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Trial Magazine - - WHAT’S NEW AT… - AR­TI­CLE: TRIAL MAG­A­ZINE WITH STEVE SAUN­DERS • PICTURES: TRI­ALS ME­DIA, TRS AND HEATH BRINDLEY

When we sent one of our test riders, Phil Dis­ney, with Steve Saun­ders to Spain in Jan­uary 2016 to have an ex­clu­sive ride on the new TRS tri­als ma­chine, it was the start of a new ad­ven­ture in tri­als. The brain­child of seven-time World Tri­als Cham­pion Jordi Tar­res, the new machines im­me­di­ately im­pressed all who rode them. With Adam Raga holding the han­dle­bars he has con­tin­ued to be at the cut­ting edge of the sport, and the suc­cess that has come with it has re­sulted in global sales. With a calm fam­ily ap­proach to the mar­ket­ing, the machines have be­come very pop­u­lar in a very short time. As we en­tered 2018, we caught up with Steve Saun­ders to find out what’s new at TRS.

Con­grat­u­la­tions, your hard work has been re­warded.

Thank you, yes it’s been quite an ad­ven­ture in a very short space of time. The re­wards are most wel­come, and I have em­braced the op­por­tu­nity with TRS to help and es­tab­lish the brand in the UK. In truth, the man­u­fac­tur­ers know that the UK is still one of the most im­por­tant, if not ‘the’ most im­por­tant mar­ket in the world. I have had ex­cel­lent sup­port from the fac­tory and along with Jordi Tar­res for the ma­chine, Marc Aranyo with the mar­ket­ing and Adam Raga with the re­sults they have turned TRS into a global suc­cess. The se­lec­tion of the var­i­ous im­porters has also been vi­tal to giv­ing the cus­tomers con­fi­dence in the new prod­uct. As with any­thing new, it was al­ways go­ing to be a gam­ble but as soon as I had the ini­tial meet­ing to dis­cuss the project in late 2015 I wanted to be part of their ad­ven­ture.

How im­por­tant was it to have a top rider like Adam Raga on board?

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