With preparations for the 2017 TrialGP season now well underway, which opens in Spain come May, Sport7 is delighted to announce the appointment of Brian Higgins as their Event Manager for the series.
Having recently stepped down as the head of the Auto Cycle Union (the ACU is the national federation of motorcycling in the UK) Brian brings with him a great wealth of experience and expertise, which he has gained over a prolonged period of involvement with two-wheel sport in a number of different roles.
Brian’s own riding career began as a promising teenager, with him riding for the famous Comerfords Bultaco team in the UK before then moving on to assist with the development of Honda’s then new four stroke project alongside Trial legends Sammy Miller and Rob Shepherd. Higgins competed in the FIM Trial World Championship with his Honda teammate back in the late seventies before then joining Suzuki and contesting further events together with his new teammates Malcolm Rathmell and Chris Sutton.
As well as being an accomplished Trial rider, Brian was also an outstanding enduro rider with him winning a test outright during the FIM International Six Days Enduro (ISDE) hosted on the Isle of Man before then going on to claim a gold medal at the 1976 ISDE in Austria as part of the British Trophy Team.
With his helmet finally hung up after a successful riding career, Brian moved into the organising side of the sport in more latter years and has been responsible for delivering a large number of successful rounds of the British domestic motocross championship over the last two decades. Higgins became a member of the ACU Motocross Committee back in 2002 before then taking up his post as ACU Motocross Committee Chairman and Maxxis ACU British Motocross Manager in 2008. Today the Maxxis series remains regarded as the best of its kind anywhere in Europe much thanks to Brian’s vision and tireless work.
In 2011 Brian was elected as Chairman of the ACU, a role he accepted for a maximum of two – three year terms and he has recently stepped down from, thus allowing him to become an important and integral member of the Sport7 / TrialGP organising team.
Speaking about this key appointment Sport7 Director Jake Miller said. “We have known and worked with Brian over a number of years both as part of the Maxxis series and more recently with some of our Red Bull events. On all occasions we have enjoyed a great relationship and have been aware of his wide skill set and the huge amount of experience he has in delivering events to a high level. Having Brian on board is a massive boost to the project and is something the whole team is very excited about.”
Miller explained. “Brian will carry out the venue inspections and will head our onsite crew at each TrialGP, so we are confident that he will play an important part in us reaching the high standards we are looking to achieve.”
Commenting on his new role Brian stated. “When Jake informed me of his plans regarding Sport7 and the TrialGP project late last year and that he was looking to build a team to work with him, I was delighted to be asked to be involved. Having worked with Jake and his team at various previous sporting events his professional approach aligns with my views on how events should be promoted and I hope I can help to raise the standards and profile of the TrialGP series over the coming months. There is a lot of work to be done, but I am sure that when plans comes together it will be of benefit to all teams, riders, organisers, federations, trial fans and other key stake holders.”