The final round of the ECMO Classic European Championship for 2016 was held last weekend in Germany at the Dieskau circuit. The championship so far in 2016 has been hugely competitive across all of the five categories and this final round was anticipated to be more of the same. The Great Britain squad had made the 500-mile plus journey to the 2014 Classic MX Des Nations circuit and they put on a wonderful display for the travelling supporters.
In the +30 class GB rider Wayne Partington went into this final event with only a 4-point deficit to Estonian rider Jaanus Luuding. Partington was ready for the challenge and as the gate dropped for the opening moto he blasted into the first tight right-hand corner leading the pack. As they crossed the line for the opening lap Luuding had found his way to the front with Partington 2nd. Coming fast behind Partington was the flying Czech riders David Riha and Petr Kotrla, Partington did all he could to fight these pair off but eventually they found their way through. Riha was making the biggest progress and as the +1 lapboard was shown he had Luuding in his sights, the Estonian and Czech fought right to the end of the race with Riha finally taking the opening moto win. In the second moto Riha hit the front from the start of the race and never looked back, Partington took a solid 3rd position which gave him 3rd overall on the day and although Luuding could only manage 5th position in this final moto it was enough to give him the overall +30 Classic European Championship title with Partington taking a very commendable runners up spot.
 
As with previous Classic European Championship motos the +50 class was dominated by the speed and power of Belgium rider Jan Blancquaert, he took the top spot in qualification and 2 excellent race wins to give him the title of +50 Classic European Champion.
 
It was another sand master in the form of Dutch rider Peter v.d. Nieuwenhof who dominated the +60 class as he took 2 excellent race wins to give him the overall for the day, previous DNFs however resulted in him being off the podium for the championship with Claude Martineaud taking the +60 Classic European Championship title.
 
The +66 class was an all-Scandinavian affaire for the top honours. In race 1 it was Finland rider Heikki Nurminen who took the moto win ahead of Danish rider Cai Larsen, for GB Roger Dunford was the top scorer with an excellent 9th position. In race 2 top honours were reversed with Larsen this time taking the race win ahead of Nurminen, Dunford this time out went one position better taking 8th, with this 2nd position for Nurminen this was enough to give him the +66 title for 2016.
 
In the +70 class the local German crowd had a home rider to cheer on with Wolfgang Buttner taking the opening race win. For GB Patrick Aldridge put in sterling ride taking 9th position. In race 2 it was opening moto runner-up Andrew Dandoy for Belguim who took the race win to give him the overall for the day. Aldridge was this time an excellent 7th in the race to give him 7th overall on the day. It was another Belgium rider Oost Oostra who took the +70 Classic European Title for 2016. 
 
The climax now for ECMO will be the 2016 Classic MX Des Nations taking place on Saturday 17th September at Ballyblack In Northern Ireland. 
 
 
RESULTS
+30
Race 1
1 David Riha (CZ) 2 Jaanus Luuding (EE) 3 Petr Kotrla (CZ) 4 Wayne Partington (GB) 5 Christophe Lemaire (BE) 6 Jeff Lanting (NL) 11 Mark Stamp (GB) 14 Mark Cook (GB)
Race 2
1 Riha (CZ) 2 Kotrla (CZ) 3 Partington (GB) 4 Lemaire (BE) 5 Luuding (EE) 6 Bjorn Verdoodt (BE) 10 Stamp (GB) 12 Cook (GB)
Overall
1 Riha (CZ) 2 Kotrla (CZ) 3 Partington (GB) 4 Luuding (EE) 5 Lemaire (BE) 6 Lanting (NL) 9 Stamp (GB) 12 Cook (GB)
Championship Final Standings
1 Ludding (EE) 2 Partington (GB) 3 Verdoodt (BE) 4 Lanting (NL) 5 Lemaire (BE) 6 Jaroslav Kratochvil (CZ) 7 Cook (GB) 13 Stamp (GB) 14 Paul Dixon (GB) 15 Keith Rice (GB) 
 
+50
Race 1
1 Jan Blancquaert (BE) 2 Aadu Sikk (EE) 3 Miroslav Kotrla (CZ) 4 Miroslav Nejedly (CZ) 5 Lasse Rantanen (FI) 6 John Smeyers (BE) 28 Kevin Wilmer (GB) 36 Rupert Cooping (GB)
Race 2
1 Blancquaert (BE) 2 Sikk (EE) 3 Kotrla (CZ) 4 Nejedly (CZ) 5 Rantanen (FI) 6 Smeyers (BE) 13 Copping (GB) 24 Wilmer (GB)
Overall
1 Blancquaert (BE) 2 Sikk (EE) 3 Kotrla (CZ) 4 Nejedly (CZ) 5 Rantanen (FI) 6 Smeyers (BE) 23 Cooping (GB) 24 Wilmer (GB)
Championship Final Standings
1 Blancquaert (BE) 2 Sikk (EE) 3 Smeyers (BE) 4 Nejedly (CZ) 5 Rantanen (FI) 6 Robert Bernard (BE) 10 Keith Best (GB) 15 Copping (GB) 25 Wilmer (GB) 39 Andrew Davies (GB) 
 
+60
Race 1
1 Peter v.d. Nieuwenhof (NL) 2 Goran Josefsson (SE) 3 Vitezslav Branda (CZ) 4 Claude Martineaud (FR) 5 Renzo de Santis (IT) 6 Lutz Scheffel (DE) 13 Gerard Cooping (GB) 14 John Dowse (GB) 19 Kim Barker (GB)
Race 2
1 v.d. Nieuwenhof (NL) 2 Martineaud (FR) 3 Josefsson (SE) 4 de Santis (IT) 5 Branda (CZ) 6 Scheffel (DE) 13 Dowse (GB) 15 Cooping (GB) 20 Barker (GB)
Overall
1 v.d. Nieuwenhof (NL) 2 Josefsson (SE) 3 Martineaud (FR) 4 Branda (CZ) 5 de Santis (IT) 6 Scheffel (DE) 13 Dowse (GB) 14 Cooping (GB) 19 Barker (GB)
Championship Final Standings
1 Martineaud (FR) 2 Santis (IT) 3 Branda (CZ) 4 Scheffel (DE) 5 Lothar Diwischek (DE) 6 Frantisek Bezdicek (CZ) 10 Dowse (GB) 13 Barker (GB) 18 Copping (GB) 19 William Brown (GB)
 
+66
Race 1
1 Heikki Nurminen (FI) 2 Cai Larsen (DK) 3 Werner Mohr (CH) 4 Karel Kozak (CZ) 5 Martin Pedersen (DK) 6 Zdenek Silhanek (CZ) 9 Roger Dunford (GB) 12 Alan Deer (GB) 24 Roger Powell (GB)
Race 2
1 Larsen (DK) 2 Nurminen (FI) 3 Pierre Dehan (FR) 4 Pedersen (DK) 5 Hans Polsvoort (NL) 6 Kozak (CZ) 8 Dunford (GB) 11 Deer (GB) 
Overall
1 Larsen (DK) 2 Nurminen (FI) 3 Pedersen (DK) 4 Kozak (CZ) 5 Dehan (FR) 6 Polsvoort (NL) 8 Dunford (GB) 11 Deer (GB) 29 Powell (GB)
Championship Final Standings
1 Nurminen (FI) 2 Larsen (DK) 3 Dehan (FR) 4 Mohr (CH) 5 Pedersen (DK) 6 Polsvoort (NL) 7 Dunford (GB) 9 Deer (GB) 21 Stuart Miller (GB) 26 Powell (GB) 33 Dennis Slythe (GB) 
 
+70
Race 1
1 Wolfgang Buttner (DE) 2 Andre Dandoy (BE) 3 Oost Oostra (BE) 4 Antonin Krapek (CZ) 5 Jindrich Greff (CZ) 6 Wolfgang Eibner (DE) 9 Patrick Aldridge (GB)
Race 2
1 Dandoy (BE) 2 Oostra (BE) 3 Buttner (DE) 4 Greff (CZ) 5 Krapek (CZ) 6 Klaus Volkner (DE) 7 Aldridge (GB)
Overall
1 Dandoy (BE) 2 Buttner (DE) 3 Oostra (BE) 4 Greff (CZ) 5 Krapek (CZ) 6 Eibner (DE) 7 Aldridge (GB)
Championship Final Standings
1 Oostra (BE) 2 Buttner (DE) 3 Krapek (CZ) 4 Greff (CZ) 5 Piet van Dijk (NL) 6 Peter Willems (NL) 11 Aldridge (GB) 22 Peter Jerred (GB) 29 Mike Barnes (GB)