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.
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)