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


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