Extreme obstacle course
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.