hard and dealt with all the problems that crossed his path. We're really pleased for him and his family and we hope this will continue into the future. MRS Sherco would like to offer our sympathies and thoughts to the family, friends and team of Marco Simoncelli. In bike sport we all stick together and it's so sad when something like this happens, we're avid Road Racing supporters and it's so very sad when the worst thing that can happen in our sport does. He'll be sorely missed around the paddock."
The two Road Racing stars Leon Camier and Leon Haslam who gave it their best at this year's Scott Trial suffered their fair share of problems. Camier suffered a front wheel puncture which came off the rim very early on in the day and was forced to retire and Haslam thought he was on a MX bike and entered the first fuel stop with one borrowed footrest and one spanner in the otherside! He got to just after petrol check two before he was forced out after another bike crash that bent the front brake disc!
The MRS Sherco team carries on this weekend with their Annual Sherco Test Day on Saturday 29th October at Harefield Hall, Pateley Bridge