The Min­tex


It was once again time for the Scott Trial fu­ture rid­ers to com­pete in the Rich­mond Mo­tor Clubs na­tional Min­tex Tro­phy Trial held at Hurst, near Reeth in deep­est North York­shire. This unique event is run as a scaled down Scott Trial to give the youth rid­ers the chance to em­brace the na­ture of the time and ob­ser­va­tion el­e­ment of mo­tor­cy­cle tri­als. The event is as true and tra­di­tional as its elder brother, The Scott, which is run ev­ery year in Oc­to­ber. Whereas the adult ver­sion con­tains around 80 haz­ards and cov­ers a sim­i­lar amount of miles the Min­tex is con­tested over twenty miles with thirty haz­ards to be rid­den. With start area just half a mile from the once fa­mous Green Dragon Public House fifty seven A and B class youth rid­ers de­parted from the start area at 10.30 prompt at thirty sec­ond in­ter­vals to take in some of the haz­ards used in the Oc­to­bers Scott trial.

With youth rid­ers in at­ten­dance the club con­trol the course with ra­dio linked trav­el­ling mar­shals who are sup­ported by the Swaledale Fell Res­cue team in the case of any in­ci­dents. By the smiles on the young faces of the rid­ers they most cer­tainly en­joyed the fine weather and the su­perb event or­gan­i­sa­tion.

Path pick­ing

The event al­ways throws up some sur­prises but there was none for the even­tual win­ner 16-year-old Ryan Brown (Beta). The ap­pren­tice Plumber took the en­tire course in his stride as he demon­strated a very ma­ture at­ti­tude to the event by ar­riv­ing at the haz­ards and tak­ing a quick good look at them be­fore mak­ing his at­tempt.

Ryan’s fa­ther Peter, a for­mer Scott Trial com­peti­tor, was more than happy with his son’s per­for­mance which was re­warded with the best time and ob­ser­va­tion score and with it the Min­tex Cup and the NLS Con­tracts Tro­phy and a set of tyres from one of the event spon­sors Miche­lin. His ef­forts on the moors were well worth it with a time two min­utes faster the Ben Dig­nan from Scot­land with Joe Faun­thorpe a fur­ther minute be­hind.

On ob­ser­va­tion, Lin­colnshire’s Daniel Slack was sec­ond with a score og 23 marks lost but with ma­chine prob­lems, marks lost on time pushed him down the or­der to third over­all.

Once again fly­ing the Scorpa flag Reece Gaz­zard took the award for the best un­der 15-year-old rider as GasGas-mounted Jack Dance was the best first time rider.

Bux­ton’s Harry Turner, was prob­a­bly the youngest and small­est rider, took it all in his stride as did El­liot Laws. And just re­mem­ber the event is not just for the boys as the tal­ented Alice Minta fin­ished 17th over­all and with it the best lady rider award.

A good days sport

The tri­als course is no easy ride round the splen­did Swaledale coun­try­side and in fact is al­ways very chal­leng­ing but, as al­ways, pro­vides an ex­cel­lent days sport.

Those 45 fin­ish­ers from the start en­try who fin­ished in the al­lo­cated time al­lowance of the ‘Stan­dard Time’ at 02.36.45 set by Ryan Brown plus two-and-a-half hours can boast that they com­peted and fin­ished in what was around half of a Scott Trial.

Such iconic Scott trial sec­tion names as Dry Gill, Braith­waite’s Gill, Cold Bank, Whiskey Gill, Mores­dale and Ri­d­leys all played a part in the trial. The Ri­d­ley’ wa­ter­fall was very ‘Green’ and slip­pery, as were many of the early haz­ards for the early run­ners but the slime soon pol­ished off and all the haz­ards were very ride­able.

Rich­mond Mo­tor Club Pres­i­dent Paul Terry pre­sented all the awards af­ter the re­sults team cal­cu­lated all scores and times at record speed.

Keep an eye out for next year’s date as the ver­dict from ev­ery­one at this ex­cel­lent event in su­perb weather was a ‘Crack­ing’ trial.

Ryan Brown (Beta)

Joe Faun­thorpe (Ack­lams Beta)

Reece Gaz­zard (Scorpa)

Sam Rus­sel (Gas Gas)

Jack Dance (JST Gas Gas UK)

Daniel Slack, Ryan Brown and Joe Faun­thorpe

6 Harry Turner (JST Gas Gas UK)

Alice Minta (Inch­per­fect Beta)

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