1998: Ju­bi­lant Jarvis

Trial Magazine - - FLASHBACK -

The quiet unas­sum­ing rider that is Graham Jarvis was de­lighted to take his first SSDT vic­tory for a French tri­als mo­tor­cy­cle man­u­fac­turer with Scorpa, in a very wet event. He took an early lead on the first day and on Tues­day he parted with no marks but in­curred three-time penalty marks, giv­ing him the ad­van­tage.

The pre­vi­ous year’s win­ner Steve Col­ley had the start of a night­mare week. First, he lost eight marks on time on the Tues­day, and this was fol­lowed by nine on the Wednes­day which put him right out of con­tention for the win. Hav­ing ar­rived late at the event due to world cham­pi­onship com­mit­ments young Span­ish rider David Co­bos had his ma­chine put into the se­cure com­pound on Sun­day by Gas Gas per­son­nel. He ar­rived at the event later that evening and sur­prised ev­ery­one with a loss of just two marks on day one. As the week passed Jarvis and Co­bos slowly pulled away from ev­ery­one else and made the fight for vic­tory be­tween them­selves. Co­bos on his first ride in the event pushed Jarvis all the way to fin­ish a very close sec­ond. Good friends Wayne Bray­brook and John Shirt Jnr fought their own bat­tle for third, with Bray­brook just hav­ing the edge.

David Co­bos (Gas Gas-ESP): The young David Co­bos sur­prised ev­ery­one with his sec­ond place at the event.

Graham Jarvis (Scorpa): This was the first win for Jarvis and for a French mo­tor­cy­cle man­u­fac­turer at the event.

Friend­ships for life are made at the event. Rid­ing for the same Gas Gas man­u­fac­turer, we see John Shirt Jnr pass­ing on all his knowl­edge to the young David Co­bos.

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