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Dabill withdraws from SSDT

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Trials Guru’s John Moffat interviews Scott Trial 2016 winner, James Dabill at the finish. Dabill values a win at both the SSDT and the Scott highly – Photo – John Hulme/Trial Magazine

The trials world was shocked with the announcement by the reigning and seven times British Trials Champion, James Dabill that he has withdrawn his entry from the 2017 Scottish Six Days Trial in May.

Dabill broke the news via his own social media account today, 1st February. He recently changed camps from Vertigo to Gas Gas and is contracted to compete in the Spanish National Trials Championship plus the World series.

James broke the news as follows: “So this was a very long and tough decision of mine and after speaking with some of my close friends, family and Team Manager, I have decided to withdraw from taking part in this years’ SSDT.
It was not an easy decision as it’s one of my favourite events but I feel it’s the best way for me to really concentrate on having a good year at world championship.
With the first TrialGP being only a week after the SSDT, I don’t want to lose precious time training and preparing myself and my bike at the highest level possible.
I would like to thank everybody who respects my decision and I will see you up in Fort William for the first weekend and I would like to take this opportunity to wish all competitors a great and enjoyable week, Cheers Dibs”.

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James Dabill (Vertigo) on Chairlift in the SSDT 2016 – © – Image: Trial Magazine UK

Dabill’s announcement once again brings into question the tactics of the manufacturers who were always keen to win the prestigeous Scottish Six Days Trial, seen by many to have an impact on sales, in the UK at least, of trials machines. However, the World Championship does carry an equally prestigeous tag, that of World Champion.

James Dabill does value highly a win at the SSDT, he has achieved this twice in his career, 2007 and 2011, so this was clearly not a decision he wanted to have to take. However, he is a professional rider and his job is to satify his contractual obligations first and foremost.

Trials Guru’s John Moffat commented: “This must have been a very tough decision for James to take. I have interviewed him up at Fort William on the local Nevis Radio and been on stage at the presentation of awards when he picked up his wins in 2007 and 2011. He is always quite relaxed in the mornings before the off and really enjoys riding the SSDT. While it’s a great shame for SSDT fans that James will not be riding in 2017, but we wish him well in his World series, TrialGP endeavours and hope that he will return to ride the SSDT in the very near future.”

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James Dabill (Vertigo) – FIM TRIAL 2016 Cal Rosal, Spain – Photo: Mario Candellone

 

 

Flashback to 2015 Scott Trial

Thanks to Trial Magazine UK, we bring you the report on last year’s Scott Trial to whet your appetite for this year’s gruelling event! (Reproduced with permission)

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The 2015 Scott Trial – A Grand National event

Words: Jonny – Pictures: Trials Media & Eric Kitchen

You can compare the Grand National horse race very much with the traditional Scott Motorcycle Trial, as both have a very long sporting heritage and both are about runners and riders. Many questions are similar, such as looking at the form of the competitors and the day’s conditions as both play a big part in the event’s results, but what competitors in both need to excel on the day is a little piece of good fortune. This year’s Scott conditions were very dry despite the overcast weather at the start, and the talk was that we could see a new winner with a host of young riders coming through the ranks having served their Scott apprenticeships. Some of the more experienced Scott Trial pundits were not sure about the younger riders and, as we shall see, they were proved correct at the end of a long hard day’s motorcycling.

 

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Alexz Wigg (JST Gas Gas)

With the start-field commentary in the experienced hands of Scotsman, John Moffat it was his friend from Richmond Councillor John Blackie who flagged the first man away, Robert Hunter, who gave the crowd a traditional wave of the hand at exactly 09.00am.

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Dougie Lampkin (Vertigo)

The overcast conditions would soon clear as the remainder of the 200 riders left the start field at Feldom Range near Marske to set out on the course, which was over 70 miles long and contained 76 hazards.

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Jonathan Richardson (Beta) – Fourth overall, fastest rider setting standard time.

Racing

By the time the riders reach the exposed rock outcrop at ‘Reals Head 1’ they have passed through other aptly named hazards such as ‘Cold Knuckles’ and ‘Underbanks’, and it’s quite a good early indicator of the riders on form. The first rider to arrive was number 14, Andrew Woodward at 10.18.08, who looked relaxed and fresh. From this point on the bedlam begins as rider after rider arrives. The first of the fast riders to arrive was Billy Bolt at 10.56.58 followed by Sam Haslam, Alexz Wigg with Ladies’ World Champion Emma Bristow on his tail, Jonathan Richardson, Ian Austermuhle, John Sunter, Richard Sadler and then, in tandem, last year’s winner James Dabill followed by his Vertigo team-mate Dougie Lampkin who was looking for another victory.

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Ross Danby (SXS) – Fifth overall

Tales of problems even before the first hazard were coming through, such as Dan Thorpe’s front wheel puncture before the first hazard had even been reached, and Iwan Roberts who had crashed and broken his front mudguard.

Who’s Hot? 

The mass exodus of the hundreds of spectators from the ‘Reals Head’ hazards and ‘Underbanks’, which is close by, sees them travel to the next vantage points at around the halfway point, such as ‘By-Pass’ where the river had three hazards on offer with the middle one the most testing. The lead rider was now number 37 Gareth Palmer, who arrived at 12.09.04 as more riders arrived with some looking very hot and bothered from the physical exertion that they had just been through over the ‘Grouse Moor’ crossing that they had just made. The third rider through and looking very much on a mission was lady rider Chloe Richardson, with John Sunter arriving a few minutes later and obviously in a rush as he knew the chasing pack of front runners was coming fast. Sixteen seconds later was Bolt and at the change of the minute Haslam, Richardson and Wigg, and then a couple of minutes down was Austermuhle, Guy Kendrew and then Lampkin, who had moved in front of Dabill, and Ross Danby who had certainly picked up the pace as he pushed towards the front.

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Richard Sadler (Beta)

Bridge End 

Yes it was case of ‘Bridge End’ for both Lampkin and Dabill as the new Vertigo machines they were riding hit trouble with electrical problems. Lampkin managed to rectify his machine pretty quickly but for Dabill it was game over as it was quite a while before his machine would burst back into life, and he knew he would not be repeating his victory of 2014. On the return journey the competitors pick up the course they used in the morning and also take in the hazards once again at Reels Head where two hazards were waiting.

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Sam Haslam (Gas Gas UK)

The crowd tension was pretty high as they waited for the first rider to arrive, who was Sunter at 13.52.08 followed by eventual fastest rider Richardson at 13.54.23, and then Bolt at 13.54.56, Haslam who crashed taking five marks with it and then ‘Wiggy’ who also fived it, and then Austermuhle at 13.59.05 who remained feet-up, as did Danby and Lampkin who would eventually provide the best observation score of the day with 24 marks lost. It’s now time for the fast riders to push as much as they can to be the first rider back to the finish and set the ‘Standard Time’.

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Jack Price (Gas Gas)

Chequered Flag

The first rider back was Richardson at 14.48.03 followed by a fresh looking eventual winner Austermuhle at 14.50.24, who had really put the hammer down in the closing stages passing Billy Bolt whose motor had expired and John Sunter who’d punctured his front tyre. It was then ‘Wiggy’ at 14.51.27 who looked very happy with his day’s work which would be rewarded with a very strong second position overall. His Southern team-mate Haslam was next followed by Sunter and local Game Keeper, Will Reynolds. Ben Hemingway was next and then the young James Stones and his mate Richard Sadler, and Ross Danby who looked very fresh. There was still no sign of Lampkin as Guy Kendrew and the first of the young stars Jack Price, and a couple of minutes later Iwan Roberts, appeared. It was then the turn of a disappointed Lampkin, who was not sure he had done enough for the victory eventually finishing third overall. The Scott had once again lived up to its reputation as the toughest one-day trial in the world as the last official finisher in time, Paul Marwood, arrived back having been on the course for seven hours, eleven minutes and fifty-one seconds – well done that man.

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John Lampkin (Beta-UK); Beth Austermuhle; Ian Austermuhle with his parents.

Scott Trial 2015 Abbreviated Results:

Gold Spoons

1: Ian Austermuhle (Beta-UK) 42; 2: Alexz Wigg (JST Gas Gas) 46; 3: Dougie Lampkin (Vertigo) 49; 4: Jonathan Richardson (Beta-UK) 61; 5: Ross Danby (SXS) 62; 6: Richard Sadler (Acklams Beta) 65.

Silver Spoons

7: Sam Haslam (JST Gas Gas) 69; 8: Jack Price (Gas Gas) 70; 9: Iwan Roberts (Beta-UK) 84; 10: Guy Kendrew (Beta-UK) 84; 11: James Stones (AGB Sherco) 84; 12: Dan Thorpe (JST Gas Gas) 93; 13: James Dabill (Vertigo) 97; 14: Chris Pearson (Splat Sherco) 108; 15: Rob Waite (Acklams Beta) 110; 16: James Fry (Sherco) 111; 17: John Sunter (Appleyard’s Montesa) 112; 18: Ben Hemingway (Beta-UK) 114; 19: William Reynolds (Montesa) 119; 20: Luke Walker (Sherco) 125; 21: James Lampkin (Beta-UK) 127; 22: Dec Bullock (Team Roundhouse Beta-UK) 132; 23: Thomas Hick (Acklams Beta) 149; 24: Stephen Dixon (BMS Scorpa) 153; 25: Jack Stones (Acklams Beta) 154; 26: Andy Cripps (DCR Sherco) 169.

Standard Time: Jonathan Richardson (Beta-UK) 4.42.22

The Last Official Finisher: Paul Marwood (Sherco) 7.11.51

Best on Observation: Dougie Lampkin (Vertigo) 25

Manufactures Team Award: Beta

Club Team Award: Richmond MC

Best Under 21 Rider: Jack Price (Gas Gas) 70

Best Lady Rider: Emma Bristow (Sherco) 172

Best First Time Rider: Thomas Housecroft (Beta) 254

Best Over 40 Rider: Chris Shorey (Sherco) 373

Top 26 Machines: Beta: 11; Sherco: 5; Gas Gas 4; Montesa/Honda 2; Vertigo 2; SXS 1; Scorpa 1.

Article Copyright:

Trial Magazine UK – 2016

SSDT – Where are they now?

Where are they now?

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1966 Weigh-In at Gorgie Market, Edinburgh – Sammy Miller’s Bultaco Sherpa 252cc (EAA60D) – Photo courtesy: Kenny McNamee, Motherwell

The Scottish Six Days Trial is one of those events that every trials rider not only wants to take part in at least once in their lifetime, but to win it, well that is something really special.

Motorcycle manufacturers have entered works machines to the event with the sole aim of achieving victory, pure and simple.

Tommy Sandham, who has written four books on the subject, has asked me to undertake a tricky task – to find out how many SSDT winning machines still exist!

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SSDT Centenary 2011 – Two of the most famous trials machines, of all time – 187BLF (350 AJS) which won the 1961 SSDT ridden by Gordon Jackson losing only one mark. GOV132 (500 Ariel) Sammy Miller’s famous machine that won the SSDT (1962 & 1964) – Photo: Iain Lawrie, Kinlochleven

We know of a few that are still around, these are as follows:

1946/47/48 – HughViney’s 350 AJS (HXF641)

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Hugh Viney’s AJS with some details painted on the front plate of HXF641 as it is to this day – Photo: David Lewis, London

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Hugh Viney’s factory AJS HXF641 on which he won three successive SSDTs post-war – Photo: David Lewis, London

1957 – Johnny Brittain’s 500 Royal Enfield Bullet (HNP331) – National Motorcycle Museum.

1962/64 – Sammy Miller’s 500 Ariel (GOV132) – Sammy Miller Trust.

1961 – Gordon Jackson’s 350 AJS (187BLF) – Sammy Miller Trust.

1963 – Arthur J. Lampkin’s 249 BSA C15 (XON688) – Owned by A.J. Lampkin.

1965 – Sammy Miller’s Bultaco Sherpa (669 NHO) – Owned by Sammy Miller Trust.

1966 – Alan R.C. Lampkin’s 249 BSA C15 (748MOE) – Owned by A.R.C. Lampkin.

1967/1968 – Sammy Miller’s Bultaco Sherpa (EAA60D) – Owned by Yrjo Vesterinen.

1969 – Bill Wilkinson’s 250 Greeves – (WWC 169F) – Owned by Bill Wilkinson.

1981 – Yrjo Vesterinen’s 349 Montesa Cota – Owned by Yrjo Vesterinen.

2005 – Sam Conner’s 290 Sherco – Owned by Paul Rays

So where are the rest?

Some SSDT winning machines – but where are they?

1954: Artie Ratcliffe’s 350 Matchless (OLH721)

1959: Roy Peplow’s Triumph Cub (RUE923)

1970-1971 : Mick Andrews’ Ossa (B775073 – Barcelona registration)

1972 : Mick Andrews’ Ossa (B-1681-C – Barcelona registration)

1973: Malcolm Rathmell’s 250 Bultaco (XWW34L)

1974: Mick Andrews’ 250 Yamaha (CRA33L)

1975: Mick Andrews’ Yamaha (JGF729N)

 

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Five Minutes with Nikita Smith – Trials Rider

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Nikita Smith (Gas Gas UK)

Nikita Smith is 19 year of age and comes from a family with trials connections.

“My Dad and his brothers rode a few trials back in their day.” says Nikita.

“The Middlesbrough & District MCC national Cleveland Trial runs just above our farm. When I was around two years of age, I heard the sound of trials bikes and was pointing, so my Mum and Dad took me up to have a look. It all really started from that moment, I just wouldn’t shut up about bikes. My Nan and Grandad bought me a battery bike that I could ride around the farm, but I wanted to go faster so at four, my parents bought my a Honda QR 50. I then progressed on to a Yamaha TY 80 and started to ride trials at the age of six”.

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Nikita on the Yamaha TY80

“I just moved through the classes, my parents were always supporting me and I can’t thank them enough! When I was ready to move to B class, I joined ‘Ace Trials Team’ run and financed by the Kilhams family. For me this was a dream come true at such a young age. They gave me brilliant support and they introduced me to the European and World trials scene. They showed me how everything worked, as it’s a bit different than entering a club trial! Unfortunately the Ace Trials Team didn’t continue, so I joined up with John Shirt at Gas Gas UK which was fantastic help as I progressed in my riding career.

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Nikita’s FIM Women’s Trial GP of Andorra riding bib from 2013 – Photo: Sallyann Smith

“My cousins also rode a few trials we all live quite close so we would go practising together”.

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Nikita shows her all action style on the Gas Gas – Photo: Kacey Smith

“Unfortunately, I suffered a road traffic accident which involved head, chest and leg injuries. This has been a big set-back to me, but my goals still remain the same to ride at the top level. I am currently undergoing physio with my leg and working hard to get where I want to be, on a trials motorcycle”.

 

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Nikita Smith doing what she likes best, riding trials

Mark Kilhams, Owner of the Ace Trial Team commented: “I approached the Smith family at the final ladies round in the Isle Of Wight as I saw great potential that was not being fully accessed. I knew that Joanne Coles would be the best mentor for Nikita and would make a great team mate. Thankfully the family agreed to compete abroad if supported in the world and European paddocks by Ace Trials Team. This was a very successful arrangement for all involved and Nikita’s achievements and potential brought in a lot of new interest and sponsorship to the team. We have kept in constant contact with the Smith family since Nikita’s terrible accident and I know that the strong-will and single mindedness that bought her so many top podium finishes, will get her back to the top of ladies trials again”.

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Nikita getting back in the groove on her Gas Gas in July 2016 – Photo: Sallyann Smith

2017 Update:

Now fully recovered from her horrific road accident, and at the ripe old age of twenty years, Nikita Smith makes a comeback on the world stage with her first appearance since 2013 when she was fifteen.

Nikita will take part on a Gas Gas machine and compete in the newly launched ‘Trial2 Women’ class in the World trial series in Kingman, USA in August 2017.

Article Text Copyright: Trials Guru / Moffat Racing – John Moffat 2017

Photos:

  • Courtesy of Nikita Smith, all rights reserved.
  • Kacey Smith
  • Sallyann Smith

GAS GAS ARE GO!

Gas Gas UK has received their first consignment of new machines following the recent purchase by Torrot, the Spanish electric motorcycle manufacturer of the Salt, Gerona made motorcycle brand.

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The GGUK crew unpack a shiny 2017 Gas Gas at their Derbyshire HQ – Photo courtesy of Judith Mellor/Gas Gas UK

GGUK’s Kevin ‘Factory Kev’ Hipwell is seen here ‘unloading’ the first batch of crated machines at their Derbyshire headquarters.

GGUK has continued trading successfully as UK distributors of spare parts for the Spanish marque which has a very strong brand loyalty.

The return to market is welcome news for the UK trials buying public.

Torrot became the main and eventual successful bidder for the stricken Gas Gas concern after several bids collapsed early in 2016.

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Gas Gas UK will be supporting the 2016 SSDT

The arrival of machines also co-incides with the announcement that Gas Gas UK will again be represented at the annual Scottish Six Days Trial (Monday 2nd – Saturday 7th May 2016) at Fort William where the usual support will be available to private Gas Gas owners as in previous years.

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Kevin Hipwell unloads new crated GasGas machines at their UK headquarters

Gomez goes GasGas

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Sandra Gomez Cantero joins Gas Gas Trials Team 2016

World Women’s SuperEnduro champion Sandra Gómez joins the Gas Gas trial team

The newly proclaimed world champion of Women’s SuperEnduro joins the Gas Gas Factory FG Trial Team to fight for the World and National Championships and long distance trial events on the new Gas Gas TXT 300 Racing. This marks a firm commitment by the Spanish brand to female competition.

Gas Gas announces the signing of Sandra Gómez. The current world champion of SuperEnduro and AMA of Enducross joins the Gas Gas Factory FG Trial Team, where she is going to fight for the national and world trial titles. The rider from Madrid is also to participate in long distance races such as the Scottish Six Days Trial (SSDT) or the Dos Dies d’Arinsal, (The Arinsal Two Days event in Andorra).

Sandra Gómez joining the Gas Gas family means yet another step in the right direction by the Spanish manufacturer in its commitment to trial and its support of women’s competition, something which has been in a state of growth lately. The rider from Madrid gets back on track after a successful story in trial after the 2015 season when she concentrated all her efforts into winning the two most prestigious titles in enduro: the World SuperEnduro, in Europe, and the AMA Enducross Championship, on the other side of the Atlantic, in the USA.

But written down on the next pages of her agenda is her entry for the SSDT 2016, from 2nd to 7th May in Fort William (Scotland), where the rider from Madrid is to have her first taste of competition with Gas Gas. Meanwhile, from July, Sandra Gómez will also be participating in the National and World Trial Championships.

The rider from Cercedilla is set to fight for the crown of the Trial World Championship this coming July in Tong, UK, and which this year has three double events: the first in Tong, a second in Valchiampo, in Italy, and the last in Isola 2000, France. As well as all these races, the new Gas Gas rider will also be taking part in the events left in the Women’s Spanish Trial Championship: Pobladura de Regueras (León), Vall de Lord (Lleida), Carnota (A Coruña), Valdemanco (Madrid) and Antas (Almería).

Sandra Gómez: “I’m just so excited to be back with Gas Gas, the brand that I started off with in trial. And the truth is that I’m really motivated and looking forward to beginning my training and fighting to get my first world title in trial. My first race is going to be the ‘Scottish’ in just 2 weeks. So I’m going to be using this time to get used to the new Gas Gas TXT 300 Racing, which I’ve heard so many good things about. I’m absolutely thrilled at the thought of competing”

SANDRA GÓMEZ CANTERO ( born:23rd March 1993, Cercedilla – Madrid)

Personal Achievement

2015

World SuperEnduro Champion
AMA Enducross Champion
7th Trial World Championship
World runner-up in the Trial de Nations

2014

X Games Silver medallist

3rd World SuperEnduro Championship
3rd Trial World Championship
Spanish Trial Champion
World runner-up in the Trial de Nations

2013

Barcelona X Games Bronze medallist
Munich X Games Bronze medallist
2nd Trial World Championship
Runner-up Spanish Trial
World runner-up in the Trial de Nations

2012

3rd Trial World Championship
Runner-up Spanish Trial
World Champion in the Trial de Nations

2011

5th Trial World Championship
5th Trial European Championship
Spanish Trial Champion
World Champion in the Trial de Nations

2010

5th Trial World Championship
Runner-up Spanish Trial
Champion of the “Comunidad de Madrid de Trial”

2009

8th Trial World Championship
5th Trial European Championship
Runner-up Spanish Trial
World runner-up in the Trial de Nations

2008

13th Trial World Championship
3rd Spanish Trial Championship
World Champion in the Trial de Nations

Gas Gas – The Return

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2016 Gas Gas TXT300 Racing – Photo: Gas Gas Motos

A popular brand even although it has suffered financial hardship, Gas Gas are set for a return. The new Gas Gas TXT 300 Racing, the model most awaited by the fans of Trial and two-stroke engines. The new models of the Gas Gas TXT 300 Racing will begin production in March in the renovated facilities in Salt under strict quality standards of both manufacturing and of components, as the Girona factory emerges with this strong commitment in the manufacturing of all products.

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2016 Gas Gas Racing 300 – Photo: Gas Gas Motos

Highlighted by a sincere commitment to quality and for constant improvement of its TXT 300 Racing model, next week, we will reveal this new flagship of our brand in the sport of Trial, at which point full details will be available with specifications of this new model in which Gas Gas has devoted a special dedication of attention to every detail.

Also Marc Colomer has joined the Development Team at Gas Gas Motos.

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Gas Gas relaunch in Gerona 2016 – Photo: John Hulme/Trial Magazine UK