On the 1st May 1980 at the FIM World Trials Championship round at St Christophe France, Gilles Burgat scored his first championship points on an Italian SWM.
Results – 1: Bernie Schreiber (Italjet-USA) 148; 2: Manuel Soler (Bultaco-ESP) 162; 3: Yrjo Vesterinen (Montesa-FIN) 171; 4: Eddy Lejeune (Honda-BEL) 173; 5: Gilles Burgat (SWM-FRA) 175; 6: Charles Coutard (SWM-FRA) 178; 7: Christian Desnoyers (SWM-FRA) 180; 8: Fred Michaud (Ossa-FRA) 183; 9: Jaime Subira (Fantic-ESP) 185; 10: Ulf Karlson (Montesa-SWE) 185; 11: Eric Gouin (Montesa-FRA) 193; 12: Timo Ryysy (Bultaco-FIN) 197; 13: Malcolm Rathmell (Montesa-GBR) 200; 14: Kiyoteru Hattori (Honda-JPN) 205; 15: Adrien Prato (Montesa-FRA) 206.
One year later in 1981 he would become the first French rider to win both the FIM World Trials Championship and the Scottish Six Days Trial on the SWM.
Words: Classic Trial Magazine
Pictures: Burgat Family Collection – Norman Eyre – Yoomee Archive
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