1988: Su­per Steve

Trial Magazine - - FLASHBACK -

Af­ter be­ing run­ner-up again in 1987, ‘Su­per’ Steve would take the first of his four wins in 1988. Beta mounted Jordi Tar­res was his main op­po­si­tion, but know­ing that it was al­most im­pos­si­ble to chal­lenge for the win over Saun­ders af­ter he held the lead on the Fri­day evening he lost marks in the morn­ing when he turned up late for the start. Saun­ders was only ten rid­ers away from his main ri­val Tar­res in the en­try list with rid­ing num­bers 144 and 134 re­spec­tively, keep­ing the crowd very much on their toes dur­ing the six days. Their early day on the Wednes­day was where cracks started to ap­pear for Tar­res as Saun­ders turned in a per­for­mance which would see him take the lead.

With the mono-shock Yamaha still classed very much as the ma­chine to have at the event Phil Alder­son had his best ever Scot­tish re­sult with a fine third place on the Team Hamil­ton sup­ported ma­chine. John Shirt Jnr also made his de­but at the event on the ex-Eddy Le­je­une four-stroke Honda mov­ing up to as high as fourth place at one point dur­ing an event­ful week’s rid­ing.

Jordi Tar­res (Beta-ESP): Hav­ing won in 1987, Saun­ders was on his case from day one in 1988.

Steve Saun­ders (Fan­tic): At last, Steve was de­lighted with his first win af­ter fin­ish­ing as the run­ner-up from 1985 to 1987.

John Shirt Jnr (Honda): Hav­ing cel­e­brated his 17th birthday in March it was straight in at the deep end for ‘Shirty’.

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