Gubian's GasGas TrialE-lation
The adult sector of the new generation of battery-powered trials motorcycles has been slow to take off. Without a doubt OSET led the way in the youth class with its model range, but it’s the innovation of the new Gas Gas TXTE model that has taken them to the two TrialE Championships in 2017 and 2018. Using the bottom half of their hugely successful two-stroke trials model’s diaphragm, clutch and gearbox paired to an electric motor and battery it appears to be leading the race to go into production, something that was confirmed after Gubian took victory. Despite the mighty efforts of the huge Yamaha research and development programme behind it the Japanese manufacturer was pushed into second position after Belgium. It’s a very short, two-round FIM series, and with Yamaha rider Kenichi Kuroyama winning round one in France and Loris Gubian round two in Belgium on the Gas Gas the French rider won as the rule book states that in the event of a tie with two individual round winners the second round is the decider – ‘Vive le France’
Take nothing away from Yamaha on its welcome return to world trials and Japan’s Kenichi Kuroyama. The manufacturer may have been away for a while but we all remember what happened when they did the same thing and came back in 1983 with the mono-shock Yamaha!