Riding with a confident, controlled approach, James Dabill (Beta) pulled even further ahead in the British Trials Championship this weekend taking his fifth consecutive win. The nearest challenger in the eight-round series, Jack Price (JST Gas Gas UK) had no answer to the sheer consistency of Dabill, as he continued to lead the way in the 2018 series.
After the warm summer break, the championship resumed at the Aislaby venue high above the seaside resort of Whitby on the North Yorkshire coast. A new venue for the championship, it consisted of twelve hazards all in a heavily wooded area. With cold overcast conditions the rain finally arrived after the first of the three laps.
It was soon obvious that the event would be a low scoring one and this put the pressure on the run-away championship leader, James Dabill. With an opening lap score of three, he was behind both of his closest championship rivals Jack Price and the eldest of the two Peace brothers Dan, as they only lost one mark each.
As the rain fell at the opening of the second lap all the riders upped their pace as the wet conditions started to affect the hazards. Demonstrating his natural talent, Dabill opened up an advantage with a faultless second lap. Price let his advantage go while Peace chased Dabill losing just a single mark.
By the third and final lap the heavens opened and the hazards became very slippery, as the rain changed the nature of them. Dabill was now riding at his very best and once again he left his rivals with no answer to his consistency as he produced another clear lap to record his fifth win.
James Dabill: “This win was more difficult to achieve than the results suggest. In a very low scoring event I am aware that my challengers are waiting for me to make a mistake. Small mistakes are punished heavily and I have to treat every hazard with the utmost levels of concentration and focus. The feedback from the Michelin X-Light tyre is critical to maintain my concentration and this is why it remains the only choice for me as I further extend my advantage at the top of the championship.”
The championship will continue in late September.
Round 5 Results – Championship Class
1: James Dabill (Beta) 3; 2: Jack Price (JST Gas Gas UK) 6; 3: Dan Peace (JST Gas Gas UK) 9; 4: Jack Peace (JST Gas Gas UK) 16; 5: Toby Martyn (RG Montesa/Honda UK) 24; 6: Iwan Roberts (TRS UK) 24; 7: Jack Sheppard (MRS Sherco) 28; 8: Tom Minta (BMS Scorpa) 32; 9: Billy Green (Beta-UK) 33; 10: Jack Challoner (Craig’s Montesa) 39; 11: Andy Chilton (BMS Scorpa Andy Metcalfe) 41; 12: Dec Bullock (Gas Gas) 65; 13: Hugo Jervis (TRS) 76.
Championship Class positions after five rounds:
1: James Dabill (Beta) 100; 2: Jack Price (JST Gas Gas UK) 81; 3: Dan Peace (JST Gas Gas UK) 75; 4: Toby Martyn (RG Montesa/Honda UK) 61; 5: Jack Peace (JST Gas Gas UK) 57; 6: Jack Sheppard (MRS Sherco) 52; 7: Andy Chilton (BMS Scorpa Andy Metcalfe) 42; 8: Tom Minta (BMS Scorpa) 35; 9: Billy Green (Beta-UK) 25; 10: Iwan Roberts (TRS UK) 20; 11: Jack Challoner (Craig’s Montesa) 20; 12: Dec Bullock (Gas Gas) 20; 13: Sam Connor (Beta-UK) 19; 14: Alexz Wigg (JST Gas Gas UK) 16; 15: Hugo Jervis (TRS) 13.