Archive for May, 2015

Sunday May 31st 2015

Sunday, May 31st, 2015

As reported late yesterday in my blog - Toni Bou won the first Round in Czecho - which while hardly surprising, he did not have an easy time of it, as James Dabill on the new Vertigo, was leading after the first loop, and only fell off the pace on the last lap, when nerves likely got the better of him. - It will be interesting to see how things go today, when I’m betting that Adam Raga will mount a challenge on his unbranded GG machine. - coping with all the stress of having his team fall apart midway through the season can only have added to his problems, in a sport that is all about “head-games” - Of course the big question on everyone’s mind, is, where will Adam go next? - At age 32, he is certainly past his prime, but like Cabestany, he can still compete for the top step of the podium.

A lot of people in the know, seem to think he will end up on Jordi’s new bike, if it ever materializes - or maybe Vertigo will make a pitch for his services. - It will be interesting to see what happens.

Here are the scores from Day #2 after the first round - Fajardo must have got a “Bollocking” from the Beta bosses - after his poor showing yesterday !!!

All the latest news from the second day of competition in both the Mens and Womens Trial World Championships here in the Czech Republic. This article will be updated as the day progresses so be sure to check back for more!

First Lap Scores Only

1. Jeroni Fajardo - 13

2. Adam Raga - 14

3. Toni Bou - 16

4. Albert Cabestany - 21

5. Takahisa Fujinami - 25

6. James Dabill - 26

Ladies Scores after Two Laps of Three

1. Emma Bristow - 7

2. Ina Wilde - 23

3. Sandra Gomez - 25

4. Becky Cook - 28


Yesterday afternoon, I spent working on the Alp, which has been my transport for most of this season to date - this really is an amazing bike, as although it’s heavy, and lacks a lot when it comes to handling - for what it was designed to do, it is brilliant. - Getting to the air filter, is no easy matter, requiring the removal of the tank and seat, but the filter box is so well designed, that even after a number of weeks, riding in extremely dusty conditions, the filter was quite clean. - Anyway, it’s now all ready to go, and will act as my transport for one more week, up at Scotch Creek.  ( New bikes are on the way)


Over in Italy, the road race fans are in for some excitement today, as it’s a Ducati on pole - the Italian factory, are desperate for a home win, but Valentino Rossi has ruled this circuit not far from his home, for many years. - With Marc Marquez qualifying down the pack, and Lorenzo back on form - it will be a “Goodie”


More news as it happens >>>>

Saturday May 30th 2015

Saturday, May 30th, 2015

Well. we are finally back up and running with our computers, as a big storm last night, knocked out one of the units, requiring a call to a technical assistant. - Anyway, all is now good.

The big news I see from the Trials World today, is that Becky Cook took the win on the fist day in Czecho - beating out Emma Bristow - Tomorrow will see the second round take place.


Toni Bou – Repsol Honda continued his unbeaten run in the 2015 FIM Trial World Championship to date as he notched up win number three in a row on the opening day of the Czech Republic Grand Prix held at the new venue of Sokolov. Bou had to come from behind this time as he trailed surprise lap one leader James Dabill – Vertigo who himself remained in close contention until the last lap before eventually slipping to fifth spot. In contrast it was Adam Raga – Gas Gas and Albert Cabestany – Sherco who had to hold and climb the order respectively to take second and third positions come the finish. Bou now leads the general standings by fifteen points over Raga.

Note :  Beta riders took both the Junior and 125 Class wins on Day #1 ‘ In fact in the 125CC Class there were 4 betas in the top five plus a sweep of the Podium.


Here is a neat pic from the Beta Trial at Ioco last Sunday - where Mountain Motorcycle were waving the flag.


Yesterday, I was up at Scotch Creek, delivering parts and also meeting with the new land owner, who seems to be a really great guy, so no issues there. - Called to see Ross, as I heard he was out of hospital, but he was away getting some tests done in Chase. - Will try to hook up with him after our ride tomorrow - Matt is coming up with me to start with the set up for the WTC Championship.

We had had a number of calls regarding the change of venue, all I might add very positive, - hopefully everybody that made reservations at Glacier, will manage to get any refund, as we are still four week’s away from the date. - Again, I should mention, that we will be going back to Revy in the Fall to put on a Trial demo, and will be working with the Executive over the winter months to see what can be arranged for 2016.


Friday May 29th 2015

Friday, May 29th, 2015

rix at Mugello.

The MotoGP paddock heads into the Tuscan hills for round six of the World Championship at the Autodromo del Mugello. Local hero Valentino Rossi comes to the Italian track at the head of the championship standings, the first time he has done so since 2008. This was also the year in which he took his last win at the Italian track after claiming seven successive victories in MotoGP at Mugello.

Yamaha have overall been the most successful manufacturer of the MotoGP era at Mugello, with Rossi dominating from 2004 to 2008 and teammate Jorge Lorenzo winning in 2011, 2012 and 2013. The Spaniard had a difficult start to the season with visor and health issues hindering his first races but has now claimed two dominant back-to-back victories in Jerez and Le Mans, and will no doubt be a threat again at Mugello. Lorenzo has been able to break away in the last two races, but Rossi will no doubt be even more determined to win in front of his home fans which may make life difficult for Lorenzo.

It is not just Yamaha in contention at Mugello, the factory Ducati team of Andrea Iannone and Andrea Dovizioso completed a private test there prior to Le Mans and the extra data could give Ducati the boost they need to claim their first win of 2015, a main aim of the new GP15. 2009 saw Casey Stoner win the Italian GP for Ducati, the only time Ducati have claimed victory at Mugello. Le Mans saw Andrea Dovizioso return to the podium and claim third, cementing him in third overall in the standings and showing once again that Ducati are back to fighting at the front with the new Desmosedici GP15.

Despite a recently dislocated shoulder, Andrea Iannone was involved in a fierce Moto2 style battle during the French GP, as he and Marc Marquez sparred for fourth. The exciting battle was even more impressive when you took into account Iannone’s injury, as the Italian was clearly riding through the pain barrier. The trio of Rossi, Dovizioso and Iannone all have a solid chance of winning on some soil and an all-Italian podium, as in Qatar, is not out of the question.

Le Mans was not an ideal weekend for Honda with Marc Marquez achieving their best result in fourth while Crutchlow, Redding and Pedrosa all suffered crashes. Honda had introduced a new swing arm at Le Mans designed to help in long fast corners, ideal for Mugello and hopefully the Italian track will prove Le Mans was just a small dip for the Japanese manufacturer. With just 69 points and one win, 2015 has not seen Marquez repeat his brilliant 10-win streak of 2014.

Repsol Honda teammate Dani Pedrosa returned from his arm pump surgery and, despite a crash in the race, he felt the weekend as a whole went well. He heads to Mugello with the aim of continuing to return to full fitness as he tests his arm over race distance and under the pressures of race conditions.

For British riders Cal Crutchlow and Scott Redding, Mugello will be an important weekend as they look to recover from their crashes during the French GP. Crutchlow received the new swing arm alongside Marquez in France whilst Redding continues to adapt to the factory Honda, having ridden the Open Class specification bike last year.

Team Suzuki Ecstar’s Aleix Espargaro underwent surgery on his thumb after his massive FP3 crash at Le Mans and is aiming to be fit for Mugello. Brother Pol Espargaro joined him in going under the knife, the younger Espargaro having the common operation to cure arm pump.

Nicky Hayden took his first victory in the Open class of 2015 as he attempts to chase down Hector Barbera in the standings. Rookies Loris Baz and Eugene Laverty took their best MotoGP results to date last time out and will be looking to once again score points as they adapt to their new bikes and learn new tracks such as Mugello.

LIVE coverage of the MotoGP Italian Grand Prix will begin Sunday at 7:30 a.m. ET on FOX Sports 1.

Thursday May 28th 2015

Thursday, May 28th, 2015

First off today, I would like to thank Ricky Styles for posting a great video he took at the Outlaw Trial - you can see this on face book - but I’m sure it will soon be popping up in other places. - As I was stuck in camp most of the time, I didn’t see a lot of the action, so found it interesting to see how the riders coped with the lines. - The video shows the big difference between the weather on Saturday and Sunday, but also gives an excellent perspective of the variety of sections that Ross & the Shuswap team always find. - Although we don’t see any of the juniors & inter riders  in the video- their sections were similar - all designed to take a “Dab” or two from the riders, which at the end of the day, leaves everyone with a desire to come back.

This is exactly the reason that we have chosen to host our WTC Championship event at this location on June 27/28thm instead of Revy as originally planned. - Yesterday, I spoke to both Ross ( still in hospital) and the land owner to get the OK for the event, we plan on using a long loop on Saturday, with a shorter one for Sunday ( both separate events)

At this time, I would like to mention that we will continue to work with the Revy Riders Club, and thank Florian and the two Chris’s for all their help - there will be a Trials demo in September, and more planning over the winter months to host another great Trial at Glacier in 2016.


Our shipment of the all new Wulf Trials helmets arrived yesterday - they look very similar to the Airoh, but are half the price - I’m sure these will be gobbled up quickly, in fact the first one will go in the mail today. - Sorry pic looks “Squished”


Sammy King has been out practicing all week on the Outlaw Beta Evo 300 stock bike, on which he finished 2nd overall at the Outlaw, ( Brandon won day one, Sam day two)  - We are waiting for word on his factory bike, and also Brandon’s, which are due to be shipped out from Montreal any day now.

Sam practicing in Golden

We will also have a spare 200 Evo and an extra Factory bike in this shipment, so if you are interested give me a call, because unless you have been sleeping under a rock, you must know that the Beta brand is THE bike to have this year.


In other Trials news, the World Round goes in Czecho this weekend - the ladies are up either today or tomorrow, with Emma Bristow the gal to beat -  Adam Raga, might be thumbing a ride from Spain !!!


Wednesday May 27th 2015

Wednesday, May 27th, 2015


We have decided to change the venue of the WTC Championship Trial from Revelstoke to Scotch Creek - Please adjust your travel plans accordingly.


After careful consideration, we made this decision, in order to have more variety in the sections, while the Revy location is good, as Clerk of the Course, I feel we need more challenges, rather than a simple re-run of what we did last year, and that basically, with a new Forestry Official calling the shots, is what we would have to do.

Although we will of course be working with the Shuswap team, and appreciate any help, ( Not you Ross you are to sit back & relax)  - the sections and loop will be much longer than last months Outlaw Trial. - Watch this space for updates., and please pass the word.


Tuesday May 26th 2015

Tuesday, May 26th, 2015

We learned from Martin Lucas, that our Outlaw Trial “Clerk of the Course” - Ross Rathbone, has been hospitalized, since just after the Trial, with a very serious septic-arthritis condition, that will not only keep him in Kamloops Hospital for the remainder of this week, but will also keep him out of action for at least six weeks after that. - When I spoke to Ross yesterday by cell phone, he told me that they thought the condition was brought on by a cut or scrape sustained previously, that had gone septic, and affected his blood.  - Certainly not good news, and we all wish our buddy from the Shuswap a speedy recovery..


The CPTA “Beta” Trial took place at Ioco last Sunday in warm dry conditions, with 33 riders - In the Expert Class it was the old guy, Bill Sparks (Beta) taking the win, ahead of Alex Walton (Beta) - Ted McDowell (Beta) lost only two points in the Senior 45 class, while Bob Clark (Beta) continued his winning ways. - A full report and results can be  seen by logging onto Trials Canada.


With the Gas Gas Factory filing for Bankruptcy, it has left World Trials rider, Adam Raga, in a difficult position, as he says in an article posted in the Spanish Press, he needs 100,000 euros to finish the season, and has been told there will be no support at the Czech round this coming weekend . In the Trials Rider Mag report, Adam says, when he signed a new contract with Gas Gas, he was promised the money would be there, and feels he has been cheated.

This is young Billy Bolt at last weekend’s  British Championship Trial at Scarborough, where he finished 3rd, behind Dabill and Danby - Bolt rides for Nigel Birkett, but with Ossa now also on the ‘Chopping block” it would appear that a change of machine is in his future. ( Note : We still see water sections in UK Trials)


And Finally, I’m starting to make a list of Checkers for the WTC Championship Trial at Revy on June 27/28 - ( We need about 30 people)  PLEASE CONTACT ME IF YOU CAN HELP


Monday May 25th 2015

Monday, May 25th, 2015

It was a wet morning, as I headed towards Revy on Sunday, in fact it was hammering down for a while, making me wonder if I had put my rain gear in my bag. - However, once I got to Three Valley Gap, it cleared up, and turned out to be dry all the time Florian, Sam & myself were out riding & checking stuff for the upcoming WTC Trial. - While Sam stayed to practice, in one of the quarries,  Flo and myself, went on a trail ride to a spot that Taff & I discovered last September - but while this is all neat stuff, in the end I think we will be confined to the basic route we had last year, just like other places, the Revy club have to jump through a lot of hoops to keep their riding area open, dealing with a number of Government bodies.

It was interesting checking out the second quarry, which is quite swampy in places, but even though we had 40 riders go through here three times on two consecutive days, you would be hard pressed to even find a tire track from last year. - All very positive, when you are dealing with Forestry Officials., and a big plus for the soft rubber on our Trials bikes.
I did meet up with Daniel from the Glacier House Resort, and everything is all set for the June 27/28th long weekend. - People booking into either the lodge or camping areas, will get a special rate, as long as they mention that they are attending the Trial. - The number to call is (250) 837-9594

On the way home, I stopped off at the Craigilachi Truck stop, for a bite to eat, and had the best home made mushroom burger ever - great place to have a meal and very reasonably priced.

Back at the ranch, after running through another big rain storm, I kicked back and checked out some racing results, I saw that Lewis Hamilton got robbed of the win at Monaco, by a team screw up, after leading the race for 90% of the time.

And the Indy 500, was won by Juan Pablo Montoya, the controversial, Ex Formula One driver . ( But I always had a soft spot for him back in his McLaren days)

Back to Trials, and it was business as usual  for James Dabill  at the British Championship event in Scarborough - the Vertigo rider looks to have the series “In the Bag” as Michael Brown is sidelined with injury - There were certainly some new names up top compared to the previous round in Wales, with Ross Danby having a better day. - You can see all the results by clicking onto Trials Mag: UK.


Sunday May 24th 2015

Sunday, May 24th, 2015

A bit of a cooler start to the day, so that is good for our ride at Revy to start work on the WTC Trial slated for June 27/28. - I’m meeting up with Florian and Sam. More on that tomorrow.

Here is a pic of Josef picking up his new 2015 Beta Evo 300 4T yesterday - beautiful bike and so easy to start ( my memories of the Sherco 320 are still fresh in my head) - I delivered a similar bike on Friday night for Doug Nimmo.


The Monaco Grand Prix is on TV as I write this - the F1 battle around the houses in Monte Carlo - It’s Mercedes 1-2 at the half way point, with Ferrari in third.

In other Motorsport news, the Indy 500 goes later today - hopefully without any accidents.


Watch for more news later>>

Saturday May 23rd 2015

Saturday, May 23rd, 2015

So here we are, on what should be the May 24th long weekend - so why was it changed to last weekend? I for one, have no idea, and it certainly caused at least one well known Trials rider to miss the Outlaw Trial this year. - Stan Bakgaard thought the trial was this weekend, and was still Stateside, when he called me to explain why he missed the event.

I called Mark ONeill  last night, to see how he is feeling after his bad crash at the Outlaw, he says he is still sore, but managed to work a couple of days this week, he asked me to pass on his thanks to everyone that helped after his accident - After discussions with the Shuswap organizing committee, we have decided to donate some money to the “First Responders” who were quickly on scene to get Mark to the hospital.

Anyway - the Trial is now in the History books, and we will be going full blast for the next four weeks, working on the WTC National at Revelstoke.  - Starting tomorrow , I will be at the Glacier House Resort on a regular basis, making sure the second event at this location is even better than the success we had in 2014.  - I will be reporting on our progress, but if you are planning on attending in any capacity, you should already be making reservations in either the Lodge or camping area, as things get booked up quickly. - Don’t forget to mention that you are in for the Trial, in order to get a special rate.  - I will have a poster up this week on all the web sites. Also don’t forget, that although this is a Championship event, all the sections will be traditional for all the lower classes - no need for trick riding. - the Champ sections, will be spectacular, just like last year, and we are sure to get a big turn out of spectators, to take in all the action. - I had a chance to chat to Dave Fair last weekend, and he is hoping that more riders will make the trip over from the Island this year. -


It appears that Jordi has all the gear ready for the debut of his new TRS Trials bike, but still no pictures of the elusive machine. - A Prototype is reported to have been out in secret testing, for at least six months, but with all the turmoil in the Spanish Motorcycle Industry, it is perhaps not surprising that any new investors are being cautious. - Anyway, Jordi seems to be in no rush to show off his latest master-piece, and in the meantime is out having fun riding a SWM in Classic events.

Friday May 22nd 2015

Friday, May 22nd, 2015

I have started to download my pics from the Outlaw, on the gallery - have a ton more, so keep clicking on, because you might see a good one of yourself. - In the meantime, here is a great shot of the Senior Podium, with Dave Fair, Bob Clark and Taff Parfitt, sharing a laugh. - Bob had an awesome ride both days to take the win. ( Not sure who took the pic)

Here is a shot of the water section, created by unleashing the dam farther up so that the water flowed down this rocky gulley ( Those Shuswap guys are always thinking)


Now the Outlaw is over, it’s time to get over to Revy, to work on the WTC National, which is only 4 weeks away. - I will head out there on Sunday to inspect the area. - We will need lots of checkers for this one, so contact me if you can help.


The Summer weather hit the OK Valley big time yesterday, with + 30 in Vernon, time to put up the outside blinds and hook up the air conditioner. ( I find the hot temps really bother me as I’m now in the super senior class)


The Indy 500 goes on Sunday, plus there is a Trial at Ioco for anybody interested.


Had a bit of bad news yesterday, Brandon just had his work schedule for June, and unfortunately, it has him out of town for the Revy weekend, so he will miss the National. ( He works for Alpine Helicopters)


And finally, I just got the nice SSDT Program in the mail plus a T shirt, from buddy Harry McKay - who lives near Fort William, and always attends the Scottish ( He rode it once back in 1987) - Thanks Harry & Wendy.