X Trial to test rid­ers’ skills

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - SPORT -

THE X Trial Aus­tralian Cham­pi­onship will re­turn to Base­ball Park in Thorn­lie on April 8 and 9.

X Trial is a mo­tor­cy­cle sport that sees rid­ers ne­go­ti­ate a man-made ob­sta­cle course.

Any­thing that could test the rid­ers is used, from earth mov­ing tyres to skip bins and ca­ble drums.

X Trial in­vites the top six rid­ers in the coun­try, and two wild­card en­tries.

Peo­ple will be com­ing from Queens­land, New South Wales, Vic­to­ria and Tas­ma­nia to fight it out on the cus­tombuilt course at Base­ball Park.

Event di­rec­tor Neil Price, who is the top ranked West Aus­tralian, said it would be a far more ex­treme event than just rid­ing be­tween the cones.

“The rid­ers will have to take on 2-3 me­tre ver­ti­cal walls, jump four-me­tre gaps with no run-up and take off from plat­forms shorter than their bike length,” he said.

“With man-made ob­sta­cles, the dan­ger fac­tor is much higher and the rid­ers have to make a big com­mit­ment just to com­pete, let alone take out a win.

“This gives the au­di­ence an awe­some show and it is a cheap fam­ily night out.”

Go to www.ausx­trial.com.au for more in­for­ma­tion.

With man-made ob­sta­cles, the dan­ger fac­tor is much higher in X Trial com­pe­ti­tions.

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