In a tradition dating back to 1909, the world of motorcycle trials once again sees the focus turn to the Scottish Six Days Trial (SSDT) and its base for the event, Fort William, on the shores of Lock Linnhe. Starting on Monday 6th May and closing Saturday 11th May the Scottish town embraces the event and its many followers from around the globe.
The largest modern day trials competition in the world offers 281 international riders six days of action in the mountainous Highland location, which covers a large and varied terrain. Competitors face extreme conditions with a total of 180 hazards covered over the demanding 500 mile course.
As in previous years, Michelin, in association with Trial Magazine, will be bringing live information on the morning of each of the six days with Nevis Radio based in the start area. Hosted by John Weller and John Moffat, the show will include live rider interviews, along with the latest SSDT news on its hugely popular radio station.
After he secured a record-breaking 12th win on the final day in 2018, Britain’s Dougie Lampkin, a 12 times FIM World Trials Champion, will be looking to push the record to 13 wins in 2019 on his Spanish Vertigo machine. The challenge to his dominance looks likely to come from last year’s runner-up James Dabill (Beta) and fourth place finisher Jack Price (Gas Gas). All top three riders chose to compete on Michelin X-Light tyres.
The Michelin brand has a proud sporting heritage with the SSDT stretching back over forty years. Taking the first Michelin win in 1980 and the first for a foreign rider was Finland’s Yrjo Vesterinen on the Spanish Montesa, with Lampkin’s win in 2018 the most recent for Michelin. Lampkin has dominated the event with consecutive victories since 2012 in a superb show of strength in the latter part of a very successful career.
In a male-dominated sport, the undisputed queen of motorcycle trials with 5 FIM World titles, Emma Bristow, returns once more to the event. The ambitious current Ladies World and British Trials Champion also chooses Michelin tyres for the tough terrain and will return on her Sherco with the goal to improve on her 37th position at the 2018 event.
Follow all the latest news and updates from the Scottish Six Days Trial at www.ssdt.org
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