Matt Winstanley on his Honda became the 450 Elite British Supermoto champion for 2014 with one round still to go as he now has a lead in the championship that can’t be overhauled by his nearest rivals.

So with three wins from three starts Winstanley was the overall winner and the new champion, with Hodgson second and Blakeman third, with Smith, Cornish and Todd filling the next three places.

In the Open Elite class it was again Winstanley followed by Todd and Hodgson with Cornish fourth despite his fall. The Open Elite championship will be the championship now to be decided at the final round next month.

With two wins and a second place Jordan Bannon completed a very successful weekend by wining the Open National class from a hard charging Ben Handley and Grant Fraser.

Round Eight of the championship was staged at Three Sisters on the outskirts of Wigan last weekend and the racing was fast and furious as is the norm this year all weekend long.

After a damp start for Saturday’s qualifying Winstanley after setting fastest time came out all guns blazing for race one, but it was Graeme Norris on his KTM that lead the pack into turn one from Richard Blakeman and Winstanley third and the ever improving Lewis Cornish fourth on his TM.

By the halfway stage Winstanley was in the lead and Chris Hodgson, who was still suffering from a crash he had at the Supermoto of Nations, on his KTM was closing in on Norris fast from a twelfth place after the first corner shenanigans.

NS8_0132With two laps to go both Hodgson and Blakeman found a way past Norris as Davey Todd closed in but couldn’t find away to get past.

 Winstanley had race two all his own way as he lead from start to finish as Hodgson was caught and passed by first Blakeman, and the Jay Smith as he dropped from second to fourth in the race.

Cornish never seemed to get going as he started in eighth and finished the race in fifth, one place ahead of Todd.

In race three, the final race of the day, once again Winstanley lead from the start to finish but was shadowed all the way by the heroic Hodgson, while Todd and Smith battled over third till Cornish caught and passed the both of then to snatch third place.

So with three wins from three starts Winstanley was the overall winner and the new champion, with Hodgson second and Blakeman third, with Smith, Cornish and Todd filling the next three places.

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The Michelin cup was a walkover for Jordan Bannon and his KTM as he was dominant in all three of his races, winning all three. The maximum points haul gave him the Championship like Winstanley with one round still to go.

 South African exile Paul Smith followed Bannon over the line every time to take second overall while with three strong rides Grant Fraser was third overall on his KTM.

Eighteen rider lined up for the all new “Total Novice Class” and it did what it said on the can, gave those without any idea, some idea of what its all about.

With a win, a second and a third, a delighted Robin Brown was the overall winner; from Brett Hampson and Max Wybrow Missing race one with bike problems cost Paul Groom the overall as he won races two and three. Even Race Director David Dearden found time to borrow a bike and finish fourth in race 3 showing that there is still life in very old dogs.

Race one of Sundays Open Elite was a duel between Winstanley and Cornish as after Winstanley got the holeshot Cornish hunted him down and took the lead with four laps to go, only to have Winstanley snatch the lead and the win back on the very last lap.

Todd spent all race in third place with Hodgson passing Smith for fourth place just before the halfway stage.

Cornish got his revenge in the second race as after Winstanley and Todd lead the pack for two laps, Cornish took control on lap four and scored his only win of the weekend.

Winstanley was a very close second with Todd holding off Hodgson for third place.

It all went wrong for Cornish in the third and final race of the weekend as the forecast rain arrived causing hurried tyre changes. Winstanley got the holeshot and with Hodgson passing Todd for second place on lap two, Cornish who was playing catch up went down hard and had a trip to hospital where he is reported to be not badly hurt and without any broken bones.

The race was stopped with Winstanley declared the winner from Todd, Smith and Hodgson.

Overall it was Winstanley from Todd and Hodgson with Cornish, despite his fall fourth and with the championship now to be decided at the final round next month.

With two wins and a second place Jordan Bannon completed a very successful weekend by wining the Open National class from a hard charging Ben Handley and Grant Fraser.

All three pit bike races were won by Ollie Pope with Simon Betts and Will Moore left to fight over second and third places.                       

Overall results 

Saturday:

450 Elite: 1 Matt Winstanley (Honda), 2 Chris Hodgson (KTM), 3 Richard Blakeman (KTM), 4 Jay Smith (KTM), 5 Lewis Cornish (TM), 6 Davey Todd (KTM), 7 Graeme Norris (KTM), 8 Scott Murray (TM), 9 Richard Sharp (KTM), 10 Dale O’Connor (KTM), 11 Ashley Saunders (KTM), 12 Jamie Duncan (KTM), 13 Tom Barrington (Honda), 14 Kayla Barrington (KTM), 15 Tim Johnson (KTM). 

Michelin Cup: 1 Jordan Bannon (KTM), 2 Paul Smith (KTM), 3 Grant Fraser (KTM), 4 Ben Handley (Kawasaki), 5 David Blanks (KTM), 6 Charlie Light (Honda), 7 Ben Williams (KTM), 8 Paul Reynolds (TM), 9 Marty Robbins (KTM), 10 Kris Norris (Husqvarna), 11 Daniel Lagadu (KTM), 12 Dan Spencer (Yamaha), 13 Tom Elam (KTM), 14 Oliver Du Feu (KTM), 15 Chris Cullen (KTM). 

Total Novice class: 1 Robin Brown, 2 Brett Hampson, 3 Max Wybrow, 4 Joseph Salvatore, 5 Kevin Townsend, 6 Natalie Knowles, 7 Ashley Smith, 8 Paul Groom, 9 Adam Woodhouse, 10 Mike Porter, 11 Ryan Montgomery, 12 Steven Taylor, 13 Danielle Kernick, 14 Tom Reece, 15 Chris Fabian.

Pit bikes: Ollie Pope (YCF), 2 Simon Betts (140), 3 Will More (Bucci), 4 Ben Johnson (140), 5 James Brook (140), 6 Chris Nutter (CRF), 7 Martin Harrison (CRF), 8 Sam Hodgson (140), 9 Les Noble (140), 10 Danny Boj (CRF).

Sunday:

Open Elite: 1 Matt Winstanley (Honda), 2 Davey Todd (KTM), 3 Chris Hodgson (KTM), 4 Lewis Cornish (TM), 5 Jay Smith (KTM), 6 Dale O’Connor (KTM), 7 Graeme Norris (KTM), 8 Scott Murray (TM), 9 Richard Sharp (KTM), 10 Ollie Kemp (TM), 11 Keith Topliss (Kawasaki), 12 Tom Barrington (Honda), 13 Edgar Ivushkan (TM), 14 Kayla Barrington (KTM), 15 Richard Blakeman (KTM).

Open National: 1 Jordan Bannon (KTM), 2 Ben Handley (Kawasaki), 3 Grant Fraser (KTM), 4 Andre Craddock (TM), 5 Paul Smith (KTM), 6 Michael Parson (Husqvarna), 7 Ben Williams (KTM), 8 David Blanks (KTM), 9 Dan Spencer (Yamaha), 10 Andy Burgin (KTM), 11 Michael Hosey (Honda), 12 Lee Rudd (Honda), 13 Thomas Elan (KTM), 14 Kris Norris (Husqvarna), 15 David Yorke (Honda).

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