SOCLOSE WTC 1986
Thirty years ago the fight for the FIM World Trials Championship was attracting massive media interest and especially in Great Britain. Yorkshire’s Martin Lampkin had taken the very first FIM title back in 1975 on the Bultaco and a decade on we had a new challenger for the championship in the name of Steve Saunders. His world championship career had started in 1983 on the Hiro powered Armstrong when he finished 25th before rapidly moving into 6th in 1984. In 1985 a new era dawned as he moved into 3rd position riding the Honda RTL
using cutting edge technology with a competitive four-stroke motor and single shock rear suspension. He impressed the management in Japan so much that he was given the full backing of the Japanese giant for a major attempt in a two man team to challenge for the world crown in 1986. Steve Saunders would take
this one moment to aim for the ultimate goal – World Champion!