Colomer’s Elec­tric Charge

The new dawn of the elec­tric tri­als era con­tin­ues to come alive, this time in France in the FIM Tri­alE Cup at Laudes. With the French Elec­tric Mo­tion brand be­ing the only com­pany to have a pro­duc­tion range of adult ma­chines it was no sur­prise that they do

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The new Tri­alE class is the fu­ture, that’s a fact. It was a brave move by the new pro­moter of the Trial World Cham­pi­onship Sport7 to in­clude the class in France but it proved a huge hit with the pub­lic in both the qual­i­fy­ing and the event it­self the fol­low­ing day. The big name in the event was 42-year-old Marc Colomer on the new Gas Gas that had not been seen in com­pe­ti­tion be­fore. The1996 FIM Trial World Cham­pion and three times FIM In­door Trial World Cham­pion had a big shock though in the qual­i­fy­ing as, de­spite record­ing the fastest time, he missed a gate at the start of the qual­i­fy­ing sec­tion and al­most crashed out, which cost him a max­i­mum and put him at the front of the en­try for the com­pe­ti­tion the fol­low­ing day. The qual­i­fy­ing glory would go to Italy’s Mat­teo Bo­sis who would record his­tory in front of fel­low Elec­tric Mo­tion riders from France Bastien Hieyte and Jerome De­lair with his run through the haz­ard. The course they rode over was the same as the Trial125 class. The crowd that had gath­ered to watch the qual­i­fy­ing process cer­tainly got be­hind the new breed of elec­tric ma­chin­ery, which was good to see.

A WET START

The morn­ing of the ac­tual com­pe­ti­tion gave the com­peti­tors in the in­au­gu­ral FIM Tri­alE Cup for elec­tric mo­tor­cy­cles plenty to think about as the rain came down over the first lap. The haz­ards at first ap­peared very dif­fi­cult but the skill set of the riders soon had them find­ing their way through the slip­pery haz­ards. Con­tain­ing a mix­ture of steep banks lit­tered with tree roots and rocks it soon be­came ob­vi­ous that Spain’s Marc Colomer would take some beat­ing. As in the qual­i­fy­ing they rode the same course as Trial125. With Colomer in a class of his own, part­ing with just 19 marks on his first lap, all eyes were on the close bat­tle for the other podium po­si­tions. This cen­tred around Spain’s Ce­sar Pan­i­cot on the Me­cate­cno and France’s Bastien Hieyte from France on the Elec­tric Mo­tion. De­spite both riders suf­fer­ing many five-mark penal­ties they tied on forty marks lost each, leav­ing it all to play for on the sec­ond and fi­nal lap.

NO SHOCKS

Show­ing why he won the 1996 FIM Trial World Cham­pi­onship, Marc Colomer and the new Gas Gas de­stroyed the op­po­si­tion in the dry­ing con­di­tions. In a dis­play which had the crowd fol­low­ing his ev­ery move he scored a per­fect clean lap, part­ing with no marks in the process. Span­ish man­u­fac­turer Gas Gas has on many oc­ca­sions taken the lead in the de­vel­op­ment of the tri­als mo­tor­cy­cle, and this was no better demon­strated than here in France with its full size elec­tric ma­chine.

The ac­tion be­hind the Span­ish tri­als legend was so much closer as he fin­ished 48 marks ahead of com­pa­triot Ce­sar Pan­i­cot. Rid­ing one of only two pro­to­type Me­cate­cno ma­chines — the other was rid­den by its de­signer Jordi Melia who fin­ished the event with a very painful an­kle in­jury. Pan­i­cot fin­ished just one mark clear of France’s Bastien Hieyte on his Elec­tric Mo­tion who is one of the more ex­pe­ri­enced elec­tric mo­tor­cy­cle riders. With­out a doubt, the in­tro­duc­tion of this class left the crowd very ex­cited about the fu­ture of elec­tric mo­tor­cy­cles in the sport.

Marc Colomer (Gas Gas-ESP) de­stroyed the op­po­si­tion on his way to vic­tory. The TV crew speak with Marc Colomer and, from Sport7, Jake Miller about the suc­cess of the E Class.

Elec­tric Mo­tion had a very strong pres­ence in the en­try, with French rider Bastien Hieyte lead­ing the way with the fi­nal step on the podium. On the podium, from left: Ce­sar Pan­i­cot (Me­cate­cno-ESP), Marc Colomer (Gas Gas-ESP) and Bastien Hieyte (Elec­tric Mo­tion-FRA). Two new pro­to­type Me­cate­cno ma­chines made their de­but in the event, with Spain’s Ce­sar Pan­i­cot tak­ing the run­ner-up spot on the podium, much to the de­light of its de­signer Jordi Melia.

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