Michelin-sponsored Jack Price was crowned the overall winner of the 2019 ACU British Trials Championship finals at Tootherick Quarry in Scotland this weekend. Championship victor for the second time, Price fought off tough competition over nine rounds of intense riding at top Trials venues across the country.
The Bob MacGregor Trial concluded the championship at the excellent off-road facility used by the East Lothian Motorcycle Club. With varying terrain from man-made hazards to the more natural ones found in this part of the world, the challenging test of twelve hazards was ridden over three laps on both days by an entry of 38 riders across four classes.
Round eight opened on the first day under threatening rain clouds, but though a cold day, it was only the odd shower that came down. With one hand on the title Jack Price (JST Gas Gas UK) knew that a top five finish would secure him the championship and he had everything to play for.
However, it was Toby Martyn (Beta) who took the early lead from Price by a single mark on the opening lap, coming back to the game after a poor performance riding with an injury at the last round.
Price took two five-mark penalties on the second lap and Martyn took the initiative. Even though Price came fighting back on the third and final lap with the lowest score of only two marks lost Martyn had already done enough to secure the top spot on the podium with Price in second.
The fight for third between the two brothers Dan and Jack Peace on the MRS Sherco machines ended with the eldest, Dan, eventually finishing just one mark in front of Jack.
On day two and with the 2019 championship title secured, Jack Price (JST Gas Gas UK) wanted to finish the season with a win, but instead a disastrous opening lap left him reeling with twenty marks lost. Like any true champion Price came fighting back on the last two laps with the lowest scores including a superb ‘clean’ last lap, but the damage had been done and he had to settle for second on the day.
A very determined Jack Peace (MRS Sherco) was fighting his own battle with his elder brother Dan, who held third position in the championship and Jack knew that to challenge for that final podium spot, a win was essential.
Young Jack kept up his fight for the victory with a second lap score of four marks lost matching Jack Price, while his brother Dan remained in fourth position. Despite the brilliant victory Jack had not done enough for third in the championship which went to big brother Dan.
Jack Price: “Winning my second ACU British Trials Championship is the result of hard work and the support from the team.
I approached these final two rounds knowing that I hand one hand on the trophy after my result from round seven where I beat James Dabill. This crucial win boosted my confidence and ultimately drove me toward to championship win.
With a truly staggering variation in terrrains across this nine-round championship, the correct tyre choice is essential. The feel from the Michelin X-Light tyres gave me the confidence to fight for the victory at every round. I knew that consistency was the key to winning the championship and the Michelin X-Light trials tyres have once again proved vital to my success showing how they can adapt to the changing conditions we have encountered at every round.
Thank you to everyone who has contributed to this 2019 season”
Round Eight: The Bob Macgregor Trial – 1: Toby Martyn (Beta) 19; 2: Jack Price (JST Gas Gas UK) 28; 3: Dan Peace (MRS Sherco) 36; 4: Jack Peace (MRS Sherco) 35; 5: Iwan Roberts (TRS UK) 68; 6: Billy Green (RG Montesa/Honda UK) 74; 7: Andy Chilton (BMS Scorpa) 103; 8: Hugo Jervis (TRS UK) 126.
Round Nine: The Bob Macgregor Trial – 1: Jack Peace (MRS Sherco) 15; 2: Jack Price (JST Gas Gas UK) 24; 3: Toby Martyn (Beta) 27; 4: Dan Peace (MRS Sherco) 36; 5: Iwan Roberts (TRS UK) 68; 6: Andy Chilton (BMS Scorpa) 80; 7: Billy Green (RG Montesa/Honda UK) 95; 8: Hugo Jervis (TRS UK) 112.
2019 Trial GB British Championship Positions
1: Jack Price (JST Gas Gas UK) 164; 2: Toby Martyn (Beta) 137; 3: Dan Peace (MRS Sherco) 132; 4: Jack Peace (MRS Sherco) 130; 5: Billy Green (RG Montesa/Honda UK) 87; 6: Andy Chilton (BMS Scorpa) 86; 7: Iwan Roberts (TRS UK) 79; 8: Hugo Jervis (TRS UK) 65; 9: Jack Sheppard (MRS Sherco) 44; 10: James Dabill (Beta) 35.