OFF ROAD

Lots of men (and boys) called Jack all prove rather handy, plus hot new tri­als tackle and es­sen­tial event guid­ance.

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BE­ING PART OF the Ed­mond­son clan car­ries weight in the world of En­duro. With En­duro leg­end ‘Fast Eddy’ as dad he should have the genes – but he also has the weight of ex­pec­ta­tion on very young shoul­ders. Though he has some way to go to match his dad’s record, tak­ing his eighth straight vic­tory at the GP of Italy to claim the Youth Cup world ti­tle, Jack Ed­mond­son has proved a point. ‘Know­ing I could win the ti­tle was play­ing on my mind the whole day,’ he said. ‘I just wanted to make sure I got it. Then com­ing into the team awning was so cool. The Ital­ians know how to cel­e­brate, that’s for sure.’ Things didn’t look so promis­ing at the start of the year for Ed­mond­son, de­spite step­ping up his train­ing and rid­ing through the win­ter, Jack be­gan the 2016 sea­son col­lect­ing an in­jury in the open­ing GP of Morocco, he then missed the sec­ond GP in Por­tu­gal and had a poor re­sult in the third GP, Greece. All of which were badly af­fected by rain and should have played into the hands of a rider grow­ing up rac­ing in Bri­tain. From then on a dev­as­tat­ing run of eight straight wins saw the lat­est Ed­mond­son bring a Cham­pi­onship ti­tle to the il­lus­tri­ous Stafford­shire fam­ily. Dad Paul (just the four world ti­tles) said af­ter the event: ‘To say I am proud is an un­der­state­ment. To see my son win his first world ti­tle brought a lump to my throat and a tear to my eyes. It’s the best feel­ing ever.’ Jack Ed­mond­son is not the only Jack sign­ing off the 2016 sea­son with a world ti­tle. Gas Gas rid­ers Jack Price and Jack Peace have taken the FIM Trial2 World Cup and FIM Trial125 World Cup ti­tles this year for good mea­sure.

‘The Ital­ians know how to cel­e­brate for sure’

with Jonathan Pear­son Great news to see a new gen­er­a­tion of Bri­tish rid­ers tak­ing on the world and win­ning: con­grats to all three Jacks (Ed­mond­son, Price and Peace). And the new Ver­ti­gos look promis­ing…

Style of a (young) mas­ter. The Ed­mond­son dy­nasty keeps on do­ing it

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