Toni Bou (SPA) bounced back from his second day defeat at the last round of the 2010 SPEA FIM Trial World Championship in Japan, by claiming an emphatic win at the Grand Prix of Great Britain, held in Scotland for the first time since 1992. He was followed home by 12 times World Champion Dougie Lampkin (GBR), the ‘local’ hero making a popular return to the podium, with Takahisa Fujinami (JPN) coming home in third, just a single mark adrift of Lampkin.
The championship was making its first visit to the stunning area at the foot of Ben Nevis, Scotland’s highest mountain, for the first of two days of competition. And much to the joy of the thousands of spectators, the forecast rain held off and in fact, gave way to patchy sunshine as the riders tackled two very different sets of sections.
The first, at the foot of the mountain, climbed a river-bed beneath heavy tree cover and as a result, the rocky bed of the river was not only wet and slippery, it was also covered with moss, making conditions very tricky. The second was higher up Aonach Mhor and completely exposed, also climbing a river running down from the peak.
It was Lampkin who made the early running, the only World Pro rider to avoid a costly five on his first lap. Bou picked up a five on the third section, while Fujinami did the same on the second, as he failed a large rocky climb. He then picked up a series of technical problems with his bike, which not only cost him marks but also, his confidence. By the end of the first lap, Bou led with Lampkin second and Jeroni Fajardo (SPA) in third and Fujinami, a distant fifth.
However, it was Fujinami on a charge for the second lap, re-claiming five marks from Lampkin and giving just three away to Bou. Clearly with his bike repaired after the first lap, he was more at home but an early time penalty would ultimately cost him dearly, as he went on to finish the event one mark behind Lampkin.
In the Junior category, Alfredo Gomez (SPA) took the win after building an advantage on the first lap. Second place went to Jack Challoner (GBR) who, despite matching the Spaniard on the second lap, wasn’t able to claw back the additional four marks he dropped in the morning. Third place went to Alexandre Ferrer (FRA) who put in an excellent performance, but wasn’t able to challenge for a higher position.
The Youth category was dominated by an exceptional battle between Pol Tarres (SPA) and Jack Sheppard (GBR), with the advantage swapping on almost every section. There were just four marks between them after the first lap and although Shepard cut that to just three by the end of the event, he went on to finish second. Third place went to Cedric Tempier (FRA) at the head of a four-way tussle for the final podium position.
Rain is again predicted overnight and for the second of the two days of competition. If this is the case, then many of the sections could be completely different in nature for day two, opening up the running and effectively wiping the slate clean.
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Notes to Editor:
On 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 most accomplished, composed and skilful motorcycle trials riders from fifteen countries around the globe have descended upon the Nevis Range, Fort William, this weekend (26 – 27 June 2010), for the UK leg of the SPEA FIM Trial World Championship.
With an awesome and hotly contested war of attrition between the World's elite riders for valuable points towards the 2010 World Pro, World Junior and World Youth titles on Saturday and Sunday; a very good chance of British riders on the podium and an exciting programme of events for spectators, all the ingredients are in place for an event not be missed.
Motorcycle trials is unique in the World of motorsport. It is the only discipline where the winner is decided on skill alone. It is a test of riding skill and balance over observed sections. When competitors ride the timed 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 that celebrates its centenary in 2011.
Organisers L+M Events have signed a three-year agreement with the FIM (International Motorcycling Federation), on an exclusive basis, to deliver a round of the SPEA FIM Trial World Championship both in 2010 and 2012, plus the highly prestigious Trial Des Nations team event in 2011, all at Nevis Range, Fort William in the Outdoor Capital of the UK. It is the first time the inter-countries team competition's history that the Trial Des Nations will be hosted on the UK mainland.
As a venue for the 2010 SPEA FIM Trial World Championship the 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.