Spain's Toni Bou heads to the Highlands for tough trials clash.
As the 2010 SPEA FIM Trial World Championship heads for Japan this weekend twenty-three year old trials maestro Toni Bou (Spain) is focused on a top podium spot in his campaign to retain the World Championship title.
However, the young in form Spanish rider who has been unstoppable in recent years, winning seven World crowns since 2006, has a keen eye on the serious challenge to his 2010 campaign; The SPEA FIM Trial World Championship at Fort William, being staged at Nevis Range from 25 to 27 June.
With the championship having last visited Scotland back in 1992, many of the new crop of top riders, Bou included, have never had to face the rugged and challenging terrain of the Scottish Highlands and what remains the Mecca of trials globally.
Toni Bou recently talked about his excitement at finally having the chance to visit Scotland and the spiritual home of trials: “I have never been to Scotland before so I am really looking forward to this competition. Ever since I was young I have known about Fort William because of the Scottish Six Days Trial. It is a special place for all trials riders including me.”
“I have some idea of what to expect as I have followed the 'Scottish' [Six Days Trial] for many years. It will be a different type of trial, but one I am looking forward to. The conditions will be difficult as I am not used to slippery sections. However I have trained and prepared for this event as I really want to win in Scotland this year.”
“The British spectators are always fantastic, as they really know the sport well. I know that perhaps they will want a British winner but also I know that they always give me good support.”
One man that will be hoping to spoil Bou's plans is 12 times World Champion and British trials legend Dougie Lampkin who will be leading the UK charge; determined to get that all important win on Scottish soil in front of his loyal home supporters; and his 100th World Championship career win.
Dougie Lampkin said: “Nevis Range is now my big focus, after the disappointment of losing out at the Scottish Six Days Trial due to an electrical problem, I am now looking to return to the Highlands to make amends. The natural type of sections really suit my riding style, and in the back of my mind I know that this is a big opportunity for me to secure my 100th GP win.”
“I know the crowd will be really be behind me and I will be going all out to reward their long and loyal support. To achieve my this landmark victory on home soil would truly be a dream come true.”
Lampkin does have an advantage of sorts. He comes from a family of trial-hardened Yorkshiremen whose illustrious surname is synonymous with the sport and the Scottish Six Days Trial (SSDT). This is down to a rich and celebrated history, borne from generations of success in their homeland (and around the World), including numerous victories at the SSDT, the World renowned trials event of skill and endurance that has been staged annually in the Fort William and Lochaber area since 1909.
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 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 over fifteen different 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.
Tickets for the 2010 SPEA FIM Trial World Championship at Nevis Range, Fort William, are now on sale. To buy tickets and for further event information visit the official event website – http://www.ukworldtrial.com or call 0845 643 6756
The 2010 SPEA FIM Trial World Championship at Nevis Range, Fort William is supported by EventScotland, Highland and Islands Enterprise and The Highland Council together with Nevis Range, Forestry Commission Scotland, The Outdoor Capital of the UK, Rio Tinto Alcan, TMX and Hope.
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Notes to Editors:
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 demonstrations by You Tube street trials phenomenon Danny MacAskil, 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.
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.
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.
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.
The sport originated in the UK over a century ago and has enjoyed a long association with the Fort William area as host to the World famous Scottish Six Days Trial.
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.
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.
The Trial des Nations
The Trial des Nations is regarded as 'the Jewel in the Crown' in World motorcycling and is strongly supported by the majority of national federations affiliated to the FIM.
This annual event normally attracts teams from around twenty-five nations and caters for both female and male riders. The competition takes place over three days with the final round of the FIM Women's Trial World Championship opening proceedings ahead of the two team events. The three member ladies teams then fight it out on Saturday prior to Sunday's main trial, when the mighty four man squads battle it out for top honours.
The 2010 & 2012 SPEA FIM Trial World Championship and Trial Des Nations 2011 will be run on behalf of the Federation Internationale de Motocyclisme (FIM) which is the World governing body of motorcycle sport.
The Auto Cycle Union (ACU), the British motorcycle federation, has sanctioned these events to be run within its territory.
The events will be run in accordance with the FIM sporting code, trial regulations, technical rules and environmental code, with delegates from both the FIM and the ACU present throughout the events to ensure compliance