Proving once again to be just too good for his rivals to challenge him, James Dabill took his third consecutive win at the third round of the 2018 ACU British Trials Championship held above the town of Neath in South Wales, over the weekend.
The winning combination of James Dabill and Michelin X-Light tyres now have a clear lead in the championship, as his rivals show no answer to his sheer consistency.
Fifty-three riders entered the event across the Championship, Masters, Expert and Elite Youth classes. With overcast weather conditions on the day, the hillside venue provided a wide variety of terrain from exposed rocky outcrops to steep banks, streams and wet, wooded areas.
Dabill opened an early lead in the first lap, managing not to concede any five-mark penalties and thus putting the pressure on his fellow riders. A first-lap score of twelve marked Dabill out from the rest of the competitors with no other rider completing the lap with under twenty marks lost.
Turning up the heat on his rivals, Dabill went on to reduce his score in the second lap to just seven. Despite having to rush his inspection of the hazards a little – and incurring three time penalties – he pushed his lead even further.
With no other competitor able to answer the challenge set by Dabill on the day, three time penalty marks incurred in his final lap had little effect on the overall result. The final lap score of seven plus his three extra time penalties meant that his concentrated riding had paid off and his record lap score kept him at the top of the leaderboard.
Behind Dabill, and on his way to his best-ever British Championship position, was young Toby Martyn on his four-stroke Montesa. Martyn rode well and this was reflected in his confident performance on his two last laps with scores of fifteen and seventeen keeping him clear of third place finisher Jack Price.
Once again, the top three riders all chose to compete on Michelin X-Light tyres, providing yet another clean sweep of the podium for the tyre giant.
James Dabill (Beta): “I am obviously delighted with the result today as I have won my third straight championship round on the Beta.
I knew a good first lap score would put my rivals under pressure. On the second lap I had to rush a little and incurred three time penalties, but overall parted with just seven marks. On the final lap I equaled this score to once again take a clear victory.
The event had a wide mixture of terrain and conditions to contend with, but the Michelin X-Light tyres gave me the advantage to feel confident on the Beta which resulted in the three best lap scores of the trial”.
Results – Championship Class
1: James Dabill (Beta) 32; 2: Toby Martyn (RG Montesa/Honda UK) 58; 3: Jack Price (JST Gas Gas UK) 65; 4: Dan Peace (JST Gas Gas UK) 69; 5: Andy Chilton (BMS Scorpa Andy Metcalfe) 79; 6: Jack Sheppard (MRS Sherco) 89; 7: Jack Peace (JST Gas Gas UK) 91; 8: Tom Minta (BMS Scorpa) 104; 9: Sam Connor (Beta-UK) 105; 10: Jack Challoner (Craig’s Montesa) 118; 11: Billy Green (Beta-UK) 121; 12: Hugo Jervis (AB TRS) 133; 13: Alexz Wigg (JST Gas Gas UK) 137; 14: Dec Bullock (Gas Gas) 142; 15: Oliver Smith (Gas Gas) 172.
Championship Class positions after three rounds.
1: James Dabill (Beta) 60; 2: Jack Price (JST Gas Gas UK) 47; 3: Dan Peace (JST Gas Gas UK) 45; 4: Toby Martyn (RG Montesa/Honda UK) 41; 5: Jack Peace (JST Gas Gas UK) 33; 6: Jack Sheppard (MRS Sherco) 30; 7: Andy Chilton (BMS Scorpa Andy Metcalfe) 29; 8: Tom Minta (BMS Scorpa) 20; 9: Alexz Wigg (JST Gas Gas UK) 16; 10: Jack Challoner (Craig’s Montesa) 14; 11: Billy Green (Beta-UK) 13; 12: Sam Connor (Beta-UK) 12; 13: Dec Bullock (Gas Gas) 12; 14: Hugo Jervis (AB TRS) 7; 15: Oliver Smith (Gas Gas) 5.
The 2018 ACU British Trials Championship takes a break until the West of England Trial in Devon on the 10th June for Round 5.