Gu­bian's GasGas Tri­alE-la­tion

Trial Magazine - - INTERNATIONAL - AR­TI­CLE: TRIAL MAG­A­ZINE

The adult sec­tor of the new gen­er­a­tion of bat­tery-pow­ered tri­als mo­tor­cy­cles has been slow to take off. With­out a doubt OSET led the way in the youth class with its model range, but it’s the in­no­va­tion of the new Gas Gas TXTE model that has taken them to the two Tri­alE Cham­pi­onships in 2017 and 2018. Us­ing the bot­tom half of their hugely suc­cess­ful two-stroke tri­als model’s di­aphragm, clutch and gear­box paired to an elec­tric mo­tor and bat­tery it ap­pears to be lead­ing the race to go into pro­duc­tion, some­thing that was con­firmed af­ter Gu­bian took vic­tory. De­spite the mighty ef­forts of the huge Yamaha re­search and de­vel­op­ment pro­gramme be­hind it the Ja­panese man­u­fac­turer was pushed into sec­ond po­si­tion af­ter Bel­gium. It’s a very short, two-round FIM series, and with Yamaha rider Kenichi Kuroyama win­ning round one in France and Loris Gu­bian round two in Bel­gium on the Gas Gas the French rider won as the rule book states that in the event of a tie with two in­di­vid­ual round win­ners the sec­ond round is the de­cider – ‘Vive le France’

Take noth­ing away from Yamaha on its wel­come re­turn to world tri­als and Ja­pan’s Kenichi Kuroyama. The man­u­fac­turer may have been away for a while but we all re­mem­ber what hap­pened when they did the same thing and came back in 1983 with the mono-shock Yamaha!

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