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TALK TRIALS TONI BOU

CHAMPION Riding back from the final hazard in Great Britain I had a little smile to

myself as I reflected on what had just happened. In a low-scoring event I had just made one my best fightbacks to claim a victory as I passed through the ends cards on section fifteen; yes it went all the way to the wire. It was pressure all the way after a strict five-mark penalty was awarded against me on the first lap. I accepted it and moved on, and that’s been the story of my career. You cannot look back on what’s happened the focus must always remain on the future. The champagne was a good reminder though of what I had just achieved! WORDS: TONI BOU WITH JOHN HULME • PICTURES: TRIALS MEDIA

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his year has been very difficult in the fact that injury has interrupted it so much. Firstly with my back when I crashed at the beginning of the year and then with my knee injury in Belgium. I went to bed in Belgium and my knee swelled up like a balloon. The qualification problems had given me quite an early start position but in my mind I decided that if I could ride I could challenge for the win. The team around me checked the knee out on Sunday morning and strapped it up to avoid further damage. Going to the practice area I was still not sure I could start the competition. Once on the machine I felt uncomfortable but that was all. The team is the best motivation I could ask for and we all decided to give it a go. As it turned out the early start position did not bother me. The focus was going forward and the team was rewarded with the win. I could not change the knee injury and so it was dealt with, and the outcome was a positive one. This was the same with the five-mark penalty in Great Britain. The crowd support was superb and I wanted to put on a good show. With some great riding from Miquel Gelabert and then pressure from Adam Raga I was very happy to win! World title number 24 was in the bag. ‘Can I keep winning’ is a constant question and one I am always happy to answer. I am the man, and the machine is the team around me. They want to win as much as I do and for the professional way they all embrace this situation I cannot thank them all enough. For my family, friends and fans I thank you all for the journey. The past is recorded in the history books and now I once again look to the future. Thank you to everyone. Until Next Time – Ride On! – Toni

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TWENTY FOUR WORLD TITLES: DONE

UNDISPUTED CHAMPION

With 12 consecutive TrialGP titles and 12 consecutive X-Trial indoor titles Toni Bou and the Montesa Cota 4RT have dominated the world of trials. Recognised for its exclusive technological features, as well as superior quality and proven reliability, the Cota 4RT260 and the Cota 4RT260 Race Replica are born with the same competitive spirit that the amateur Trial enthusiast can get the most out of.

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BETA

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With feedback from the factory team about the new trials range Beta have used their experience at the cutting edge of the sport to further refine the Beta Evo range for 2019, ensuring that riders of all abilities can count on the best available technology. There are three two-stroke engines: 125cc 250cc and 300cc, plus the world renowned four-stroke version, which is available as a 300cc and offers an excellent alternative to the two-stroke versions thanks to its user-friendly engine power delivery, which is welcomed by clubman riders and experts alike. ARTICLE: TRIALS MEDIA • PICTURES: BETA

Evo 2T

All the two-stroke versions have the following new features designed to give the machine a more technically polished feel. The engines, apart from the 125cc, feature a cylinder with new exhaust port geometry and new timing curves. Both of these developments improve low-rev engine control and stabilize the power delivery, providing exceptional standard-setting performance. A new gear selector cam has been designed which was used in the earlier ‘Factory’ models and provides more positive shifting. Another ‘Factory’ model feature is the new CDI control unit now with even better performance and optimized mapping for the new cylinder.

Evo 4T

The 300 4T four-stroke engine has also been upgraded. One of the most important new features is a new throttle with a redesigned internal ramp that gives better low-rev power control. Like the two-strokes, the four-stroke inherits the new CDI control unit with new dedicated mapping.

What's new

A series of new features on both the two-stroke and four-stroke models includes the following: New shock absorber port geometry, which is now higher and more progressive. New shock absorber piston with increased suspension sensitivity and progression. Together with the modified spark plug geometry the new piston generates decidedly more grip, making it more forgiving in the event of rider error. A new pump on the mechanical side of the front fork ensures more progressive impact absorption. New front fork oil, which improves stability at high temperatures maximizing smoothness. New chain tensioner affording a new adjustment range whilst making adjustments easier. The rear brake calliper has brake-pad anti-vibration systems which maximize precision and significantly reduce noise. New graphics and colours enhance the appearance. CONTACT

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Water Resistant Inner Membrane Reinforced Internally

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SCORPA

TXT RACING

Standing alone with its own orange identity, the Scorpa name had a superb start to the trials season as Benoit Bincaz became the new ‘find’ of the FIM X-Trial Championship on the Factory model 300cc. With a two-model range on offer they have a machine to suit the price of every pocket. ARTICLE: TRIALS MEDIA • PICTURES: SCORPA

Scorpa SC Factory and Racing 2019

Getting the power to the rear wheel is what Scorpa has focussed on in its 2019 model range. It upgrades to an evolution of the superb Diaphragm clutch and smoother, more powerful engines. Two model ranges give a choice to any customer’s ability and pockets.

What's new 2019 SC Factory: 125cc/250cc/300cc

All Models: Reiger 3-way adjustable shock absorber; Adjustable Tech Aluminium Front Forks; Cylinder Head Compression Ratio and Dome Shape Changed; Evolution of the Diaphragm Clutch • New Spring Actuation Lever and PreLoad Washer • Lighter in use by 40%; CDI Power Curve • Low Speed Engine Power Gain; Factory Graphic Kit; Orange Anodised Wheel Rims. For 250cc/300cc: Crankshaft • New Balancing with Less Vibration, Smoother Performance; Interchangeable Cylinder Head.

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NEW MODELS 2019

TRS

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Like a vibrant ray of sunshine, the yellow brand’s identity is now firmly established on the trials scene as a winner. For 2019 we witness a good machine just getting better with an introduction extending its trials model range with an exciting 125cc. ARTICLE: TRIALS MEDIA • PICTURES: TRS

TRS One 2019

Offering a four-machine capacity range with 125cc/250cc/280cc/300cc models available allows riders of all abilities to identify what they really require in the trials world and is a key feature of the Spanish brand. In such a short space of time since its introduction in late 2015 the reputation for superb handling and build quality has made them an easy machine to ride and own. Both Jordi Tarres and the UK importer Steve Saunders have given their years of knowledge and experience to the project, which has been very well received by the buying public. By the time you read this the new 125cc should be available to complement the model range

What's new

One Graphics • Microfusion Rear Brake Lever • Forged Exhaust Brackets with Silent Block Fitments • Updated Rear Shock Absorber Settings • Air Filter Protector • Adjustment on the Front Forks • Cylinder Distribution • CDI Power Curve Program. CONTACT

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NEW MODELS 2019

GAS GAS

TXT RACING With Jeroni Fajardo and the exciting new young talent Jaime Busto fighting for second position in the Trial World Championship, Spanish manufacturer Gas Gas has quite rightly titled its new 2019 model machine as the ‘Racing’. ARTICLE: TRIALS MEDIA • PICTURES: GAS GAS

Gas Gas TXT Racing 2019

This iconic trials manufacturer shows off for 2019 great new features in both its looks inside and outside without losing the accent on the racing style of all its models. It shows a firm commitment to evolution that will convince trial enthusiasts why it has become the most powerful weapon of the official Gas Gas Trials Factory Team riders, making them winners in the top international competitions. Ease of maintenance and better performance are the key elements of this 2019 package for the Gas Gas machines. 18

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• Swinging Arm • Rear Suspension Linkage • Swinging Arm Bearings and Seals • Chain Tensioner • Chain Slider • Racing Aesthetics • Sprocket Protector • Sidestand • Rear Brake Master Cylinder • Rear Disc Protector • Front Brake Calliper • Front Mudguard Brace • Rear Brake Lever, Bolt and Mounting • Kevlar Clutch Plates • Adjustable Clutch Spring • Two-Piece Clutch Cover • Crankshaft Main Bearings — this allows them to be serviced without splitting the crankcases. CONTACT

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NEWS

TRIAL NEWS ROUND-UP

Dirt Bike Show 2018

The International Dirt Bike Show is back with a bang in 2018. Europe’s leading indoor off-road event is back for yet another bumper event this November. Not only will the event be showcasing the very latest off-road models and live trials action once again, there will be superb entertainment including Mini Bike Racing, Quad bikes and Moto Football. The International Dirt Bike Show is held across four days (1st-4th November) at its now traditional home of Stoneleigh Park in Warwickshire, in partnership for a third year with oil and lubricant giant Motul. Event organiser, Mortons Media Group, will be looking to build on a sell-out 2017 show with major manufacturers showcasing their latest 2019 machines. Featuring an action-packed agenda — the likes of which have never been seen at the show before — these dates are not to be missed. Keep an eye on the event website: www.dirtbikeshow.co.uk for more information coming soon. Advance ticket sales are now open, and can be purchased online at: www.dirtbikeshow.co.uk or by calling: 01507 529529. Prices start from as little as £8.00.

What's new for 2019 SHERCO

It’s two bold, individual colour schemes that stand out on the new 2019 Sherco trials model range, which are available in a variety of engine sizes. The higher specification Factory model, which will be more expensive, and the Racing model have seen changes to take them into the new trials season. The Factory version has aluminium front forks with a three-way rear Reiger shock and a white frame to distinguish it from the Race version. The Race model comes with steel Tech Forks and an upgraded Olle rear suspension unit.

VERTIGO

Still the only two-stroke trials manufacturer to use electronic fuel injection, the Spanish brand Vertigo has announced their 2019 Combat Vertical model range with a new 125cc added. This new model runs parallel with equipment based around the 250cc and 300cc models. They feature new and improved parts and come fitted with Dunlop D803GP tyres.

Flags: A new Book

Talented youth trials rider, action man, son, fiancé and all-round good young man passed away recently after a four-year battle with cancer. Photographer and former Trials rider Joshua Turner is releasing a book of photographs inspired by Motorcycle Trials. Competing in various clubman events held by the likes of Manchester 17, Macclesfield Trials Club and Staffordshire Moorlands from 2007 to 2015, Joshua is the third generation of Trials riders to come from the Turner family. Trials has had a significant effect on Josh’s practice as a photographer, particularly in the subject he is interested in working on. The recurring theme of his work is the relationship between the individual and the landscape, and although a vast subject, has a personal importance due to the influence from riding Trials. The photobook is called Flags, taking its name from the objects used to mark out sections. The book will contain approximately 30 pages, with 17 large-format film photographs. Josh has also chosen four images where he used to mark out sections when he first started riding; the sections will be printed onto tracing paper and laid over the photographs of the sections. Please show your support for a fellow Trials rider and upcoming photographer by pre-ordering a copy of Flags. To do so follow the link to Josh’s crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter: www.joshuaturnerphoto.format.com/ kickstarter

Yamaha 2019? Yamaha arrived at the final round of the 2018 Trial World Championship with Kenichi Kuroyama in preparation for the Trial Des Nations the week after in the Czech Republic. They also revealed that after the success of the new electric TY-E model in the World Championship that the level of support could be higher in 2019.

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INTERNATIONAL FIM WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP

Toni Bou (Repsol Honda-ESP)

Trial World Championships: the best, the calm and the surprises

Wow! What a championship season! Bou continues to dominate but after some strange observing decisions we find Matteo Grattarola taking the Trial2 title at the final section in Italy. The calm and collected Billy Green was a very worthy Trial125 World Champion who took it all in his stride. WORDS AND PICTURES: TRIALS MEDIA

2018 TRIALGP WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP We have to ask the ongoing question: who can stop Toni Bou? With seven wins from the nine in the championship, Japan was a double points-scoring day; he has once again demonstrated the will to win over his rivals despite some injury problems during the season. Who would like to bet him once again dominating in 2019 — we certainly would not!

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP: 1: Toni Bou (Repsol Honda-ESP) 170; 2: Jeroni

Fajardo (Gas Gas-ESP) 132; 3: Adam Raga (TRRS-ESP) 129; 4: Jamie Busto (Gas Gas-ESP) 124; 5: Albert Cabestany (Beta-ESP) 102; 6: Takahisa Fujinami (Repsol Honda-JPN) 91; 7: James Dabill (Beta-GBR) 79; 8: Jorge Casales (Vertigo-ESP) 73; 9: Miquel Gelabert (Sherco-ESP) 70; 10: Jack Price (Gas Gas-GBR) 52; 11: Benoit Bincaz (Scorpa-FRA) 41; 12: Franz Kadlec (Gas GasGER) 38; 13: Oriol Noguera (Jotagas-ESP) 34; 14: Alexandre Ferrer (ShercoFRA) 15; 15: Kenichi Kuroyama (Yamaha-JPN) 9.

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Trial125

From left: Martin Riobo (Gas Gas-ESP), Billy Green (Beta-GBR) and Pablo Suarez (Gas Gas-ESP)

Matteo Grattarola (Honda-ITA)

2018 TRIAL125 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP This is a class which has shown that championships can be won with consistency. Never one to doubt his own ability, but without becoming arrogant, Great Britain’s Billy Green has mixed education with trials riding to become a very worthy first Trial125 World Champion with four wins from six starts.

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP: 1: Billy Green (Beta-GBR) 106; 2: Martin Riobo (Gas Gas-ESP) 93; 3: Pablo Suarez (Gas Gas-ESP) 83; 4: Eric Miquel (TRRS-ESP) 77; 5: Hugo Defrese (Gas Gas-FRA) 71; 6: Arthur Rovery (Sherco-FRA) 65; 7: Fabien Poirot (Gas Gas-FRA) 51; 8: Vold Gunvaldsen (TRRS-NOR) 44; 9: Carloalberto Rabino (Beta-ITA) 43; 10: Pau Martinez (Gas Gas-ESP) 39; 11: Marco Mempoer (Beta-AUS) 36; 12: Julien Camas (Gas Gas-FRA) 21; 13: Rodrigo Marchal (Beta-ESP) 30; 14: Clemens Mitteregger (Beta-AUT) 11; 15: Pol Medinya (Beta-ESP) 8; 16: Ben Dignan (Gas Gas-GBR) 8; 18: Jake Eley (Beta-GBR) 4; 19: Andrew Eley (Beta-GBR) 1

From left: Toby Martyn (Montesa-GBR), Matteo Grattarola (Honda-ITA) and Gabriel Macelli (Montesa-ESP)

2018 TRIAL2 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP This class has seen a four-stroke domination the like of which we haven’t seen since the draconian days around the early sixties. The four-stroke Cota 300RR in the hands of the world champion Matteo Grattarola from Italy, Toby Martyn from Great Britain and Spain’s Gabrielle Marcelli have all, bar one event, filled the championship table. The only two-stroke win has come from Great Britain’s Dan Peace on the Gas Gas.

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP: 1: Matteo Grattarola (Honda-ITA) 147; 2: Toby Martyn

(Montesa-GBR) 147; 3: Gabriel Marcelli (Montesa-ESP) 131; 4: Dan Peace (Gas Gas-GBR) 102; 5: Jack Peace (Gas Gas-GBR) 99; 6: Francesc Moret (MontesaESP) 87; 7: Luca Petrella (TRRS-ITA) 73; 8: Aniol Gelabert (Scorpa-ESP) 61; 9: Marc Riba (TRRS-ESP) 58; 10: Lorenzo Gandola (Scorpa-ITA) 53; 11: Hakon Pedersen (Gas Gas-NOR) 51; 12: Sondre Haga (TRRS-NOR) 32; 13: Pietro Petrangeli (Sherco-ITA) 28; 13: Matteo Poli (Vertigo-ITA) 24; 14: Loris Gubian (Gas Gas-FRA) 23.

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Montesa: 2018 FIM Manufactures World Champion

2018 MANUFACTURERS WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP For 2018 it’s the highest placed rider in each class that decides the manufacturers’ points calculations from TrialGP and Trial2, and Montesa have taken the title with a clear advantage over their rivals.

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP: 1: Montesa 331; 2: Gas 272; 3: TRRS 214; 4: Honda

152; 5: Beta 132; 6: Scorpa 122; 7: Vertigo 109; 8: Sherco 99; 9: Jotagas 34; 10: Yamaha 10.

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QUALIFYING

TrialGP Great Britain — Italy Toni Bou (Repsol Honda-ESP)

For 2018 the qualification process changed from the format on its introduction in 2017 to include three passages along a demanding hazard unique to each event. This included a timed practice ride to determine the start positions for Q1. The riders then went through the qualifying process, with the fastest time giving the rider the chance to start Q2 last while the rider with the slowest time started first. In Q2 the race for the pole position gave many riders the chance to make up for a poor performance in Q1, which inspired some very brave riding. New-for-2018 Gas Gas team rider Jamie Busto took the first pole of the season in Spain at round one before the action continued in Japan, Andorra, Portugal and France. Toni Bou remains the ‘Boss’ in TrialGP, with Toby Martyn and Matteo Grattarola on three wins apiece in Trial2. In Trial 125 it’s a totally different scenario with four different winners, but it’s little Hugo Defrese who made it two wins in Italy.

THE FASTEST TRIALGP: 1: Toni Bou (Repsol Honda-ESP) 5; 2: Jaime Busto (Gas Gas-ESP) 2; 3: James Dabill (Beta-GBR) 1. TRIAL2: 1: Toby Martyn (Montesa-GBR) 3;

2: Matteo Grattarola (Honda-ITA) 3; 3: Loris Gubian (Gas Gas-FRA) 1; 4: Marc Riba (TRRSESP) 1.

TRIAL125: 1: Hugo Defrese (Gas Gas-FRA) 2;

2: Arthur Rovery (Sherco-FRA) 1; 3: Pablo Suarez (Gas Gas-ESP) 1; 4: Eric Miquel (TRRS-ESP) 1.

BELGIUM Once again it was very hot, in both senses, in qualifying as Great Britain’s James Dabill proved to be the fastest in TrialGP on the man-made hazards, as Toni Bou struggled with an injured knee. Riding with a heavily strapped shoulder after a dislocation it was a case of ‘Rule Britannia’ as Toby Martyn made it a one-two, edging out his team-mate Francesc Moret by the closest of margins.

TRIALGP: 1: Dabill 37.13; 2: Busto 37.56; 3: Cabestany 38.04; 4: Raga 40.19; 5: Price 40.82; 6: Kadlec 41.82; 7: Bincaz 41.83; 8: Fujinami 47.62; 9: Noguera 49.56; 10: Bou 40.92 + 1. TRIAL2: 1: Martyn 34.39; 2: Moret 34.55; 3: Dan

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Peace 35.75; 4: Marcelli 38.68; 5: Jack Peace 40.33; 6: Haga 41.44; 7: Petrangeli 42.91; 8: Gandola 47.27; 9: Faude 49.17; 10: Grattarola 35.97 + 1.

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INTERNATIONAL

FIM WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP

Trial2: Belgium — Great Britain — Italy Toby Martyn (Montesa-GBR)

Trial125: Italy Hugo Defrese (Gas Gas-FRA)

GREAT BRITAIN

ITALY

It was a spectacular and fast qualifying hazard that had been constructed, and not for the faint hearted, with some impressive jumps included amongst the rocks. With a good crowd turnout Toni Bou was at his very best, leaving the others literally trailing in his dust on a warm day in Yorkshire with a clear two-second advantage over Adam Raga and James Dabill. Putting on a good show for his home crowd Toby Martyn, like Bou, dominated the qualifying making it a four-stroke take over.

Run for the first time under floodlights, Bou was in stunningly rapid form with only Cabestany anywhere near him. Grattarola crashed out in Q2 leaving Toby Martyn a clear winner. Little in stature but big on talent, Hugo Defrese ‘bossed’ Trial125 to take his second victory as the season closed.

5: Cabestany 33.90; 6: Fajardo 34.67; 7: Kadlec 35.00; 8: Fujinami 35.08; 9: Bincaz 35.90; 10: Price 36.07.

TRIAL2: 1: Martyn 30.85; 2: Pedersen 31.43; 3: Marcelli 31.55; 4: Riba 33.00;

TRIALGP: 1: Bou 30.82; 2: Raga 32.05; 3: Dabill 32.75; 4: Busto 33.62;

TRIAL2: 1: Martyn 34.00; 2: Pedersen 35.12; 3: Marcelli 35.52; 4: Dan Peace

36.03; 5: Riba 37.14; 6: Jack Peace 37.15; 7: Grattarola 38.02; 8: Haga 38.45; 9: Petrella 40.22; 10: Chatagno 40.74.

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TRIALGP: 1: Bou 33.06; 2: Cabestany 34.62; 3: Fajardo 38.13; 4: Bincaz 38.26;

5: Gelabert 40.27; 6: Casales 40.29; 7: Noguera 41.25; 8: Kadlec 41.84; 9: Price 43.42; 10: Fujinami 43.64. 5: Petrella 33.59; 6: Gandola 34.99; 7: Poli 35.63; 8: Moret 35.76; 9: Neumann 36.11; 10: Jack Peace (Gas Gas-GBR) 36.23.

TRIAL125: 1: Defrese 28.01; 2: Rovery 29.20; 3: Miquel 29.27; 4: Green 30.56; 5: Suarez 31.60.

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INTERNATIONAL

FIM WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP

Putting on a very strong performance despite a badly swollen right knee, Toni Bou showed his commitment to winning another championship for the Repsol Honda team with a real ‘gutsy’ performance — a worthy winner!

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Never underestimate the determination of Adam Raga on the TRRS. He was right back on form in Belgium, chasing down Toni Bou all day.

Always showing 100% commitment to the toughest of hazards Japan’s Takahisa Fujinami welcomed his return to the podium.

2018 TRIALGP WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP Never one to give up without a fight, the defending world champion showed why he is the undisputed number one after a heroic victory with a very difficult knee injury he picked up in qualifying. Riding through the pain barrier he was in fantastic form on the opening lap where he pulled out a clear advantage, but the fight for victory was way from over. The man expected to challenge Bou was Jeroni Fajardo, but his day did not go to plan and it was his old adversary, Adam Raga on the TRRS, who took the fight to the championship leader. After a recent loss of form Adam was right back on track, and at one point in the closing stages of the second lap he snatched the lead from Bou. Never one to give up it was fellow Repsol Honda team rider Takahisa Fujinami who returned to the podium for the first time since round two in Japan.

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP: 1: Bou 43; 2: Raga 47; 3: Fujinami 59; 4: Busto 63; 5: Dabill 70; 6: Fajardo 76; 7: Cabestany 77; 8: Kadlec 87; 7: 9: Price 88; 10: Casales 89.

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Riding with the pain from a dislocated shoulder sustained earlier in the week Great Britain’s Toby Martyn was well received on the podium by the appreciative Belgian crowd.

Having both his riders in Trial2 on the podium, RG team manager Rudy Geiser enjoyed the champagne!

2018 TRIAL2 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP It was a fantastic show of sheer strength and determination from Great Britain’s young Toby Martyn, who won both the qualifying and the Trial2 class after dislocating his left shoulder just a few days before the event as he claimed a one-mark victory over Italy’s Matteo Grattarola. Despite the obvious pain Martyn was in he kept an eye on the podium, finishing the opening lap behind Grattarola who had an eight-mark advantage. As Grattarola buckled under the pressure it was time for Martyn to go for the victory, and he did just that, winning by a single mark after a tense second lap. It was a one-two-three for four-stroke machinery which dominated the podium, and for the first time since the opening round in Camprodon in Spain in May the teenage Toby Martyn was at the top of the championship table by a mere two points from Grattarola.

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP: 1: Martyn 18; 2: Grattarola 19; 3: Moret 20; 4: Petrella 22; 5: Marcelli 29; 6: Jack Peace 34; 7: Dan Peace 38; 8: Pedersen 38; 9: Riba 47; 10: Aniol Gelabert 48.

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Toni Bou (Repsol-Honda-ESP) dominated both qualifying and the trial.

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Watched by James Dabill (left) is Jaime Busto who was disappointed with his form in Great Britain.

At a new, virgin venue for a Trial World Championship round in Great Britain the rocky exposed outcrops of Addingham Moorside near Silsden in north Yorkshire welcomed the riders to round seven on a very warm sunny weekend. Defending world champion Toni Bou arrived on form knowing the win would give him title number twelve. As it turned out he won after being pushed to the very last section of the day. The riders who were the thorn in the side of Bou were first Miquel Gelabert, and then his constant rival Adam Raga. Young Gelabert put in a stunning opening lap of just three marks lost, but after a good start on the second lap the chance of victory was blown away in the penultimate hazard with a stop. Raga, riding in front of Bou, took the fight for the victory to the very last hazard which Bou knew he had to clean to take the victory as the marks were so close. In front of a huge crowd Bou delivered, and with it came title number twelve.

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP: 1: Bou 13; 2: Raga 15; 3: Gelabert 15; 4: Fujinami 21; 5: Cabestany 23; 6: Fajardo 24; 7: Busto 28; 8: Dabill 28; 9: Price 35; 10: Casales 42.

After a tough opening lap Jack Price came fighting back on the second lap to record the fifth best score! It’s hard work in the top class at TrialGP standard but young ‘JP’ certainly put on a good show for the home crowd.

2018 TRIAL2 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP The crowds came to watch the world’s best and, boy, did they get value for money in Trial2. On the opening lap championship leader Toby Martyn and Matteo Grattarola were never further than a mark apart. They were the only riders in single figures, with Grattarola holding the advantage on four to Martyn’s five marks lost. On the second lap they both had three stops as Grattarola parted with a single mark in the final hazard to make it all even on 20 marks lost each. Young Martyn used a mature head to post a fantastic clean as the home crowd went wild, as he made it four consecutive wins and moved closer to the world title. Once again it was the four-stroke machines taking the podium as Spain’s Gabrielle Marcelli and Jack Peace both came good on the second lap with single-figure scores.

For the first time in his young career the allSpanish podium was joined by Miquel Gelabert. Showing a maturity way above his young age, Great Britain’s Toby Martyn was in fantastic form on the last hazard of the day as the crowd made enough noise to wake up Yorkshire! He was very happy to come away from his ‘home’ event extending his championship lead.

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP: 1: Martyn 20; 2:

Grattarola 20; 3: Marcelli 22; 4: Jack Peace 29; 5: Gandola 23; 6: Dan Peace 34; 7: Moret 36; 8: Chatagno 37; 9: Petrella 40; 10: Pedersen 42.

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With the final round in Italy Matteo Grattarola will need to be at the very top of his game if he is to take the Trial2 World Championship on home soil.

Frustratingly disappointed with his opening lap score, Jack Peace came back to fight on the second lap with the fire well alight in his body to climb back up to an eventual fourth place.

Having been away from the world trials championship scene for a while, Jack Challoner retuned to put another four-stroke in the top 15. He rode as a wild card to an excellent 11th position.

It was an all four-stroke podium again in Great Britain: Matteo Grattarola (ITA), Toby Martyn (GBR) and Gabrielle Marcelli (ESP)

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The question that everyone will be asking is how much longer can Toni Bou keep winning, time after time? Is it the Repsol Honda that gives him the edge? No, it’s the perfect combination of man and machine.

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Jeroni Fajardo on the Gas Gas has looked at times very much like a new rider, and the second overall in the championship is well deserved.

2018 TRIALGP WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP Starting badly in the last round of the 2018 season simply put some fire in the belly of Toni Bou. The undisputed ‘King’ of trials started as we have seen before, with a fightback, which at the close of the first lap put him in the lead. His closest rival was his old sparring partner Adam Raga. He knew he had to win if he was to move to second in the championship standings and he pushed Bou all the way, finishing just a single mark behind after lap one. As we have witnessed on so many occasions though, Bou put the hammer down on the second lap to part with just two marks. Raga was a very worthy runner up but it was not enough to pass Jeroni Fajardo who finished second with a personal best finish in the trial world championship leaving Raga in third.

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP: 1: Bou 21; 2: Raga 24; 3: Fajardo 37; 4: Cabestany 46; 5: Busto 46; 6: Fujinami 63; 7: Dabill 69; 8: Gelabert 78; 9: Casales 83; 10: Price 84.

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Winning the Trial2 world championship on home soil in Italy must be a dream come true for Matteo Grattarola.

2018 TRIAL2 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP You can take nothing away from Toby Martyn as he fought all day for his first Trial2 world championship crown. Riding on home soil Italian Matteo Grattarola was in fantastic form easily dominating the event. Spain’s Gabrielle Marcelli was showing his true form as the four-stroke machines once again dominated the event. Maybe some nerves crept into Martyn’s riding, but he rode his heart out only to be beaten at the final bell. Toby needed to finish second and he was thrown a short life line as the observer on the final hazard fived Marcelli but this decision would not stand and Martyn would be denied. Imagine a championship which was decided in the final hazard of the day, you could not have written the script any better.

RESULTS: 1: Grattarola 2; 2: Marcelli 18; 3:

Martyn 21; 4: Petrella 23; 5: Moret 31; 6: Dan Peace 32; 7: Jack Peace 46; 8: Riba 47; 9: Chatango 47; 10: Petrangeli 48.

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Dan Peace took the only two-stroke win in the Trial2 class on the Gas Gas, with the top three final positions in the championship all dominated by the four-stroke Cota 4RT.

2018 TRIAL125 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP Billy Green arrived in Italy with one hand on the Trial125 world championship but he wanted to win on a Beta in its home country. With a faultless ride on the first lap he looked to be achieving the goal, but with three fives on the second lap this did not materialise as he would have wanted it to. It was left to Martin Riobo to take the victory on the tie decider from Carloalberto Rabino as Green emerged in third to take his first adult world title.

RESULTS: 1: Riobo 13; 2: Rabino 13; 3: Green 16; 4: Defrese 22; 5: Suarez 23; 6: Miquel 24; 7: Mempoer 42; 8: Rovery 45; 9: Martinez 49; 10: Gunvaldsen 60

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Gubian's GasGas

TrialE-lation The adult sector of the new generation of battery-powered trials motorcycles has been slow to take off. Without a doubt OSET led the way in the youth class with its model range, but it’s the innovation of the new Gas Gas TXTE model that has taken them to the two TrialE Championships in 2017 and 2018. Using the bottom half of their hugely successful two-stroke trials model’s diaphragm, clutch and gearbox paired to an electric motor and battery it appears to be leading the race to go into production, something that was confirmed after Gubian took victory. Despite the mighty efforts of the huge Yamaha research and development programme behind it the Japanese manufacturer was pushed into second position after Belgium. It’s a very short, two-round FIM series, and with Yamaha rider Kenichi Kuroyama winning round one in France and Loris Gubian round two in Belgium on the Gas Gas the French rider won as the rule book states that in the event of a tie with two individual round winners the second round is the decider – ‘Vive le France’ ARTICLE: TRIAL MAGAZINE

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2018 TRIALE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP Yamaha were out in force for round two as they focussed on their very first FIM Trial World Championship trophy, having won round one. The narrow streets around the market town of Comblain Au Pont in Belgium were full of the factory support trucks, including a huge presence from Yamaha which gave some added excitement to the deciding round.

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Looking like a new era Mecatecno using the colour scheme from the eighties ‘Dragonfly’ model, Spain’s Joan Cordon made the podium in Belgium. Christophe Bruand finished third in the two-round championship competition and headed home the other Electric Motion machines ridden by Bastian Hieyte, Jerome Delair and Japan’s Takumi Narita who struggled with an old back injury he carries from his world championship days.

After his disaster in the qualifying for round one in France, where he parted with a five-mark penalty to put him at the head of the field to ride the hazards first in the trial, the eventual world champion Loris Gubian was put under more pressure in Belgium. Played out in hot conditions, the qualifying section was held in the middle of the market square on a rock-filled man-made hazard. He was the third fastest in Qualifying One behind Christophe Bruand and Kenichi Kuroyama as he parted with one mark. When it all mattered in Qualifying Two to decide the start positions for the trial the following day it was once again Kuroyama who took the Jitsie ‘Hot Seat’ for the quickest time, but Gubian was just two seconds down to follow the Japanese rider home.

FASTEST: 1: Kenichi Kuroyama (Yamaha-JPN) 36.85; 2: Loris

Gubian (Gas Gas-FRA) 38.70; 3: Christophe Bruand (Electric Motion-FRA) 43.86; 4: Takumi Narita (Electric Motion-JPN) 50.32; 5: Joan Cordon (Mecatecno-ESP) 55.82 + 3; 6: David Oliver Blasco (On Racing TrialE-ESP) 5; 7: Jerome Delair (Electric Motion-FRA) 5; 8: Bastien Hieyte (Electric Motion-FRA) 5.

Wide Open It was always going to be a tense battle of nerves between the two world class riders Kenichi Kuroyama and Loris Gubian. Could the Japanese come to Europe and walk away with the world championship from under the nose of Gas Gas? As early as the second hazard it looked like Kuroyama was in trouble with a ‘Feet-Up’ five mark penalty as Gubian used his vast experience to part with just four single marks around the 15 hazards. Big rocks and steep climbs were put in front of the electric machines but the two very talented riders continued to amaze the watching crowds with the ‘silent’ machines, looking very impressive as they were head and shoulders above the rest of the entry. Kuroyama parted with just two more to leave the opening lap scores at four and seven in favour of the French rider.

So Close On the second lap it was the turn of Gubian to have a ‘Feet-Up’ five for stopping on the very first hazard. Would he crack under the pressure? As he watched Kuroyama fail the second hazard on the second lap he knew that all he had to do was ride conservatively and the title was his. They both parted with a single mark on the sixth hazard and, despite the pressure they were both feeling, they completed the lap losing no more and the title was going to Gas Gas and Gubian by three marks. With a relatively small entry and only two rounds in 2018 let’s hope that the other manufacturers take note and that in 2019 we will see more rounds and more manufacturers involved.

RESULTS: 1: Loris Gubian (Gas Gas-FRA) 10; 2: Kenichi

Kuroyama (Yamaha-JPN) 13; 3: Joan Cordon (Mecatecno-ESP) 28; 4: Christophe Bruand (Electric Motion-FRA) 37; 5: Takumi Narita (Electric Motion-JPN) 39; 6: David Oliver Blasco (On Racing TrialE-ESP) 82; 7: Bastien Hieyte (Electric Motion-FRA) 83; 8: Jerome Delair (Electric Motion-FRA) 98.

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(Gas Gas-FRA) 37; 2: Kenichi Kuroyama (Yamaha-JPN) 37; 3: Christophe Bruand (Electric Motion-FRA) 28; 4: Joan Cordon (Mecatecno-ESP) 24; 5: Bastien Hieyte (Electric Motion-FRA) 22; 6: David Oliver Blasco (On Racing TrialE-ESP) 20; 7: Jerome Delair (Electric Motion-FRA) 19; 8: Takumi Narita (Electric Motion-JPN) 11.

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Podium TrialGP GBR: Ingveig Hakonsen, Emma Bristow and Berta Abellan

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Berta Abellan (Vertigo-ESP)

Taking her fifth consecutive world title, Great Britain’s Emma Bristow never gave anyone else a look-in at the 2018 TrialGP Women’s Trial World Championship. Very much the ‘Queen’ of the two-wheeled motorcycle world, she has dominated the three-round series with a clear win at every round. The expected challenges from her rivals never materialised as they were left to battle for the positions lower down the order. In the final round in Great Britain she very much wanted to put another dominant performance on for the home crowd, but once again in qualifying she was not at her very best. Spain’s Sandra Gomez led the way as Bristow parted with a single mark to push her closer to the front for the day of competition. Greeted by a very supportive crowd she started – in her own words — a little ‘wobbly’. On her opening lap she conceded a five in section seven, which must have settled any early nerves as she closed the lap on seven marks lost. Her nearest challenger was the eventual runnerup Ingveig Hakonsen from Norway on 14, with Spain’s Berta Abellan next on 19. As the sun shone through on the second lap Bristow moved her game plan up a gear and was once again on for a single score until a stop in section 14 pushed her into double figures. No one else could take the battle to her though and she was a clear winner in front of Hakonsen. On the second lap many of the other competitors settled down to the formidable rocky terrain with Neus Mercia the closest to Bristow on 17 and Great Britain’s ‘Wild Card’ rider Donna Fox on 19. It was a very proud Emma Bristow who stood on the podium — and quite rightfully so — as the trial and world championship winner. Queen Emma still rules the world!

ROUND 3, GREAT BRITAIN QUALIFYING: 1: Sandra Gomez (Gas Gas-ESP) 34.32; 2: Theresa Baeuml

(Montesa-DEU) 39.31; 3: Donna Fox (Montesa-GBR) 40.39; 4: Maria Giro (Montesa-ESP) 40.49; 5: Sara Trentini (Montesa-ITA) 40.66; 6: Ingveig Hakonsen (TRRS-NOR) 41.16; 7: Neus Mercia (Beta-ESP) 43.58; 8: Emma Bristow (Sherco-GBR) 31.61 + 1; 9: Jule Steinert (TRRS-DEU) 48.08 + 1; 10: Jess Bown (Scorpa-GBR) 40.10 + 2; 11: Berta Abellan (Vertigo-ESP) 5.

RESULTS: 1: Emma Bristow (Sherco-GBR) 19; 2: Ingveig Hakonsen (TRRS-

NOR) 38; 3: Berta Abellan (Vertigo-ESP) 41; 4: Donna Fox (Montesa-GBR) 42; 5: Maria Giro (Montesa-ESP) 45; 6: Sandra Gomez (Gas Gas-ESP) 46; 7: Neus Mercia (Beta-ESP) 47; 8: Jess Bown (Scorpa-GBR) 48; 9: Theresa Baeuml (Montesa-DEU) 55; 10: Sara Trentini (Montesa-ITA) 72; 11: Jule Steinert (TRRS-DEU) 82.

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58; 3: Sandra Gomez (Gas Gas-ESP) 51; 4: Ingveig Hakonsen (TRRS-NOR) 49; 5: Neus Mercia (Beta-ESP) 47; 6: Maria Giro (Montesa-ESP) 43; 7: Theresa Baeuml (Montesa-DEU) 39; 8: Jess Bown (Scorpa-GBR) 30; 9: Huldeborg Barkved (Gas Gas-NOR) 28; 10: Sara Trentini (Montesa-ITA) 25; 11: Jule Steinert (TRRS-DEU) 18; 12: Donna Fox (Montesa-GBR) 13; 13: Sarah Bauer (Sherco-DEU) 11; 14: Aya Nishimura (Beta-JPN) 6.

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Podium Trial2 GBR: Rosita Leotta, Alex Brancati and Sophia Ter Jung

2018 TRIAL2 WOMEN'S WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP Once again, since its first year in 2017, this championship is proving the ideal stepping stone to encourage the female riders into the sport of trials at the world championship level. It’s producing a good sensible level of riding and no doubt the support will grow and grow. Making it three wins from three starts we have a new star in the young Italian Alex Brancati on the Beta. The parting of a single mark in qualifying pushed her well away from the top spot as Great Britain’s Hannah Styles had the flags waving, as the crowd encouraged her all the way round the qualifying hazards as she edged out America’s Maddie Hoover. It went from bad to worse though for Brancati as she opened the championship competition on the second day of the event with a five on section one. A five on section seven, two three-mark penalties and a single mark on section 14 left her way off the winning pace as both eventual second- and third-place finishers from Germany, Rosita Leotta and Sophia Ter Jung, recorded single scores. Looking very determined Brancati let her riding do the talking on the second lap to come storming back up the results to post the only second lap single-figure score and with this she took the win, much to her clear delight. The icing on the cake was the world championship title; she was happy.

Alex Brancati (Beta-ITA)

ROUND 3, GREAT BRITAIN QUALIFYING: 1: Hannah Styles (Vertigo-GBR) 34.00; 2: Madeleine Hoover (Gas Gas-USA) 34.81; 3: Hanne Haga (TRRS-NOR) 39.10; 4: Rosita Leotta (BetaDEU) 39.59; 5: Gabby Whitham (Beta-GBR) 39.69; 6: Marine Aurieres (Gas Gas-FRA) 40.97; 7: Lenna Volpe (Sherco-FRA) 41.07; 8: Sophia Ter Jung (TRRS-DEU) 41.72; 9: Mona Pekarek (Sherco-DEU) 43.04; 10: Alicia Robinson (Beta-GBR) 44.37; 11: Daniela Baeuml (Beta-DEU) 44.64; 12: Erika Melchior (Sherco-NOR) 30.70 + 1; 13: Alex Brancati (Beta-ITA) 34.74 + 1; 14: Caroline Moreon (Sherco-FRA) 36.84 + 1; 15: Victoria Payne (Sherco-GBR) 42.15 + 1.

RESULTS: Alex Brancati (Beta-ITA) 23; 2: Rosita Leotta (Beta-DEU) 23; 3: Sophia Ter Jung (TRRS-DEU) 23; 4: Erika Melchior (Sherco-NOR) 27; 5: Hannah Styles (Vertigo-GBR) 38; 6: Madeleine Hoover (Gas Gas-USA) 42; 7: Alicia Robinson (Beta-GBR) 48; 8: Victoria Payne (Sherco-GBR) 53; 9: Lenna Volpe (Sherco-FRA) 54; 10: Gabby Whitham (Beta-GBR) 56; 11: Marine Aurieres (Gas Gas-FRA) 58; 12: Martina Gallieni (TRRS-ITA) 61; 13: Caroline Moreon (Sherco-FRA) 64; 14: Mona Pekarek (Sherco-DEU) 67; 15: Hanne Haga (TRRS-NOR) 81.

Rosita Leotta (Beta-DEU)

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Hannah Styles (Vertigo-GBR) 48

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USA) 59; 3: Sophia Ter Jung (TRRS-DEU) 53; 4: Erika Melchior (Sherco-NOR) 52; 5: Mona Pekarek (Sherco-DEU) 38; 6: Marine Aurieres (Gas Gas-FRA) 35; 7: Alicia Robinson (Beta-GBR) 31; 8: Victoria Payne (Sherco-GBR) 30; 9: Caroline Moreon (Sherco-FRA) 28; 10: Martina Gallieni (TRRS-ITA) 24; 11: Hanne Haga (TRRS-NOR) 23; 12: Rosita Leotta (Beta-DEU) 17; 13: Hannah Styles (Vertigo-GBR) 11; 14: Lenna Volpe (Sherco-FRA) 11; 15: Maria Eck (Beta-DEU) 8.

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INTERVIEW JERONI FAJARDO

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ENJOYING

LIFE Life is very much about times and places, and this is highly evident in any form of sport. Just take a look at just how many motorcycle riders have undoubted talent, who have been overshadowed by other riders who kept them away from the top spot of the sport as a world champion. The Trial World Championship is no different as we have seen two riders dominate the series since Adam Raga won world titles in 2005 and 2006 before Toni Bou controlled the world championship until the present day. Spain’s Jeroni Fajardo arrived on the international trials scene in 2002, winning the FIM European Championship title. In the same year, he started to compete in the world championship, scoring his first points in America for Gas Gas. Over the next 16 years, he would be a constant thorn in the side of his fellow competitors as he battled for the top spot in the sport. Two world round wins came his way, but he has very much been a man in the shadow of the top two. Showing some of his best form in 2018, we decided it was time to have a chat with the man himself, who appears to be enjoying life to the full. WORDS: JOHN HULME WITH JERONI FAJARDO • PICTURES:

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2018: Taking the win on day one in Japan – the perfect day arrived!

Your 2018 Trial World Championship season has been one of your best, can you explain why?

The move back to Gas Gas was like coming home, as it was with that team that I first moved into the world championship back in 2002. It’s like a family to which I belong. Also, the machine is so, so good. Every time I get on the Gas Gas, my passion and competitive levels go up to another level. It’s a strange sensation but, in my heart, I feel as though I want to always, at every event, give them my very best — which works well for the team. I witnessed the win in Japan on day one; that was some ride.

You know, sometimes you wake up in the morning, and you just know it’s going to be a good day. Well that was Japan on day one. Qualifying had been very disappointing as you are penalised so heavily for even the smallest of mistakes. It may be a slow time, or maybe losing marks, but the pressure to perform in such a short space of time is so intense. With the slowest time, I was the first rider away from the start on day one. I decided to ride my own event; I rode every hazard first on the opening lap. After the first few hazards I felt really good and, with this, confidence. I completed the opening lap parting with no marks! I rode the second lap very much knowing that everyone else was under pressure to catch me up. Everyone in the team worked so well and, with it, the result came, which was the reward to Gas Gas for having faith in me when I joined the team for 2018.

That incredible feeling when you are on top of the world – Japan 2018.

The 2018 Gas Gas team had a mix of both youth, with Jaime Busto, and experience with yourself.

Yes, it is, shall we say, quite an interesting combination of the two: youth and experience. Jaime wants to win at everything, full stop. Such is his competitive level (his life is 100% based around enjoying himself on a motorcycle and I understand this), he is young and ambitious and it’s good to see him starting out in his trials career at the very top. On the other hand, I have a family and two young children and my life is much calmer than that of TRIAL MAGAZINE • OCTOBER-NOVEMBER 2018

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2008: Luxembourg on the Beta.

Does the Gas Gas you ride have many changes from the production machine?

2006: World Championship action on the Gas Gas.

a younger person. I can evaluate situations better, having seen and experienced so much in life. The team works very well, and we both have massive mutual respect for one another, which is very important. At this moment in time, my life is very good, and I enjoy every aspect of it.

Gas Gas provides very well put-together production machines. Ours are taken from the same production line as the ones you can purchase yourself. We take it apart right down to every last nut and bolt and then rebuild it. During this process we can make any changes or adjustments but, believe me, there are very few. Yes, we are always working with the suspension and the engine to make sure we can get the best performance in all areas. I have my personal preferences applied from the many sponsors who support the team. I have two what we term ‘race’ machines and two which are used to test new parts and for training. These machines will be rotated during the season and introduced with any updates etc. Your fitness has never been in doubt. Can you give us an insight into your training programme?

Generally, I love cycling and putting the road miles in which is where I find the solitude. Where I am alone, it’s a chance to clear the head. I spend time in the gym, as do all athletes, to keep all areas of my body at their very best. Riding the motorcycle is also very important, and I train on it as much as possible. Sometimes it’s just me, the team and others or with other riders from the trials ‘family’. If I need any entertainment, I take Jaime along!

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INTERVIEW JERONI FAJARDO

2010: All action, at the world championship round in Scotland.

Toni Bou has dominated the sport. What makes him so good?

He is a machine; it’s as simple as that. In any one lifetime someone comes along who is exceptionally good; just look at Valentino Rossi in MotoGP and how dominant Michael Schumacher was in Formula 1. No one ever thought there would be another Jordi Tarres; then came along Dougie Lampkin then, of course, Toni Bou. His chase for constant perfection is what makes him so good. At every hazard, he looks to be perfect all the way through. In his mind, he is also so focussed and can zone in so well. As I rider, if I'm able to challenge him, I have to try and understand how to break his ‘armour’. It’s difficult but not impossible, as I have proved. At such a young age you were around as the new generation Gas Gas Pro model was introduced in 2002. Were you involved in its development?

I was in a very privileged position as the Gas Gas ‘family’ were literally like that to me — a family. In the early days, the Pro model was tough work as it was so new, to the point of being radical. The workings of the two-stroke engine and its manufacturing process changed to make it so small and compact. All the other manufacturers knew they were in trouble when the Pro was introduced.

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2012: Back in the calm of the Beta factory team.

Gas Gas always innovates. The introduction of the diaphragm clutch was a significant breakthrough in the trials worlds and the benchmark for everyone else to follow. At such a young age, it was exciting for me to be involved with this project. It taught me so much about machine set-up which I would benefit from in the later stages of my career. How tough was your first year in the world championship?

My introduction to trials came about through cycle trials when I was very young, as it does with many of the Spanish riders. In the early days, it’s just such a tough learning curve as everyone looks better than yourself. You have to dedicate your life to the sport to succeed, and this was something I decided to do at a very young age. You first have to learn how to get through the hazards and then understand how to read the hazards. Once I had gone through this process, it was very much a case of working very hard.

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INTERVIEW JERONI FAJARDO

High flying on the Vertigo in France.

After finding your feet in the world championship from 2002–2004, you took your first podium in France 2005 with a second position.

Both Dougie Lampkin and Takahisa Fujinami were so dominant; they had the support of the Repsol Honda Team. Gas Gas had Adam Raga. When you are up against these people, week in and week out, you just have to remain focussed and keep your sights on the ultimate goal in an early career, which is the podium. When I arrived there, it was a very happy day, believe me, with a massive sense of relief too! At the end of 2006, you decided to move from Gas Gas to Beta.

The move was for me, personally, was a very difficult one as Gas Gas had treated me so well. Adam Raga was the world champion, and I fully understand that he was the main focus. I wanted a new motivation, and the move to Beta was to another good solid team. The whole package was very good, and I believed that I had the knowledge to challenge for the world championship with the new team around me. They made me very welcome. You moved up to sixth in 2007 and then fourth in the world championship for the next three years, taking your first world round win in Andorra 2009.

In the world championship, there were some terrific

Winners with Gas Gas. TRIAL MAGAZINE • OCTOBER-NOVEMBER 2018

2018: Alongside one of the newer riders in the Trial World Championship Jack Price.

battles for the victory with a very high standard of riding. Toni had taken to the four-stroke like, as they say in England, 'a duck to water'. The marks were sometimes very close. One five-mark penalty could push you away from the podium and, in many cases, the victory. As was the case in Japan my first world round victory came off the back of having a very good feeling, as it did in Andorra. I felt very good all day, and, in fact, I was not surprised I won. It was a very special day and a reward for all my hard work and commitment to the world championship.

Were the two years on the Vertigo not what you expected?

In 2011 the move to Ossa resulted in a difficult year.

At this moment in time, I am very happy with life in general. I have my family with my two young children and I am riding as well as I have ever done in my trials career. Yes, life is good. The results in 2018 have come from superb support both at home and in the Gas Gas team, and the constant search for perfection in my riding has definitely been rewarded this year.

It was a project that promised so much. I really looked forward to the challenge of a new machine, but it did not work out. I was fortunate enough to be able to move back to Beta. The move back home to Beta resulted in your best years in the TWC?

After the disappointment and upset with Ossa the return to Beta was a massive breath of fresh air. I was very, very motivated and wanted to show the world I could still compete with the very best. As always, Beta gave me a superb machine to compete on. Because I was so happy my results returned naturally and, once again, I was enjoying the sport I had invested so much time and effort.

With the move to electronic fuel injection and quite a radical looking new machine, the project was very exciting. Maybe I was not as happy as I would have liked, however, having to learn how the fuel injection worked to gain the benefits from it. I looked at where I was in my career and when the opportunity to return to Gas Gas came it was time to make a move 'home’. Back on the Gas Gas for 2018, you looked like a new rider!

How much longer can you be competitive as a top rider in the FIM Trial World Championship?

The biggest fear is injury as we have seen with Toni. Twice this year he has had to overcome the pain barrier to continue winning. If I can keep injuryfree and the opportunities in the sport continue, I believe I can remain competitive at this level for many more years to come!

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A four-stroke high five – so close We take a look at Toby Martyn’s 2018 Trial2 season in his own words. WORDS: TRIALS MEDIA WITH TOBY MARTYN • PICTURES: TRIALS MEDIA

ROUND 2: TWO DAY COMPETITION MOTEGI, JAPAN DAY ONE: QUALIFYING 1: 4TH, QUALIFYING 2: 5TH, RESULT: 1ST Motegi Japan is, in my mind, one of the top venues to have in the calendar because it’s so different to every other venue. The trial on Saturday was set to be a scorcher; I went clean on the first six sections and after a dab in section seven I went on to clean the next four sections. I started the second lap very strong and was riding confidently, which meant we could put lap one behind us and start new. On reaching the end with a steady score, in my mind I was feeling like I could have saved a lot more marks. Getting to that scoreboard at the finish and seeing my name placed on top was a feeling I could never explain. Definitely a result to remember being it was my 18th birthday as well!

RESULTS: 1: MARTYN 11; 2: Grattarola 12; 3: D Peace 12; 4: Marcelli 20; 5: J Peace 21.

CHAMPIONSHIP: 1: Grattarola 37; 2: MARTYN 33; 3: J Peace 28; 4: D Peace 23; 5: Marcelli 22.

ROUND 1: CAMPRODON, SPAIN QUALIFYING 1: 3RD, QUALIFYING 2: 3RD, RESULT: 4TH My first lap was steady, it took me a bit of time to get into it and get a few sections out the way but we put in some good rides. Then the second lap started with a bit of a disaster as the rain came and changed the sections for the worse; as I was at the back of the pack it really affected the first few hazards, which cost me a couple of fives. This in turn cost me getting on the podium, which was not the result we wanted!

RESULTS: 1: Grattarola 13; 2: J Peace 27; 3: Gubian 31; 4: MARTYN 35; 5: Gelabert 36. CHAMPIONSHIP: 1: Grattarola 20; 2: J Peace 17; 3: Gubian 15; 4: MARTYN 13; 5: Gelabert 11. 62

DAY TWO: RESULT: 3RD Trying to sleep the night after winning was hard, I was still full of excitement but we knew we had a championship to fight for. They made a few small changes to the sections making them harder after day one, but I still felt confident. The opening lap went well but I still had a few too many small mistakes, but we still placed in the top three. Then the second lap started good and we kept it consistent and the fives to a minimum, which meant we could finish on the last step of the podium but unfortunately we dropped to third in the championship.

RESULTS: 1: Grattarola 5; 2: Marcelli 11; 3: MARTYN 13; 4: D Peace 16; 5: Riba 16.

CHAMPIONSHIP: 1: Grattarola 57; 2: Marcelli 49; 3: MARTYN 48; D Peace 36; 5: Moret 31.

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TWO MINUTES TOBY MARTYN

ROUND 3: SANT JULIA, ANDORRA QUALIFYING 1: 24TH, QUALIFYING 2: 6TH, RESULT: 5TH Andorra this year was a round to forget for me. The trial was one of those days where your head had to be in the right place, I had a strong first lap putting me around the podium. I then went into the second lap feeling good, I started strong with a couple of small mistakes but had a slack five in one of the penultimate sections. To finish my day off I went and slipped off a log and fived the last section of the day finishing in 5th, but I moved into second in the championship.

RESULTS: 1: Grattarola 2; 2: Marcelli 7; 3:

J Peace 13; 5: Moret 15; 5: MARTYN 19.

CHAMPIONSHIP: 1: Grattarola 77; 2:

MARTYN 59; 3: Marcelli 56; 4: J Peace 44; 5: Moret 44.

ROUND 4: GOUVEIA, PORTUGAL QUALIFYING 1: 5TH, QUALIFYING 2: 2ND, RESULT: 4TH Set to be the hottest GP it certainly didn’t disappoint, being around 30 degrees-plus all weekend. The first lap on the Sunday started well with one silly five, but I put that to one side and made sure my other mistakes were not as drastic. On the second lap I kept away from the silly fives but too many slack dabs kept me off the podium; it was damage limitation in terms of the result but it meant we were still in a really good position in the championship.

RESULTS: 1: Dan Peace 13; 2: Gelabert 16; 3: Marcelli 17; 4: MARTYN 19; 5: Gandola 21.

CHAMPIONSHIP: 1: Grattarola 83; 2: MARTYN 72; 3: Marcelli 71; 4: D Peace 60; 5: Moret 54.

ROUND 5: AURON, FRANCE QUALIFYING 1: 1ST, QUALIFYING 2: 2ND, RESULT: 1ST Another high-altitude event on the calendar but it was set to be an awesome weekend. An easy trial meant I had to keep my concentration all day; I cleaned the first seven sections then had a few low-risk dabs in the next couple of sections but it kept me in the running, ending in joint second. The second lap started the same but I then went on to clean the first eight sections and this put me in with a chance of clinching the win, then a few safe marks in the middle of the lap and a strong finish meant we could take a very important win in Auron.

RESULTS: 1: MARTYN 6; 2: Marcelli 8; 3: J Peace 8; 4: D Peace 9; 5: Gelabert 11.

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ROUND 6: COMBLAIN AU PONT, BELGIUM QUALIFYING 1: 4TH, QUALIFYING 2: 1ST, RESULT: 1ST This was an interesting event and one to remember, having dislocated my shoulder on the Thursday. The trial was interesting to say the least, but having strapped my shoulder up I felt I was going to be all right. My first lap was steady, having one silly five in the middle which kept me further off the lead. We went into the second lap just aiming to stay away from fives and keep it safe, and that’s what I did. To win this event really was one to remember and one that started to make the championship more interesting.

RESULTS: 1: MARTYN 18; 2: Grattarola 19; 3: Moret 20; 4: Petrella 22; 5: Marcelli 29. CHAMPIONSHIP: 1: MARTYN 112; 2: Grattarola 110; 3: Marcelli 99; 4: D Peace 82; 5: J Peace 77.

ROUND 8: PIETRAMURATA DI DRO, ITALY

ROUND 7: SILSDEN, GREAT BRITAIN QUALIFYING 1: 5TH, QUALIFYING 2: 2ND, RESULT: 4TH I arrived here to win and with the support from the home crowd that’s what I did, a huge thanks to you all. With the summer break in the championship leaving me feeling fresh I blitzed qualifying and carried that confidence into the trial. In a very close finish my minder Sam kept me focused and the result was exactly what we wanted and I opened up a small point’s gap for the last round in Italy.

RESULTS: 1: MARTYN 20; 2: Grattarola 20; 3: Marcelli 22; 4: J Peace 29; 5: Gandola 33. CHAMPIONSHIP: 1: MARTYN 132; 2: Grattarola 127; 3: Marcelli 114; 4: D Peace 92; 5: J Peace 90. 64

QUALIFYING 1: 2ND, QUALIFYING 2: 1ST, RESULT: 3RD I felt very good in qualifying, which was reflected in the result. I was not at my best in the trial but I fought all the way until the end. To lose on what was an observer’s change of mind was very disappointing, but I accept the final championship results and look forward to 2019 – I will be back!

RESULTS: 1: Grattarola 2; 2: Marcelli 18; 3: MARTYN 22; 4: Petrella 23; 5: Moret 31.

CHAMPIONSHIP: 1: Grattarola 147; 2: MARTYN 147; 3: Marcelli 131; 4: D Peace 102; 5: J Peace 99.

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YOUNG PRETENDER BILLY GREEN

Green is go The fact that Billy Green is the FIM TrIal125 World Champion is a credit to himself and his family. Mixing school education to secure his future with competing in the world championship would make for testing times for any family. With support from dad Colin as minder and number one mechanic the Beta has not missed a beat all year, while mum Louise has kept the team fed and watered. Billy, as a rider, is maturing all the time and in 2019 he will move up to the Trial2 class as definitely a name to watch. During a summer away from school before he moves to the sixth form to further his education he has been working for his uncle’s fencing company and also putting in the hours of practice on a 250cc ready for 2019 — yes, he is that keen! Here we look at Billy Green’s 2018 Trial125 season in his own words. WORDS: TRIAL MAGAZINE WITH BILLY GREEN • PICTURES: TRIALS MEDIA

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YOUNG PRETENDER BILLY GREEN

ROUND 1: CAMPRODON, SPAIN QUALIFYING 1: 11TH, QUALIFYING 2: 6TH, RESULT: 1ST I arrived relatively fresh and well prepared for the trial in the campervan with my parents after the overnight drive from England. Mum Louise does all the cooking on the trip and keeping water bottles filled and food cooked for the weekends, while dad Colin keeps his eye on me and the machine. Friday was a day of photos, signing on and a brief section walk, and a ride into town as part of a display for the locals. I also had to get used to the 125cc after riding the 250cc in the BTC in the weeks prior to this event. I was very nervous in Q1 and parted with a mark as I was stupidly pushing on a bit, but in Q2 I moved up to 6th which I was happy with as I was worried about starting first on Sunday. On race day the sun was out, but rain was forecast later in the day. My opening lap went well apart from one five-mark penalty but I soon found my rhythm again to hold a good advantage over my rivals. On the second lap the rain did come, but I won by a handsome margin and so it was a happy ride home.

RESULTS: 1: Green 25; 2: Robo 44; 3: Rovery 45; 4: Poirot 49; 5: Dufrese 51. CHAMPIONSHIP: 1: Green 25; 2: Robo 44; 3: Rovery 45; 4: Poirot 49; 5: Dufrese 51.

ROUND 2: TWO DAY COMPETITION MOTEGI, JAPAN

Round 1 Spain: Looking very fit and well prepared, it was an early season win that was just reward for all the hard work in the winter.

DAY ONE: QUALIFYING 1: 1ST, QUALIFYING 2: 3RD, RESULT: 5TH Having competed in Japan in 2017 this experience was not as new and exciting to me; instead, being in the week off between four weeks of GCSEs it was going to be stressful. Colin and I flew from Heathrow on Tuesday morning on a direct flight to Haneda International airport near Tokyo. The 13-hour flight was not the ideal time for revision! We arrived in Japan and collected our hire car, and headed for Twin Ring Motegi. We were slightly jet lagged and fell asleep when we arrived very easily. In the morning we woke up a little late and rushed downstairs just in time for breakfast. In the paddock we ‘fettled’ the 125cc Beta to my liking. Feeling comfortable, I set a decent time in qualifying that sat us in the top three, ready for race day number one. It was a very easy trial, demonstrated by my single mark on the second lap which was let down by stopping twice on a steep, loose hill on my first lap. It was totally my fault and I got back to the hotel and cleared my head ready for day two.

RESULTS: 1: Robo 7; 2: Dufrese 9; 3: Suarez 11; 4: Miquel 11; 5: Green 13.

CHAMPIONSHIP: 1: Robo 37; 2: Green 31; 3: Dufrese 28; 4: Suarez 25; 5: Rovery 21.

DAY TWO: RESULT: 1ST After a night of revision and some solid sleep we headed down to the paddock. I warmed up on the obstacles in the car park and felt good for day two. It was a slightly harder trial and I took the win on the ‘most ones’ tie-decider, which was a relief! After the trial dad spent his time stripping the machine of my own parts while I made my way with fellow Brit Toby Martyn to the podium – Happy!

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CHAMPIONSHIP: 1: Green 51; 2: Robo 47; 3: Suarez 40; 4: Miquel 37; 5: Dufrese 37.

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ROUND 3 SANT JULIA, ANDORRA QUALIFYING 1: 4TH, QUALIFYING 2: 3RD, RESULT: 1ST Friday morning at 09:00 as my last exam was starting, it was about a similar time as the paddock opened – great! This was the tightest trial this year with exams, and in theory we had just enough time to get there on Friday evening. Colin’s job was to get the Beta though scrutineering. We flew from Bristol to Barcelona and landed about 21:00 but it wasn’t until 22:30, when mum had bitten all of her nails off, that we headed for Andorra arriving at 01:00 Saturday morning. At 05:30am dad woke me to go and walk the sections, which was a beautiful experience. Qualifying on the Main Street was tight and technical, a section where it was easy to make mistakes. In Q2 I thought I had made too many mistakes but I got 3rd. Race day, and again another relatively easy trial with me picking up a five and two single ‘dabs’ on the opening lap. On the second lap I felt on fire and I cleaned the entire lap. It wasn’t until the end of the last section that I realised I had won and everyone wanted my photo, a superb feeling!

Round 2, Day Two Japan: You can never keep a good man down!

RESULTS: 1: Green 7; 2: Miquel 10; 3: Suarez 11; 5: Rovery 16; 5: Riobo 20 CHAMPIONSHIP: 1: Green 71; 2: Robo 58; 3: Suarez 55; 4: Miquel 54; 5: Dufrese 47.

ROUND 4: GOUVEIA, PORTUGAL QUALIFYING 1: 5TH, QUALIFYING 2: 4TH, RESULT: 1ST It was a very hot and dry venue, and that suited me very well. In Q2 I didn’t feel so fast but it still put me into 4th position. I felt really good for the trial and the first six sections went well until a little mistake – catching my clutch lever on a rock – cost me a one, and then on the next section the tape was pulled right and others were caught for snapping it, so I went a bit closer to the double step but failed to reach the summit. This was followed by another failure later. On the second lap I dug really deep and fought it until the very end on every hazard and completed the lap losing just one mark to take a well-earned victory.

RESULTS: 1: Green 14; 2: Suarez 17; 3: Riobo 20; 4: Miquel 21; 5: Dufrese 27.

CHAMPIONSHIP: 1: Green 91; 2: Riobo 73; 3: Suarez 72; 4: Miquel 67; 5: Dufrese 58.

ROUND 5: PIETRAMURATA DI DRO ITALY QUALIFYING 1: 4TH, QUALIFYING 2: 4TH, RESULT: 3RD I rode qualifying with the trial in mind and rode it at my own pace. It was very much the same in the trial. I should have ridden better and it would have been good to close the season with a win, but I am the World Champion – I am so happy!

RESULTS: 1: Riobo 13; 2: Rabino 13; 3: Green 16; 4: Dufrese 22; 5: Suarez 23.

Round 3 Andorra: Despite a late arrival on the Saturday the win was just what the doctor ordered.

CHAMPIONSHIP: : Green 106; 2: Riobo 93; 3: Suarez 83; 4: Miquel 77; 5: Dufrese 71.

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IT'S COMING HOME RENTHAL

Twinwall in the process of manufacture.

In safe hands When the news arrived at Trial Magazine that ownership of the Renthal brand was coming back to Great Britain from its American owners, it filled me with a sense of pride, something to be proud of. You may ask why? I first came into contact with Henry Rosenthal and then his business partner Andrew Renshaw as a young boy. Henry was at a trial around the early 70s with some new aluminium handlebars. I did not take much notice of the product but of the nice new Renthal stickers! Over the years we would become friends, something that has endured the test of time. It was in late November 2013 that I heard the sad news that Andrew had passed away after a brave fight against cancer. Renthal is coming home and will now be led by a new team who will take the product into the future and beyond; Henry is very pleased, and I am sure Andrew would also be. ARTICLE: JOHN HULME

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IT'S COMING HOME RENTHAL

Tapered tube waiting for bending into Renthal handlebars.

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he name Renthal is one born from a passion for motorcycles and engineering. The vision of the handlebar may be a piece of engineered aluminium tubing, but to Renthal, it’s a piece of mechanical genius.

Crash

Anyone who has ever seen Henry ride an off-road motorcycle will understand why he has crashed so often, sometimes with severe consequences. From a very early age, he had ridden motorcycles, starting with a Matchless converted from road to motocross trim. Crashing was a constant part of riding, and with it came bent handlebars. From the effort needed to pick up, the heavy Matchless came the obsession in later life with the weight of products and the need for better handlebars. It was in his younger teenage years that he would meet Andrew Renshaw, after yet another crash which wrecked the front forks on his Matchless. One of Henry’s friends told him about a boy called Andrew, who was also mad keen on motorcycles and had lots of motorcycle spares in a shed in his parent’s garden. Henry visited Andrew, who had a pair of Earl’s Leading Link forks for £2.10s. After he had bought the forks, he was just about to leave when Andrew said: “You know they won’t fit”. After some discussion, Andrew told Henry that he would make a set of special steering adaptors to enable them to fit and, furthermore, there would be no charge for this service. That was the beginning of a lifelong friendship which led to the starting of Renthal a few years later.

The aluminium handlebar

The idea for aluminium alloy handlebars came from the constant bending of steel ones. Henry’s uncle and aunt, Harry and Ellen Petzal, owned a large aluminium stock-holding business in London. His uncle was quite an eminent metallurgist before the war in Germany, and afterwards, he set TRIAL MAGAZINE • OCTOBER-NOVEMBER 2018

up a business in England specialising in ex-war department strong alloys. One of the alloys was a material designated H14 WP. This alloy which was used in Spitfire airframes was 7/8 gauge and had immense strength because it had to withstand the huge G-forces generated by the steep angles that Spitfires could bank to. The company, The Atlantic Metal Company Ltd of St Pancras Way London, had quite a large stock of this material and when Henry complained to his uncle about how many times he had bent the handlebars on his motorbike, his uncle suggested this material. Henry scoffed at the idea, saying that aluminium could never be strong enough, but he agreed to try it, and Henry was sent with some tube to a TV aerial maker in South London to bend the first pair of aluminium handlebars. The aerial makers broke their first bender trying to bend the handlebars and took another half day on another bender trying to make them!

Each batch of material gets thoroughly inspected before making its way to the factory floor.

A time to learn

Andrew and Henry had become good friends after the fork-buying episode. Andrew was always keen on the engineering of motorcycles, more so than the riding of them. At 16 Henry moved to trials and Andrew became very much involved in making sure his trials machines were fantastic. Move forward now to Remembrance Sunday 1969, now both aged 20, with no trials to attend and nothing to do. They were sitting in front of the fire discussing the past when the subject of the alloy handlebars that had been made so many years before came up. Two hours later the idea of aluminium alloy trials handlebars was born. By starting a small hobby company, Andrew would be the engineer and Henry was going to be in charge of commercial and marketing. They thought of a name: ‘Rosenshaw’ was too unwieldy but ‘Renthal’ – Andrew Renshaw and Henry Rosenthal sounded much better. So Andrew built a bender using the lathe in his shed

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Steve looks happy; all the Renthal employees we spoke to on our visit had a valued interest in the process they were carrying out. Since entering the cycle market Renthal has refined their range into the market-leading products by using intensive product testing.

and an old washing mangle while Henry sourced the tube – the same tube that he had used many years earlier, as nobody wanted it as it couldn’t be welded and was very expensive. The first product they decided to produce was trials handlebars, high and wide, which was the fashion of the time. They were called Renthal and sold as ‘A super-strong handlebar which is very light and more resilient, three-times springier than steel’; an important consideration when the suspension was so poor.

Something fantastic

Renthal needed customers and went to Jim Sandiford at Bury and Johnny Burns of MotoXMotors of Oldham, telling them about these fantastic handlebars and could they pay 50 per cent in advance! Both said they were either on to something fantastic or were going to lose money. They both took the risk. To give the bars credibility, Mick Andrews, Malcolm Rathmell and Martin Lampkin, were approached to use the handlebars; all agreed to try them. They liked them, so they were then advertised as super-strong handlebars ‘as used by’, and soon they were selling in limited quantities. Supply and demand are always important and, such was the demand, production moved to the greenhouse at Henry’s home. This was all in 1969; it was only going to be a hobby business. By 1975, it was time to take it to another level. Having long run out of the original material, and spending much time trying to source a suitable modern equivalent, the company were now employing two people in the basement of an old mill in Macclesfield, so Andrew and Henry decided that maybe Renthal was a ‘proper job’ after all. With their two employees, they both became full-time and shortened the business name to Renthal, having been in the intervening years called ‘Renthal Enterprises’.

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Now they were full-time new decisions had to be made. Henry had learned at business studies that brand names were more difficult because it was more expensive in the beginning than being a sub-contractor, but ultimately you had control of your destiny. They already had the brand name Renthal, so a decision was made to only make products under their brand name, a OCTOBER-NOVEMBER 2018 • TRIAL MAGAZINE


IT'S COMING HOME RENTHAL

With space at a premium in the UK, Renthal has a factory where production is spread across two floors.

For repeatability many processes are completed without human intervention.

choice that Renthal have never wavered from. The other thing Henry learned was that it was better to have a limited product range and sell it to a huge market. That decision was easy as they only had handlebars, the brand name and the winning riders, who at the time were all English. The first export market was surprisingly Australia because Mick Andrews had recently made a promotional trials visit there, with the first customer being McCulloch’s. This was followed by Japan, where trials were taking off with Moroi Kei Trading becoming the first Japanese customer. Belgium followed, through a British Expat called Richard Cove who had moved to Belgium to start an export/import company importing European parts to the UK and exporting UK parts to Europe. Richard suggested making motocross bars because motocross was much more prominent in Europe than trials. Renthal outgrew the premises in Macclesfield and was now employing six people, moving to an old weaving shed at Clarence Mill at Bollington, a village outside Macclesfield – note still a mill. Because of a shortage of funds most of the production machinery was still being made by Andrew, often amalgamations and cannibalisations of different machines. The Clarence Mill premises, though huge, were awful as the roof leaked and the TRIAL MAGAZINE • OCTOBER-NOVEMBER 2018

Renthal’s chainwheel range has expanded to cover a huge range of machines and models.

place was falling down. Renthal was so ashamed of it that when any overseas visitors came to visit them, they would meet them in London and give them a tour of London, using great hospitality to their guests to disguise the fact that they were ashamed of their premises and didn’t want them to come!

The sprocket range

In 1979 they started to look for additional products to add to the Renthal handlebar range to help them expand. Andrew had experience with chains and sprockets from his time working at the Renold Chain Company, so when Renthal wanted to develop the second product in their range sprockets was an easy choice. Using the same formula – produce the best product you can make, get the top riders to use it for credibility, sell to the consumer exactly what the top riders use, advertise and sell throughout the world.

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Upper floor manufacturing.

A New Factory

By 1989, with the business very strong they had enough funds to build a new factory, and so it was time for the move to Bredbury, just outside Stockport. With Stockport’s manufacturing base quickly vanishing as the textile mills and huge steel plant of James Mills at Bredbury all closed down, unemployment was high. Stockport Council purchased a lot of the land previously owned by Henry’s mentor Harry Ogden which it was then selling cheap to industry. The brothers Harry and Ted Ogden were both good all-round motorcycle riders in road racing, motocross and trials riders in the pre- and post-war years. Harry was a factory BSA rider for a time but was always eclipsed by his more famous brother Ted. Under what is now junction 25 of the M60 Harry had a motocross track which was used for TV scrambles of the 1960s. They were also farmers based in Bredbury and delivered milk to the Rosenthal house in the nearby village of Romiley. It was at the Bredbury scrambles course that Henry would cut his teeth on an old Matchless. The Renthal premises were built in 1989, not far from the track Henry learned to ride on, and Renthal went from strength to strength before the factory burned down in September 2000. 78

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The Fire

Fortunately, Renthal was correctly insured and, as the insurance company said: “Nobody sets fire to their premises at 9.30am in the morning in front of their whole workforce when they are doing well and are not even there”. Neither was on site at the time, as Henry was returning from London and Andrew was bringing a new foreign exchange student in for his first day of work experience at Renthal. Andrew commented at the time “Looks like something is on fire near Renthal” and when he got nearer he said, “It is Renthal!” The fire was caused by a dust extractor blowing up. They were both grateful after the fire just how helpful people are in a disaster. Talon helped them with blank sprockets and material at their cost, for which they are eternally grateful to George Sartin. Local companies gave them premises to operate from, suppliers stored goods for them, and their customers swapped products with each other, all to help them through this challenging period.

The association between Toni Bou and the Repsol Honda team has resulted in him becoming a 24-time FIM World Trials Champion, all using Renthal Twinwall handlebars.

Sold

Andrew and Henry always said that when they were 55, they would sell Renthal. They didn’t quite make it because they sold in 2006 when they were 57. However, a long time before this they started bringing in the next generation of managers to ‘obsolete’ themselves. In 2006 Renthal was sold to MAG (Motorcycle Aftermarket Group) based in America. MAG wanted a western-European modern manufacturing plant with English-speaking staff that was first or second in their field. Renthal fitted their requirements, and MAG fitted Andrew and Henry’s, which was to keep Renthal as a UK manufacturer and keep on all the staff, both conditions which MAG honoured, and the takeover was seamless. Andrew’s position was taken over by a new team of engineers, and Henry’s position was taken over by Rees Williams plus the addition of a new position, Managing Director, being created with Tom Wade taking the role. Tom was the Mergers and Acquisition partner who helped sell

Renthal to MAG. Each one has a keen interest in their respective fields as well as a passion for offroad motorcycles.

The future

So what does the future hold for Renthal as it heads into its 50th year of business? Well for certain its commitment to trials is undiminished, with its continuing support of both international and domestic trials teams. Renthal handlebars can be found on the winning machines of Toni Bou, Dougie Lampkin and the rising star of Jaime Busto. Renthal have also relatively recently and successfully developed a market line of cycling products, transferring their lifelong passion for lightweight race products into a new market, only this time powered by pedal. For cycling, there are no governing body restrictions on materials. Therefore Renthal has been able to develop a full range of

cockpit products for all disciplines of mountain biking in both aluminium and carbon fibre to satisfy a similar weight obsessed market. Every year new materials become available, and new methods of manufacture are created, all these changes being led by a younger workforce looking to honour the principles set up by Andrew and Henry while modernising and improving the Renthal range. As Henry, the last remaining survivor of early Renthal inevitably slips into the twilight of life then it is for the next generation of Tom, Rees, Ians, Simon and Pauls to carry Renthal forward. A company, in theory, can be immortal where its employees cannot. So maybe Henry will, after all, achieve his ambition of being picked up in a helicopter [rented will suffice!] on his 80th birthday and be told by the new management how much better they have done for Renthal than its founders!

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On target It was time to move ‘up North’ for round five of the 2018 ACU British Championship from the previous round at Kelly’s Farm in the south, and with it came a change of weather from the warm summer we have enjoyed. With a new venue for the John Hardaker Trophy at Aislaby, above the seaside resort of Whitby in North Yorkshire, the wind and rain returned to fall on the event. With a dry opening lap the rain then came and changed the nature of the mandatory twelve hazards to be ridden three times. In an easier than expected British Championship round the leaders in all the four classes remained clear at the top of the points tables with both James Dabill (Beta) and Ross Danby (TRS UK) keeping their one-hundred-percent winning records intact. A total of 38 riders were entered across Championship, Expert, Masters and Elite Youth classes in this Guisborough DMCC Ltd event. ARTICLE: TRIALS MEDIA

James Dabill (Beta)

Championship Class Never a rider to look under pressure even at a low-scoring event, the combination of James Dabill and the Beta continue to dominate this year’s championship. His opening lap score of three was made up of a single mark on section seven and a two on section nine, which was bettered by both of his closest championship rivals Jack Price and the older of the two Peace brothers Dan as they lost one mark each. As for many of the other championship class riders, parting with a five pushed them way out of the equation. As the rain started to fall at the opening of the second lap all the riders upped their pace as it started to affect the hazards. As any top-class rider would, Dabill opened up the advantage with a faultless lap looking very confident as Price lost his advantage, whilst Peace chased Dabill losing just a single mark. On the last lap the heavens opened and the hazards all became more difficult as the rain changed their nature completely. Dabill was now at his very best and once again, as we have seen all season, he left his rivals with no answer to his consistency as he had another clear lap to record his fifth win and increase his advantage in the points table.

CHAMPIONSHIP CLASS

RESULTS: 1: James Dabill (Beta) 3; 2: Jack Price (JST Gas Gas UK) 6; 3: Dan Peace (JST Gas Gas UK) 9; 4: Jack Peace (JST Gas Gas UK) 16; 5: Toby Martyn (RG Montesa/Honda UK) 24; 6: Iwan Roberts (TRS UK) 24; 7: Jack Sheppard (MRS Sherco) 28; 8: Tom Minta (BMS Scorpa) 32; 9: Billy Green (Beta-UK) 33; 10: Jack Challoner (Craig’s Montesa) 39; 11: Andy Chilton (BMS Scorpa Andy Metcalfe) 41; 12: Dec Bullock (Gas Gas) 65; 13: Hugo Jervis (AB TRS) 76.

POSITIONS AFTER FIVE ROUNDS

RESULTS: 1: Dabill 100; 2: Price 81; 3: Dan Peace 75; 4: Martyn 61; 5: Jack Peace 57; 6: Sheppard 52; 7: Chilton 42; 8: Minta 35; 9: Green 25; 10: Roberts 20; 11: Challoner 20; 12: Bullock 20; 13: Connor 19; 14: Wigg 16; 15: Jervis 13. 82

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Dan Peace (Gas Gas)

Masters Class

Luke Walker (Sherco)

Take nothing away from TRS mounted Ross Danby in this poorly supported class as he nevertheless continues his total domination of the Masters class, who ride the easiest half of the Championship sections and the hardest half of the Expert sections. As he demonstrated in the previous round he has the upper hand over his rivals with, once again, a clear victory over local rider Adam Milner (TRS UK) as his closest championship challenger Tom Affleck (180° Vertigo) was pushed into third. Adding some international flavour to the event was Australia’s Connor Hogan (Gas Gas) who finished fourth.

MASTERS CLASS RESULTS: 1: Ross Danby (TRS UK) 14; 2: Adam Milner (TRS UK) 26; 3: Tom Affleck (180° Vertigo) 34; 4: Connor Hogan (Gas Gas) 68.

2018 CHAMPIONSHIP POSITIONS RESULTS: 1: Danby 100; 2: Affleck 77; 3: Haslam 51; 4: Jones 39; 5: Milner 17; 6: McColl 15; 7: Smith 13; 8: Hogan 13.

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Guy Kendrew (Beta-UK)

Charlie Smith (Inch Perfect Beta)

Expert Class

Elite Youth

After Joe Baker totally dominated the class at Kelly’s Farm it was the turn of another Sherco rider Luke Walker to win this very closely contested class. Having a seven-week break from trials appears to have done Luke good as he put in a superb ride to push the Beta pairing of series leader Paul Sadler and second-placed championship contender Guy Kendrew down the results. Three single marks on each of the three laps on different hazards gave the victory to Walker as, once again, with low scores the case of incurring a single five-mark penalty meant it was game over to challenge for the win. None of the top three incurred a five, which resulted in the close finish. Paul Sadler still remains clear at the top of the championship with a healthy advantage.

Championship leader Mitch Brightmore (JST Gas Gas UK) must have thought he had lost the chance to fight for victory as championship challenger Charlie Smith (Inch Perfect Trials Beta) scored the lowest lap of the trial on his first of the three. Returning to action after a broken collarbone, Brightmore came fighting back to even things up on the second lap with it all to play for on the final lap. It was sheer determination that gave Brightmore the victory as the hazards deteriorated with the rain, as his lap score of nine was head and shoulders above the rest of the riders. With Gus Oblein (Sherco) pushed down to third the championship advantage has opened up slightly in Brightmore’s favour.

EXPERT CLASS

EXPERT CLASS

RESULTS: 1: Luke Walker (Sherco) 3; 2: Guy Kendrew (Beta-UK) 5; 3: Richard Sadler

(Beta-UK/Acklams) 6; 4: James Fry (Sherco) 9; 5: Chris Stay (TRS UK) 10; 6: Sam Yeomans (JST Gas Gas UK) 20; 7: Dan Thorpe (JST Gas Gas UK) 20; 8: Conrad Atkinson (Sherco) 20; 9: Emma Bristow (Sherco) 20; 10: Tom Culliford (TRS) 27; 11: Josh Hanlon (Beta) 36; 12: Iwan Jones (TRS) 43; 13: Aldis Blacker (Gas Gas) 56; 14: James Saunders (TRS UK) 106; 15: Jake Eley (Beta) 107.

2018 CHAMPIONSHIP POSITIONS

RESULTS: 1: Mitch Brightmore (JST Gas Gas UK) 31; 2: Charlie Smith (Inch Perfect Trials Beta) 40; 3: Gus Oblein (Sherco) 48; 4: Brett Harbud (BVM Beta) 64; 5: Ryan Brown (Beta) 75; 6: Adam Juffs (TRS) 119.

2018 CHAMPIONSHIP POSITIONS RESULTS: 1: Brightmore 94; 2: Oblein 83; 3: Harbud 71; 4: Smith 71; 5: Brown 50; 6: Juffs 38; 7: Wright 31.

RESULTS: 1: Sadler 89; 2: Kendrew 77; 3: Walker 63; 4: Thorpe 56; 5: Fry 52; 6: Stay 48; 7: Bristow 41; 8: Yeomans 41; 9: Atkinson 21; 10: Baker 20; 10: Morphett 20; 12: Hanlon 14; 13: Pearson 13; 14: Child 13; 15: Starmer 11.

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SUPERTRIAL

Superbowl Well maybe not as ‘Superbowl’ as what happens in the USA, but the Seymour’s Arena once again hosted a very spectacular Supertrial. On the Saturday it was the ladies who put on the show along with the youth riders. As expected Emma Bristow was in dominant form on the A route, with the determined Alice Minta also a clear winner on the B route. In the youth class it was Gus Oblein who kept a fighting Charlie Smith at bay. On the Sunday under clear blue skies once again the challenge to James Dabill came from Spain and the young talent of Spain’s Marc Riba. UK TRS importer Steve Saunders invited him over for the event, and he did not disappoint as he pushed Jack Price down to the final step of the podium by a single mark. Once again supported by an enthusiastic crowd the North Berks MCC delivered an event to be proud of, which produced some excellent trials action. ARTICLE: TRIALS MEDIA, HEATH BRINDLEY R2W TRIALS

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2018 SUPERTRIAL, SEYMOUR’S ARENA, SATURDAY LADIES A ROUTE: 1: Emma Bristow (Sherco) 7; 2: Donna Fox (Montesa) 23; 3: Jess Bown (BMS/BVM Scorpa) 28.

LADIES B ROUTE: 1: Alice Minta (Inch Perfect Beta) 12; 2: Katlyn Adshead (TRS) 23; 3: Bethanie Dunning (Appleyard M/cs Beta) 29.

YOUTH: 1: Gus Oblein (Sherco) 30; 2: Charlie Smith (Inch Perfect Beta) 36; 3: Brett Harbud (BVM Beta) 51.

2018 SUPERTRIAL, SEYMOUR’S ARENA, SUNDAY RESULTS: 1: James Dabill (Beta) 11; 2: Marc Riba (TRS-ESP) 18; 3: Jack Price (JST Gas Gas UK) 19; Jack Peace (JST Gas Gas UK) 28.

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Alice Minta (Inch Perfect Beta)

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Early titles Chloe Baker (TRS UK)

In some of the classes the ladies have claimed their titles already, with one round remaining. Emma Bristow has a full house of wins with Jess Bown the same, so it’s all down to second places and this will go to the final round, as will the Ladies’ 50/50 Route 2 between Bethanie Dunning, who holds a small advantage over Chloe Baker. In the Girls’ A Championship 50/50 Route 2 Alice Minta has the title in her hands. Jazz Hammond will need to beat Catherine Alford and hope she finishes lower than third for Jazz to be crowned the winner of the Ladies’ Intermediate Route 2. Sarah Bell is another class winner and Elizabeth Tett just needs to keep her head to take the Girls’ B Route 2 in front of Katlyn Adshead. In the remaining two classes both Summer Peters and Matilda Arbon are crowned the 2018 British Champions. ARTICLE: TRIALS MEDIA • PICTURES: MIKE RAPLEY

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ROUND 6: BEXLEYHEATH & DMCC LTD, HEATHFIELD, EAST SUSSEX LADIES’ ROUTE 1: 1: Emma Bristow (Sherco) 15; 2: Jess Bown (Scorpa) 35; 3: Donna Fox (Honda) 52.

LADIES’ 50/50 ROUTE 2: 1: Bethanie Dunning (Beta) 68; 2: Chloe Baker (TRS) 72; 3: Jennifer Stephen (Gas Gas) 87.

GIRLS’ A CHAMPIONSHIP 50/50 ROUTE 2: 1: Alice Minta (Beta) 51. LADIES’ INTERMEDIATE ROUTE 2: 1: Jazz Hammond (Sherco) 67; 2: Catherine Alford (Gas Gas) 79; 3: Grace Dark 111.

GIRLS’ A INTERMEDIATE ROUTE 2: 1: Sarah Bell (Beta) 50; 2: Molly Mayhew (Beta) 155; 3: Amy Clarke (Sherco) 159.

GIRLS’ B ROUTE 2: 1: Elizabeth Tett (Beta) 27; 2: Katlyn Adshead (Beta) 43; 3: Daisy Parsons (Beta) 73.

GIRLS’ D ROUTE 3: 1: Matilda Arbon (Beta) 50; 2: Edie Baldock (Beta) 82.

2018 CHAMPIONSHIP POSITIONS, ROUNDS 6 OF 7 LADIES’ ROUTE 1: 1: Bristow 120; 2: Bown 102; 3: Hannah Styles (Vertigo) 80. LADIES’ 50/50 ROUTE 2: 1: Dunning 109; 2: Baker 106; 3: Stephen 67. GIRLS’ A CHAMPIONSHIP 50/50 ROUTE 2: 1: Alice Minta (Beta) 97; 2: Brooksbank 74. LADIES’ INTERMEDIATE ROUTE 2: 1: Alford 112; 2: Hammond 108; 3: Kimber 73. GIRLS’ A INTERMEDIATE ROUTE 2: 1: Bell 120; 2: Mayhew 85; 3: Clarke 62. GIRLS’ B ROUTE 2: 1: Tett 111; 2: Adshead 101; 3: Parsons 85. GIRLS’ C ROUTE 3: 1: Peters 100; 2: Kerruish 32; 3: Cubbon 32. GIRLS’ D ROUTE 4 – 1: Arbon 120; 2: Brooksbank 68; 3: Ward 17. OCTOBER-NOVEMBER 2018 • TRIAL MAGAZINE


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Jack Corlett & Beth Thomas (Gas Gas)

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Anyone's game There’s still plenty to play for in this year’s series with three rounds remaining, as the worst score from the proposed 11 rounds can be dropped. It’s a TRS one-two in the Class A, with the four wins from Josh and Luke Golding giving them the upper hand. In Class B Intermediate Nigel and Gracie-Mae Scott have pulled away from the chasing Tony James and Jamie Howe on the Beta with five wins from eight starts. Paul Fishlock and Debbie Merrell know they must start winning to be in with any chance to catch Class C Clubmen championship leaders Jack Corlett and Beth Thomas. It’s sad to see that no one has been in the Class D Newcomers’ class to challenge Elliott and Graham Tickner on their Fantic, as this is where newcomers to the sport of sidecar trials can make an easy entry into the sport.

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2018 CHAMPIONSHIP POSITIONS WITH THREE ROUNDS REMAINING CLASS A CHAMPIONSHIP: 1: Josh/Luke Golding (TRS) 129; 2: Jon Tuck/Matt Sparkes (TRS) 118; 3: Oliver Lace/Ealish Baxter (Gas Gas) 110.

CLASS B INTERMEDIATE: 1: Nigel/Gracie-Mae Scott (Beta) 134; 2: Tony James/Jamie Howe (Beta) 94; 3: David Tuck/Joe Newman (TRS) 87.

CLASS C CLUBMEN: 1: Jack Corlett/Beth Thomas (Gas Gas) 140; 2: Paul Fishlock/Debbie Merrell (Honda) 112; 3: John Corlett/Harry Gell (Gas Gas) 108.

CLASS D NEWCOMERS: 1: Elliott and Graham Tickner (Fantic) 140; 2: Toby Churchill/Tom Church 37; 3: Aleyn Taggart/Sam Baxter 17.

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What a finish to the 2018 Acklams Beta ACU British Youth Championship rounds at the tough and demanding Bracken Rocks venue. The Mansfield Maun MCC had laid out a three-lap course taking in twelve hazards. The sunshine of a warm July kept the action ‘hot’ as the riders battled for the top spots in their respective classes. It’s been an exciting series which has seen good support in the various classes, apart from the A Class. The ACU gave two choices of championships for the riders, which has left a divide of which one to compete in. Taking away no credit from the winner it is a fact that it’s killed this championship for the A class riders with only five pointsscoring riders during the whole season. ARTICLE: TRIALS MEDIA • PICTURES: JAXX LAWSON AND JOEL CRABTREE

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A Class Champion: Joe Faunthorpe (Acklams Beta) Taking the championship by the closest of margins, with a single point being the difference between Joe Faunthorpe (Beta) and Daniel Slack (Sherco) has seen the winner hold the upper hand with three wins to Slack’s two in the five rounds contested. At Bracken Rocks the first lap swung both ways before they both finished on 24 marks lost. On the second and final lap it was time for Faunthorpe to stamp his authority on the event as he returned two single-lap scores, pulling away from Slack who had no answer to the eventual winner’s fantastic form when it mattered. These two riders have fought very hard for the championship and Faunthorpe left himself some work to do as he slipped to third position at round three, but he never lost sight of the championship and is a very worthy winner.

ROUND 5: MANSFIELD MAUN

RESULTS: 1: Joe Faunthorpe (Beta) 41; 2: Daniel Slack (Sherco) 55; 3: William Clarke (Beta) 115.

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Reece Gazzard

Ben Dignan

B Class Champion: Ben Dignan (Gas Gas) What a tight championship this has been, with Scotland’s Ben Dignan remaining focussed to eventually take the title after a season-long battle with eventual second and third-placed finishers Jack Dance and Reece Gazzard. Despite Dance and Gazzard winning the opening rounds, with Ben finishing as runner-up on both occasions he knew that once had taken the win at round three he was on a level playing field with his two rivals. Competing in the Trial125 class of the Trial World Championship has seen him use this experience to take a vital victory at round four as Dance slipped to third on the day. As both Dance and Gazzard battled with one another it was allowing Dignan to creep ahead of these two to take the championship with a small but clear advantage. Small in stature but big on talent, Harry Turner made fourth position his own keeping well in front of an interesting battle for fifth position. This revolved around Harry Bowyer, brothers Ross and Jamie Galloway and Harvey Taglione, with Bowyer eventually winning this close battle at the close of the championship having had better consistency in his results.

Harry Turner

ROUND 5: MANSFIELD MAUN RESULTS: 1: Jack Dance (Gas Gas) 7; 2: Ben Dignan

(Gas Gas) 12; 3: Reece Gazzard (Scorpa) 30; 4: Harry Turner (Gas Gas) 48; 5: Harvey Taglione (Gas Gas) 92; 6: Harry Bowyer (Gas Gas) 94; 7: Ross Galloway (TRS) 101; 8: Frankie Rhodes (Beta) 102; 9: Owen Chestnut (Gas Gas) 103; 10: Jamie Galloway (TRS) 106.

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Jasper Fox Harry Hemingway

C Class Standard Wheel Champion: Harry Hemingway (Beta-UK) Already looking like a star of the future the elder (by two years) of the Hemingway brothers Harry stamped his authority on this championship from the word go with his younger brother George second. Performing on the Beta with a maturity above his young years Harry convincingly won every round, with George following suit in second position. Behind these two the eventual third-placed championship finisher Max Agar had a series-long battle with Charlie Crossland. The final podium step was decided in the last two rounds as Crossland undid all the early-season hard work with a close finish giving Agar the verdict by a mere two points. Just off the pace in fifth position was Corey Peters in this Beta-dominated youth class.

ROUND 6: MANSFIELD MAUN RESULTS: 1: Harry Hemingway (Beta) 2; 2: George Hemingway (Beta) 19; 3: Max

Agar (Beta) 60; 4: Corey Peters (Beta) 72; 5: Charlie Crossland (Beta) 75; 6: Alfie Ray-Turner (Beta) 100.

C Class Medium Wheel Champion: Jasper Fox (Beta) Winning four of the six championship rounds gave Jasper Fox the ability to pull away from his fellow competitors as eventual series runner-up Euan Sim won one round, as did third-place finisher Toby Shaw. Apart from the first round, where he finished third, Fox has been super consistent always having the upper hand on his closest challenger Euan Sim, who has tried his best at every round to challenge for the wins. Beta machinery once again dominated this class.

ROUND 6: MANSFIELD MAUN RESULTS: 1: Jasper Fox (Beta) 93; 2: George Clarke (Beta) 97; 3: Euan Sim (Beta) 108; 4: Summer Peters (Beta) 139.

2018 C CLASS MEDIUM WHEEL CHAMPIONSHIP POSITIONS RESULTS: 1: Fox 112; 2: Sim 95; 3: Shaw 71; 4: Fannon 56; 5: Peters 39. Euan Sim

2018 C CLASS STANDARD WHEEL CHAMPIONSHIP POSITIONS RESULTS: 1: Harry Hemingway 120; 2: George Hemingway 102; 3: Agar 82; 4: Crossland 80; 5: Peters 71; Ray-Turner 60.

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Elliott Smith

D Class Medium Wheel Champion: Elliott Smith (OSET) Little Elliot Smith will be very happy with this championship win as he follows his older brother Oliver through the trials ranks learning his trade. This championship has been a very open one with no clear leader showing up until the final rounds. Eventual championship winner Smith has battled all season with Joe Drysdale and William Sagar who was riding the Beta. Individual round winners include Stanley Cubbon at round one, Joe Drysdale at round five with William Sagar taking two including the final round, and championship winner Smith two. The battle at the final round was very close between the top two championship contenders with Sagar closing the season with the win over Smith by just three marks. These top riders in this class have learnt the hard way that consistency in any championship is the key factor for winning.

ROUND 6: MANSFIELD MAUN

RESULTS: 1: William Sagar (Beta) 35; 2: Elliott Smith (OSET) 38; 3: Max Dance (Gas Gas) 69; 4: Stanley Cubbon (Beta) 70; 5: Joe Drysdale (OSET) 91

2018 D CLASS MEDIUM WHEEL CHAMPIONSHIP POSITIONS

RESULTS: 1: Smith 106; 2: Drysdale 93; 3: Sagar 85; 4: Cubbon 76; 5: Dance 74.

Ellis Burton

D Class Small Wheel Champion: Ellis Barton (OSET) Full of entertainment, this is the class where the trials adventure on the championship chase begins for many. Super consistent Ellis Barton made all the hard work pay off as the season concluded, as he had managed with some excellent riding to pull away from the chasing pack. The last round winner on the rocks at this tough venue, Archie Bremner, did not contest the full series missing the first two. Riding in only four rounds he won three, much to his delight. Ruari Younie took the runner-up position in this well supported class despite not winning a round, finishing just a few points in front of Jacob Wilson.

ROUND 6: MANSFIELD MAUN RESULTS: 1: Archie Bremner (OSET) 11; 2: Ellis Barton (OSET) 12; 3: Ruari Younie (OSET) 22; 4: Liam Barker (OSET) 27; 5: Jacob Wilson (Beta) 31; 6: Robbie Bremner (OSET) 41; 7: Corey Shepherd (Mecatecno) 41; 8: Kai Fairhurst (OSET) 49; 9: Tom Gibbins (OSET) 51; 10: Oliver Watson (OSET) 56.

2018 D CLASS SMALL WHEEL CHAMPIONSHIP POSITIONS RESULTS: 1: Barton 109; 2: Younie 88; 3: Wilson 82; 4: Bremner 77; 5: Shepherd 59; 6: Fairhurst 54; 7: Barker 38; 8: Gibbins 31; 9: Crawford 25; 10: Watson 24.

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CLASSIC COLLECTION LEJEUNE HONDA

Lejeune Lair THE

Round six of the 2018 FIM Trial World Championship would take us to Comblain-au-pont in Belgium. Besides the beer and the sausages, the other subject that always comes to mind with Belgium is the Lejeune Family and, of course, the history of Honda in trials. This year, in association with the Lejeune family, the world-leading authorities on anything Honda trials the French trio of Jean Caillou, Oliver Barjon and Patrick Pissis – who are better known as the RTLR Club Europe – had put together a small exhibition in the cellar of the local information centre in the town. ARTICLE: TRIAL MAGAZINE AND MAXIME LEJUENE

The entrance to the Lejuene Lair.

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he exhibition would trace the three world titles that Eddy Lejeune won, as well as show the road to this success with some other unique jewels from the Lejeune family’s collection.

Doctor’s orders

From left: Oliver Barjon, Jean Caillou, Eric Lejuene, Frederic Morhing, a Lejuene family nephew — Patrick Pissis. The machine is the ‘Ferrari’. 100

Before the doors officially opened, some privileged guests were invited including Thierry Michaud, Miquel Ciera, Oscar Giro, Toni Bou, Takahisa Fujinami and many more names from the world of trials past and present to share this unique occasion. The machines in the collection would lead to a really nice talk of trials history to all who came to listen. The Lejeune trials story began when the family doctor was called to have a look at the eldest son Jean-Marie, who was not feeling too well as he was asthmatic. The doctor’s prescription was easy: fresh air! His father Pepe Lejuene had motorcycles in mind, and at Plastiflac’s workshop, where the OCTOBER-NOVEMBER 2018 • TRIAL MAGAZINE


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1965 Honda SS50: This machine was converted in 1965 for the use of the eldest son Jean-Marie Lejuene to ride in the under 250cc class. In mid-1966 he would move to the converted Honda CB 175 before a move to Montesa was rewarded with the Belgian national championship in 1974, 1977 and 1978. 1960’s Honda CB 125 Twin and Honda CB 175 Twin: From 1962 onwards Jean ‘Pepe’ Lejeune, the father of the three boys would convert several Honda based road machines for trials use. The first was the CB 125cc followed by the CB 175cc, which would be used by himself and Jean-Marie in the sixties. In more recent times the youngest son Eric can be found competing on it in classic trials.

family business was located in Belgium, the first machine would be the small Honda SS 50 built for Jean-Marie to go and get some fresh air in the woods on his new trials motorcycle. On this, he won the Heusy’s gymkhana followed by two Belgian Championship titles in 1964 and 1965 despite the lack of horsepower from the 50cc engine. Later during the 1965 season, Jean-Marie would move to a Honda 125 Twin. The engine would come directly from Japan with his father once again making the other parts of the motorcycle. The red 175cc Twin would follow this, and can still be seen ridden in classic trials by the youngest brother Eric.

Trials for everyone

Pepe would then involve all the family in the sport of trials; if your name was Lejeune you rode in trials, as simple as that! Many trials motorcycles would come out of the Plastiflac workshop, and all with the same four-stroke noise. Eric still rides the CB 175 Twin which many consider to be the ‘Ferrari’ of trials machines such is the roar from the exhaust. The second son, Eddy, was now at an age where he would be able to compete in trials and so Pepe had to perform another miracle. He produced a trials machine around the Honda XR 75 in its original frame before a Pepe Lejuene special frame was built. After the machine was ‘Born’, it was rebuilt many times, with the engine capacity increased from 75cc to 104cc and eventually 123cc. Unfortunately, these machines have disappeared over the years, but rumour has it they are still around, so maybe at a later date, they will be found. It was with the final version, the 123cc, that Eddy would come into contact with a rider who would become an arch rival at a later date: Thierry Michaud at the Des Alpes trials schools in the French Alps. TRIAL MAGAZINE • OCTOBER-NOVEMBER 2018

1979 TL200R: After many good results on his father’s converted machines Honda Belgium gave Eddy a white TL200R which had been prepared by the HRSC in Japan. Still only 16 years old he started to win all the trials competitions in Belgium. In 1979 he began to compete in the world trials championship, attending several rounds where he finished in the top ten, but before April, and was still not old enough to score points. Despite this problem he still ended the year in 15th position. This is one of four of the machines used in 1979. 101


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1980 Honda RTL 360: Based on his successful 1979 season Honda give Eddy an ex-Rob Shepherd RTL 360. He would finish fourth in the 1980 WTC as Shepherd moved from Honda. In 1981 he would receive two identical Honda RTL 360 machines from Japan. This model here is a ‘stroked’ evolution of the 1976 RTL 306 ‘Short-Stroke’ ridden by Nick Jefferies in the UK and then by Marland Whaley in the USA. Eddy finished the WTC season once again in fourth position, using the new Michelin tyres.

The love affair

1982 Honda RTL 360: Riding the RTL 360 on Michelin tyres Eddy is in fantastic form, winning eight of the twelve world rounds to take the WTC title. This was the first world title for a four-stroke machine in the World Trials Championship since its inception in 1975. Up until this point it had been dominated by two-strokes.

1984 Honda RST 360: Eddy Lejeune once again easily won the 1983 WTC with eight wins from twelve rounds. He repeated this feat again in 1984 on virtually the same machine as the year before, but it was now under the HRC name. This would be the last win for a twinshock machine in the WTC, and the last for a four-stroke until Toni Bou arrived in 2007! 102

The love affair between Honda and the Lejeune family would continue when their father Pepe met Mr Bronseleare, the European Honda Director, to import two white TL 200 R2 trials models coming from RSC in Japan. Two more similar machines were also supplied during this period. It was with the TL 200 R2 that Eddy gained his first world points in early 1979 before they were removed as he was not yet 18-years-old, which the FIM stated you had to be to score them. He would then move to the Honda 360 for which they travelled to England to bring back from Rob Shepherd’s home, who was at the time the Honda factory’s world championship rider. When Eddy, Mr Bronseleare and Andre Siemens, — the Belgian Honda mechanic, arrived to collect the machine they found it in a dismantled state in the middle of the Yorkshireman’s garage! Eventually, this generation of machine would bring Honda and Eddy Lejeune three world titles, from 1982 to 1984. It’s quite ironic that the last world title for Eddy was the last FIM World Trials Championship won by a twin-shock machine, and also the last for a four-stroke machine for 23 years until Toni Bou arrived in 2007. Honda is quite rightly so very proud of its sporting heritage in motorcycle trials, and the exhibition was a nice reminder of how it all started, suitably rounded off with a nice glass of champagne, compliments of the RTLR Club Europe.

Jean Caillou (left) enjoys the moment with Miquel Ciera and Oliver Barjon. OCTOBER-NOVEMBER 2018 • TRIAL MAGAZINE


FLASHBACK 1968

Greensmith Trial

With an early ten o’clock start at the Clee Hills start area in Shropshire the Greensmith Memorial Trophy Trial, promoted by the South Birmingham Motor Club, attracted a good quality entry for this national trial which enjoyed some nice September weather. With the ailing manufacturers in the UK falling by the wayside the ‘cottage industry’ had started work in earnest to supply the void in the market left by the likes of BSA, Francis Barnett, James, Matchless, Royal Enfield and Triumph who had all ceased production of trials models. In truth, the Spanish Armada of Bultaco, Montesa and Ossa were still in their infancy as the buying public were wary of motorcycles with metric instead of imperial fixtures and fittings. Greeves was struggling — and they knew it — as the Villiers engines they used were old and outdated. BSA could have had a world beater with the BSA Bantam that Mick Bowers had done so much work on, but the management had their head in the sand — reference the Yamaha TY 175cc that would surface with Mick Andrews in 1974. Good quality, reliable, small-capacity engines were available in Europe and at a competitive price. Just to give the readers a rough idea on pricing, when we were researching the Dalesman story with its builder Peter Edmondson he told us that he could purchase a Puch 125cc engine complete with ignition and carburettor for £33 in late 1967, and complete front forks were £6.50! What’s quite ironic is that in November 1968 the Greeves directors travelled to the Puch factory to look for a replacement for the Villiers engine, but typically they were a little too late. At the Greensmith the emerging ‘Micro’ machines were out in earnest to prove a point to Sammy Miller who knew that his future lay in Spain; in the meantime, the question was who could beat him? ARTICLE: CLASSIC TRIAL MAGAZINE WITH SUPPORT FROM MORTONS ARCHIVE AND DON MORLEY • PICTURES: ALAN VINES – BRIAN HOLDER

This part of the trials world is renowned for its water-filled gullies and steep climbs and banks; it would be a true test of the smallercapacity machines. Miller was out on the oversized 252cc Bultaco which had seen the cylinder capacity size increased so he could

qualify for the over-250cc awards which were still very popular in the trials world. As the early numbers from the entry of more than 100 riders headed off from the star at the Three Horse Shoes filling station some eight miles from Ludlow, Miller was in a very determined

Sammy Miller (252 Bultaco): Miller was the man, it’s a simple as that. After some early friction with Bultaco, when he was approached by AJS in 1967 to replicate the work he had done for the Spanish manufacturer, he had built up a strong working relationship with Bultaco. The new gearbox with five available gears instead of four had proved reliable, and very little was left of the earlier radial head engine, with reliability the key factor in gaining confidence in the product. At the end of 1968, he would give Bultaco another the new European Championship title, the British Trials Championship, the Scottish Six Days and Scott Trial wins; Bultaco was the machine to have. The nails were being hammered into the coffin of the once proud manufacturing industry of the trials motorcycle in Great Britain. 104

mood. He’d had a very successful season, and he knew that he had the best machine with the Bultaco. As the results show, despite the threat from the smaller machines in truth they still had no answer to that man Sammy Miller, who scored an excellent clear victory.

Dennis Jones (128 Suzuki): A Midlands based rider ‘Jonah’ would soon become very well known as a small-capacity machine specialist. His ability was never in question, as he had shown on numerous occasions. He along with many other riders had become tired of the poor reliability from the Villiers engined machines he had ridden for both Greeves and Sprite. Even in the early days, the Japanese engines were well known for their superior build quality. As he demonstrated on the steep Clee Hills climbs it was only the power shortage that was stopping him threatening Miller’s supremacy in the trials world. OCTOBER-NOVEMBER 2018 • TRIAL MAGAZINE


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John Hemingway (125 Sprite): An early challenger to Miller in the Greensmith, ‘Hemo’ lost the momentum towards the close of the trial when he parted with 13 marks in the aptly named ‘Bedlam’ group of hazards compared to Jones who lost a mere four and Miller who had lost six in this group. Sprite manufacturer Frank Hipkin had created the opportunity with the new 125 Sachs engine, and produced a new machine and put Hemingway in the seat. He soon adapted to the new engine characteristics, which was a case of maximum revs at all times with basically the first two gears being the trials ones!

Dave Rowland (250 Bultaco): After the withdrawal of the BSA factory support and with it Dave Rowlands, the opportunity of success they could have taken with the BSA Bantam project had gone. Earlier in the year, he had ridden an Ossa in the Scottish Six Days Trial, but he knew, along with many other people, that it still needed much development. With the success of Miller on the Bultaco, he chose the Sherpa T model route, with limited support from the importers the Rickman brothers.

Gordon Farley (250 Greeves): A constant thorn in Sammy Miller’s career, Gordon Farley had stayed on the Greeves in 1968 after Montesa had missed him out due to the uncertainty of the supply of the new Cota trials model. It’s quite ironic that once he had signed for Greeves Montesa could have supported him with the very early Montesa Cota 247 model and he even lived quite close to its UK importers Montala Motors of Dartford headed by Don Barrett and John Brise. Even though he knew that his future in trials would be with Montesa, he rode out the year on the ageing Greeves.

Don Smith (250 Montesa): After presenting Greeves with his vision of a trials motorcycle to take them into the future and it was declined, it was time to join Montesa. Smith inherited the new Cota 247, which Pedro Pi had developed in Spain, at the 1968 Scottish Six Days Trial. With any new machines there are problems, and in the case of the Montesa, it was the fivespeed gearbox. Once this was sorted, (it would jump out of gear at the most random times) it became a serious challenger to Bultaco.

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FLASHBACK 1968

Martin Lampkin (250 Greeves): A world champion in the making, the youngest of the three Yorkshire brothers had still not decided what to ride in the trials world. The family was very much associated with BSA as both Arthur and Alan had achieved considerable success on them. Earlier in the year, he had tested the 250 Villiers engined Cotton before returning to his BSA for the ‘Scottish’. This picture here has him Greeves mounted on a machine loaned from the factory before he moved to the lightweight Suzuki for the 1969 season.

Barrie Rodgers (250 Cheetah): A high-quality machine using the Villiers engines was the idea from the Cheetah manufacturer Bob Gollner. Brand loyalty, patriotic, call it whatever you like, but there was a hard core of loyal British trials riders who still wanted a product from Great Britain. With the loss of supplies of trials engines from Villiers the project would eventually fold after a last-ditch attempt to use a Husqvarna engine.

Lawrence Telling (Greeves): Another rider hampered with an early number, this picture shows just what a big lump the Greeves supported by Westbury Motorcycles actually was. The new Bultaco and then Montesa gave Greeves a vision of where the trials market was going, but they did not follow suit. When they finally did with the Pathfinder model in the early seventies, it was already game over.

THE GREENSMITH TRIAL Norman Eyre (250 Bultaco): Part of a new team set up by Sammy Miller in 1966 the move to Bultaco had been most welcome for the Buxton based rider. With Miller changing direction with his trials team in 1969 this was one of the last outings on the Bultaco before he moved to the new 125 Sprite very soon after the Greensmith trial. With many slippery rivers in the competition, he was hampered all day by an early start number. TRIAL MAGAZINE • OCTOBER-NOVEMBER 2018

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RESULTS: 1: Sammy Miller (252 Bultaco) 28; 2: Dennis Jones (128 Gaunt

Suzuki) 50; 3: John Hemingway (125 Sprite) 55; 4: Dave Rowland (250 Bultaco) 56; 5: Gordon Farley (250 Bultaco) 61; 6: Don Smith (250 Montesa) 64; 7: Graham Darlington (250 Bultaco) 68; 8: Martin Lampkin (250 Greeves) 72; 9: Ray Darlington (250 Bultaco) 75; 10: R Hearn (200 Triumph) 76.

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Trial Magazine Issue 71 October-November 2018  

Trial Magazine – your essential read for all things Trial: Motorcycle, Cycle, Side-Car, Classic, Competition.

Trial Magazine Issue 71 October-November 2018  

Trial Magazine – your essential read for all things Trial: Motorcycle, Cycle, Side-Car, Classic, Competition.