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BEC Rounds 1&2 – Bud Benney reports

“Rounds 1&2 were certainly a ‘tough going’ opening to the British championship!”

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Controversy surrounds rounds 1&2 of the British Enduro Championship, which took place 5th and 6th March 2016 in Yorkshire. Here’s Bud’s take on the event…

Rounds 1&2 were certainly a ‘tough going” opening to the British championship! With plenty of rain, walking the tests were looking slick on Friday but I was looking forward to the two day event. As expected the going was tough with some big hills and lots of single rut leg dragging. Meaning a lot of lost time on both days. The checks were hard to meet, and struggling through the knee deep ruts, blowing out of ass and mouth I managed to drop minimal time both days. As for the test, a big stubble field rutted up nicely and into the flowing woodland which I had one of the fastest test time in class. Finishing the day 1st in class and 4th overall.

Sunday was more of a struggle, I was exhausted from day 1. I found it really hard on the extreme test to get a fast smooth pace in the deep tight ruts over the logs.

Fitness needs to be improved on! Finishing the day 3rd in class and 9th overall!

Check back soon for more Bud action!

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Beta Xtrainer – Spanish Inquisition

7 days in Spain with the local lunatics… how does the Beta XTrainer hold up?

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We spent a week over Christmas putting the XTrainer through it’s paces with the local Spanish loons. The riding is very technical and rocky, lot’s of single track, with sections that wouldn’t be out of place in a hard or extreme enduro. The bike was right at home in the technical stuff, with plenty of power to get up anything you pointed it at.

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It wasn’t all roses though, and it doesn’t end well, but on the whole the bike was very good.

Snag list

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First hiccup was the fuel tap leaking… probably just a badly seated or damaged o-ring, but, we didn’t have time to take it apart and sort it. Every morning the engine was covered in petrol, it’ll be interesting to see if anyone else has had the same problem?

Parts made of Play-Doh?

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First ‘epic fail’ was the plastic chain guard on the swing-arm… very brittle plastic that seems to have been broken by the action of the chain… bit of an oxymoron? Anyway, that got dumped.

Front pipe made of Plasticine?… Pfffft?

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A couple of days in we managed to badly dent the front pipe on an impact that really didn’t feel that hard. From then on there was a noticeable loss in power and so we started to hatch a plan on how to sort it…

The closest Beta dealer was an hour away in (another country!) Andorra… A quick phone call got us “Beta Xtrainer? WTF is that?” (in a really helpful Andorran Catalan accent of course).

So, we carried on riding and adapted to the loss in power.. the bike was still pretty good… still torquey enough – it handled everything we could throw at it, including no-lights insanity single track night rides…

“Urgh, guys, it’s really dark, I can’t  actually see anything…”

“Hey, Pablo… turn off your luz (lights)… you’re ruining our night vision”

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Things were OK for a few days, but the lack of power was a bit of a pain and one of the locals persuaded us to let him blow out the pipe. We were a bit worried about him blowing the welds and breaking the pipe in the process and then being stuck with a broken Beta for the last few days… we needn’t have worried though… we managed to totally smash the pipe in before getting back!

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Note the crash test ‘crumple zone’ that the Italians built into the pipe to pass EU safety tests 😉

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The impact(s) had not only holed and flattened the pipe, but also bent it out of shape where it joins with the rear muffler, causing oil to be sprayed all over the engine.

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So that was the end of the Beta! Out came the KTM 350EXC-F for the last few days… Didn’t miss a beat, but felt like a supertanker compared to the Xtrainer!

So do we buy another flimsy plasticine OEM pipe?

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No way… FMF Gnarly with a carbon guard please! Apparently the RR pipe fits perfectly, and I guess we’ll find out when we’re back out to Spain in a few days to enter the XTrainer into the legendary Bassella Race. We’ve also splashed out on some other farkles (mainly for protection) – check back soon to see how we got on.

So were the Spanish impressed by the Beta? Well, one of them swapped his Husaberg 300 2-stroke for a Beta 300RR within a matter of days… we obviously made some kind of impression between all the crashes ;).

Next up… Farkles and Racing… Want one? Got questions? Got one? Got tips? Leave us a comment…

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Bud Benney wins Dorset Police Enduro Expert Class

Dorset Police Enduro – Sunday 31st January 2016 – Moreton Forest, Dorset.

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He’s only gone and done it again, the Dirtpunk star rider smashes the expert class to win by a full lap. We caught up with him during one of his autograph signing sessions to get the low down…

This weekend we was at moreton for round 3 of the Winter series with a full Dirtpunk line up!

The flag dropped at 11am to a poor start behind about 6 into the woods. Knowing I needed to pass quickly I gained places by looking out for lines. By the time we got to lap scoring to start the first full lap I was in the lead with 20 experts behind. I knew I had to get into a flow with no mistakes in the tight twisty woods, looking for clear lines in the deep bogs.

By half way into the race I was still leading and started to pass the back of the championship class. At the 3 hour mark I was still in the lead, 1 lap up on second place in expert and ended up 6th overall.

Great racing with the other dirtpunkers, looks like they had a smashing day!

Check back soon for more Bud!

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Bud Benney wins Ardua Enduro Expert Class

Ardua Enduro – Sunday 17th January 2016 – Slab Common, Bordon, Hampshire.

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Photo by Garry Barnes

Dirtpunk rider Bud Benney comfortably wins Ardua Enduro Expert Class with 11 laps, we managed to catch up with him during his busy training regime and asked him how it went:

What an awesome event the RAF boys put on at ARDUA. With a strong entry of over 20 experts (mostly fit army boys), the day was looking to be a hard race.

When the flag dropped at 11am I took the hole shot into the first corner. The track was tight sandy woodland, first to the easy/hard option I took the hard section which was a deep sandy gully to get out of. With the first lap nearly over I took the hard route again, this time a long log section to the lap scoring, where I was still in the lead.

The race flowed and by half time fuelling I had a good lead on second place. The race continued and the sandy ruts got deep, but the EXC 200 coped well. The last lap flag was put out, and I was still leading so I pushed hard for the last lap, where I took the win with over a 10 minute lead over second place. Really enjoyed the bike, and feeling fit.

Bud will be racing at Dorset Police Enduro on Sunday 31st January at Moreton Forest, along with some of the rest of the Dirtpunk Team… ‘Dangerous’ Dave Brignall, Joe ‘Chidders’ Chidley, and Gabriel ‘The Vicar’ Bolton… stay tuned for a race report…

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Cecil Debris and Dirtpunk enter Basella Race 2016

Cecil Debris and 3 other Dirtpunk idiots have entered the Bassella Race, 12-14 February 2016

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Probably the highlight of the Spanish racing calendar, the Basella race takes place every year in the Spanish Pyrenees and attracts both World Enduro and World Extreme Enduro Championship riders. The event takes place over 3 days and last year there were a record 1300 entrants to the main race, as well as tons of others taking part in the various races over the weekend, with everything from Classic MX to Extreme Enduro!

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We asked Cecil Debris what he thought about racing against extreme enduro legend Alfredo Gomez:

I’m really looking forward to showing up that greasey wee f*cker Gomez and his Spanish pals. I used to baby sit him when he was a wee bearn when his mum was working at Club Hot, he says I was the man that inspired him to get on two wheels in the first place. As you know I’m more of a marathon man than a sprinter but if that whipper snapper thinks he’s going to show me up at Basella by trying to overtake the big man, I’ll kick him into the nearest bush. I say bring it on ladies, the big Jock rocks!

Find out more at the Bassella Race website, or check out this video from a couple of years ago…

Got any tips for Cecil and the boys? Leave a comment

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Bud Benney signs to Dirtpunk for 2016

Until last weekend, James ‘Bud’ Benney was just a 21 year old carpenter from Truro… now he’s hit the big time with a factory ride from Dirtpunk.

With team riders like Cecil Debris, Austin Vince and Ed March, Dirtpunk have always been a bit more Gladys Knight than David Knight… but all that’s about to change… it’s about time to sign someone who can actually ride!

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Bud’s Enduro career started with a few local Cornish Enduros in 2013, but only a year later in 2014 he’d won the local clubman championship.

2015 didn’t disappoint for Bud, a narrow miss of the podium with 4th in clubman at the Welsh Two Day and a cracking 105th finish at the Weston Beach Race from a start on the back row were backed up with many podiums and various expert wins at clubs such as CORE, WFOR, PMRC and Camel Vale.

For 2016 he’s going to be competing in the British Enduro Championship, Weston Beach Race and many, many club series Enduros.

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We asked Bud what he thought about swapping his woodworking tools for a Dirtbike 9 to 5…

“Well, I’ll probably miss Carpentry a bit, and I might do some in the evenings as a hobby still, but I suppose the factory pro life with all the racing, Lamborghini’s and platinum blondes in bikinis will make up for it.”

We also asked some of the Dirtpunk team what they thought about Bud joining the gang…

Cecil Debris: “I’d like to be the first to welcome James Benney into the Dirtpunk fold, after turning down the sponsored star rider roll myself, I’m pleased to see DP have managed to find a fitting replacement. I knew he was the right guy for the job when at fellow DP rider ‘Dangerous’ Dave Brignall’s wedding he was trying to get several of us involved in a wee bit of grown up fun and games with the groom’s Mother. May his success this year be as large as his chin. If you ever try and overtake me at an Enduro again you’re f*cking out ya wee Bastart!”

Paul Castle: “Stoked to welcome Bud on the team, shame he’s gonna make the rest of look like riiiiiight twats.”

Joe ‘Chidders’ Chidley: “He’s got lovely teeth.”

‘Dangerous’ Dave Brignall: “What the f*ck was that about my mother?”

Wish him luck or send him abuse in the comments below people…