Archive for April, 2016

Monday April 11th 2016

Monday, April 11th, 2016

It was a fantastic day in the OK Valley on Sunday, so I met up with new rider Shane Briden, to do some Trials coaching, while enjoying the sunshine up on Bear Ridge. - As usual we had the place to ourselves (except for the deer) and we had a really good time. - Shane has an older Montesa 315, which he rides very well, and caught on quickly to a lot of the basics - eg  cambers & turns, double blips etc. - here he is on one of the tricky down-hill tight turn sections between the trees. ( Now we just need to get him into some proper Trials riding gear)

We should also mention, that Shane is a very good welder, including Titanium and Aluminum

( Handy guy to know with a lot of Titanium on the new bikes)


These are the key tags that were given to the World riders at the round one event at the weekend,

However, as mentioned by Yrgo Vesterinen ( former World Champ) while it was a nice gesture, it would have been better to do it while Martin was still alive.

As a footnote to the World Trial in Spain - it must have been a huge mental blow to the top riders, to have Toni Bou once again in dominating form on Sunday - while riding with an injured shoulder. - With Trials being such a “Head game” - it remains to be seen how this will effect the next round.

Repsol Honda’s Marc Marquez took an emphatic 10th U.S. MotoGP race victory at Circuit of the Americas in Austin, TX, today, heading home World Champion Jorge Lorenzo and Andrea Iannone.

The race was a chaotic affair with crashes from Valentino Rossi, Bradley Smith, Cal Crutchlow, Loris Baz and a nasty incident involving Dani Pedrosa and the unfortunate Andrea Dovizioso, who was scuttled by the Spaniard’s stricken Repsol Honda. It was the second time in two races Dovizioso has been taken down but he thankfully emerged unscathed.

For Marquez, the result was almost never in doubt after he took the lead in turn one and fended off early challenges from Dovizioso and Lorenzo and cleared off for a dominant 6.107 second victory. Behind the leading trio, Maverick Vinales got the better of a Team Ecstar Suzuki battle to finish fourth with teammate Aliex Espargaro in fifth with Scott Redding, Pol Espargaro, Pramac Ducati stand-in rider Michele Pirro, Hector Barbera and Stefan Bradl rounding out the top 10.
The win sees Marquez increase his championship lead over Lorenzo to 21 points, 66 to 41 with Rossi dropping back in third on 33.


It was a good weekend for Beta at the World Enduro in Morocco - taking the Manufacturers award in E3, and both Jonny Aubert and Steve Holcombe  right up their in the results along with Alex Salvini.
Here is an interesting shot of British rider Holcombe with a seemingly extra head growing out of his helmet - (Pic courtesy Enduro7)


Don’t forget that the first round of the 2016 Outlaw Series goes this weekend at Ioco (Vancouver) - It should be a great Trial, with riders from both the West Coast and the Interior and Alberta. ( Steve Day is Course Marshal along with Melissa Andrist) ( Click on Trials Canada for the full poster)
Click for CPTA Outlaw Poster


Sunday April 10th 2016

Sunday, April 10th, 2016

After a disappointing  first day at the World Trials Championship in Spain, Welsh lad Iwan Roberts (Beta) dominated on Day Two losing only one point,to take the win, in what they are now calling Trial GP 2. - Pic courtesy Trials Central.   -  Jack Peace (GG) took another convincing win in the 125cc Class, making it double victory, for the talented English teenager.

In spite of riding injured, it appears that Toni Bou is leading the top class after finishing second yesterday - the scores look quite different from yesterday, with Cabestany well down the field at the moment - more on this later..  - Lots of video on FB - of Adam Raga. (TRS)

Final Results. - 1st  Toni Bou (Honda) 2nd Adam Raga (TRS) 3rd James Dabill (Vertigo)

Brilliant result for James Dabill  - Yesterday’s winner Albert Cabestany finished 7th.

1. Toni Bou -   (Honda)  10

2. Adam Raga -( TRS)    24

3. James Dabill (Vertigo) 39

4. Jamie Busto - (Honda)45

5. Takahisa Fujinami (Honda)- 47

6. Jeroni Fajardo - ( Vertigo)  49

7. Albert Cabestany -  (Sherco) 52

8. Loris Gubian -  ( Beta )  - 60
9. Jorge Casales - ( Beta)   63

10. Franz Kadlec -  (GG )    64

11. Matteo Grattarola - (GG) 67

12. Eddie Karlsson - (Honda) 69

13. Miquel Gelabert - (GG) 70

14. Pol Tarres - (TRS)  71
15. Alexandre Ferrer - (Sherc0)82

Yesterday I met up with Dale Douglas of Whistler, who has just bought the 2015 Beta Evo 300 4T that we had for sale - this belonged to Josef, who will now have to wait a few weeks until his new Factory bike comes in.



I see that Sam is on route back to Canada, after spending the winter over in China doing shows with a bunch of other Aussie riders - I’m sure he will have lots of stories to tell when we see him.