Friday June 7th 2019

The big guns of the FIM Trial World Championship fire into action tomorrow for round two of the 2019 series at the iconic Twin Ring Motegi circuit, 100 kilometres north of Tokyo, which this year is celebrating its 20th consecutive season hosting TrialGP Japan with a three-day feet-up festival that runs from June 7-9.

Adam Raga (TRRS) stormed to the top of today’s Qualification session at TrialGP Japan – round two of the 2019 FIM Trial World Championship – with a pair of faultless rides in testing conditions at the Twin Ring Motegi facility.

Heavy overnight rain that continued into Q1 called for the section – that twisted up, down and around a steep banking – to be eased before the action got under way but with mud being dragged onto the big granite boulders and huge logs it still provided a severe test for competitors with grip in short supply.

Everyone gets two attempts in Qualification with a variety of routes depending on class. The emphasis is on staying feet-up in the fastest possible time with a rider’s best run counting towards their all-important starting position for the main Trial with the highest finishers rewarded with a valuable place at the back of the field.

Raga started tentatively, feeling out the section on his opening run before taking his first-ever TrialGP pole with a clean ride in Q2 in a time of 0:31.85 that just edged out Britain’s James Dabill (Beta) whose feet-up Q1 time of 0:32.05 placed him a clear second.

“I’m very happy with my first Qualification win,” said Raga. “It will give me the advantage tomorrow because I will be able to see all my rivals in the sections.”

Dabill actually posted the quickest time of the day in his Q2 run that was over a second faster than Raga but two marks lost on observation cancelled out any advantage he gained.

Defending champion Toni Bou (Repsol Honda) ended the session in third by virtue of his clean ride in Q1 in 0:35.50 after he scored a maximum second time out when he failed to get up an imposing rock step. He’ll start behind France’s Benoit Bincaz (Beta) and Spain’s Jorge Casales (Vertigo) who were fourth and fifth with British riders Jack Price (Gas Gas) and Dan Peace (Sherco) leading the field away after both failed at their two attempts.

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Here is a set of results from a National we put on at Postill Lake near Kelowna - As you will see we had a big entry, with Mark Cahill topping the charts .  We also had 7 kids out that day - names that later would feature in the Expert Class, like Ryon Bell and Brandon Wince & Will Duggan.
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Last night, I went over to visit Roy on the Westside for a ride - I took my mechanic Ken with me, as he had never ridden a Trials bike, except for around his yard after fixing some problem on the many and various brands of Trials bikes that I have dropped off.

The bikes we had in the van, were again the Beta Evo 125 and the TRRS 125 - we had done a little bit more fine  tuning on the Raga 125, and I was anxious to see if this improved things. - The answer is, yes very much so, and I couldn’t get Ken off the bike, as he preferred the TRRS to the Beta, although as he said they are both brilliant.

Although we usually don’t go very far at this location, it’s a great spot for both testing and teaching new people to Trials.  Although Ken had ridden a lot of MX on Vancouver Island  - this was his first taste of what our sport is all about, and I must say he took to it “Like a Duck to Water”  ( No pics I’m afraid)

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Weather is cooler in the Valley, ( In fact snow on the Coquehalla) -  which is nice with the odd shower in the forecast - Stan called to say that his hand has healed up, and he will be at the Super Stars, we wish all the riders luck at Ioco.

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