James Dabill rode to another victory in the second round of the 2018 ACU British Trials Championship, held this weekend in the Lake District, Cumbria. On his Italian Beta machine, fitted with Michelin X-Light tyres, a decisive lead kept him at the top of the points table yet again.
Fifty-three riders entered the event across the Championship, Masters, Expert and Elite Youth classes. The Lake District is known for its supply of slate rock and this was evident in the traditional hazards, along with steep banks and wooded climbs out of the river. The exposed nature of the location meant that the hazards became more difficult with the passage of each of the riders as the mud carried onto the rocks.
Opening up an early lead at the close of the first lap, Dabill put the pressure on the opposition posting the lowest score of the event. Dan Peace was next on ten marks lost looking like he could be the only rider to challenge Dabill.
On the second lap, Dabill extended his lead over Dan Peace, while 2017 champion Jack Price followed them in third improving his performance and losing just eight marks.
As the rain came in for the final lap of the event, Dabill was clearly on track for his second victory, while Peace remained consistent to claim a solid second position.
In third place, Price tried all he could to challenge for second, but it was not to be. Price and Peace remain on the same points total in the overall championship.
The next round of the championship moves to Wales for the St David’s Trial on the 29th May for round three.
James Dabill: “I rode confidently this weekend, and this was reflected in my opening lap score of just two marks lost. The hazards remained difficult all day, so I was more than happy with my second lap score of three to extend my lead.
When the rain came on the last lap changing the conditions completely, correct tyre choice was essential and the feedback and feel from the Michelin X-Light tyres gave me the confidence to keep calm on my way to the win.
Michelin trials tyres have been my first choice in my trials career and once again the X-Light proved invaluable this weekend as I extended my championship lead over my rivals.”
Results – Championship Class
1: James Dabill (Beta) 21; 2: Dan Peace (JST Gas Gas UK) 37; 3: Jack Price (JST Gas Gas UK) 46; 4: Jack Peace (JST Gas Gas UK) 48; 5: Toby Martyn (RG Montesa/Honda UK) 51; 6: Jack Sheppard (MRS Sherco) 51; 7: Andy Chilton (BMS Scorpa Andy Metcalfe) 57; 8: Jack Challoner (Craig’s Montesa) 86; 9: Tom Minta (BMS Scorpa) 88; 10: Alexz Wigg (JST Gas Gas UK) 101; 11: Sam Connor (Beta-UK) 101; 12: Billy Green (Beta-UK) 110; 13: Hugo Jervis (AB TRS) 114; 14: Dec Bullock (Gas Gas) 117; 15: Oliver Smith (Gas Gas) 144.
Championship Class positions after two rounds.
1: James Dabill (Beta) 40; 2: Dan Peace (JST Gas Gas UK) 32; 3: Jack Price (JST Gas Gas UK) 32; 4: Jack Peace (JST Gas Gas UK) 24; 5: Toby Martyn (RG Montesa/Honda UK) 24; 6: Jack Sheppard (MRS Sherco) 20; 7: Andy Chilton (BMS Scorpa Andy Metcalfe) 18; 8: Alexz Wigg (JST Gas Gas UK) 13; 9: Tom Minta (BMS Scorpa) 12; 10: Dec Bullock (Gas Gas) 10; 11: Jack Challoner (Craig’s Montesa) 8; 12: Billy Green (Beta-UK) 8; 13: Sam Connor (Beta-UK) 5; 14: Oliver Smith (Gas Gas) 4; 15: Hugo Jervis (AB TRS) 3.