Back Burts in his title bash

Back Burts in his title bash

As enthusiasts in the Northern Centre may or may not know Robert Crayston, known by his nickname of Burts, is riding off-road full time and his realistic aim is eventually becoming Junior World Champion in the Indoor Super Enduro series as well as being the World Junior Under 22 Extreme Outdoor Champion.

These world level series are very much the pinnacle of the relatively new extreme enduro scene which has evolved from the perhaps better known time card enduro scene which thrived from the ‘seventies through to the current time where they still exist but in lesser numbers than previously.

Burts is the 18 year old son of D3 Racing proprietors Neil and Maria Crayston, which gives him 3 and 4 years within each event series to succeed and both Neil and Maria  believe that he could be a champion in the making particularly because of his recent results. KTM UK are preparing contracts for him this year for next which is encouraging, which again shows they believe in him.

It’s common knowledge that the costs involved in getting a champion are massive and the Craystons are currently seeking support to help Burts in this quest.

The ideal plan for him is to attract a sponsor for each of the Super Enduro rounds this coming winter which would enable him  to publicise the particular sponsor for fact that particular round.

It costs Burts in excess of £2000 to attend each round, so any level of support would be a welcome gesture for sure.


Burts currently  sits 5th in the World Junior U22 Extreme Enduro Championship, with a realistic expectation of managing  4th after the last round in Spain in October and though 3rd  is a long shot, is not impossible. These World events use exactly the same course as Billy Bolt,  Jonny Walker (another Northern rider made good) and Graham Jarvis ride, so the future looks good with the necessary support.

Triple D and the Craystons have always supported ACU events and frequently put adverts into programmes when requested so they are hoping that some support may be forthcoming in response to this plea.