Michael Brown secures second spot in British honours

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SCARBOROUGH’S Michael Brown, bagged runner-up position in the British Trials Championship after winning the final round on Sunday.

Brown won last weekend’s penultimate round in Wales and picked up another victory at the weekend to finish the BTC season on a high.

James Dabill was second on the day and this allowed him to win the overall British Championship for the third time.

Gas Gas team manager John Shirt said: “I think both Michael and Dibs have been superb this year and they have made for an exciting Championship.

“I have personally enjoyed the fight with Dibs and Beta this year and I’m pleased Michael won three rounds. I cant wait for round one in 2012.”

The event saw the welcome return to the Red Rose Trial at Back Cowm Quarry organised by the Rochdale & District MCC.

The sections were tough and were made harder because of the rain shower on Sunday morning and the rain during the last lap which made conditions slippery.

Michael set off in confident fashion with two superb cleans on the first two sections. He rode in front of Dabill and things were going well until he had two fives at sections seven and eight.

He was timed out on seven and hit Shaughan Galway on eight on the last step, which lost 10 marks.

The one thing that is most impressive about Michael is the ability to keep grafting and not let a bad ride go to the next section.

The rest of the lap went well to finish on 16. Not knowing Dabill’s first lap score Michael knew it would be close as he thought the Leeds rider had two fives on the first lap plus some other marks so you can imagine the shock when Brown saw his lap of 8.

Shirt added: “We were informed that rain was coming so Michael started to get a move on and he again produced a stunning second lap of nine marks and that included a bad five on section four.

“Going into the last lap we were six behind Dibs so the win was still on.

“Michael then flattened a flag on section two which made us 11 behind with 10 sections to go, not good .

“Nevertheless Michael kept grafting and tried to beat the rain which we didn’t. The rain started at section six so half a lap in the rain was going to be tough.

“Michael rode fantastically in the closing stages and did the last six sections for 15 marks compared to Dibs’ 26. This deservedly won Michael the Trial by one mark.”