The annual ECMO Classic MX Des Nations took place this year at the sand track of Marum in The Netherlands. 13 nations were represented with over 200 classic competitors and with excellent weather conditions and the Marum Club working hard to provide a very well-presented track, all was set for another excellent Des Nations.
In the +30 class on paper the battle for the top honours looked to be between Czech Republic and England and this was to play out in the competition on the track. In both races top Czech Rider Radek Toman was on electric form and took both race wins but the team result would depend on the remaining 3 riders for each country. For Czech Ondrej Hering had a good campaign finishing 4th in race 1 and 3rd in race 2 but the Czech’s other star rider, 2019 +30 European championship runner up; David Riha had bike problems which resulted in him having a DNF and a 14th. For England in race 1 all was looking good for 3 of their team riders to finish in the top 5 but 3 laps in Kris Winder who was lying in 2nd position had a problem with his exhaust which resulted in a DNF but Andy Hinchcliffe and Keith Rice rode storming races to take 2nd and 3rd. In race 2 Winder was back out strong and took an excellent runner-up spot in the race with Hinchcliffe 4th and Rice 5th, which was enough to give the England team top spot in the +30 class. Liston Bell had a great 5th place finish in race 1 for Scotland but had bike problems in race 2 on the final lap resulting in a DNF. Lee Kelly for Wales also had a good race 1 taking 12th position and in race 2 John Griffiths for Northern Ireland on his JAP machine took a very commendable 6th position.
The +50 class as in previous years was the biggest line-up with all 13 counties putting out a team in the class. With Marum being a deep sand track all eyes were on the Belgium team who had fielded strong specialist sand riders including previous +50 European Champion Jan Blancquaert who aboard his trusty 250cc CZ really was a class act taking two almost unchallenged race victories. The Czech Republic had also come looking to take the victory and their riders including 2019 +50 European Champion Petr Dokoupil took 3rd and 2nd and Karel Mitvalsky rode well after his big accident at the 2018 Classic MX Des Nations taking 5th & 4th. The current +50 team champions England had their work cut out to keep their title but excellent rides came from Keith Best who took a 6th in race 1 and 5th in race 2, Ady Cox who was 8th in race 1 and after having bike problems on the line in race 2 started from dead last to come back to 10th and Gene Womack, brought into the team as a last minute replacement, finishing 12th in race 1 and 18th in race 2. These consistent results for England resulted in them retaining their title for 2019, impressive on track conditions not always suited to the English riders! John Cash for Wales had cracking starts in both motos finishing eventually 13th in both races. William Burgess for Northern Ireland had problems with his CZ machine in race 1 but he had a much better race 2 battling hard with England rider Keith Best and eventually finishing 7th.
Local hopes of a class victory for Holland were firmly set on the +60 class and their star rider Peter Van De Nieuwenhof was in top form taking 2 convincing race wins much to the delight of the home crowd. The main competition for Holland would be from the Finland riders and with Jukka Penttila and Ari Lahti taking 2nd and 3rd in both races it really was going to be tight for the overall, in-fact after both motos the countries were on identical points and the overall had to go back to the best results for the teams in moto 2 and with 4 points fewer in race 2 it was Finland who took the overall. Scotland’s John Fleming had 2 consistent races taking 12th in both motos. For England Phil Roberts took 16th in race 1 and 18th in race 2. For Wales John (Jess) Yates had two 30th positions.
In the +66 class the overall victory was going to be fought between the Czech Republic and home country Holland. In race 1 it was the Netherlands who took the upper hand with Jacob Homan finishing 2nd in the race behind Swedish rider Goran Josefsson and ahead of Czech rider Miroslav Hanacek, but the Czech team were on a mission and in race 2 Jiri Stodulka took the race victory and with good results from the rest of his team members this was enough to give the Czech Republic the overall victory in the +66 class. Doug Sherbourne for England took a 13th and 16th in each race, Phil Edwards for Wales finished 16th and 24th, and Cliff Hardisty finished 31st and 26th for Scotland.
In the +72 class Sweden had brought a very competitive team and with 5 results over the 2 motos being in the top 6 they were relatively easy victors of the +72 class. John Duncombe was top England rider finishing 16th and 10th in races 1 & 2.
1 Radek Toman (CZ) 2 Andy Hinchliffe (ENG) 3 Keith Rice (ENG) 4 Ondrej Hering (CZ) 5 Liston Bell (SCO) 6 Seth Cox (NL) 12 Lee Kelly (WAL) 13 Wayne Partington (ENG) 14 Mark Watson (SCO) 18 Nathan Jones (WAL) 19 David Stockdale (NI) 21 Lee Rook (NI) 23 John Griffiths (NI) 25 George Gorvett (WAL) 26 Thom Anderson (SCO) 27 Andrew Nicholl (NI) 30 Matt Morgan (WAL)
1 Toman (CZ) 2 Winder (ENG) 3 Hering (CZ) 4 Hinchcliffe (ENG) 5 Rice (ENG) 6 Griffiths (NI) 13 Partington (ENG) 15 Watson (SCO) 17 Stockdale (NI) 18 Jones (WAL) 27 Gorvett (WAL) 28 Nicholl (NI) 30 Morgan (WAL)
1 England 2 Czech Republic 3 Belgium 4 Netherlands-1 5 Switzerland 6 Northern Ireland 7 Wales 10 Scotland
1 Jan Blancquaert (BEL) 2 Chris Smeyers (BEL) 3 Petr Dokoupil (CZ) 4 Antti Vartiainen (FI) 5 Karel Mitvalsky (CZ) 6 Keith Best (ENG) 8 Ady Cox (ENG) 12 Gene Womack (ENG) 13 John Cash (WAL) 17 Adrian Lappin (NI) 21 Gary Warr (WAL) 23 Keith Rodden (WAL) 27 George Radley (SI) 28 Sean Wilkins (WAL) 29 Ian Stainton (SCO) 30 Trevor Calderwood (NI) 36 Nick Archer (ENG) 38 Davy Wilson (SCO) 44 Mark Cook (SI) 45 William Burgess (NI) 48 Garry Britton (SCO)
1 Blancquaert (BEL) 2 Dokoupil (CZ) 3 Smeyers (BEL) 4 Mitvalsky (CZ) 5 Best (ENG) 6 Jan Schapendonk (NL) 7 Burgess (NI) 10 Cox (ENG) 13 Cash (WAL) 18 Womack (ENG) 20 Ian Buchanan (NI) 23 Wilkins (WAL) 24 Lappin (NI) 25 Warr (WAL) 28 Radley (SI) 29 Nick Selwyn (SI) 32 Calderwood (NI) 35 Rodden (WAL) 38 Stainton (SCO) 44 Archer (ENG) 47 Britton (SCO)
1 England 2 Belgium 3 Denmark 4 Czech Republic 5 Wales 6 Sweden 9 Northern Ireland 12 Southern Ireland 13 Scotland
1 Peter van de Nieuwenhof (NL) 2 Jukka Penttila (FI) 3 Ari Lahti (FI) 4 Ulf Envall (SWE) 5 Patrice Thioux (BEL) 6 Lars Envall (SWE) 12 John Fleming (SCO) 16 Phil Roberts (ENG) 17 Gerard Copping (ENG) 27 Kenny Harper (SCO) 30 John (Jess) Yates (WAL)
1 Van de Nieuwenhof (NL) 2 Penttila (FI) 3 Lahti (FI) 4 Envall (SWE) 5 Thioux (BEL) 6 Vitrzslav Branda (CZ) 12 Fleming (SCO) 18 Roberts (ENG) 23 Copping (ENG) 30 Yates (WAL) 31 Harper (SCO)
1 Finland 2 Netherlands 3 Czech Republic 4 Belgium 5 Denmark 6 Germany 8 England 9 Scotland 10 Wales
1 Goran Josefsson (SWE) 2 Jacob Homan (NL) 3 Miroslav Hanacek (CZ) 4 Walter Senn (CH) 5 Herman Vanbroekhoven (BEL) 6 Jiri Stodulka (CZ) 13 Doug Sherbourne (ENG) 16 Phil Edwards (WAL) 19 Alan Arnott (WAL) 20 Roger Powell (WAL) 24 John Dowse (ENG) 26 Geoff Taylor (WAL) 30 Stewart Riddel (SCO) 31 Cliff Hardisty (SCO) 34 Roger Dunford (ENG)
1 Stodulka (CZ) 2 Homan (NL) 3 Hanacek (CZ) 4 Jan van de Brom (NL) 5 Vanbroekhoven (BEL) 6 Senn (CH) 16 Sherbourne (ENG) 17 Taylor (WAL) 18 Powell (WAL) 24 Edwards (WAL) 26 Hardisty (SCO)
1 Czech Republic 2 Netherlands 3 Switzerland 4 Sweden 5 Belgium 6 Wales 8 England 9 Scotland
1 Rolf Bernhardsson (SWE) 2 Franky Vaneecke (BEL) 3 Roland Gustavsson (SWE) 4 Hans Astorsson (SWE) 5 Martin Pedersen (DEN) 6 Wolfgang Buttner (GER) 16 John Duncombe (ENG) 18 Peter Jerred (ENG) 22 Pat Aldrige (ENG) 25 David Simpson (ENG)
1 Vaneeck (BEL) 2 Bernhardsson (SWE) 3 Claes Elmgren (SWE) 4 Buttner (GER) 5 Pedersen (DEN) 6 Hans Polsvoort (NL) 10 Duncombe (ENG) 20 Aldridge (ENG) 23 Jerred (ENG) 24 Simpson (ENG)
1 Sweden 2 Denmark 3 Netherlands-1 4 Czech Republic 5 Germany 6 Netherlands-2 7 England