Congratulations to Luke Murphy (5th Year – Rang Ornait) who finished fourth in his class in the first leg of the British Enduro Championships (motorcycle racing) in Bovington last weekend. Luke will race again in the second of the five leg championship over St. Patrick’s Weekend in Devon.
Please see below the report from the Evening Echo:
Cork’s Luke Murphy had an impressive fourth place finish last weekend at the first round of the British Enduro Championship in Bovington. The 17 year old was competing on his bike at that level for the first time, and put in performances well beyond his age over the weekend.
Catching up with Luke after the race, he was clearly enthused by his efforts during the race,
“I’m very pleased with myself. I felt positive going into it as we had prepared well in the weeks before. I was training constantly, making sure I gave myself every opportunity that I could. Cardio training, gym work, bike training, they all played their part.”
The tournament provided Luke and his team with a hectic few days given the travel required. Nevertheless he didn’t leave this affect him and put in a stellar display on the bike,
“The weekend started on the Friday morning at 4am when we drove to Rosslare and caught the ferry to Pembroke. It was then a five hour journey to Bovington. I got an early night on Friday which was vital for what they call the “Track Walk” on Saturday. It was a 35 mile loop of marshy forest, sand and some obstacles. An exciting course that was not something I had ridden often.
There were two tests included in the 35 mile lap, one Motocross and one cross-country. There were tree stumps, logs and tight turns to anticipate. I walked both tests on the Saturday morning to familiarise myself with the course before presenting my bike for inspection and setting up our race canopy with our tools and spare kit.”
Sunday was D-Day for Luke and with all the preparations behind him he set off early in anticipation of a positive result,
“The weather was fantastic that morning. This made the race a good one for both racers and spectators. I began the race at 9:04 and set out on my first 35 mile loop, putting together two solid tests which set me up well for the day. I was feeling very comfortable on the bike with only a few small errors.
The standard was high which made it impossible to predict winner. I went clean on all my times and came back in one piece, which was the main objective of my first ever British race. Overall I came 4th in my group which I was delighted with. This has set up my 2019 campaign very strongly and has put me in a strong position for the year ahead.”
Luke’s next British Championship race, round two of five, takes place on March 17th, St. Patrick’s Day when he will look to fly the Irish flag high and proud in Devon!