In an ever-changing world I had to take a second look at the entry list for the 2020 Scottish Six Days; two Electric Motion entries, really? Would the battery-powered machines have the staying power, I asked myself, for the long, testing days found in this event? The French motorcycle manufacturer had had two riders accepted in the event in the shape of former FIM Trial World Champion from 1996 and the first ever FIM Trial-E World Champion in 2017 Spain’s Marc Colomer along with the experienced British rider and Electric Motion UK distributor Matthew Alpe. With electric vehicles of all types undergoing massive development it was inevitable that the Scottish Six Days Trial would eventually be targeted. It has always been an event for manufacturers to contribute positively to the development of their new models, a ‘benchmark’ if you like, for any machine. In an evolving world where green credentials are so important, welcoming electric machinery to the SSDT would have been a positive and momentous move. History would have been made in 2020 with the arrival of electric trials machines in the event for the first time ever. The cancellation of the event has put this electric evolution on hold for 12 months but the SSDT organisers had already addressed the different safety aspects, logistics and refuelling arrangements to include batteries both for this year and going forward as the use of electricity to power motorcycles progresses into the future.
Words: Trial Magazine & Matthew AlpePicture: Zoie Carter Ingham Photography

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