At the invitation of the JMC & LCC Trials Committee Trial Magazine attended its excellent two-day trial. With an entry of over one hundred riders accommodated by the club on this beautiful island a weekend of trials action was enjoyed at two separate locations. On the Sunday morning everyone included at the event stood at exactly 11.00am in silence to respect the Remembrance Day, wearing their red poppies with pride and respect. The winner after the two days of competition was Michael Brown, The ‘Mighty Atom’, who was making a return to action after he broke his leg way back in April. On the Clubman route Chris Curtis took a superb victory in this very competitive class, as Welsh rider Dai Bedford flew the flag for Wales on the C class route.
Words and Pictures Copyright: John Hulme
The trial was not just about the expert route as the trial caters for riders of all ages and abilities on a massive variety of machines, from Pre-65 through to the modern ones. However, looking rusty on his Gas Gas, Michael Brown held a seven-point advantage after the first day over Adam John Le Cheminant before he moved up a gear on day two to open up a very clear winning advantage.
1: Michael Brown (JST Gas Gas) 27; 2: Adam John Le Cheminant (Gas Gas) 61; 3: Philip Wiffen (Sherco) 65; 4: George Pollard (Beta) 70; 5: Lee Rogan (Beta) 92; 6: Phil Disney (Appleyards Montesa) 103; 7: Richard Pallot (Beta) 118; 8: Nick Life (Gas Gas) 120; 9: James Dilks (Beta) 269.
Showing a winner’s class, Chris Curtis held a slender lead on day one in front of Ashley Read and Guy Chandler before putting on the style to edge out Reed on day two. Showing that you can win on a budget Curtis took the victory on his 1997 Montesa in front of Reed on his 2014 Sherco, followed by Chandler and Edyvean who were both on late 1990s model Betas.
1: Chris Curtis (Montesa) 10; 2: Ashley Reed (Sherco) 14; 3: Guy Chandler (Beta) 22; 4: George Edyvean (Beta) 24; 5: Jonny Davidson (Beta) 24; 6: Glen Hamel (Beta) 24; 7: Gavin Richards (Montesa) 25; 8: Paul Mollet (Majesty) 25; 9: Henry Pym (Beta) 28; 10: Neil Saffin (Scorpa) 30.
Despite the fact that Gavin Coombes held a narrow two-point lead on the Saturday Dai Bedford came back after some spirited riding to take the victory at the close of day two.
1: Dai Bedford (Beta) 22; 2: Gavin Coombes 28; 3: Ben Ashcroft 36; 4: Billy Russell 40; 5: Nick Russell (Montesa) 41; 6: Stephen Brown (Gas Gas) 42; 7: Elisha Benstead (Gas Gas) 42; 8: Richard Vibert 44; 9: Andrew Deffians (Triumph) 45; 10: Dave Pickles (Appleyard Beta) 46.
Thank you – John Hulme: “This has been a superb weekend of trials riding enjoyed by all. The hospitality shown by the club and the Jersey islanders, who made everyone very welcome, was greatly appreciated. If you have never ridden the Jersey event make sure it’s on your ‘Bucket List’ for 2016.”