TIME AND OB­SER­VA­TION

Trial Magazine - - COMPETITIO­N MINTEX TRIAL - Words: Jonny • Pic­tures: Barry Robin­son

The Youth scene is so strong in the UK and it turned out in force to sup­port the Richmond and District Mo­tor Club’s an­nual ‘Mini-Scott’ Time and Ob­ser­va­tion Mintex Tro­phy Trial held in deep­est Swaledale. Learn­ing that speed is not al­ways the win­ning el­e­ment, Jack Price plot­ted out a well-ex­e­cuted plan los­ing just six marks to take the pres­ti­gious win­ner’s tro­phy from Iwan Roberts, who won in 2012. His ob­ser­va­tion score of a to­tal of six was made up of two ‘three-mark’ loses in a very pro­fes­sional dis­play of rid­ing which also net­ted him the award for the quick­est time over the 22 mile course con­tain­ing 30 haz­ards. When sec­ond-placed Roberts punc­tured his rear wheel he knew it was time to con­cen­trate on ob­ser­va­tion and he parted with only four marks. Third placed James Stones dreams of win­ning the Scott one day and he knows how crit­i­cal the early days of learn­ing will count when he even­tu­ally goes for the adult ver­sion of the event. The event is not just for the boys as the de­ter­mined Ni­amh Richard­son came home as Best Lady Rider. With a healthy en­try of 56 rid­ers this event is with­out doubt be­com­ing the one to win.

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