Gas Gas TXT 80

Trial Magazine - - TRIAL MAGAZINE - WORDS: YOOMEE WITH MITCH BRIGHT­MORE • PIC­TURES: JONNY

When we re­ceived the news that Span­ish com­pany Gas Gas were to pro­duce a new-for-2015 80cc model to com­pete against the Beta equiv­a­lent we were quite ex­cited – a new model! The Beta 80cc has proved its cre­den­tials in the all-im­por­tant Youth sec­tor and we looked for­ward to the chance to test a ma­chine to chal­lenge its mer­its. In the Youth Stan­dard Wheel Class one of our Ju­nior test rid­ers, Mitch Bright­more, had taken his Beta 80cc to a third­place fin­ish in the 2014 Bri­tish Cham­pi­onship, so he cer­tainly knows what is re­quired to com­pete at the cut­ting edge of com­pe­ti­tion in this class.

First im­pres­sions are al­ways im­por­tant and the new model Gas Gas cer­tainly looks the busi­ness and fits in well with its el­der broth­ers. Apart from the ob­vi­ous com­po­nents re­quired to pro­duce the 80cc model and make it com­pet­i­tive in the Youth sec­tor the ma­chine is gen­er­ally over-en­gi­neered, which has to be a good thing in the long run. The uni­fi­ca­tion of the com­po­nents brings many benefits, in­clud­ing the fa­ther-and-son re­la­tion­ship abil­ity to main­tain the ma­chine. The think­ing be­hind the new model is to get the com­peti­tor in­volved with the brand at an early age and they can then fol­low their mo­tor­cy­cle ca­reer en­joy­ing the benefits of the brand’s ex­ten­sive tri­als ded­i­cated model range.

OVER TO MITCH: “In 2015 I will move into the Youth B Class in the Bri­tish Cham­pi­onship on a 125cc Gas Gas and so I can re­late to this ma­chine pretty eas­ily. Its gen­eral feel is very con­fi­dence inspiring straight away with ev­ery­thing where it should be. The front and rear sus­pen­sion felt very good and even my light weight did not af­fect the over­all han­dling which gave good feed­back, let­ting me con­cen­trate on where I was go­ing. I love the feel from a Gas Gas clutch as the bit­ing point is al­ways the same. This is one of the strong­est points of the ma­chine as, with the smaller en­gines, a good clutch is nec­es­sary to get the most power from the mo­tor. It started eas­ily first kick ev­ery time, and the gear se­lec­tion was good and pos­i­tive. The power is not as good as I would have ex­pected and this is where I feel that the ma­chine would lose out. I en­joyed my time on the new ma­chine and I am sure that with a lit­tle more power Gas Gas could be onto a win­ner”.

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