2016 WTC Rounds 3 and 4 23/04/16 and 24/04/16 Twin Ring Motegi Japan
It was the annual long haul trip to Japan for round two of the 2016 FIM Trial World Championship. This is the only occasion when the championship moves out-side of Europe but one which is welcomed by the riders. This year’s two day event attracted good strong crowds on both days of six and seven thousand who watched the riders compete over a wide variety of tweleve hazards ridden three times situated in the steep rocky wooded areas around the race track. A well represented entry from Europe was joined by the best of the Japanese riders on both days.
Dec Bullock: “I arrived at the venue well prepared and the Japanese Beta importers helped with the support for the visiting European riders to give them machinery suited to the conditions. I took some of my own parts to add to the machine that was supplied. Training went very well and I felt very confident of a good points haul for the championship”
“My total on day one on the first lap was dreadful if I am honest and the single lap score of thirty six tells its own story. I improved on the second lap to a more realistic score of seventeen which is more like where i want to be but I slipped a little on the final tour to part with twenty three to finish tenth”
“The overnight rain came forcing the organisers to ease the severity of the hazards but on day two but the sun came out leaving the Trial2 class hazards on the easier side. This for some reason made me nervous and once again the first lap score of twenty one left me way off the pace. My second and third lap scores of four and three are where I need to be for all the three laps. My eleventh position does not reflect the efforts put in by the team”
“My minder Andy Blackman once again worked very well supporting me but both of us are very disappointed with the result leaving me with some extra work to do to push towards the top five results which is where I feel I deserve to be. We will look at finding a solution for the poor first lap performance for the next round in Germany at the end of May”
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A full set of results can be found on the website: www.fim-live.com