ROB SHEP­HERD HONDA

Classic Trial - - FRONT PAGE - Ar­ti­cle: Al­berto Ro­dríguez – ‘Fili’

De­spite the event run­ning on the 6th and 7th of Oc­to­ber it was still a case of hot stuff in the au­tumn months in Spain for the 14th run­ning of the Ro­bre­gordo & Hor­cajo In­ter­na­tional Two-Day Clas­sic Trial which took place in the moun­tains north of Madrid, or­gan­ised by the So­to­bike Mo­tor Club. A to­tal of 170 rid­ers from S pain, Great Bri­tain, Ger­many and Italy took part to en­joy the 26-kilo­me­tre route which took in 20 haz­ards on both days. The event was also a points-scor­ing one for those rid­ers com­pet­ing in the Span­ish Clas­sic Cham­pi­onship. Amongst the 170 rid­ers were Manuel Soler and Jaime Su­bira, two well-known rid­ers not just for their rid­ing skills but also their abil­ity as devel­op­ment rid­ers. As in the ma­jor­ity of clas­sic events in Spain there were three lev­els in the sec­tions for a to­tal of five cat­e­gories: Club­man Pre-75, Club­man Twin-shock; Ex­pert Pre-80, Ex­pert Twin-shock and Masters. The two days of ac­tion were rid­den in very dif­fer­ent con­di­tions. Day one started at 10.00am and day two at 9.00am, with a six-hour time limit plus an ad­di­tional 30 min­utes where the rid­ers would lose a mark a minute be­fore ex­clu­sion after the half hour. The day one weather was too warm for the time of the year with tem­per­a­tures around 25ºc and very dry, hu­mid con­di­tions of around 22%.

On day two the tem­per­a­ture dropped to 6ºC and hu­mid­ity went up to 70%! As it turned out the Mas­ter cat­e­gory was won by young rider Os­car Mill fol­lowed by his fa­ther Pere An­tón Mill and Mike An­te­quera. In the Ex­pert Twin-shock the win­ner was Ber­tran Martínez Pe­nalver ahead of Manel Cam­poy and Miquel Ra­mon. Al­berto Zarate won the Pre-80 cat­e­gory fol­lowed by Javier Alde­coa and Migui Gar­cia. The Club­man win­ner was Vi­cente Miguel, with Fer­nando Cabre sec­ond and Vi­cente Rios third. The Pre-75 class win­ner was Al­berto Selma fol­lowed Javier Cruz and Rafael Asins. The pre­sen­ta­tion took place just after the trial, and the new chair­man of the Span­ish Fed­er­a­tion and Tri­als rider Manuel Casado pre­sented the awards on the podium.

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