On 25, 26 and 27 June 2009, the Nevis Range, Fort William, will stage the UK leg of the 2010 SPEA FIM Trial World Championship, the thirty-sixth 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.
Dougie Lampkin (2009 world number 6) who has dominated the modern era of the sport with twelve World Championship titles to his name, will be leading the UK charge and looking for that all important win on home soil. He will be joined by James Dabill (2009 world number 8 and 2005 Junior World Champion) and Michael Brown (2009 world number 9 and 2007 Junior World Champion), both of whom will be keen to put in an impressive performance in front of a home crowd. Top international riders competing to stand on top of the Fort William podium include Toni Bou (current and three times World Champion) and Adam Raga (2009 world number 2 and two times World Champion), both from Spain, together with Takahisa Fujinami (2009 world number 3 and 2004 World Champion) from Japan.
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.
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.
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.
Tickets for the 2010 SPEA FIM Trial World Championship at Nevis Range, Fort William, are now on sale. For full details and for further event information visit the official event website – www.ukworldtrial.com. You can also register to receive regular free updates as preparations for June 2010 start to take shape.
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, Alcan, Forestry commission Scotland, VisitScotland, TMX and Hope.
Paddy Cuthbert, Podge Publicity – T: 07968 699636 / E: firstname.lastname@example.org
Notes to Editors:
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 nearly 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, 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 compliancy.
Funding & Support
The 2010 SPEA FIM Trial World Championship has secured the backing of EventScotland, Highland Council and the Highlands and Islands Enterprise.