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