Archive for June, 2012

Tuesday June 19th 2012

Tuesday, June 19th, 2012

The 3rd and final round of the Outlaw Series, takes place in Alberta in a couple of weeks, and as it’s being held on Crown Land near Rocky Mountain House, riders will need to be “Off Road” legal - For Albertan’s -  this means license plate and insurance, but for BC residents, only 3rd party liability is required as this is all we need to ride in our Province. - ( No plates at the moment)

This being the case, I have purchased  the BCORMA  “Platinum Trail Pass ” - which also includes the required insurance, at a cost of $157.00, which is good until the end of the year. - It comes with a helmet decal, but they suggest riders also carry a copy of their drivers license, while out on the trail, in case you are stopped by a Conservation or Forestry Official..

The best way to buy this, is to click on to the BCORMA web site, where it only takes minutes to download the forms and arrange payment through PayPal - I think you also need to join a club - and these are all listed for BC - We now belong to the Southern Okanagan Dirt Bike Club, which is the group who helped check at our last two National events. - ( They also have their own web-site)

Although there is no poster for the Alberta event - here is the info: as listed on the ATRA Web-site >>>>>.

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    We are a go for Baseline near Rocky Mountain House. Vintage is Saturday June 30 and Modern is Sunday July 1. We have been out to the site setting up however the water levels are so high that we might not be able to use many of our planned sections as we cannot cross the creek to get to them. Insurance and registration is required to be legal. I can assure those that have not been to Baseline before that the view from the old tower is incredible and must be experienced; on a clear day the visibility is 50 plus miles.
    Directions:From Red Deer
    Hwy 2 North
    take West exit to Rocky Mountain House on Hwy 11 (not 11A) travel about 73 km. Before Rocky Mountain House approximately 2 km turn Left South on (connector road TWR 392, drive 2,5km to Stop (T-junction) and then turn left on Hwy 752 (Cow Lake) and drive approximately 40.5 km on asphalt then on the same Hwy but gravel surface precisely another 7.5 km (total 48 km), our base will be on the right hand side
    N52°09.308’ W115°27.074’
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    Kevin Couves (Beta) won the Senior Inter class at last Sunday’s Victoria club Trial, - he pretty much dominates this class on the Island, but this time he did it in style, by finishing with a “Clean card” losing zero points for the event - not easy at any time, and certainly not in the slippery Island sections.- Well done “Big” guy. -( Kevvy lived in Kelowna for many years)

    The expert class results were - 1st Thomas Cordner, (GG) - 2nd Will Duggan (GG) - 3rd Devon Dargis (Sherco)  - you can read more by clicking on the Victoria club web-site via the Trials Canada link

    More news as it  happens >>>>>.

Monday June 18th 2012

Monday, June 18th, 2012

Sunday morning, I was out of the house early to meet up with Barry near Postill Lake, to show him what we found on Friday and do more exploring. - It was a nice sunny start to the day, and we were soon following some of the new trails in the area, which are obviously heavily used by the Mountain bike people, as there are man-made ramps everywhere - how they get away with this on Crown land baffles me.

Our aim was to try and locate our old loop from the 1990’s, but we never did succeed - we ended up doing a lot of bush-whacking, which left me exhausted, However, we were able to get to the bottom of the big rock wall  section we used in the National - Barry rode up part of the Expert line, but even on the modern bikes this is a real challenge - no pics I’m afraid, but I did take a little bit of video.

Back home the afternoon was spent watching the US Open Golf - proved to be quite a shoot-out at the end, definitely  a game of nerves, and similar to a Trials competition in that regard.

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Taff sent me a couple of video clips of young Carig out on his new Beta 80 on Sunday - looks like he is picking up things quickly, getting to use the clutch & shifting gears, - they must have had a lot of fun on Father’s Day.

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Here is the Team Montesa report of Day 2 in Spain.

Repsol Montesa in Spain, day 2


 The injuries suffered by Toni Bou and Takahisa Fujinami on the first day of the Spanish Trial Grand Prix did not alter the results of the two official Montesa riders on the second day of this event. Toni Bou (Montesa Cota 4RT), who had injured the femoral biceps of his left leg, obtained an overwhelming victory, the seventh consecutive win in this season. The plurichampion ended with less than half the score of his closest rival and increased his advantage as leader in the championship to 41 points, aiming for what could be his sixth consecutive title.

Takahisa Fujinami (Montesa Cota 4RT) recovered from the intense pain in the little finger of his right hand and competed bravely in the first lap of the track, administering his energy in the second. In these conditions, the fourth position achieved by the Japanese rider felt like a victory.

Francesc Moret (Montesa) repeated second position in the Junior category, the same he has in the general classification.

Toni Bou: “In situations like these you appreciate the team spirit. I’m grateful for the support of the entire team from first to last. The pain did not stop me riding the bike in this event in which it was fundamental to work well and avoid making mistakes, although I’m sure this did no good to my muscular lesion and even if I don’t want to, I’ll have to rest for a few days. This victory has been very important for the championship. In this respect, the weekend’s been perfect”.

Takahisa Fujinami: “I had a difficult day, due to the pain and numbness. In the first lap I let loose all my temper, but then I had to take it a bit easier. In my condition, it was unthinkable to finish fourth and of course I’m very satisfied with this result, which felt like a victory for me today”.

The ninth and tenth events of the Trial World Championship will be held next Saturday and Sunday, in Sant Julià de Lòria (Andorra).

Photo Credit:- FIM/G2F Media

 

Result, Spain D2:-                                           Championship Positions:-

1. Toni Bou (Montesa) 10 (8+2)                        1.Toni Bou (Montesa) 157 points

2. Adam Raga (Gas Gas) 21 (16+5)                  2. Jeroni Fajardo (Beta) 116

3. Jeroni Fajardo (Beta) 22 (14+8)                    3. Adam Raga (Gas Gas) 114

4. Takahisa Fujinami (Montesa) 39 (18+21)       4. Albert Cabestany (Sherco) 114

5. James Dabill (Beta) 45 (25+20)                    5. Takahisa Fujinami (Montesa) 104

Manufacturers Standing Manufacturers Championship

1. Montesa 261 points

2. Beta 194

3. Gas Gas 177

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Mixed results for Cabestany in Spain


Albert Cabestany arrived at this round in Spain, with his morale extremely high.

After the first loop, with a total of 11 points, Albert Cabestany found himself leading the race. He also rode an excellent second loop and was third with 12 points. He finished the seventh round in second place with 23 points, 3 points behind Toni Bou (Montesa). Adam Raga (Gas Gas) was third with 25 points.

Sunday’s race was much more complicated. Suffering from mechanical problems, Albert quickly found himself in a very difficult position. He had 17 points in the first loop and 51 in the second. He did still manage to finish 7th.

In the overall, Albert is now in fourth place with 114 points, Adam Raga is third with 114 points, Jeroni Fajardo (Beta) is second with 116 points and Toni Bou is in the lead with 157 points.

Alexandre Ferrerstarted Saturday’s race by setting the bar very high. With 5 points in the first loop, only Francesc Moret (Montesa) managed to keep the pace. Setting the same tone for the second loop Alexandre finished with 6 points, 4 ahead of  Francesc Moret (Montesa) and 6 ahead of Jorge Casales (GasGas). Håkon Pedersen finished 10th with 50 points.

Sunday was almost a perfect copy of Saturday. The first loop saw a great battle betweenAlexandre with 6 points, Francesc Moret with 5 points and Jorge Casales with 7 points.Alexandre dominated the second loop with 3 points. In the end Alexandre Ferrer wins this round with 9 points, Francesc Moret finishes second with 16 points and Jorge Casales completes the podium with 18 points. Håkon Pedersen finishes the round in 11th place with 48 points.

In the overall, Alexandre Ferrer leads with 155 points. Francesc Moret is second with 119 points, Pol Tarres is third with 110 points, Håkon Pedersen is sixth with 53 points andCedric Tempier is seventh with 52 points.

After a hard Saturday where Oriol Noguera was forced to retire, he returned on Sunday and fought hard for the victory. With a total of 25 points he finished just behind Steven Coquelin (GasGas) who had 23 points. Sverre Lundevold (Beta) finished third with 28 points. Luke Walker finished eighth with 55 points on Saturday and on Sunday he finished seventh with 45 points.

In the overall, Oriol Noguera is seventh with 45 points ahead of Luke Walker eighth with 32 points .This was a mixed weekend for Team Sherco. There was great satisfaction in the superb podium of Albert Cabestany on Saturday, the final two victories of Alexander Ferrer and the wonderful second place of Oriol Noguera on Sunday. The two disappointments were the problems Albert Cabestany had on Sunday and those of Oriol Noguera on Saturday.

The whole Sherco team looks forward to seeing you in Sant Julia, Andorra, on June 23rd and 24th for the 9th and 10th rounds of the FIM World Trials Championship.

Photo Credit:- Mario Candellone

Sunday June 17th 2012 - Father’s Day.

Sunday, June 17th, 2012

The sun is up on this Father’s Day 2012, and the plan is to meet Barry for a ride - chatted last night and told him about the Friday we had at Postill, so he wants to go check it out.

We hope that all you Father’s have a really great day, doing whatever is is you like to do with your family close ( we will have a get-to-gether, later) - Taff emailed to say that the weather forecast in Edmonton is for rain, but he plans on spending the day with Carig out on the Betas - it should be a happy and special day.

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Over in Spain, Toni Bou leads the World Round after the first loop, ahead of Raga and Fajardo - no doubt the Superman is feeling sore today after his big crash on Saturday. - will post results on this later. UPDATE:

World Championship Final Results

1. Toni Bou - 10

2. Adam Raga - 21

3. Jeroni Fajardo - 22

4. Takahisa Fujinami - 39

5. James Dabill - 45

6. Jack Challoner - 67

7. Albert Cabestany - 68

8. Daniel Oliveras - 71

9. Pere Borrellas - 83

9. Alexz Wigg - 89

10. Michael Brown - 92

11. Matteo Grattarola - 97

12. Eddie Karlsson - 110

13. Gianluca Tournour - 115

 

Junior Championship Final Results

 

1. Alexandre Ferrer - 9

2. Francesc Moret - 16

3. Jorge Casales - 18

4. Maxime Warenghien - 22

5. Benoit Dagnicourt - 26

6. Pol Tarres - 29

7. Tanguy Mottin - 42

8. Matteo Poli - 42

9. Giacomo Saleri - 46

10. Ib Andersen - 47

11. Hakon Pedersen - 58

12. Carles Traviesa - 49

13. Jack Sheppard - 51

14. Kyle Middleton - 64

15. Marc Prat - 71

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The Moto GP goes today at Silverstone England - we wish Ben Spies luck as he starts 2nd, trying to keep his seat at Yamaha, in what so far has been a dismal season for the Texan. -Casey Stoner has been critical of the track saying the re-surfacing is poor and bumpy. UPDATE: Jorge Lorenzo (Yam) took the win ahead of Stoner and Pedrosa - Spies finished 5th.

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Ryan Dungey (KTM)  continues his domination of the US Outdoor Series, and took the win yesterday at Red Budd Raceway - James Stewart is still out of action.

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Graham Jarvis (Hus) won the Romaniac Xtreme Rally, in Vampire land - that’s unless they find a way to disqualify him like they did at Erzburg. - Good on ya Grimbo!

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A big weekend in Golf, and I’ve been taking in some of the play from San Francisco - Tiger was looking good, but sort of fell off the pace yesterday, on a very unforgiving course. - As I’ve said before Golf is very much a “Head-game” just like Trials.

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Saturday June 16th 2012

Saturday, June 16th, 2012

With the weather forecasters getting things pretty much on target, we elected to make the most of a nice sunny day on Friday, and go riding - Beta Jeff ( Used to be Yamaha Jeff) and myself headed South around 9am, with the plan being to check out a new area he had heard about near Winfield, However, this didn’t work out as the road dead-ended in Private Property, with no way to get through to the Crown land. - As we pondered where to go next, I suddenly thought of our old Postill Lake area, that we haven’t been to for about 20 years. - We held a National there back around  1991, which proved difficult when heavy rain right at the riders meeting, made the early rock sections super slippery - I remember riding past the first section, just in time to see Jimmy flipping his Aprilia. - Then later Sparky Bill had a fall and cut the end off his finger - not a Trial that was without incident, with the winner being Mark Cahill.

After that the land ( owned by Bill Bennett) was being abused by kids using it for Grad parties , and a lot of garbage was being dumped in this water-shed area, so we moved elsewhere. - It was somewhat of a nice surprise to find that a new road had been built, which goes up to the Lake and fishing lodge at the top of the mountain, but that the lower part was still pretty much the same - we just had to find our old “Loop” - The change in the landscape confused me for a while, and we ended up on the ridge, where we discovered a Mountain Bike trail - so we knew that people were using the area, plus we saw a couple of pickups heading up the road, with dirt bikes, and later heard them high up, so they obviously have a track up near the lodge someplace.

The shanty type shack at the bottom, where old Bill used to live, is gone, but we noticed a tent and a vehicle in the yard - Bill used to be care-taker of the Bennett property, but not sure if he’s still alive. - Anyway Jeff & myself had a great time finding new sections to practice - then later came across some of our old favorites - one of which, was a steep climb up a series of rock ledges - I remember hearing Kit Williams say - “That’s World Round Stuff” - but I think the top Experts on the day - Mark, Fracy, Stan etc all managed OK. - I took a bunch of pictures, (Now posted on the gallery) and Jeff also shot a bit of video of me on a new section we set up that started with a steep drop off, followed by a tight left turn over loose rocks, before ending with a double rock step - nothing too difficult, but very tricky on the corner, and we spent quite a lot of time here. (click on image & then download to see the old guy in action)
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I see that Tony Bou took the win on day one in Spain ( Surprise,surprise) - Cabestany (Sherco) was 2nd, with Rag (GG) 3rd & Fajardo (Beta) 4th. -  - The young French rider Alex Ferrer (Sherco) continues to dominate in the junior class, but I noticed that Pol Tarres (JTG) was down the results in 6th spot. -  Round #2 goes Sunday.

Win number 6 for Bou at home Grand Prix


Toni Bou’s - Repsol Montesa Spanish homecoming was triumphant despite a big crash on the opening day of round four of the 2012 FIM Trial World Championship.

For once the margin of Bou’s victory was relatively slim, with compatriot Albert Cabestany - Sherco keeping the reigning champion honest during an eventful two laps of competition that saw many of the World’s best riders fall foul of the dry but slippery conditions. Adam Raga - Gas Gas completed the podium, with the top three riders separated by just five marks.

Held in the mountains above Penarroya-Pueblonuevo in Spain the sections looked grippy. However, the dry rock was extremely dusty and it was the dust that made the sections incredibly slippery. The lack of traction caught many riders out, including Bou and his teammate Takahisa Fujinami - Repsol Montesa, the latter finishing in fifth place before heading to hospital to be patched up after losing a fingernail and injuring his hand. Bou was also suffering and will perhaps not know the severity of his injuries until he awakes ready for another day of competition tomorrow morning.

Bou’s misfortune will give hope to the likes of Cabestany and Raga, both of whom made very few mistakes in the tricky conditions. Cabestany’s second place saw him leapfrog Jeroni Fajardo - Beta in the standings as the series hit its midpoint. Having lost his grip on the runner-up position Fajardo will be disappointed with fourth place. However, he has an opportunity to make amends on Sunday if he can address the inconsistency that saw him five four of the twenty-eight sections. This was two sections less than normal due to the final man made hazard having had to be cancelled on both laps when one of the logs it contained became dislodged.

In the Junior division a seemingly invincible Alexandre Ferrer - Sherco notched up his sixth victory of the series. The Frenchman now leads the class by thirty-three points and looks every inch the champion elect. Francesc Moret - Montesa slipped up on section twelve during his second lap and the subsequent five dented his hopes of challenging his rival for the top step of the podium. Moret’s efforts were good enough for second place though, as he finished five marks clear of Jorge Casales - Gas Gas in third.

Action in the Youth class was equally fierce with France’s Steven Coquelin - Gas Gas securing his fifth win of the season thanks mainly to a stunning opening lap that saw him accumulate just seven marks. With that in the bag he relaxed perhaps a little too much during his second circulation and was almost found wanting by Britain’s Bradley Cox - Beta, who finished just two marks adrift come the end. Caudemberg de Carles - Beta scored his best result of the year with a third place.

The second day of the Spanish Trial Grand Prix will take place tomorrow, in what promises to be as equally tough and hot conditions.

Photo Credit:- FIM/G2f Media

World Championship Final Results

1. Toni Bou - 20

2. Albert Cabestany - 23

3. Adam Raga - 25

4. Jeroni Fajardo - 30

5. Takahisa Fujinami - 55

6. James Dabill -59

7. Jack Challoner - 84

8. Daniel Oliveras - 88

9. Loris Gubian - 100

10. Michael Brown - 101

11. Matteo Grattarola - 102

12. Pere Borrelas - 109

13. Eddie Karlsson - 112

14. Gianluca Tournour - 119

(Still awaiting score for Alexz Wigg

Friday June 15th 2012

Friday, June 15th, 2012

Another week gone, and with the weather looking good for today, I’ll be out with Jeff to check out a new Trials area - will post some pics later.

Over in Alberta, the ATRA boys will be out this weekend at the “Baseline” location, near Rocky Mountain House, working on the set up of the third round of the Outlaw Series. - I spoke to Jacek yesterday, and he gave me an update after his meeting with the local Forestry Official - this seems to have gone well, with no problems. - Riders will need to be legal, which in Alberta means License and Insurance ( not sure how they handle the kids bikes) - for out of Province riders, the rules appear to be unchanged, you are OK as long as you are legal in your own Province, so for BC riders, the rules as I understand them are that you don’t need a license plate, but you do need personal liability Insurance.

The Baseline area, has been used for a number of National Trials, and has some good natural terrain, including a ride up to the look-out, which is spectacular. - Great to see this area back on the schedule.

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Just saw this advertisement for an upcoming Trial in Italy - the 50th Edition of this event - Sounds awesome with a long loop in the Alps.Moto Club Alpi Ovest 5th edition of the DUE GIORNI DELLA VAL PELLICE,


The Moto Club Alpi Ovest is pleased to present the fifth edition of the DUE GIORNI DELLA VAL PELLICEscheduled for the 21st and 22nd of July 2012.

The competition is open to all level of riders. There are 4 different gates in each section. One loop long 48 km with 25 sections. Almost 50 km of mule tracks in such a wonderful mountain scenery as the Alps can offer. Lunch with typical local food and wine is included.

To entry the rider must have a  National license with the permission of his National Federation in case his license is not already valid in all European countries or he has a International License.

It is possible to buy a one-event license (tessera Sport) paying 30 euros. For those who wants to do it, It is MANDATORY to show a medical certificate ratifying that the rider is able to practice Motorcycling Trial. Please book in advance for this request. The license MUST be given back to the organizers after the competition.

VENUE: 

Luserna San Giovanni, 50 km South-West from Turin, Italy.

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And a bit of news from the Baja 500 - our old buddy Al Perrett was a member of the over 60 team that took the win. - Al is just 3 months younger than myself, and a legend in all kinds of  racing  - It’s reported that he will call it quits, after this year’s Baja 1000.

Thursday June 14th 2012

Thursday, June 14th, 2012

With another weekend just around the corner, the World Trials riders are back in Europe for the next round in Spain. - Unlike the wet conditions that prevailed in both Australia and Japan - the forecast is for very hot temperatures, which will suit the Spanish teams - not that they need any help, as they  pretty much control the Champ Class.

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The rumors continue to fly regarding the Industry, with Gas Gas reported to be using Yamaha engines in their Enduro bikes, and going to an Aluminum frame like Jotagas ( Who copied Beta) - No further details on the supposed merger with Ossa, but at the end of the day, it will likely be the Banks who call the shots and decide who stays in business, if they get a bail out by the Euro-union.

The question is, will the Enduro customer, buy an all Japanese bike ( usually at a better price) before a European bike with a Japanese engine? - Obviously the big player in this market is KTM, who came back from the brink a few years ago, after a bank bail out. - KTM also use their own engine, so have control over parts supply etc. -
As far as Manufacturers using a separate engine supplier, the arrangement can be good or bad, depending on the numbers, and if you are buying Japanese, it’s definitely  all about numbers. In the days of the old British bike Industry, it was Villiers, who supplied all the engines for the lightweight machines, and there were a lot of them, - James, - Francis Barnet, - Greeves, - DOT, - Norman, - Sun, - are just a few of the names that come to mind.

Of course, as everybody knows, the British Bike Industry collapsed, when the Japanese entered the market, and the Trials business was changed a short time before this, when Sammy Miller left Ariel, and went to work for Bultaco, who like the other small Spanish companies, such as Ossa and Montesa, - made their own engines.

To survive in any business, you need to have the right product, at the right time, at the right price. - but in these days of a global economic crisis, only time will tell who will still be making Trials bikes next year, or the year after.

Of the companies in the market today, only Beta, have been around for more than  four decades, that’s if you exclude Montesa, who have been owned by Honda since 1978. - Unfortunately, the sport of Trials, is just a “Blip” on the map, when it comes to cranking out numbers, it is fueled by passion, rather than a desire to make a fortune. ( This is especially true in Europe)

The big box stores, who sell multi-brands of product, have a huge overhead, and need large volume sales, in order to keep afloat, so when the economic bubble bursts, these are usually the first ones to fail, and at the end of the day, the average motorcycle rider, - just like everybody else, - is only interested in getting the best price, - However, if there is not enough profit for companies to stay in business, they close the doors,- something to consider when you go shopping for your next Trials bike.

One thing for sure, the future could see a lot of changes in the marketplace.

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