Trial Magazine - - TRADITIONAL -

Ever-chang­ing weather con­di­tions did not dampen the spir­its of trial leader James Da­bill as he opened up a small ad­van­tage to con­tinue to head the field of rid­ers. On top form though was the Welsh rider Iwan Roberts, who has been bat­tling an ill­ness that has kept him away from the sport in re­cent times. The Trial2 World Cham­pion kept his feet firmly on the footrests of the TRS to take the best daily rider re­ward in a very con­vinc­ing way, which was good to see. Gary Mac­don­ald, who was on his early-num­ber day, was very im­pres­sive on the awk­ward open­ing sections at Coire Mo­hair with an im­pres­sive clean pas­sage on the Scorpa when the haz­ard was at its most dif­fi­cult. With 30 sections and 77 miles to cover the early morn­ing’s fine weather turned to heavy rain as Dougie Lampkin had some me­chan­i­cal prob­lems with the Ver­tigo when he had to push out of the haz­ard at ‘Big Dars Burn’ for a three. This for­mi­da­ble dou­ble rock step was the fo­cus of the day as many rid­ers parted with marks here. With the rain lash­ing down the wa­ter level rose and it took more marks from the en­try than last year when it was very dry.

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