Michelin riders, James Dabill and Sam Haslam, took the top two spots at round five of the 2015 British Trials Championship. The competition was held on the mixed terrains of a wooded hillside near Neath in Wales, in warm, dry weather. Riders faced a total of 12 hazards that each had to be tackled three times. Using the Michelin X-Light tyres to his full advantage, Vertigo mounted James Dabill rode to a comfortable clear victory and opened up a significant championship advantage. Meanwhile Sam Haslam on the Gas Gas (his nearest challenger) made a return to form after not performing at his best in previous rounds due to sickness. With both championship leaders, Jorge Casales and Michael Brown, missing at the next round, Haslam will attempt to move up the order again in a bid to maintain his championship challenge.
Sam Haslam: “After my opening two podium results in rounds one and two, I slipped down the order having suffered from sickness at rounds three and four. I came to this event feeling confident after winning a spot on the podium at the recent Scottish Six Days Trial. My Michelin X-Light tyres gave me that extra confidence to push back into the top three at this event and I am very happy to be back on the podium in second place.”
Round 6 St David’s – Wales 1: James Dabill (Vertigo) 14; 2: Sam Haslam (Gas Gas) 32; 3: Iwan Roberts (Beta) 40; 4: Billy Bolt (Ossa) 41; 5: Alexz Wigg (Gas Gas) 42; 6: Ross Danby (SXS) 48; 7: Sam Connor (Beta) 49; 8: Jack Price (Gas Gas) 49; 9: James Fry (Sherco) 57; 10: Jack Spencer (Beta) 67.
Championship 1: James Dabill (Vertigo) 94; 2: Michael Brown (JST Gas Gas) 69; 3: Sam Haslam (JST Gas Gas) 57; 4: Jorge Casales (Beta-ESP) 51; 5: Alexz Wigg (JST Gas Gas) 50; 6: Billy Bolt (Ossa) 42; 7: Sam Connor (Beta-UK) 42; 8: Jack Price (Gas Gas) 39; 9: Ross Danby (SXS) 38; 10: Iwan Roberts (Beta-UK) 36.