#1980 Gilles Burgat (FRA) – A Star is Born!

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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