Sport

Kia Cham­pi­onship

Classic Trial - - CONTENTS - Words: John Hulme • Pictures: Yoomee and John Wilkin­son

For some rea­son

or other I had never at­tended a round of the cham­pi­onship, but with a break in FIM X-Trial in­door se­ries, it was the ideal time. I have trav­elled to North Wales for tri­als since I977, and the ter­rain is fan­tas­tic. The venue for the Aqueduct Clas­sics Trial which was the open­ing round took me down the A483 and onto the B4579 be­tween Se­lat­tyn and Glyn Ce­riog, and then to PlasOnn Farm. This was in­stantly recog­nis­able as Lo­max Trial coun­try, still one of the best road-based Na­tional tri­als in the cal­en­dar. Well or­gan­ised and with a warm wel­come it was like rewind­ing the clock to what tri­als used to be. De­spite the very cold weather, I had a very en­joy­able day tak­ing in the spirit of the event. One thing is for sure; the Kia Cham­pi­onship ticks all the boxes for me. Here we take a look at the 2018 cham­pi­onship af­ter the third round had been com­pleted. Show­ing su­perb con­sis­tency with two wins and a sec­ond place puts Richard Allen at the top of the pile. The points ad­van­tage may look good this early in the sea­son, but he knows that with the round two win­ner Chris For­shaw (Honda) and Ro­man Kyrny­ckyj (SWM) ty­ing on 45 points each and Olly Ware­ing (Fan­tic) just a cou­ple of points be­hind it will only get more com­pet­i­tive. In round one Allen had a clear win­ning mar­gin but in round two he lost the win by a sin­gle mark. At round three it was a col­lec­tion of too many 'fives' that stopped Kyrny­ckyj from chal­leng­ing for the win. These two were head and shoul­ders above the rest of the en­try and well clear of third-placed Chris For­shaw.

His­toric Span­ish & Pre-78 Twin­shock

Hav­ing typed out the results, I still can­not be­lieve that this class does not at­tract more sig­nif­i­cant en­tries. Steve Bisby on his Or­ange Ossa 'Grip­per' leads the cham­pi­onship de­spite the fact he has only won one round. In Wales, it was the one-time world cham­pi­onship points scorer Cum­brian Chris My­ers who took the win on his Bul­taco, and in round two it was fel­low Bul­taco rider Gary Younghus­band who won. Let's hope we can see some more of the Span­ish and Ital­ian ma­chines and maybe some Majesty Yama­has and Beamish Suzukis in this class as the year pro­gresses.

Monoshock

I for one ex­pected this class to be dic­tated by the leg­endary monoshock Yamaha, which changed the face of the tri­als world when it was in­tro­duced in 1983. This is not the case though as we see su­perb ex­am­ples of the two-stroke Honda TLM mod­els and now some air-cooled Gas Gas and Beta ma­chines. This cer­tainly adds to the at­trac­tion of this class. It is a Yamaha that heads the class in the ca­pa­ble hands of Steve Bird, fol­lowed by Dean Dev­ereux on his rather nice Honda TLM. It was good to see young Chris Al­ford out in the fi­nal round as the se­ries con­tin­ues to at­tract younger rid­ers look­ing for a re­ally good day's motorcycle sport.

Bri­tish Bike

Many of the ma­chines in this class are a credit to their own­ers. Us­ing modern ma­te­ri­als and ma­chin­ing skills such as in the BSA Ban­tam, they show just what could have saved the ail­ing, once-proud and great motorcycli­ng pro­duc­tion fa­cil­i­ties in the UK. Giv­ing Ian Pe­berdy the ad­van­tage with, by his stan­dards, a poor per­for­mance at the open­ing round three times world cham­pion from Fin­land Yrjo Ves­ter­i­nen has pulled him­self back into con­tention with a win at round two and a sec­ond place at round three. Ian holds the ad­van­tage as he has shown more con­sis­tency on his Ban­tam as this cham­pi­onship looks very much like be­ing a twohorse race.

CLUBMAN CHAM­PI­ONSHIP Twin­shock

This class on the slightly eas­ier haz­ards has the hall­marks of a cham­pi­onship go­ing all the way to the wire. Each round has shown a dif­fer­ent win­ner, with Gary Hawkins (Fan­tic) win­ning round one fol­lowed by David Braith­waite on his Beamish Suzuki at round two and Jim Wil­liams (SWM) at round three. None of the vic­to­ries have been clear ones, and it's the con­sis­tent Antony Charles (Fan­tic) who finds him­self hold­ing a small ad­van­tage in the cham­pi­onship in front of David Wilkin­son by a sin­gle point. Wil­liams keeps in close con­tact with the lead­ers in third po­si­tion, and no doubt will be look­ing at chal­leng­ing for the top spot as the se­ries pro­gresses.

His­toric Span­ish & Pre-78 Twin­shock

The club­men class of this cham­pi­onship at­tracts such a wide va­ri­ety of ma­chin­ery, which is very healthy for the cham­pi­onship. The mix of the Span­ish and Ja­panese ma­chin­ery is so good to see and also al­lows the less ex­otic and ex­pen­sive ma­chines to have a run-out, mak­ing the se­ries very af­ford­able for the rid­ers. It's James Wa­ters (Yamaha) who is the lead­ing the cham­pi­onship from Robin Oliphant (Suzuki) as the Ja­panese ma­chines hold the ad­van­tage from the Span­ish ones by a small mar­gin.

Monoshock

Once again it's a good mix of dif­fer­ent makes of ma­chine which are in­volved in the cham­pi­onship as Paul Whit­taker (Fan­tic) leads the way. He won the first round in Wales and fin­ished sec­ond be­hind Nathan Han­ley (Yamaha) in round two in the North at the Castle­side Tri­als Club event. In round three at the Scun­thorpe MCC event, Louise Al­ford (Yamaha) came close to se­cur­ing a ladies' win as she headed home her fa­ther Stuart who fin­ished fifth. Three mem­bers of one fam­ily com­pet­ing, and all on the mono-shock Yamaha shows just how the se­ries caters for rid­ers of all abil­i­ties. Dave Wardell (Honda) took the win at round three to move into third in the cham­pi­onship.

Bri­tish Bike

Three dif­fer­ent win­ners from three rounds are al­ways good to see, and that's what has hap­pened in this class. Jim Pick­er­ing (BSA) took a nar­row vic­tory in round one in the cold weather of North Wales as Jim Ten­nant (James) earned the win at a low scor­ing round two. Round three turned out much harder, which was re­flected in the win­ning score of 49 dropped by Peter Ed­wards on his BSA. In the cham­pi­onship, Ed­wards leads the way from DOT mounted en­thu­si­ast Ossy By­ers.

Ro­man Kyrny­ckyj (SWM)

Roy Palmer (Kawasaki)

Chris For­shaw (Honda)

Yrjo Ves­ter­i­nen (BSA)

Peter Ed­wards (BSA)

Ossy By­ers (DOT)

Gerry Min­shall (James)

John Wil­laims (SWM)

Paul Nor­man (Fan­tic)

Stuart Blythe (Fan­tic)

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