TEAM TIME

Trial Magazine - - CLASSIC COMPETITION -

Each team would have five rid­ers, but the best four rid­ers’ scores would count as the win­ning to­tal. The ques­tion on most team rid­ers’ lips was ‘Who will fin­ish sec­ond?’ Such was the abun­dance of ta­lent in the York­shire Cen­tre. There were a few ‘rum­blings’ be­fore the start that the North­ern Cen­tre rid­ers Tony Calvert and Richard Sunter were bor­der­line ‘Yorkies’. What­ever any­one said there was only ever go­ing to be one team win­ner, bar­ring a com­plete disas­ter, and that was York­shire. Who would have ar­gued that they could have run two teams and still come first and sec­ond? As it turned out the event was run in dry, over­cast weather, but with some very strict ob­serv­ing the scores all ended up very high. Nigel was the best in­di­vid­ual per­former win­ning on 81 marks lost!

Most of the top rid­ers con­sid­ered it a tough but very good event. Many of the cen­tre rid­ers based south of Birm­ing­ham found it was way too hard for their ex­pe­ri­ence, on such rocky haz­ards, hav­ing been more used to mud and banks. As it turned out, the York­shire team did take a very clear con­vinc­ing vic­tory, but when you di­vide the win­ning to­tal of the four best scores they still av­er­aged out at 96.5 marks each! In sec­ond was the host North­ern Cen­tre fol­lowed home by East York­shire. It had been a tough, fair day’s sport, and in the world of mo­tor­cy­cle tri­als, you can­not ask for much more than that.

John Luck­ett (Ossa): Can you imag­ine, af­ter liv­ing and com­pet­ing in the South Western, the shock at the sever­ity of the sec­tions in the Lake District. John along with his fel­low team rid­ers would come home 10th.

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Tony Davis (Bul­taco): A tri­als rider, win­ning 14 na­tion­als, and mo­tocross win­ner and works rider for BSA, Bul­taco, Montesa and Beamish Suzuki, Tony had a long sport­ing ca­reer. His late brother Mal­colm was a Bri­tish Mo­tocross cham­pion be­fore his un­timely death in a road traf­fic ac­ci­dent in the 1980 Pres­i­dents Na­tional Trial.

Alan Wright (Beamish Suzuki): The Mid­lands based re­tired civil ser­vant was a reg­u­lar on the na­tional tri­als scene in the sev­en­ties and eight­ies, on a wide va­ri­ety of ma­chin­ery. This ma­chine is one of the early and very rare Beamish Suzukis with a ‘works’ en­gine fit­ted.

Rob Ed­wards (Montesa): Known very much as an am­bas­sador dur­ing his rid­ing days with Montesa, Rob along with Nigel Birkett would be in­volved with the devel­op­ment of the Cota 349.

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