Defending British Trials champion, James Dabill (Beta) maintained his firm grip on the title at the first round of the 2019 ACU Trial GB series at the weekend. As expected his closest rivals were Toby Martyn (Beta) and last season’s runner-up Jack Price (JST Gas Gas UK).
Over sixty riders were entered across newly-named Trial GB, Trial 2, Trial 125 and Expert classes. Rain in the early part of the week made way for a typical spring day with clear dry weather. Riders took on 12 hazards, ridden over three laps with challenging and variable muddy banks, rocks and man-made elements.
After the closely-contested opening lap, it was soon obvious that the battle for supremacy was going to be a close one with Dabill holding a single mark advantage. Price was next, but with Martyn only two marks adrift of Dabill, and the elder of the two Peace brothers, Dan, in close company it was still all to play for.
In the second lap, Dabill was still in command, but in close company was Price with just five marks adrift, and Martyn behind with the highest lap score of the top three.
With the sun shining some of the mud and rocks started to dry out, which had an obvious effect on the final score cards for the day. The man on a mission was Martyn whose last lap score was the lowest of the day on ten marks lost. This superb effort lifted him above Price into second place, as Dabill secured the victory.
James Dabill: “I’m very happy to have taken my first outdoor victory of 2019 with this win at the opening round of the British Championship on what turned out to be a very challenging course.
With the warm spring sunshine just breaking through, the hazards were at their worst on the first lap, but they did improve as the event progressed. In these conditions tyre choice is essential and the feedback and feel from the Michelin X-Light tyres gave me the confidence to fight for the victory after the very closely contested opening lap.
I knew consistency was the key to victory and my last two lap’s scores of eleven each was a definite improvement over the first lap of sixteen marks lost. The Michelin X-Light trials tyres have once again proved vital to my success showing how they can adapt to the changing conditions we have encountered at round one.”
Trial GB Championship Class
1: James Dabill (Beta) 38; 2: Toby Martyn (Beta) 46; 3: Jack Price (JST Gas Gas UK) 54; 4: Dan Peace (MRS Sherco) 61; 5: Andy Chilton (BMS Scorpa) 66; 6: Jack Peace (MRS Sherco) 67; 7: Billy Green (RG Montesa/Honda UK) 97; 8: Tom Minta (BMS Scorpa) 113; 9: Hugo Jervis (TRRS UK) 140; Non-Starter: Iwan Roberts (TRRS UK).
Trial GB Championship Positions
1: Dabill 20; 2: Martyn 17; 3: Price 15; 4: Dan Peace 13; 5: Chilton 11; 6: Jack Peace 10; 7: Green 9; 8: Minta 8; 9: Jervis 7.