Sunday February 10th 2019

The bitter cold weather continues in Western Canada - Not sure if the CPTA Trial at Ioco is still on for today, but we know that the one slated for next week in Victoria, has been postponed. They have more snow forecast for the Island today.
Update: Ron Walsh posted to say the Ioco Trial sponsored by Beta is a go. However, looking at the forecast, it will be mighty cold, so good luck to all the hardy souls who attend.

Saturday I watched some live video from an Indoor in France - some crazy obstacles as seems to be the norm these days, and spectacular riding from the super stars - Benoit Bincaz had a very good ride on the Factory Beta, finishing second to that man Toni B. - Adam Raga beat out Busto for third spot.

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For road race fans, here is some news from the Moto GP testing in Sepang Malasia.

Maverick Vinales set a new unofficial all-time Sepang lap record during the start of Friday’s final day of official MotoGP testing… then Ducati’s Danilo Petrucci went even quicker!

Monster Yamaha Vinales, quickest with a 1m 58.897s on day two, rocketed to a 1m 58.644s on his eighth lap of the day. That beat the previous unofficial fastest ever two-wheel lap at Sepang, which was a 1m 58.830s by Jorge Lorenzo one year ago for Ducati.

But Lorenzo’s replacement Petrucci then set a stunning 1m 58.239s, with team-mate Andrea Dovizioso slotting into second ahead of Vinales with a 1m 58.538s… until Pramac riders Jack Miller and then rookie Francesco Bagnaia took over second place, making it an all Ducati top four.


An old report on one of the National Trials we put on at Postil Lake near Kelowna. - That was the day, when once again, the weather became our biggest adversary, with pounding rain just as the Trial started. - As you can see by the scores, this turned out to be a high scoring event, and also a day when Sparky Bill had to retire after a fall. - There was also  a kids class, which was a late addition, this featured such future stars as Ryon Bell, Will Duggan and Brandon Wince. - We had riders from all across Canada, plus a few from South of the border.
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And how about this old photo by Harlow Rankin of a young Stan Bakgaard on the 172 Montesa - Stan did really well on the small bike, riding it in a lot of big events. There is a great pic of him on it in Bernie Schreiber’s book on Trials.

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The very cold temperatures continue in the Valley -27 in Vernon this morning, so I think it will be another day watching the box - some golf on later from Pebble Beach, it is a Celebrity  event, with guys like Bill Murray, Wayne Gretsky and other stars joining the regular Tour players.  - Everybody seemed to be having fun Yesterday, when the weather at the Ocean side course was both rainy and blustery.


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