After a strong opening to his 2010 assault, twenty year old Alexz Wigg – Beta is looking for revenge after narrowly missing out on winning the Scottish Six Days Trial last year. Just a single mark separated him and eventual winner Dougie Lampkin – Beta at the end of six wet days in 2009, and this memory remains very much in the front of Alexz's mind.
Having won the FIM Youth Trial World Cup back in 2006 and the FIM Junior Trial World Cup last season, Wigg has now moved up to the World Pro class in 2010 having made his debut in this top class at the final two rounds of last year. Many predicted that Alexz could break into the World's top ten this season, but after poor showings at the opening two rounds in Spain and Portugal, the young British rider is now looking to Scotland to get himself back on track.
Speaking about the week ahead, Alexz stated. “I was choked to lose by such a small margin last year, it still plays over and over again in my head about the first section of the week, without that mistake the trophy would have been mine. It really cost me badly. When I look back I only dropped marks in six sections all week, I hit everything right and it was almost the perfect week. I will never have a week like that again, but that will not stop me from wanting to go one better this time around.
“Last year it really turned my season around and I rode well for the rest the year after being up here. I am hoping it will be the same again this year too. I think winning the Scottish Six Days Trial is important for every rider, it's one trophy everyone wants in their cabinet. Just look at the names that have won it in the past and you can understand why it remains the most famous trial in the World, even today. I have one goal this week and that is to add my name to that list.” Wigg concluded with a slight smile.__
Alexz currently holds fifth place on six marks after day one, just three marks off the lead, and with last year's winner Lampkin well down the field due to the mechanical problems he suffered yesterday, this just could be Alexz's big chance.
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Notes to Editors:
The Scottish Six Days Trial is arguably the oldest (99 years) and the greatest motorcycle trial competition in the world. Riders from as far afield as Canada and Australia make the pilgrimage for the chance to tackle the unique and challenging Scottish terrain alongside local riders who relish the opportunity to take on the world's best on their home turf.
What's involved in motorbike trials?
The sport of motorcycle trials is a test of riding skill over observed sections. When competitors 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-strewn gorges. Sections vary in length and severity, and riders are penalised 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.
What makes the Scottish Six Days Trial so special?
The Scottish Six Days Trial has the additional test of reliability over long distances, with riders completing up to 100 miles each day over a combination of rough moorland, rocky tracks and public roads. Each daily route is designed by the Clerk of the Course to challenge the ability, experience, strength and stamina of each rider. To ride 100 miles and negotiate 30 sections each day for six consecutive days requires strength, expertise and exceptional reliability from both rider and machine.
The Scottish Six Days Trial (SSDT) is mainly focused on the Lochaber area, centred in Fort William. Each day of the trial starts and finishes at the West End Car Park on the waterfront, providing a major attraction for the town.
For trials riders the Scottish Six Days Trial has the same status as the Isle of Man TT has to road racers.
The trial is limited by daylight hours to around 270 competitors, but entries are regularly in excess of 400, such is the popularity of the event. The majority of riders look forward to the only trial that allows them to compete on equal terms with professional and world-class riders. The trial has a reputation for being the toughest in the world, and it is the most prestigious event that a trials rider can win.
Competing in the Scottish Six Days Trial is the dream of every young trials rider, and long may that continue.
The SSDT is managed by the Edinburgh & District Motor Club, and in association with the SSDT the Club runs a Pre-'65 two-day trial for machines manufactured before 1965. This takes place immediately before the SSDT every year, starting and finishing in Kinlochleven. The Pre-'65 trial celebrated it's Silver Jubilee in 2009 and has proved to be the most important Pre-'65 trial in the UK, with entries for the trial massively over-subscribed each year. The Scottish Six Days Trial attracts over 270 riders who together with their followers, spectators and the 150 Pre-'65 riders, provide a major boost to the economy of Fort William and the surrounding areas.