BRAND

Trial Magazine - - TRIAL MAGAZINE - WORDS: JOHN HULME • PIC­TURES: ERIC KITCHEN, BARRY ROBIN­SON, YOOMEE AR­CHIVE, SCORPA.FR, MOTO CRAM­PONS AND CYRILLE BARTHE

Scorpa

TBreath­ing a breath of fresh air into a long es­tab­lished brand is ex­actly what Scorpa has achieved with its new orange-coloured ‘Twenty’ range of tri­als mod­els. Ever since it started motorcycle pro­duc­tion way back in 1994 the brand has seen some very tur­bu­lent times but in 2014 it cel­e­brates its twen­ti­eth year of pro­duc­tion. The early ma­chines used the Aus­trian Ro­tax air-cooled en­gines be­fore mov­ing to Yamaha two-stroke and four-stroke wa­ter-cooled mo­tors. In the lat­ter part of 2009 it ap­peared that the end was in sight as the sup­ply of the two-stroke Ja­panese en­gines be­gan to dry up and the fourstroke en­gine be­came too ex­pen­sive to im­port. With other prob­lems out­side the con­trol of the French man­u­fac­turer it looked like the writ­ing was on the wall be­fore suc­cess­ful busi­ness­man Marc Tessier, the man be­hind Sherco, pur­chased the brand. He in­tro­duced the Sherco en­gine to the model range, which

nev­er­the­less be­came quite stag­nant be­fore the re­lease of the ‘Twenty’ range in 2014.

he Scorpa story

starts way back in 1992, be­fore pro­duc­tion com­menced in 1994, when there was talk of a new tri­als ma­chine from France. Marc Tessier and Joel Domer­gue were the orig­i­nal founders of the Scorpa tri­als project, who wanted to pro­duce a tri­als ma­chine us­ing their own ideas and ex­pe­ri­ence. The wa­ter-cooled vari­ant of the tried and trusted Ro­tax two-stroke mo­tor was cho­sen to power the new ma­chine. In keep­ing with the French theme Na­tional Tri­als Cham­pion Bruno Camozzi would move from his ‘works’ Fan­tic to ride in the World Cham­pi­onship at the end of 1992 to help with its de­vel­op­ment as well as with the pro­mo­tion of the new brand. The ma­chine would be de­buted on the world scene at the fa­mous Paris-Bercy In­door Arena Trial in France in early 1993 in front of a very pa­tri­otic crowd. As with any­thing French, it was a lit­tle dif­fer­ent to say the least. The whole ma­chine looked a lit­tle agri­cul­tural but its per­for­mance opened some eyes when Camozzi fin­ished an im­pres­sive eighth in the open­ing World

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from UK

© PressReader. All rights reserved.