KTM UK rider, David Knight secured the E2 class ACU British Enduro Championship on Sunday with a third place overall in the Diss Motorcycle Club’s Muntjac Enduro. This result gave David third place overall for the 2015 BEC after a very difficult start to the season. Riding a KTM 250 two-stroke instead of his normal 450 four-stroke, Knighter rode strong all day but was unable to match the two riders battling it out for the overall British title.
His result at the final BEC round gave David the overall ACU British Supreme Championship, which consists of three ACU British series; British Extreme Enduro, British Cross Country, and British Enduro. Having already wrapped up the Extreme and Cross Country series, David had his eyes fixed on finishing the Muntjac to secure the E2 class as the overall was out of his grasp. Enjoying his first British Enduro on a 250 two-stroke since his early Yamaha days in 2002, Knighter rode consistently, steadily improving as the day went on as he got his bike and riding style dialled in again to the characteristics of the two-stroke again.
I really enjoyed racing the two-stroke this weekend. I was in a good position in the championship and just had to get a finish to secure the E2 title. I couldn’t catch the two boys in the overall so I decided to ride the two smoker for a bit of fun and for something different. I didn’t think I’d be as high up as third if I’m honest but I think just riding the event to enjoy it was the reason I did so well.
I’ve ridden the Muntjac four times before but haven’t done it for five years now. I really enjoy the course but don’t really enjoy the test as it’s the same as it’s always been and never changes at all really. The aim was to go out and have fun and win the E2 title, obviously winning the overall would have been great but I didn’t have the speed to match Jamie and Steve on that test this weekend. They were on it and the championship has come down to 0.2 of a second which is incredible. After not finishing the first two days of the series due to illness, and struggling through rounds 3 & 4 with it, I’ve slowly got close to where I should be. I am really proud of how far I’ve come this season as the doctors told me I better stop for a few months to let myself recover, but I carried on and it’s definitely not been easy. Jamie and Steve have been very strong all season and congratulations to them both, both have the ability to go all the way, I’ve been very consistent so hopefully I can have a solid winter now, get myself back to 110% fit and find something good for 2016.
Thank you to Steve Plain for all his help at the races, thank you to all my sponsors who make these championships possible for me to go out and win, thank you very much.