Archive for July, 2012

Tuesday July 31st 2012

Tuesday, July 31st, 2012

The last day of the month, and the ridge of high pressure is still over the Okanagan Valley - weather forecast looks to be hot & sunny right through the August long weekend. - Friday morning will see the Outlaw van heading East once again into Alberta, this time to attend the Red Deer Ryan Young Training School, hosted by Jacek Jablonski and the ATRA club. - I will be delivering a new Beta 300 to a lucky customer, and this is the last stock 300 we have. - However, I have decided to sell my mint Beta 300 Evo demo, which has very low hours, and has all sorts of “bling” on it, so anybody interested give me a call - as usual, the price will be very attractive. - All Beta & Sherco bikes are delivered into Alberta without any freight cost.


The dust has now settled over the World Trials scene, but the British Championship, resumes this weekend, so no rest for the top contenders - read the report from Trials Mag:

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Ross Danby (Jotagas)

The 2012 British Trials Championships are now four events down with just two to go. This coming weekend it is the Yeadon Guisley DMC’s turn to host the 5th round of the series and it has all the makings of being a cracker.

The event returns to an old favourite venue at Addingham Moorside so reset your satnav’s to BD20 0NL. For the past few years the trial has been at Brimham Rocks but the club has gone back to one of its old stomping grounds high above Silsden in North Yorkshire and the scene of many spectacular events in the past. It is also very spectator friendly and there should be no problem seeing most of the action.

Another huge plus for visitors will be the entry list as the event welcomes back no less than Jack Challoner and Jack Sheppard neither of whom have ridden in the 2012 no stop series.

In fact the Championship Class has no less than 31 riders signed up, a bigger entry than the 24 strong Expert section and I am not sure when that happened last.

It will be no great surprise that the two main contenders for the 2012 Championship are James Dabill and Michael Brown. It is however Brownie that holds a slight advantage at the moment, one point in front of James but with two rounds remaining there is everything to play for.  Dibs has won twice so far but he has also had to settle for third twice including last time out at the West of England where Ross Danby took his first senior series win on the Jotagas. Ross now hold third in the series from Alexz Wigg with veteran Sam Connor fifth. Sam has reminded everyone what a class act he is scoring consistently well all year. In fact all of the riders who have returned in 2012 have gone well with Gary Macdonald and Dan Thorpe both running in the top10 and giving the younger contingent something to think about.

Things are a little more clear cut in the Expert Class which at the moment is being headed by John Crinson. He holds a seven point advantage over Richard Timperley who would have been right up there with him except for a bad day at Scarborough in round 3. Adam Milner currently holds third place and he has not finished any 2012 event lower than fourth. Look out though for Simon Kershaw who only came into the series at Scarborough which he duly won before getting another podium with a third at the West Of England. Clearly a man to watch.

The youth class has four riders entered, Luke Walker, Iwan Roberts and Jack and James Stones. 

The weekends programme starts with a 3 hour practise session on Saturday between 2.30 - 5.30 pm and then the trial proper will commence on Sunday at 9.30. All riders will have 2hours 30minutes to complete their first lap with an overall time allowance of 5 1/2hours to complete the 3 laps of 12 subs.

 There is a very reasonable entry fee of £5.00 per car which will include a programme.

Picture: Round 4 Winner Ross Danby (Jotagas)

Credit: – Supporting the Sport

Monday July 30th 2012

Monday, July 30th, 2012

Well ! yesterday was certainly a “TV” day for me - as I never even went out of the house - with temperatures up in the +30’s forecast all week the heat wave continues in the Valley.

Sunday morning had me watching the Formula One race from Hungary, which was pretty good if you like the strategy aspect, as the teams juggle pit-stops and tires, but this was Lewis Hamilton’s day as he led pretty much from start to finish - the surprise came with the strong performance by Team Lotus, who finished 2nd & 3rd on the box.

The afternoon Moto GP was an exciting race, with Casey Stoner (Hon) chasing down early leader Jorge Lorenzo(Yam) with Dani Pedrosa (Hon) a distant 3rd - Nicky Hayden was top American finishing 6th, but both Ben Spies and Valentino Rossi crashed out. - Later in the day I took in the AMA events at the same track, where the racing was much closer in the 600 class, but it was all Josh Hayes (Yam) in the Super bike as he led from the start and won yet another race his 11th of the year.


Looking back at the UK World Trial, the Sunday round was a very big day for James Dabill (Beta) - as he finished 3rd, behind Toni Bou and Adam Raga  - This is the first podium for the Yorkshire rider who is the current British Champion. - lots of pics on facebook of the section that had riders jumping through the branches of a tree - the course designed by Graham Jarvis proved to be tough with lots of crashes, including Toni. - The riders now take a summer break, before the TDN in September.


We have heard that Pete Bustin and Jay Colley, will be putting on a Trial at Ymir ( near Nelson. BC) on the September long weekend - I’m guessing that this will be an unsanctioned event, as we haven’t received any  WTC application.


Sunday July 29th 2012

Sunday, July 29th, 2012

The F1 race from Hungary was “Blacked out” again this morning, but I see that Lewis Hamilton took the win for McLaren, ahead of Kimi Raikkonen (Lotus) and Romain Grosjean (Lotus)  - Fernando Alonso (Ferrari) finished 5th, but still leads the Championship.


Yesterday I watched the qualifying for the Moto GP race at Laguna, Seca, - and what a thriller that was, - It went right down to the wire, with Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha) taking pole, followed by Honda Team-mates, Casey Stoner and Dani Pedrosa. - Ben Spies provided some excitement by sitting in 3rd for much  of the session, until he high-sided, and dropped to 4th on the starting grid, However he was pretty shaken up, banging his head and injuring his foot in the tumble, so may not start today.


Back in the Trials World - I checked out some of the pictures posted from the UK event, and to say that these sections resemble what I would consider natural terrain, would be stretching the truth for sure - they show the riders, leaping through an opening in a large tree - with even Toni Bou taking a big crash, and other obstacles  were created using heavy equipment. - While this might be good for the spectators - I really think the whole “Circus” is headed in the wrong direction. - As the results show, even Bou took 43 points so lots of “Fives” on his score card.

First lap scores from the Sunday event, show Toni once again leading the pack, ahead of Adam Raga and Jeroni Fajardo, with Local hero James Dabill in 4th. -  Youth rider rider Bradley Cox took his second win in as many days, on his Steve Saunders sponsored 125 Beta Evo - Francesco Cabrini (Beta) finished 2nd and a young lad with the unusual name of - Quentin Carles de Caudemberg grabbed 3rd. - check out this post from the FIM site on young Cox.

Britain’s seventeen year old Bradley Cox - Beta is just one of the new faces in the Youth class of the FIM Trial World Championship. During his first full year, the baby faced teenager has certainly made his mark on the series and looks set to finish as runner-up to the pre-season favourite Steven Coquelin - Sherco (who has already clinched the Youth title with counting days to spare) after taking his first ever GP win on the opening day of his home round.

The latest copy of Trials Mag: - has an interesting article on “Laggan Locks”  - the famous section in the Scottish Six days, lots of black & white pics from the the old days, when even winners of the Trial often lost points on the steep climb littered with rolling rocks. - There is also a good write up on UK Beta Importer John Lampkin, which tells the story of his bad road accident that basically ended his Trials career at the top level. - great pics showing his team riders from the early days, including Steve Saunders, Rob Crawford and Steve Colley,  - all winners of the Scottish.


Our UK buddy Heath Brindley is now heavily involved in the twin-shock scene, having built a pretty “Trick” looking SWM - a pic taken at a local event, shows him going up a really big step more suited for a modern bike.- You can see more on his web-site

=========================================> More news later with full results from the FIM Trial in Penrith. - No riding today as it’s supposed to go up to +31 - a good day to kick back & watch the Moto GP from Laguna.

UPDATE - Final Results from Penrith World Trial

1st Toni Bou (Honda) 12 points
2nd Adam Raga (GG) 21

3rd James Dabill (Beta) 41

4th Jeroni Fajardo (Beta) 47

5th Albert Cabestany (Sherco) 52

Junior results

1st Benoit Dagnicourt (Beta) 21

2nd Pol Tarres (JTG)  29

3 Maxime Warrengien (Sherco) 32

4th Jack Sheppard (Beta) 32

5th Francesco Moret (Hon) 38