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TMX News goes into lockdown

Cover photo: TMX News Morecambe, England

Reflecting the difficult and challenging times facing the sport at the moment, TMX News (formerly Trials & Motocross News) announced on 1st April that it had been forced to temporarily suspend production of the weekly newspaper, due to the Covid-19 pandemic which is affecting every single country on the globe.

This is the first time that the paper has ceased production since it was founded in May 1977. No date for recommencement of the publication has been given, which is understandable given the current uncertainties worldwide.

In an online statement from TMX News editor, Anthony Sutton explained that with the complete cessasion of motorcycle sport, it became more difficult to justify keeping the presses rolling.

Originally owned by Lancaster & Morecambe Press, TMX News has been part of the JPIMedia group (formerly Johnston Press) for many years, a publishing group which has many titles under its control, which was formed in Scotland in 1767, it has since 2018 been a SPV (Special Purpose Vehicle) owned by creditors.

Sutton said in the official statement: “… we’ve also seen a significant downturn in revenue with many of our normally very supportive advertisers suspending trading or finding the current conditions downright difficult.”

The company have also taken the difficult decision to suspend both TMX and Dirt Bike Rider magazine, online and in print. The suspension takes effect week commencing 6th April and will be reviewed in line with any changes to government advice.

TMX filled a gap in the market in 1977 when the established motorcycle papers gave less column inches to both trials and motocross events and had cut down on the number of reporters going to cover off-road events. It was founded by the first editor Bill Lawless in Morecambe, England and attracted a huge following with a dozen reporters who all rode competitively, such as Tommy Sandham, Dave Dewhurst, Mike Rapley, Mike Greenhough, Mannix Devlin, John Dickinson and brought to the fore the ace cameraman, Eric Kitchen.

Full text of Anthony Sutton’s statement can be viewed HERE

ACU pull plug on sport until 31st May 2020

The ACU, the officially recognised motorcycle sport governing body of the FIM have cancelled all permitted events until 31st May 2020. This will be continually reviewed moving forward. The organisation has already cancelled the Isle of Man TT Races in June.

The statement issued 24 March 2020 by ACU central office reads:

Covid-19 Update

In light of recent developments in the COVID-19 crisis, and following the address to the nation by the Prime Minister on the evening of 23rd March, the Auto-Cycle Union has today extended its suspension of all organising permits for motorcycle events until at least 31st May but will be constantly reviewed.

This move provides clear guidance to event organisers, clubs, venues, competitors, officials of the role that the Auto-Cycle Union must play in supporting the broader UK public health agenda.

Auto-Cycle Union Chairman, Roy Humphrey explained, “The government have required that we effectively lock-down for a period of three weeks, however given that the most vulnerable in our society are required to isolate for three months, we feel it only sensible to propose a longer suspension for all motorcycle sport. This is a time of national unity and we need to come together with the broader public community to do all we can to support this battle and ultimately save lives. This evening, Health Secretary, Matt Hancock said the Government is launching a new scheme to recruit 250,000 volunteers to support the NHS through the coronavirus pandemic. A quarter of a million volunteers, people in good health to help the NHS, for shopping, for the delivery of medicines and to support those who are shielding to protect their own health. We may not be involved in any sporting activities, but, we could help support the NHS through this pandemic!”

Auto-Cycle Union will continue to monitor the prevailing advice from the UK Government in respect of the COVID-19 international pandemic and will update the motorcycle community accordingly.

UK Governing Bodies cancel all events

The two main motorcycling governing bodies, the ACU and for Scotland, the Scottish ACU have both announced statements covering the current Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.

The Scottish ACU stole a march on their English counterparts by being first to cancel all motorcycle events on 16th March until at least 31st May, with the ACU a day later, cancelling all events until 30th April 2020.

This means that the annual Scottish Six Days and Isle of Man TT races are now cancelled with no chance of them being run until 2021.

The governing bodies really had no choice, due to the global clamping down of transport, travelling, working arrangements, it was inevitable that there would be casualties for world-wide motorcycle sport.

The statement from the ACU

Spanish Federation pulls plug on all Trials activity

The Spanish motorcycle sport federation RFME (Real Federacion Motociclista Espanola – Royal Spanish Motorcycle Federation) has taken the unprecedented step of advising member organisations and affiliated motorcycle clubs to instruct their members to leave their bikes in the garage and don’t even ride for practice during the Coronavirus Pandemic.

These steps have been taken as Spain’s hospitals are struggling to cope with the admissions of patients with the Covid-19 virus which has spread at an alarming rate throughout Spain in the last few weeks.

It won’t be a popular directive with riders, but it does put the sport in a position of being seen to be very responsible when so many lives are at risk. Motorsport comes with risks and even trials riding has risks attached and this is not a good time to sustain an avoidable injury. The federation is urging riders to stay safe during the crisis and not ride at all.

At a time when emergency services are stretched to the limit, it calls for a measured approach with a coherent plan of action, the RFME have done this using social media to publicise their advice.

They are quoted as saying on facebook:

“Once declared the state of alarm we cannot overload the health system with a possible accident completely avoidable, the best thing is that we park our bikes for a few days stay at home. Which doesn’t mean we park our hobby, that’s why during these days we are going to make you some recommendations to make the quarantine more bearable, on two “virtual” wheels.”

This is also seen as a defensive or protective course of action taken by the national motorcycling governing body, as it is believed that Spanish Emergency Powers Legislation classify sporting injuries as an act of negligence, without appropriate insurance cover, if sustained during a period when emergency powers are in place and carry significant penalties.

 

 

Bernie Schreiber website launch

1979 World Trials Champion, Bernie Schreiber has launched his new website to the trials world!

Brought up in Los Angeles, USA, Bernie now lives in Switzerland enjoying life and a rekindled interest in the sport that made him famous, having been the only American to take a World Trials title and a Scottish Six Days win, as well as numerous American trials titles.

A true ambassador for the feet up sport, he was best known as a factory rider for Bultaco, followed by Italjet, SWM, Fantic and Yamaha, in a career that started as a youth rider through to adult-hood.

He moved to live in Europe to gain worthwhile experience that he would never have gained staying Stateside. His World Trials victory was achieved at the age of 20, the youngest rider to take the coveted title for the Spanish Bultaco brand.

His new website is a committment to the sport of trials and will be enhanced as time allows.

Bernie June 2018
Trials Guru’s John Moffat has known Bernie Schreiber for a number of years.

Trials Guru is proud to be directly associated with Bernie Schreiber’s website and featured as a ‘partner’ in the venture.

Web hosting is provided by Heath Brindley of R2WRacing, another associate of Trials Guru.

Go directly to Bernie’s website: HERE

Trial Magazine Issue 78 out now

Yes! Issue 78 is available shortly in full colour gloss with all your Trials News, Action, Events, Product Tests, Interviews and so much more for trials enthusiasts. As you would expect from such a high quality independent print publication in its 116 pages brought to you in full colour gloss or in digital format it carries superb images and interesting in depth articles from a team dedicated and passionate about the sport of trials.

Trial Magazine Issue 78 Cover (Medium)

For the subscribers check that letterbox from Thursday 28th November onwards and in the news agents for Friday the 29th. For all you guys on the go you can find it at most major UK airports and it is also available for a ‘Sneak’ preview and across all digital platforms to purchase at #pressreader or #issuu Web: http://bit.ly/Trial-Magazine-78
It’s full to the ‘Brim’ of 116 pages full of motorcycle trials!

New Models: 2020 Scorpa – It’s all Orange

Presentation: Montesa Cota 301RR – We Sent Steve Colley to Spain

Quick Spin: Electric Motion ePure Race – Let’s Get Serious

International: FIM Trial World Championship – 2019 Round-Up

Traditional: Scott Trial – No Prisoners as Dabill Wins

Interview: Adam Raga – Home on the Ranch with Adam

Visit: Montesa HQ – It’s Not Top Secret Anymore

Classic: 1979 Dirt Bike Show – What’s on Show

Vacation: Jersey Two Day – Jack Price Jumps the Channel

Sport: British Championship – 2019 ACU Round-Up – Sidecar – Ladies – S3

Plus all the regular features including ‘Talk Trials’ with Toni Bou, News, Paddock Pictures and so much more – Remember it’s only Trials!!

If you are looking for Christmas gift ideas, look no further than below with a subscription that will last for six issues!

We also have books and all the currents DVD’s in stock!

Make sure you don’t miss out and get yourself a subscription by contacting Warner’s: Mail: subscriptions@warnersgroup.co.uk or telephone: 01778 392479

Or go on-line for all Subscriptions and Costs, please view: www.trialmaguk.com

 

ACU revamp Trial GB series

The Auto-Cycle Union, the primary motorcycle sport organising body in the UK (FIM recognised) has decided to mount an experimentary trials championship series for 2020.

In essence it is a reversion to the stop permitted rules for the predominantly English and Welsh based series.

This is an attempt to inject new life into a series which has been commented upon as being sparsely contested over the past few years.

Details are as follows (Source ACU website: http://www.acu.org.uk )

* New marking system named “ACU Trial GB” (British Trials Championship) which will include a one-minute time allowance for each section to be traversed.

* Competitors may stop, go sideways or reverse without penalty. Going backwards whilst footing will incur a five-mark penalty.

* The ACU Trial 125 Class will be open to any rider over the age of 14, but riders between the age of 14 to 16 will require permission from the ACU to compete.

* Assistants will be allowed in the ACU Trial GB Class only.

* Competitors for the ACU Trial GB and ACU Trial 2 Classes will be asked to Register at the start of the year to be allocated a permanent number.

* The top six from the 2019 ACU Trial 2 Class will not be permitted to move down a class for 2020.

* An additional one Championship Point will be awarded to the best performance on observation on each lap of the Trial to all four classes.

* There will be the option for a third route for the ACU Trial 2 Class, with separate coloured markers.

* The Series Manager will visit each Organiser in advance of each round and discuss section layout with each Clerk of the Course and advise that protocol for section layout be much the same as 2019, with emphasis that the Expert route cater for the majority of  the entry.

* Riders need to carefully consider which class they will compete in during the season as moving down a class during the season will mean the rider will not score points in the new class. It is recognised that the ACU Trial GB Class is likely to be smaller than in 2019.

Series Manager, Brian Higgins commented, “We actually had more organisers wanting to run a round of the championship this year and some were disappointed. However, the aim is to introduce some new venues into the series, and I am sure the ones left out will be offered a round in future years.

Dates and venues released are:

Saturday March 7th Hookwood, Surrey; Sunday April 5th Neath, South Wales; Sunday June 14th Harrogate, Yorkshire; Saturday June 27th Bovey Tracey, Devon; Sunday June 28th Tavistock, Devon; Sunday 26th July Scarborough, Yorkshire; Saturday August 15th Llanbedr, Wales; Sunday August 16th Llandiloes. Wales;  Sunday 27th September (Reserve Date).