The current ACU Trial GB British Trials champion and Britain’s undisputed number one trials rider, Toby Martyn (TRRS) opened the 2022 season with a clear win at round one.
Heavy rain in the early part of the week made way for a cool but dry day as the sun shone through at the Hookwood trials venue near Guildford. Riders took on 12 hazards, ridden over three laps with challenging and variable muddy banks, rocks and man-made elements. A strong entry of over seventy riders were entered across four classes: Trial GB, Trial 2, Trial 125 and Expert.
The first round of the 2022 championship used the ACU Trial GB marking system following the new rules introduced in 2020 which includes a one-minute time allowance for each section to be traversed, competitors may stop, go sideways or reverse without penalty. However, going backwards whilst footing will incur a five-mark penalty. An additional championship point is awarded to the best performance lap of the trial to all four classes.
Toby Martyn was in superb form to take the season opening win. On the first lap it was all very close as Jack Peace, the younger of the two brothers stayed in touch with Martyn and the lap closed with only a two-mark advantage. As the conditions deteriorated Martyn started to show his superiority as he closed the second lap with a further extension of his marks advantage.
Jack Peace tried desperately to stay in touch with Martyn and his last lap score when the conditions were at there worst, he pulled a couple of marks back, but the damage had been done and it was a delighted Toby Martyn who opened up the 2022 season with the points advantage which also include the extra point for the best single lap score of the three.
Toby Martyn (TRRS: “The event was drier than expected despite the recent very wet stormy weather conditions we have had but it still turned out to be a very challenging course. Mud was carried onto the rocks and the hazards became very polished and slippery. In these conditions tyre choice is essential and the feedback and feel from the Michelin tyres gave me the confidence to fight for the victory after the very closely contested opening lap. With my second lap score of 19 marks lost I knew a solid last lap ride would secure me the victory. The Michelin trials tyres have once again proved vital to my success showing how they can adapt to the changing conditions we have encountered at round one.”
Trial GB Championship Class
1: Toby Martyn (TRRS) 59; 2: Jack Peace (Sherco) 74; 3: Dan Peace (Sherco) 105; 4: Billy Green (Scorpa) 111; 5: Jack Dance (GASGAS) 114.
1: Toby Martyn (TRRS) 21; 2: Jack Peace (Sherco) 17; 3: Dan Peace (Sherco) 15; 4: Billy Green (Scorpa) 13; 5: Jack Dance (GASGAS) 11.