Hard To Find Twin­shock Tri­als Group

You may well have no­ticed the pop­u­lar­ity of the ‘Hard To Find Twin­shock Tri­als & Air Cooled Mono Group’ on so­cial me­dia, we cer­tainly have! A good talk with its owner, Mark True­man, went a step fur­ther when he told us about his event which grows year on y


Hosted and or­gan­ised by the well-known pair­ing of Barry and Sally Bur­ton of YMSA tri­als fame, with as­sis­tance from Mark True­man on the week­end, they wel­comed a field of over 40 riders who com­peted over the 4 laps of 10 sec­tions on of­fer at each of the two venues. It was quite fit­ting that day one vis­ited the Burycliffe Farm venue just out­side El­ton in Der­byshire, as it was here where Mick An­drews car­ried out so much of the de­vel­op­ment work on the leg­endary Yamaha TY range of tri­als mod­els. Mick him­self would be on hand at day two, where the Dud­wood Farm venue of­fered a com­plete change of haz­ards.

Classes were on of­fer for Pre-65 and Twin­shocks, along with a com­ple­ment of air cooled mono-shock ma­chin­ery. With the Satur­day haz­ards set out by Mick An­drews, the heavy pre-event rain did not dampen the en­thu­si­asm of the en­try.

The Dud­wood farm lo­ca­tion of­fered camp­ing and en­ter­tain­ment on the Satur­day night and the riders and fam­i­lies, who came from as far and wide as Malta and the Isle of Man and the south­ern coun­ties, en­joyed their night out.

Day one saw Dan Clark ride clean on his 1987 Honda RTL250 in the Ex­pert AC Mono class with an ex­cep­tional ride in the sticky con­di­tions, as you would ex­pect from a rider with his nat­u­ral abil­ity and ex­pe­ri­ence. Day one also saw Paul MacHoughto­n lose just three marks on his smartly turned out 1989 Gas Gas 250 in the Novice AC Mono class, with Danny Lit­tle­hales rid­ing well in the Pre-65 Ex­pert cat­e­gory. An­drew Bun­ton took the spoils on day one on his 1983 SWM 320 in the Twin­shock Novice cat­e­gory, and in the Twin­shock Ex­pert class a great ride from Matt Spink on a 1980 Suzuki saw him clean all 10 haz­ards on the day.

Day two pro­vided a few more en­trants, which per­fectly rounded off the great week­end had by all in the dry­ing con­di­tions pro­vid­ing a lit­tle more grip in the rocky sec­tions at Dud­wood.

Mark True­man, Group Owner said, “Well done to all in­volved in the sport­ing week­end. We will now start plan­ning for next year’s event to again be staged at El­ton, Der­byshire which we hope can at­tract more spon­sor­ship and, most im­por­tantly, more riders. All de­tails to be found when avail­able on the ‘Hard To Find Twin­shock Tri­als’ Face­book page on so­cial me­dia”.

One of the very early TY 175cc Yama­has.

The ma­chin­ery is some­times very rare.

Yes, these rocks are the very ones where the Yamaha TY was de­vel­oped by Mick An­drews!

Dud­wood Farm on day two was a com­plete change of rid­ing con­di­tions.

All the haz­ards were laid out in a safe, ride­able way.

Team ‘Hard To Find Twin­shock Tri­als & Air Cooled Mono Group’

From left: Barry Bur­ton, Mick An­drews and Mark True­man

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