Scottish motorbike Trials Champion Gary MacDonald has been invited to take on the World's elite at the forthcoming UK leg of the 2010 SPEA FIM Trial World Championship, being staged at Nevis Range, Fort William, from 25 to 27 June 2010.
The 26 year-old Weekend rider from Kinlochleven in Lochaber is the current and five times Scottish Trials Champion and current leader of the 2010 ACU British Trials Championship (Expert A). This impressive record has been enough to garner him an invite from the FIM (Federation Internationale de Motocyclisme) to compete in the World Junior class of the Fort William stage of the most important and the best motorcycle trial competition series on the international calendar.
National pride will be at stake for MacDonald as the sole Scottish rider in the sixty strong field. However he is fully aware that making it to the podium spot on either of the two competition days will be no easy feat. “I am going into the World Championships at Nevis Range thinking I can win. I have been given a fantastic opportunity to ride on the World stage on home soil with the support of a home crowd and I don't want to let anyone down. However the field is full of the World's best riders at the very top of their game; guys like Jack Challoner, Alfredo Gomez and Alexandre Ferrer. It will be very difficult to beat them. They are on the World Championship circuit, whereas I'm a joiner by day and trials rider at the weekend.”
MacDonald has been addicted to the sport ever since he first sat on a trials bike aged nine. Growing up surrounded by a perfect trials landscape (home of the internationally renowned Scottish Six Days Trial competition and a Mecca for all trials riders) and encouraged by his father, himself a former clubman rider, Gary was always going to figure on the trials riding scene. He is now fully focused on Fort William in less than three weeks and looking forward to the prospect of following in the footsteps of great Scots from the world of motorsport such as Sir Jackie Stewart and Colin McRae by beating the best in the World in his own backyard.
Gary MacDonald added: “Anything can happen and luck will play its part. If I can keep a steady head and stay consistent I have a chance. You cannot worry about what the others are doing. They are professional riders that train every day so they will have a better skills base but I know the area well and I know what to expect. I think local knowledge and experience of the Nevis Range natural sections will be a real advantage.”
MacDonald will have to be at the top of his game if he is to topple Alfredo Gomez (Spain) and Jack Challoner (Great Britain) from the Fort William podium. They currently lie in first and second place in the World Championship standings, separated by just three points. This will be one of the toughest competitions of MacDonald's career.
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Notes to Editors:
On 25, 26 and 27 June 2010, the Nevis Range, Fort William, will stage the UK leg of the 2010 SPEA FIM Trial World Championship, the thirty-fifth edition of the biggest, the most important and the best motorcycle trial competition series on the international calendar. It is the first time since 1992 that Scotland has hosted a stage of the World Championship series; that will see seven other Grand Prix events being staged in Spain, Portugal, Japan, France, San Marino, Italy and the Czech Republic in 2010.
As a major focus for both country and rider sixty of the World's best riders from fifteen countries around the globe will descend on the Scottish Highlands for two days of awesome and hotly contested competition for valuable points towards the 2010 World Pro (male only at Fort William), World Junior (male and female) and World Youth (male and female) titles.
Up to 8,000 spectators are expected to attend the biggest and most spectacular display of trials riding ever seen on British soil. The main competition days will be Saturday and Sunday with Friday's timetable offering a mixture of unique and exclusive activities including autograph and meet and greet sessions with the world's top riders, official practice and 'Kickstart – The Return'. Friday will also be a great day to plan the best viewing points ready for the exciting competition over the weekend.
The 2010 SPEA FIM Trial World Championship at Fort William is supported by EventScotland, Highland and Islands Enterprise and The Highland Council together with Nevis Range, Alcan, Forestry commission Scotland, VisitScotland, TMX and Hope.
FIM – http://www.fim-live.com/en/
ACU – http://www.acu.org.uk/
Trials Central – http://wwwtrialscentral.com/
Motorcycle trials is unique in the World of motorsport. It is the only discipline where the winner is decided on skill alone. It is is a test of riding skill over observed sections. When comptetitors ride the sections their feet must remain on the footrests of the motorcycle. They must negotiate steep gullies, slippery rock steps, rocky streams or boulder-streewn gorges. Sections vary in length and severity, and riders are penalized if they put their feet down to help them ride the section, and more so if they fail to negotiate the section in its entirety.
The sport originated in the UK nearly a century ago and has enjoyed a long association with Fort William and Lochaber – The Outdoor Capital of the UK – as host to the World famous Scottish Six Days Trial. This year's event will be staged in the area from 3 to 8 May.
2010 represents the thirty fifth edition of the SPEA FIM Trial World Championship. Co-Director of L+M Events, organisers of the 2010 SPEA FIM Trial World Championship at Fort William, Martin Lampkin, was the first ever FIM Trial World Champion back in 1975, and is also a multiple winner of the Scottish Six Days Trial along with other members of perhaps the World's most famous motorcycling family.
As a venue for the 2010 SPEA FIM Trial World Championship Nevis Range is exceptional. It is home to unrivalled natural trials terrain anywhere in the World. It offers both technical and challenging sections to test both man and machine to the full, guaranteeing world class action. The venue also has a rich motorcycle history as host venue for the World-renowned Scottish Six Day Trial making it a Mecca for trials riders and fans alike. This combined with good local accommodation, extensive local amenities and facilities, excellent site infrastructure and a proven track record of hosting other World status events makes Nevis Range the perfect stage for a winning World Championship event.
World Championship Classes
World Pro – As the name suggests, this is the World's elite – the professionals, the best on the planet.
World Junior – This class is for riders aged 18 to 23 years old and is a feeder class for the top category.
World Youth – Riders in this class are restricted to 125cc machines, and must be aged 16 to 18 years old.