1981 FIM WTC ROUND 1, MURA, SPAIN

Classic Trial - - FLASHBACK -

22nd Fe­bru­ary 1981, 78 rid­ers en­tered. RE­SULTS: 1: Manuel Soler (349 Mon­tesa-ESP) 92; 2: Eddy Le­je­une (360 Honda-BEL) 92; 3: Bernie Schreiber (350 Ital­jet-USA) 103; 4: Toni Gor­got (350 Ossa-ESP) 106; 5: Gilles Bur­gat (280 SWMFRA) 113; 6: Charles Coutard (349 Mon­tesa-FRA) 113; 7: Ulf Karlsson (349 Mon­tesa-SWE) 115; 8: Yrjo Ves­ter­i­nen (350 Bul­taco-FIN) 116; 9: Chris­tian

Des­noy­ers (280 SWM-FRA) 117; 10: John Reynolds (325 Beamish Suzuki-GBR) 126; 11: Joaquim Abad (350 Ossa-ESP) 129; 12: Timo Ryysy (350 Bul­ta­coFIN) 131; 13: Pe­dro Olle (349 Mon­tesa-ESP) 134; 14: Danilo Galeazzi (280 SWM-ITA) 134; 15: Al­berto

Ju­van­teny (350 Ossa-ESP)135; 16: Bonny Gee­be­len (200 Fan­tic-SWE) 136; 17: Joseph Jo (349 Mon­te­saESP) 137; 18: Joe Wall­man (350 Bul­taco-AUT) 139; 19: Jamie Su­bira (240 Fan­tic-ESP) 141; 20: Mal­colm Rath­mell (349 Mon­tesa-GBR)142 – Other Great Bri­tain – 21: Martin Lamp­kin (280 SWM-GBR)143; 28: Chris Sut­ton (349 Mon­tesa-GBR) 150; 29: Nigel Birkett (200 Fan­tic-GBR) 150; 45: Chris My­ers (325 Bul­taco-GBR) 167; 47: Colin Boni­face (350 Bul­ta­coGBR) 168; 51: John Lamp­kin (280 SWM-GBR) 170; 53: Dave Clinkard (280 SWM-GBR) 171; 62: Mike

Skin­ner (350 Ossa-GBR)181; 63: Steve Moore (350 Bul­taco-GBR) 181; 70: Paul Leather (200 Mon­te­saGBR) 199; 71: Shane Ed­wards (200 Fan­tic-GBR) 200; 73: Steve Monk (320 Majesty-GBR) 220; 74: Stuart Thomp­son (350 Bul­taco-GBR) 236. TOP 20 MA­CHINES: Mon­tesa: 6; Bul­taco: 3; Ossa: 3; SWM: 3; Fan­tic: 2; Beamish Suzuki: 1; Honda: 1; Ital­jet: 1; TOP 20 NA­TION­AL­I­TIES: ESP: 7; FRA: 3; FIN: 2; SWE: 2; GBR: 2; AUT: 1; BEL: 1; ITA: 1; USA: 1. 1981 WORLD TRI­ALS CHAM­PION: Gilles Bur­gat (SWM-FRA)

Paul Leather (200 Mon­tesa-GBR): Along with a hand­ful of other rid­ers Paul would com­pete in Spain as part of a tri­als rid­ing hol­i­day.

John Lamp­kin (280 SWM-GBR): Un­der the guid­ance of his Un­cle Martin young John would make his first world round ap­pear­ance in Spain.

Adrian Prato (Mon­tesa-FRA): Af­ter his world cham­pi­onship rid­ing days were over he would be­come very much a part of the Fan­tic tri­als team in the Michaud win­ning years.

Tyre Wars: With de­vel­op­ment of the tri­als tyre go­ing for­ward at a very fast rate in the early eight­ies the man­u­fac­tur­ers from Dun­lop, Miche­lin and Pirelli would start to pro­duce ex­per­i­men­tal com­pound tyres for their top rid­ers. When the snow came in Spain and with it the very cold con­di­tions Miche­lin would start work on two com­pounds of tyre; one for win­ter cold con­di­tions and one for sum­mer warm con­di­tions. These tyres were the fore­run­ner of the tube­less tyres used to­day.

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