Archive for October, 2011

Sunday October 16th 2011

Sunday, October 16th, 2011

Well it was another beautiful day in the Valley yesterday - the early morning fog cleared, and we had bright sunshine for the rest of the day - the same is due for the rest of this week - superb weather for riding in the woods, but unfortunately, I have to stay home today, as Margie from Outback Motorsport in Quesnel is coming to pick up a used Evo that we have. - Lee Usher was at my place yesterday, picking up his brand new Beta, and with Jay Colley now the owner of his 04 Rev 3, the Trials group in the Nelson area is growing.

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Graham Manning emailed to say that he was in Penticton last weekend, but didn’t know the Ady trial was on - not sure what more we could have done to get the word out, as we had the event advertised for a number of weeks on all the websites. - In these electronic times, it makes me wonder how we managed in the past. - I always feel bad when this happens, as I think there were a few more riders like Tyler and Nelson, who may not have been aware of the event - I did email a lot of people (like Freddy Zillinger) but with it being Thanksgiving the family dinner likely took top spot for many.

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Last night I watched the Million dollar MX from Las Vegas on TV - Ryan Villopoto won all three races to claim the big cheque - the first time a huge prize like this has been up for grabs. - To say that he was impressive, is perhaps an understatement, he got the hole shot in two of the races, and was second into turn #1 in the other, the Kawasaki rider has had an incredible season, and to cap it off with a million bucks has to be the ultimate, for the young superstar who delayed his honeymoon to ride the event. - Ryan Dungey took the runner up spot in his debut ride on the KTM.

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The F1 race from Korea was next on the box, but I’m afraid I fell asleep about half way through this one - Sebastian Vettel won ahead of pole sitter Lewis Hamilton and Mark Webber - the Red Bull Team clinched the lucrative manufacturers award with the 1-3 finish.

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At the Moto GP race in Australia, it was that man Stoner again, who celebrated his birthday by winning the race and also the 2011 Championship. - It was a dismal weekend for Team Yamaha, as Ben Spies suffered concussion in a high speed qualifying crash, and Jorge Lorenzo lost the end of his finger in a warm up crash that put him out of the race.

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Saturday October 15th 2011

Saturday, October 15th, 2011

Good news regarding Pete - phoned yesterday & he is feeling much better - can’t be too careful with Pneumonia type problems, especially when you are in the older generation. - He also mentioned that the Portacan for the Trial was down a bit in cost to $112.00, not $150 as we thought. - so I will be dropping off a cheque to the Cancer Office next week. - We took in $600 from the entrees, so with Outlaw picking up the $260 tab for the Trophies plus other expenses, we will round it off to a $500 donation in Adrian’s name. Thankyou to everybody who came out to support this worthy cause.

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The tough economic times are effecting all types of sport, and a report from the UK, has now confirmed that the World Trial scheduled for Scotland in 2012 has been cancelled because of lack of funds. - We have often posted comments on the huge costs of hosting a World Trial, and unless the FIM do something to scale down their demands, the sport at this level will surely continue it’s downward spiral.

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Here is a report from UK Trial Mag: - You can see more by clicking on their website.


Bradley Cox became the Luscombe Suzuki Leeds, British/ACU Youth A Trials Champion last weekend by winning the final round of the 2011 Championship held by the Mansfield Maun Motorcycle club.  Bradley rode his Beta-Uk, SXS & Race Techniques supported 125 Beta Evo to a convincing win over nearest rival Chris Stay, who was still in with a chance of lifting the crown at the beginning of the day. 

From the word go Brad had the bit between his teeth and put in two brilliant laps to open up a healthy lead. By the end of the event he had a 25 point margin over Chris who was beaten into third by Tom Dexter. 

During the whole 2011 Youth A campaign Bradley finished on the podium at every round, and with the ever present assistance of his minder Marcus Shirley he won the last three rounds of the championship to cap off a great season for the 16 year old from Oxford.  

Words: Heath Brindley 

 

Friday October 14th 2011

Friday, October 14th, 2011

The big news on the International Trials scene today, is that Laia Sanz is leaving Montesa to ride both Trials and Enduro for Team Gas Gas - The undisputed Queen of the Ladies Class for the past 11 years, started her career on a Beta, just like her former Team mate Toni Bou, so could the rumor of Bou going back to Beta for 2012 be true? - Well, we will just have to wait and see, but obviously there are things going on behind closed doors at Honda/Montesa.

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On the local front, we can announce that Victoria rider Devon Dargis will be on a Mountain Motorcycle Sherco for next season, after many years on a Gasser, the likeable youngster recently went to the TDN, and has shown very good form in recent events. - I rode a vintage Trial with Devon quite a few years ago at Shawnigan, when he was just a kid, and the two of us had a blast, one of the most enjoyable days that I can recall.

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The weather was absolutely gorgeous in the Okanagan yesterday, and there is no doubt that it would be hard to find anywhere in the World more beautiful, - the drive down the Valley to Kelowna and back will soon be even more spectacular when the new road over the top near Oyama gets finished.

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I called buddy Pete last night to see how he is, and sorry to say that he doesn’t sound good - he wasn’t feeling well last week while helping with the Ady Trial, and now might be suffering from a touch of pneumonia - best wishes from us all  for a speedy recovery.

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Thursday October 13th 2011

Thursday, October 13th, 2011

With all the World Championships in motorsport now decided, the only series still running is in F1 - The Teams are in Korea this weekend, before heading to Australia, but Sebastian Vettel has already wrapped up his 2nd World Championship. - It was Jensen Button who won for McLaren in Japan, and in so doing put himself in a good position to secure the runner-up spot for 2011.

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Xtreme Enduro Super-Star Graham Jarvis, has been a World traveller, this past year, and recently took wins in both Ecuador, and Turkey, However he will be back on his Trials bike next weekend, when he tries to win the famous Scott Trial. - I think Jarvis holds the record at this event with 10 wins to his credit, an unbelievable achievement.

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My schedule today, will see me making a trip to Kelowna to pick up a new Beta, plus doing some other business, the weather forecast looks good for at least the next week in the Valley, but I doubt I will get a chance to go riding this weekend, as I have customers coming to pick up bikes. - I did manage to tidy up the shop a bit yesterday, after unloading all the stuff from the van, after the Ady Trial, but the two Betas are still sitting uncleaned, and need to be washed & serviced.

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The hot rumour circulating in European Trials Circles, is that Jordi Tarres new bike called the Jotagas, is nearly ready for release - although it’s hard to see where another bike will fit into an already crowded market, especially in these tough economic times.

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And finally, we had a call from Jacek last night, to chat about what a great weekend it was in Summerland - I mentioned that he was the only Expert to clean section #16 - this was called “The Root” - and obviously proved to be more challenging than expected. - he told me he just fired the Evo 300 up the hill like a rocket, and managed to leap over the big tree-root. - Good stuff.

One thing I realised when going through the Ady results, was that we had Dick Dunn listed in the junior class instead of the vintage class, so good news for Dick who now receives the 3rd place plaque in Vintage. - as mentioned earlier, Dick last rode a Trial 31 years ago and the bike was a Cotton ( not too many young guys heard of them) - (Results are now corrected)

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Wednesday October 12th 2011

Wednesday, October 12th, 2011

I see that the pics on the photo-gallery from the Trial are getting lots of attention - to see yourself “In action” is always nice after riding an event, and I try to get at least one “shot” of every rider.

It’s always interesting to check the score cards after a Trial, to see where riders lost points - this is especially true if you happen to be the organizer - to plan sections with just the right amount of difficulty for all classes, takes a lot of thought and experience. - The only Expert sections that were not “Cleaned” on Sunday, were #10 Wild Horse Rocks and #19 Pete’s Ploy - but winner Brandon Wince had single “Dabs” on these, so you could say that the planning team got it just about perfect.

As we have mentioned on numerous occasions,  getting a few “cleans” on the rider’s card always generates smiles, and therefore results in a happy competitor, who will return to the event in later years. - We have had lots of emails from people who were at the Ady Trial, who said they really enjoyed themselves, and liked the long one loop idea.

Of course, nobody likes to ride the same sections over & over, so it’s always a challenge to find both different lines and different trails to keep things interesting. - Next year will be the 25th year for the Outlaw Trial - I guess it’s time to start thinking about something special.

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In World news, there isn’t a lot going on at the moment, - the famous Scott Trial will be happening in Yorkshire on Oct 22nd, and  regular club events will continue all through the winter in the UK - the Indoor Series is still quite a way off, and now is the time that people start planning for new bikes. - We have already  had a number of orders for both Beta and Sherco models, so the excitement is starting to build.

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