Trial Magazine - - PRE-65 SSDT -

Twelve months ago James Noble was well in the reck­on­ing to win the 2014 Pre-65 Scot­tish Two Day Trial at Kin­lochleven, when he crashed at the fi­nal

sec­tion and broke his leg. This year he was in ex­actly the same po­si­tion and, de­spite some ner­vous­ness when he en­tered the fi­nal sec­tion of the trial at the Alu­minium Works, he went through the rocky stream with­out loss to claim a well-de­served vic­tory in this the most pres­ti­gious of all Pre-65 tri­als.

Bob­ble’, as the elec­tri­cal con­trac­tor from Har­ro­gate is known through­out the sport, guided his beau­ti­ful 500 Ariel through all 30 sec­tions on the first day of the trial to be the only rider with­out loss, and then on day two he cast away a miserly four marks while un­der some ex­treme pres­sure, to claim his first win in the 31 years of the trial or­gan­ised by the Ed­in­burgh and District Club.

De­lighted with his suc­cess he told Trial Mag­a­zine at the fin­ish: “Last year’s ac­ci­dent was on my

‘ mind as I went the last sec­tion. It seems so stupid now that it hap­pened, as I only went for a dab and slipped on a rock; and that was it! This year I just had to put that be­hind me, and I went clean.”

Even then there was no cer­tainty he had won the trial, for in Scot­land no rider can be cer­tain that the re­sults will ex­actly re­flect what a rider con­sid­ers he has lost, but all was well for the York­shire elec­tri­cian.

Sec­ond over­all was another York­shire­man, with Ripon’s Stu­art Blythe adding two marks to his overnight score of four from Fri­day, which gave him the sec­ond spot on the podium just a year af­ter he first rode a Pre-65 ma­chine, his Cub be­long­ing to Liver­pool’s Steve ‘Slip­pery’ Smith, who this year was able to be in Scot­land to see his ma­chine rid­den to such suc­cess, some­thing he was un­able to achieve last year. Also on six marks lost for the third place was another Ariel mounted rider, Ben But­ter­worth, who im­proved on his 2014 plac­ing by five po­si­tions. The Bury based young­ster is very much the new face of the Pre-65 scene and he, along with a sig­nif­i­cant num­ber of younger lads, is tak­ing the Pre-65 scene very se­ri­ously.

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