MOTORCYCLE trials star Nick Symes finished inside the top ten of a national competition.
Nick rode the seven-round Sammy Miller Classic Championship, held all over the country, starting on Dartmoor and Gloucestershire in March, Stratford in May, the Yorkshire Dales Classic in July, Shropshire in October and finally Ringwood and North Berkshire in November.
Riding a 250 Honda, his best result was at the Stratford trial in May where he was leading until three sections to the end, where he dropped five marks and dropped down to fourth place.
In atrocious conditions in the Clee hills in October, he had a heavy fall on section six of 30 and went on to ride the rest of the day with broken bones in his left hand — despite this he still managed to finish 12th.
After an enforced break of five weeks, the final two rounds were held in November over two days. On the first day, his bike seized up on the way back to the car park at the end of the day, so the last round on the Sunday was ridden with an unfamiliar machine.
Despite all the hurdles along the way, Nick finished ninth in the twinshock category of the championship, riding the more difficult of the two routes available.
This year’s championship starts in Gloucestershire in April.