Wednesday March 28th 2018

The following is a Press Release from the Toni Bou camp.

The X-Trial FIM World Champion Toni Bou will miss the forthcoming X-Trial Budapest as a result of a re-occurrence of his back injury

The newly-crowned 2018 X-Trial World Champion Toni Bou (Repsol Montesa Honda) is suffering continued symptoms of his three broken vertebrae and will be unable to participate at X-Trial Budapest on the 29th March.Bou, who put in an incredible effort to participate at X-Trial Paris and receive recognition of his 2018 title win.  But after incredibly winning the opening round of heats, in the second round he exacerbated his physical condition and, along with doctors monitoring his conditions for the last few weeks since the injury, has made the decision to miss the final round of the campaign.

The 12-times World Champion explains: “After taking part in X-Trial Paris, I have seen my condition worsening rather than improving.  Moreover, the doctors have insisted that I must rest rather than stress my spine further, as I attempt to recover fully from this injury.  I am very sorry not to be able to ride in Budapest, but I have been left with no other option.”

Frenchman Alexandre Ferrer (Sherco) will replace Bou at X-Trial Budapest, making his third appearance of the season after lining up in Montpellier and Paris, where he has recorded a total of four points.

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Many old timers will remember DOT Motorcycles which were very popular in the 50’s - ( I nearly bought one) - The factory is still standing in the UK, but not sure what it’s used for these  days.

We had a lot of “Factory” riders at our club Scrambles and Trials, names like Eric Adcock, Stuart Bickerton, Alan Clough, and one guy that I can’t recall his name Frank ?  - I do remember that we spent some time bench racing in the bar of the Isle of Man ferry one year, on route to the TT. - The motif on the gas tanks of the bikes, said “Devoid of Trouble” - but it was a lie.
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I saw somewhere, that a snowmobile operator, had been handed a stiff fine, after he fell off the sled and it took off and hit somebody - the judge awarded damages, because the operator had not attached the tether switch cord. - Something to consider for event organizers and riders putting on stunt shows - or even losing control on sections. - ( It does happen)  - We do have the tether cords in stock for anybody wanting them.

We have been checking out suppliers of Spark Arrestors, for the Trials bikes - plus talked to a couple of people who plan on making their own.  - Although this long weekend is unlikely to see any CO’s out checking for these and also registration and Insurance, because of the snow. - They usually like to make a “Purge” on the May long weekend.
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This is Caroline Stevenson on her new BMW - Caroline used to live in Kelowna, before moving to Lethbridge, and bought a Beta Evo from us. - she is a very skilled rider and has participated in the “BMW Challenge”
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Here is a photo from the Manchester 17 club’s archives - they are trying to trace an old film from this era, but what I noticed about this pic, was that everybody was wearing the traditional riding gear - Barbour Suit & cap or woolly hat - plus they have their riding number on a card that is looped to the back of their jacket belt - this was the easy method used back in the day for the Observers to score them ( they also had one on the front of the bike)   - We used that same system in Alberta when we began to put on National type Trials, in the 1970’s.

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I got an email today from somebody asking about the WTC ( World Trials Canada) Rule book - This along with all the other pertinent information, can be found on the Trials Canada site ( Scroll on the left side bar) - However, here is the link although this does not include the addition of the two additional classes, Pro and Ladies.

Click here for WTC Trials Rule Book (2013 edition)

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