SOCLOSE WTC 1986

Trial Magazine - - CLASSIC -

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!

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