After two years in the planning the UK leg of the 2010 SPEA FIM Trial World Championship took place at Nevis Range, Fort William, in the Scottish Highlands from25 to 27 June. The superb venue that sits in the shadow of Ben Nevis proved to be the perfect stage for round four of this year's eight event global series, with the inaugural three-day event being declared a real success across the board. The combination of the permanent facilities at the ski and mountain bike resort and the surrounding unrivalled natural trials terrain helped L+M Events deliver what is being regarded as one of the best Grand Prix events the championship has seen in its thirty five year history.
Talking about the event, Jake Miller from organisers L+M Events, said: “This event has been a long time in the planning, so it was great to see it finally come to life. Overall it has been a real success. The course and sections were well received and enjoyed by the riders, and the FIM jury made up of delegates from several different countries had nothing but praise about what we have delivered on every level. Also the initial feedback from the public, sponsors and funding partners has been excellent, so we are really pleased about how the event has gone. This is year one of a three year venture, so now the foundations are in place to build on in the future, when we hope we can attract even more people to this wonderful part of the World.”
Reinforcing Miller's comments Paul Bush OBE, Chief Operating Officer of EventScotland, the national events agency, said: “The Nevis Range in Fort William is already famous throughout the world for mountain biking and its credentials were further boosted by staging the UK leg of the 2010 SPEA FIM Trial World Championship. Once more Scotland demonstrated why it is considered to be the perfect stage for events as thousands of spectators watched the thrilling action.”
Friday saw the action begin with two incredible performances by Scotland's You Tube street trial sensation Danny MacAskill in front of a packed audience, with an equally large crowd also enjoying a re-run of BBC's famous Kick Start programme that included past masters such as Martin Lampkin and Malcolm Rathmell going head to head once again. 1982 Junior Kick Start Champion Woody Hole was the eventual winner of this initial competition before the stage was handed over to the current stars of World trials for Saturday and Sunday.
Trials legend, hero and twelve times World Champion Dougie Lampkin (GBR) gave the many fans plenty to cheer about on day one of the competition as he went head to head with reigning FIM Trial World Champion Toni Bou (SPA). The thirty four year old Red Bull athlete was within touching distance of Bou at the halfway point and looked in with a real chance of clinching his 100th GP win on home soil. In the end Lampkin had to be content with second place as Bou held on for the win with Japan's Takahisa Fujinami claiming the last podium place. In the Youth and Junior classes British riders Jack Sheppard and Jack Challoner matched Lampkin's performance respectively, as these two youngsters also finished the opening day on the second step of the rostrum.
Sunday saw the biggest crowd of the weekend flock into the Scottish Highlands, and irrespective of how far they had travelled to be there they were treated to a day of drama and action as up to six riders fought for the lead. Although Lampkin was not amongst the front runners on day two, the fans adopted Fujinami (or Fujigas as he is affectionately known on the circuit) as their own and cheered him to an emphatic victory that included a stunning ride in the very last section of the day in front of the grandstand. Saturday's winner Bou had to settle for third this time out as Albert Cabestany (SPA) slotted into the runners up spot. There was even more for the home fans to scream about when both Challoner and Sheppard went one better than the day before as they both topped their respective classes.
Challoner's weekend was made even better as he walked off with the Red Bull F1 prize by being the best young British rider through the Red Bull sections over the two days of competition.
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. With the first event now completed, plans have already begun for top level trials to return to Scotland in September 2011. It is the first time the inter-countries team competition's history that the Trial Des Nations will be hosted on the UK mainland.
For further information go to: www.ukworldtrial.com; or
FIM – http://www.fim-live.com/en/
ACU – http://www.acu.org.uk/
Trials Central – http://wwwtrialscentral.com/
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Notes to Editor:
On 25, 26 and 27 June 2010, the Nevis Range, Fort William, staged 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 wa the first time since 1992 that Scotland had 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 descended 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.
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-strewn 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.
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