Saturday March 21st 2020

As the global outbreak of coronavirus continues to develop and restrictions put in place, the FIM, the Autoklub of the Czech Republic, Motorcycle Federation of Japan, Federació Motociclista d’Andorra, regret to announce that the FIM Trial World Championship Events, TrialGP Czech Republic - Sokolov (CZE / 23-24 May), TrialGP Japan - Motegi (JPN/06-07 June) and the TrialGP Andorra - Sant Julià (AND/20-21 June) are postponed.

All parties are currently evaluating if it will be possible to re-schedule the events later this season.

Further information will follow in due time.

FIM Communications

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Here is a Collector pic of the Lampkin Family  - Dougie with his Mum behind him - brother Harry - Martin and John. - I think this just after Dougie won his first World Championship Trial on the Beta.

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This pic is to show that this rider actually got out of the section with a clean, as his front wheel axle had passed the end cards, before he fell. ( Many riders new to the sport don’t know this rule)

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I wonder how many of the riders from today, remember that Toni Bou started his career on a Beta ?  as did Jordi Tarres and Dougie Lampkin - and I wonder how many World Championships they won for the Italian Factory?

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And here is a blast from the past - a Trial in Alberta back in 1971 - -I ended up winning the event. but fell coming out of the last section came off a big high bank with the bike landing on my leg - wrecking my right knee and cracking the bone !! Not a biggy I thought, so rode the bike out of the bush back to the camp - loaded my trailer ( Hop Hop Hop) and drove home. Next morning my knee was the size of a football, so I drove to the Hospital ( Babsy couldn’t drive back then)  hopped into emergency and that was me done for two weeks - came out with cast on my leg which put paid to my riding for three months.  ( As you can see by the pic it was a crappy day with rain & sleet - slick and muddy. - I think John Whitby took the pic)

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Back in the 1950’s when I got interested in Trials, there was only one book, with coaching tips,  as a young lad, I bought this and read it cover to cover many times, especially after I started competing - Max King went on to write more books, but this is the one I wish I still had.  It was my bible back then.

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