Tar­res just got Beta

Classic Trial - - RETRO 1987 WORLD TRIALS CHAMPIONSHIP - Words: Yoomee • Pic­tures: Toon Van De Vliet, Mauri/Fontsere Col­lec­tion and the Gi­ulio Mauri Copy­right, Beta, Fan­tic, Me­cate­cno and Montesa This ar­ti­cle was gen­er­ated with the help of Charley De­math­ieu and his su­perb web­site: www.tri­alon­line.org

It was whilst re­search­ing some de­tail on this ar­ti­cle cov­er­ing the 1987 World Tri­als Cham­pi­onship on the ex­cel­lent tri­als web­site www.tri­alon­line.org, where Bel­gium’s Charley De­math­ieu has col­lated a hive of in­for­ma­tion, that I no­ticed just how com­pet­i­tive that year’s sea­son had been. Fin­land’s Yrjo Ves­ter­i­nen had been the first three-time con­sec­u­tive World Cham­pion from 1976–1978 on the Bultaco as Bel­gium’s Eddy Le­je­une on the four-stroke Honda then joined this ex­clu­sive club by win­ning from 1982–1984. Young French Fan­tic rider Thierry Michaud then started to make an im­pact in the se­ries with his first World ti­tle in 1985, fol­lowed by ti­tle num­ber two in 1986.

In 1985 a very young Jordi Tar­res ap­peared on the World scene fin­ish­ing in eleventh po­si­tion. In 1986 he took his and Ital­ian man­u­fac­turer Beta’s first World Cham­pi­onship win, in Amer­ica, on his way to fourth po­si­tion in the se­ries. In a show of sheer de­ter­mi­na­tion and skill he to­tally dom­i­nated the 1987 Cham­pi­onship as Michaud failed to win a sin­gle round which also lost him the op­por­tu­nity to join the ex­clu­sive club of con­sec­u­tive triple world cham­pi­ons. The French­man was not fin­ished though, as he beat Tar­res to win the 1988 World crown but this would be his last. Tar­res on the other hand sim­ply got bet­ter and bet­ter. He would win con­sec­u­tive triple crowns from 1998–1991 and from 1993–1995 be­fore the dom­i­nat­ing years of Great Bri­tain’s Dougie Lamp­kin in 1997–2003 and, in more re­cent times, Spain’s Toni Bou from 2007–2016.

Both Michaud and Tar­res re­main unique in the World Cham­pi­onship though, as rid­ers who have lost the World ti­tle and re­gained it. On his way to his seven World ti­tles Jordi Tar­res would re­peat this feat twice. Firstly in 1989 on the Beta, and then again in 1993 on his move to Gas Gas.

1987 World Tri­als Cham­pion Jordi Tar­res (Beta-ESP)

Look­ing very much a con­tender for World Cham­pi­onship suc­cess Diego Bo­sis took his and Aprilia’s only World round win in Amer­ica. This shot is from the ice and cold of Bel­gium.

A very young Diego Bo­sis signs a much sought-af­ter Aprilia fac­tory con­tract to con­test the 1978 World Tri­als Cham­pi­onship.

From its in­tro­duc­tion in the early eight­ies Ital­ian motorcycle man­u­fac­turer Beta now had a World Cham­pi­onship win­ning ma­chine with the TR 34 model in the hands of Jordi Tar­res.

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