A NOBLE WINNER
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.