Ex­treme ob­sta­cle course

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - WORK PLACE -

SOME of the best mo­tor­cy­cle riders from around the coun­try will fight out for the X Trial Aus­tralian Cham­pi­onship at Base­ball Park sta­dium this week­end.

X Trial is a unique mo­tor­cy­cle sport that sees riders ne­go­ti­ate a man-made ob­sta­cle course where any­thing could test the riders in­clud­ing skip bins and ca­ble drums.

The riders must ne­go­ti­ate the course with­out us­ing their feet. Any foot touch­ing the ground is called “dab­bing” and in­curs a penalty point. At the end, the lowest score wins.

WA state cham­pion and lo­cal Gos­nells rider Neil Price, who is also heav­ily in­volved in run­ning the event, de­scribed it as “re­ally in­sane”.

“This is not a Gymkhana, ride be­tween the cones sort of event. This is far more ex­treme,” he said.

“Last year was crazy, with all the work of build­ing the event and rid­ing night one and get­ting a podium fin­ish, I was re­ally happy.”

Last year’s X Trial Cham­pion Tim Cole­man will fly in to de­fend his ti­tle from China, where he is cur­rently per­form­ing with a Freestyle Cir­cus.

“I have had heaps of ride time, do­ing shows and train­ing in be­tween, so its been good. I had a great ride last year and I’m pretty con­fi­dent I can have an­other good crack,” he said.

Cole­man will have his work cut out for him, with New­cas­tle’s Kyle Mid­dle­ton, the cur­rent Out­door Cham­pion, on form and want­ing to over come last years dif­fi­cul­ties.

X Trial 2016 will also see Aus­tralian Women’s Cham­pion Kristie Mckin­non, who has a wild card ride.

Tick­ets are $25 for adults and $10 for chil­dren. Go to www. ausx­trial. com.au to book tick­ets.

Neil Price is hop­ing to have a strong per­for­mance in his home state.

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