Pre-65 Trial

Pre ’65 Tri­als • 6-7 Oc­to­ber, 2018 – Sedg­wick, Vic­to­ria

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The Aus­tralian tri­als fra­ter­nity in­vaded Vic­to­ria on the 6th and 7th Oc­to­ber to cel­e­brate the 2018 “Delecca’s” Aus­tralian Trial Cham­pi­onship. The event was held on the large gran­ite out­crops in the farm­ing re­gion of Sedg­wick just 15 km south of Bendigo and was well pro­moted by the Tri­als Club of Vic­to­ria. The “Springs” venue fea­tures an al­most end­less ar­ray of amaz­ing tri­als ter­rain with past pro­mo­tions in­clud­ing the 2005 In­ter­na­tional Su­per Trial and the 2008 and 2013 Aus­tralian Trial Cham­pi­onships. The pro­mot­ers were blessed with al­most per­fect Tri­als weather over the week­end which was well ap­pre­ci­ated by the rid­ers and also helped at­tract a bumper crowd of spec­ta­tors, many wit­ness­ing this branch of the sport for the first time.

The Pre-65 or Clas­sic class this year had enough en­tries to qual­ify for an of­fi­cially en­dorsed Mo­tor­cy­cling Aus­tralia Cham­pi­onship thanks to the 7 rid­ers that en­tered. Rid­ers in this class com­peted over 3 laps of 15 sec­tions each day, rid­ing sec­tion splits or al­ter­na­tives that were specif­i­cally de­signed to suit this cat­e­gory of mo­tor­cy­cle trial com­pe­ti­tion. The end re­sults in­di­cated the sec­tion setters got it right with only one DNF recorded due to me­chan­i­cal fail­ure. The rid­ers who took part in the Pre ’65 sec­tion were Paul McGrath (NSW BSA Ban­tam), Peter Spencer (Vic Jawa 559 1963), Jor­dan Gol­lagher (Qld Tri­umph), Tim Lewis (Vic CZ 475 250cc), Dan Gol­lagher (Qld Tri­umph), An­drew Car­pen­ter (Qld Jawa 1963) and Trevor Ben­nett (ACT CZ 175). The win­ner was Tim Lewis with 3 points lost, from An­drew Car­pen­ter (12) and Peter Spence (33). The 2019 Aus­tralian Trial Cham­pi­onships will be held at “Mount Joy” Tas­ma­nia on the 12th and 13th Oc­to­ber 2019.

Peter Spencer tack­les the rocks on his Jawa. Win­ner Tim Lewis on his CZ.

Jor­dan Gol­lagher picks his way through the rocks on his Tri­umph Ter­rier. Trevor Ben­nett urges his CZ over the boul­ders.

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