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.

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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:

BTC Preview The Mackenzie 2012


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: www.trialmag.net – 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.
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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.

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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 www.r2wtrials.uk.com

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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

Saturday July 28th 2012

Saturday, July 28th, 2012

We had a big storm late yesterday in Vernon, and we watched the light show from the back porch as it rumbled all around the valley - today it’s starting out cloudy, but I’m sure it will get hot later.

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I switched on the Speed Channel at 5.45am, as the F1 qualifying was scheduled from Hungary, but all I got was a blacked out screen - why they do this I’ll never know. UPDATE - Hamilton on pole ahead of Grosjean and Vettel

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Over in the UK - the World Trial Results

1. Toni Bou - 43

2. Takahisa Fujinami - 52

3. Adam Raga - 56

4. Jeroni Fajardo - 61

5. James Dabill - 67

6. Albert Cabestany - 82

7. Jack Challoner - 101

8. Alexandre Ferrer - 105

9. Michael Brown - 111

10. Alexz Wigg - 126

11. Daniel Oliveras - 134

12. Matteo Grattarola - 137

13. Eddie Karlsson - 139

14. Pere Borrellas - 147

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Youth Championship Results

1. Bradley Cox - 22

2. Francesco Cabrini - 25

3. Oriol Noguera - 31

4. Luke Walker - 33

5. Martin Pochez - 42

6. Quentin Carles de Caudemberg - 46

7. Sverre Lundevold - 47

8. Timo Myohanen - 54

9. Tom Dexter - 55

10. Robert Waite - 57

11. Ignacio Martin - 65

12. Dec Bullock - 69 (7 cleans)

13. Martin Matejicek - 69 (5 cleans)

14. Pietro Petrangeli - 82

15. Brad Bullock - 87

Junior Championship Results

1. Francesc Moret - 31 (17 cleans)

2. Benoit Dagnicourt - 31 (16 cleans)

3. Maxime Warenghien - 43

4. Jorge Casales - 49 (12 cleans)

5. Pol Tarres - 49 (11 cleans)

6. Jack Sheppard - 56

7. Tanguy Mottin - 61

8. Cedric Tempier - 73

9. Giacomo Saleri - 79

10. Matteo Poli - 81

11. Hakon Pedersen - 84

12. Ben Morphett - 92

13. Jack Spencer - 93

14. Ross Danby - 93

15. Steven Coquelin - 95

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Of course the Olympics will be taking over the box for the next couple of weeks, but I’m not sure that spending billions on this is a good idea, what started out as a great way to promote amateur sport, seems to have got totally out of hand.

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While sipping on a cool one last night, I noticed the glass mug I had pulled out of the cupboard, was one that I won back in 1999, for Best Performance at a Tolman Bridge  “Amigo” Trial - Not that I was top Expert or anything like that,  in fact I was quite surprised to get the nice beer mug, for making best performance in the Sportsman Class - I guess it was because I only lost two points on  the day. - As I recall, it was a pretty good event put on by long time Trials enthusiast and ATRA founder, Harlow Rankin.

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Jacek called last night, to inform me that everything is under control for next weekend’s Ryan Young Trials School in Red Deer Alberta. - The event is closed to spectators, in consideration of the students who have paid a tidy sum of money to participate. - I will be there to sign in the  riders, plus supply a new 2012 Sherco for Ryan to use - this bike will be autographed by the 7 time US Champ, and sold at a discounted price. - I will also take pics and video of the two day school.

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More news as it happens >>>>>>>

Friday July 27th 2012

Friday, July 27th, 2012

I have just posted pics on a new album called Taff & Carig in the OK Valley, and these show what a great time we had the past couple of days. - It was a really good experience, spent just kicking back, and coaching Carig with his first big ride on his Beta 80. - We went to two different areas, and also Taff & myself were able to tackle a few sections along the way, but this trip was all about Carig, and a very special time in his life spent with his Dad. - We also stopped by to see Jeff at his lakeside cabin on Wednesday, and Carig had fun with the other young lads swimming in Lake Okanagan. - Another highlight was when we got to see a huge male deer close up yesterday - he was a real beauty with a big set of antlers, unfortunately I wasn’t able to get a picture of him. - Check out the pics on the gallery.

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The weather is supposed to be really hot again today - we did have a thunder storm during the night, and in fact we have heard thunder rumbling around the Valley all week, but nothing too much has actually happened in our neighborhood.

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I see that Trials Central have posted pics of the new 2013 Sherco today from the World round site in Penrith, UK - The bike is now a mixture of Yellow, White & blue, and features a number of updates that Albert Cabestany has tested on his factory bike. - I will post pics as soon as I get the official notification from Sherco.

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In Moto GP news, there is a race at Laguna this weekend, always a thriller, we can expect to see another Stoner, Pedrosa, Lorenzo battle, but you can’t rule out Nicky Hayden, or Valentino Rossi at this track - Rossi is still staying close lipped about his plans for 2013, but Texan Colin Edwards has been more to the point in an interview with Cycle News, saying that the BMW he has this year is “Shit” - He goes on to say that he is hoping for an Aprilia ride at the American GP.

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more news as it happens. >>>>

Thursday July 26th 2012

Thursday, July 26th, 2012

Yesterday turned out to be a really great day, we left reasonably early with Taff & Carig, heading over to the Westside of Okanagan Lake, to take young Carig on his first trail ride on his new Beta 80. - Although Carig is still a bit small for the full size framed Evo - He did extremely well, as we explored the old logging roads, in fact both Taff & myself were amazed at how well he coped with one rocky uphill that saw us way up above Fintry. - Today we will be out at another location for a morning ride, before the guys head back to Sherwood Park. - I will post some pics of Carig’s two day adventure on my gallery later.
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In World Trials news, all eyes will be on Cumbria this weekend, where the final round of the 2012 Championship takes place in Jolly Old England - the birthplace of Motorcycle Trials. - With Tony Bou having already wrapped up the Title, the battle is still wide open for the runner up position.-  read story below>>>

Much still to fight for in Penrith


 Although Toni Bou - Repsol Montesa will arrive at the final stop of the 2012 FIM Trial World Championship having already taking this year’s crown, there is still much to fight for as the series reaches its climax at Penrith, Great Britain this coming weekend. British fans can expect to find Bou in a relaxed mood and perhaps at his dynamic best as he will be able to ride free of pressure, but still with his normal determination, as he looks to closeout the current campaign with two more victories to add to the nine he has recorded so far this season.

The scrap behind Bou promises to deliver a fierce end to the 2012 series. Just five points separates three riders ahead of two days of competition that will ultimately decide who will become vice World champion. Albert Cabestany – Sherco has been the strongest of three Spanish chasers over the last two rounds, with a long overdue win in Andorra and a third place in Italy to bring him level on points with Jeroni Fajardo – Beta. Fajardo has been the stand out rider this season, with the exception of his sixth position last time out.

Fajardo will hope that he has overcome the injury he picked up at the Italian GP to out point Cabestany and to keep Adam Raga – Gas Gas at bay in order to record his highest ever place finish in the FIM Trial World Championship. Previously Jeroni’s best ranking was fourth in the final standings, a position he claimed in 2008, 2009 and 2010 before falling back to fifth last year. Raga will need to rid himself of the inconsistency that has plagued him all season if he is to finish as runner-up to Bou in the points race and equal his performance of the last five seasons.

British riders in the form of James Dabill – Beta, Michael Brown – Gas Gas, Jack Challoner – Beta and Alexz Wigg – Gas Gas will all look to make the most of their home advantage and play their part amongst the front runners in what will be two days of decisive action for all concerned. Dabill achieved his best ever GP result at Nord Vue back in 2009, and will want to go one better this time out and swap fourth spot for his place on the podium at his home round.

A similar story is waiting to unfold in the Junior division, with Alexandre Ferrer – Sherco having already taken the title and moved on to the World Pro class for the closing events. Behind him, Spanish compatriots Pol Tarres – JTG and Francesc Moret – Montesa are tied on one hundred and forty seven points apiece before heading to Penrith to do battle over the two days to decide who will become vice World champion in this class. France’s Benoit Dagnicourt – Beta sits only eight points off this pairing and could prove to be the spoiler with forty points still up for grabs.

Britain’s Jack Sheppard – Beta will need two strong rides on home soil if he is to prevent Jorge Casales – Gas Gas overtaking him for fifth place in the series. With Steven Coquelin – Gas Gas having wrapped up the Youth title in Italy, it will be down to Bradley Cox – Beta to make the most of his first ever home Grand Prix as he looks to fend off Norway’s Sverre Lundevold – Beta and claim second spot in the final standings come Sunday afternoon. So come rain or shine and like the title says, there is still much to fight for at Penrith

Wednesday July 25th 2012

Wednesday, July 25th, 2012

Not a cloud in the sky today, as I look out over Swan Lake, in the beautiful Okanagan Valley -a great day to take Taff and Carig on a trail ride over on the Westside - we will likely stop by at Jeff’s cabin on the way home for the lads to have a swim.

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Breaking news on the Moto GP scene ( not unexpected) is that American Ben Spies will not  be be a factory Yamaha rider in 2013 - no mention of who will replace him, but it could possibly be British rider Cal Crutchlow.

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On the Trials front - the UK Round of the World Trials circus goes this weekend - most of the top brands will have their 2013 models on display for the first time. (see below)

I see that they gave away a brand new Beta at the Reeth Three Day trial - tickets went for 10 pounds each, with the lucky winner getting to choose either a Sherco, Gas Gas, or Beta. - A great promotion, with the money going to charity.

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Anybody looking for a used or new Trials bike, should give me a call as I now have a line on a number of units, from $4 grand up. - Including Mark ONeill’s very nice Scorpa 250, which has the Yamaha engine.

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Beta 2013 at the WTC!


John Lampkin: “We will have a Beta Evo 2013 on show in Carlisle this weekend. It will be the first time the machine will be shown in the UK”.

The machine will be on the Beta UK/ Acklams stand

Tuesday July 24th 2012

Tuesday, July 24th, 2012

A nice cool night, made sleeping much better - the day is starting off a bit cloudy, but sunshine is supposed to return later, then summer-like temperatures for the rest of the week.

Yesterday my Opti Oil shipment arrived, and I was able to unload and  send out supplies to Fort Mac and other places - today I have to zip down to Kelowna this morning to pick up some tool belts that Pete is bringing up from Summerland - then it will be more mailing out duties, before Taff is expected to pull into Vernon later this afternoon.

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I see that Sherco will unveil the new 2013 model this weekend at the World Championship Trial in the UK - Unlike Gas Gas who are loaded with unsold bikes, Sherco, Beta, Scorpa, and Ossa ,are pretty much sold out in Britain. (and in Canada) - Brings to mind a situation we had when I was with Yamaha Canada back in 1974 - We projected sales on the TY correctly and sold everything, but our US counterpart thought Trials was going to be huge and still had 7,000 bikes left over. - Naturally this put the Japanese into shock-mode, and they took a very different approach to the Trials market after that.

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Moto >> Moto
Trial Magazine Reeth Three Day 2012


The Richmond Motor Club’s Three Day Trial was once again a huge success with 200 riders enjoying trials riding at its best on the North Yorkshire moors.

John Hulme – Trial Magazine: “Once again a superb event was enjoyed by the club on the Tenth anniversary. It’s fantastic for the magazine to be so involved in such a high profile event and I would like to say a huge thank you to the club for allowing us to be part of it”.

 

“The win a new machine competition supported by Beta – Gas Gas – Montesa - Sherco – Scorpa – Oset – Malcolm Rathmell Sport – AG Bikes created a fantastic atmosphere and added an extra sparkle to this prestigious event and also helped to raise monies for the Scott Trial Charities, a very worthy cause, thank you to everyone who purchased tickets”

(The winner chose a Beta Evo)

 

“I personally would like to thank all the relevant trials machine importers and accessory suppliers for their involvement and of course all the riders and supporters for making the event what it is today”.

 

Hard Route: 1: Richard Sadler (MRS Sherco) 18; 2: Sam Haslam (JST Gas Gas) 18; 3: Dan Thorpe (JST Gas Gas) 23; 4: Guy Kendrew (Ossa Moto UK) 26; 5: Andy Chilton (Beta-UK) 28; 6: James Fry (MRS Sherco) 36; 7: Richard Timperley (MRS Sherco) 48; 8: Philip Alderson (Gas Gas) 49; 9: Will Reynolds (Beta) 53; 10: Craig Robinson (JST Gas Gas) 57 - 17: Best Lady: Emma Bristow (Ossa Moto UK) 72.

 

Clubmen Route: 1: Andy Dales (Beta) 38; 2: Sean Isherwood (Beta) 40; 3: Paul Sadler (Montesa) 46; 4: Stuart Gaskell (BMS Scorpa) 46; 5: Adrian Harrison (AG Bikes Sherco) 48; 6: Stuart Blyth (Beta) 49; 7: Mark Taylor (Andy Metcalfe Beta) 49; 8: Mark Cameron (Sherco) 50; 9: Allan Richardson (Gas Gas) 52; 10: Paul Dennis (Gas Gas) 53.

 

Picture: 2012 Winner Richard Sadler (MRS Sherco)

Credit: www.trialmag.net – Supporting the Sport

Monday July 23rd 2012

Monday, July 23rd, 2012

It was an early morning rush yesterday, as I was late getting up to meet Jeff for a ride on the Westside - With the weather promising more high temperatures and thunder-storms, we wanted to be back by noon. - this mean’t that I missed writing anything on the Blog for Sunday. - We had a good ride, finding some interesting stuff to make sections, but didn’t get any pics.

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Back home it was cool off time and watch all the action on the box - managed to see parts the World Super-bike  races from Czecho, plus the Edmonton Indy, with the exciting finish to the British Open Golf, slotted in between - then finally we took in the Formula One race from Germany, where Fernando Alonso won for Ferrari - extending his points lead in the Championship.

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I’m expecting my Opti shipment to arrive this morning, and with cloudy skies, hope that I can get it all unloaded  before  more storms - the late afternoon thunder and heavy rain yesterday, was a welcome relief from the heat, but we are supposed to be back to summer conditions by Wednesday.

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News from the UK.

nord vue preview bou articleAfter a short two-week break the action will resume this coming weekend with a double dose of points up for grabs at the Grand Prix of Great Britain, which will bring the 2012 FIM Trial World Championship to a close. The stunning hill top venue at Nord Vue, close to the northern Cumbrian town of Penrith will provide the perfect stage to bring the current series to a climax in a country where the sport of Trial has a rich history.

Since the FIM Trial World Championship was first conceived way back in 1975, Britain has played its role starting with Martin Lampkin taking the crown in that inaugural season nearly forty years ago. For the next twenty-two years the British Trial Grand Prix became an integral part of the championship, with the island territory hosting consecutive events throughout this almost quarter century period. Home heroes in the form of Dave Thorpe and Malcolm Rathmell dominated during the first three editions, before Finland’s Yrjo Vesterinen broke the native deadlock in 1978 on route to his third FIM Trial World Championship. Rathmell was to restore British pride a year later as the Welsh town of Rhayader hosted the series for a third and final time.

Magical Mick Andrews was the British GP winner in 1980, as Bovey Tracey in Devon welcomed the World’s best Trial riders for the first and last time. Sweden’s Ulf Karlson took the victory as the action moved to Bainbridge, North Yorkshire twelve months later, which marked the start of a four-year run of foreign winners on British soil.

America’s only ever FIM Trial World Champion Bernie Schreiber was responsible for two of these victories, with his pair of successes being split by the legendary Eddy Lejeune in 1983, who himself was in the middle of a three-year title winning run. France’s Thierry Michaud was the last overseas winner at the British round in 1985 for a while, as the tide was about to turn.

Whilst he was never able to claim the FIM Trial Championship itself, Steve Saunders was simply untouchable at his home GP from 1986 to 1989 inclusive, his win in typically British and muddy conditions at Waterlooville on the South coast in 1988 being one of the most memorable moments of his illustrious career. The then reigning FIM Trial World Champion Jordi Tarres brought the Saunders era to an end before the late Diego Bosis recorded back to back wins in 1991 and 1992. Spain’s Marc Colomer was triumphant at Pateley Bridge a year later, before a new British King was to take control of the home mantle for the next decade.

nord vue preview fuji articleDougie Lampkin was only topped by Tarres and Takahisa Fujinami – Repsol Montesa at his home GP over the next eight editions. Lampkin’s winning ride at Houghton Tower in the Lancashire hills in 1994 was his first ever GP victory and was to signal the beginning of a champion in the making. Double day victories both on the Isle of Man and at the famous Hawkstone Park venue, each on two occasions, from 1998 to 2002 helped define Dougie’s golden years. Lampkin’s last home Grand Prix win was at Hawkstone Park in 2005 in front of a huge gathering of his loyal fans.

In more recent years Toni Bou – Repsol Montesa and Fujinami have been the most prevalent riders, when the FIM Trial World Championship has visited British shores. Although Adam Raga – Gas Gas was the last British GP winner at Fort William in 2011, it was Bou who was dominant with a double victory when Nord Vue last hosted a round of the series back in 2009. The question is, who will be victorious as the World tour comes to Britain for a thirty-third time this coming weekend?

Saturday July 21st 2012

Saturday, July 21st, 2012

Well my Friday went as scheduled, with an early morning trip to Kelowna to pick up the new 2012 Beta Factory bike - then back home to unload and sort the enclosed parts order, and down to the post office with a bunch of stuff. - The Opti Oil didn’t arrive again, but at least that saved me the panic of trying to dash around before the big thunderstorm hit mid-afternoon.

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The rain brought the temperatures down, which was a welcome relief, and although it’s back to bright sunshine today - I think we will get out riding someplace tomorrow.

Had a call from Taff last night & he hopes to pop down for a visit mid-week with Carrig - looking forward to that, and to taking some pics of the youngster on his Beta 80.

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I see that Fernando Alonso (Ferrari) is on pole for the German Grand Prix tomorrow - Vettel and Webber finished 2nd & 3rd,but Webber has a 5 place grid penalty for changing a gear box in the Red Bull car.

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Although I don’t read a lot of books, the hot weather and staying indoors, enabled me to finish a novel by Farley Mowat, called “And no birds sang” - It’s a biography of Mowat’s experiences during the Second World War. - He recounts the  battles in Sicily and Italy, where the Canadians were attached to the British 8th army. - and suffered terrible losses. - He writes about the fear of death, and the unbelievable hardship, that they faced during the campaign to push the Nazi’s out of Italy. - I found the book very moving, as my own Father in Law, was in this blood bath, but only told me some of the slaughter after we had had a couple of pints in the local pub, back in the early 60’s - I do know that his hair turned white overnight, and his face would take on a sad, sombre look, as he re-lived some of these fearsome events, some 18 years after the war ended. - Mowat also relates how he used a Norton to check out enemy positions, in the tough mountainous terrain.

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