Corner takes Vets title

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BRIDLINGTON’S Richard Corner, aboard his Corner Groundworks Honda CRF 450, has won the Northern Vets Motocross Championship.

The event is a six-round series at various tracks across Yorkshire, with three 15-minute races at each round.

The meetings attracted some of the top veteran riders, those aged over 40, from all over northern England.

Corner, who is 43 and has been racing since he was 17, said: “I took the overall result at two of the rounds, and was never out of the top five overall,.

“At the last round, I won the first race which was enough to take the championship with two races remaining.

“I recently had a top six finish in the East Yorkshire Centre race at Pickering against 35 riders who were all younger than me, most a lot younger.

“More local riders who have raced in the Northern Vets include Rich Thompson, who has also had a win, Rod Heald and Ady Hullah, who have had some good results.

“Next year, the competition will be even stronger, with local vet riders all capable of winning and more Northern riders who turn 40 years old entering the championship.

“Also, some of the existing championship riders will be up there. Let’s hope one of the local riders can bring the Northern Vets Trophy back to Bridlington.”

He picked up the trophy at a presentation evening near Wakefield earlier this month - a great reward for a quarter of a century of racing.

Corner added: “I have had a couple of nasty knee injuries along the way.

“I have won some club championships in my younger days but winning the Northern Vets is very rewarding because it is so competitive.

“There are at least six or seven riders capable of winning at any one meeting.

“There are ex-East Yorkshire champions, IMBA champions, Yorkshire AMCA and British AMCA 125 champions taking part.

“All the vet racers have a wealth of experience and know their way around a motocross track.

“They race hard but in as safe a way as possible. We have all got to work on Monday morning even though the aches and pains last all week.”