Manx Two Day

Trial Magazine - - TRIAL MAGAZINE - WORDS: IAN LEES AND TRI­ALS ME­DIA • PIC­TURES: MIKE RAD­CLIFFE PHO­TOG­RA­PHY

The 2018 Manx In­ter­na­tional Clas­sic Trial suf­fered from some of the poor­est weather in its 22-year his­tory, which was dis­ap­point­ing after the hot dry sum­mer the is­land had en­joyed. How­ever, the good na­tured Twin­shock and Pre65 tri­als com­peti­tors took it all in their stride and en­joyed what has be­come, for many, their ‘must-ride’ event. En­tries were over-sub­scribed as usual, with the 230 lucky re­cip­i­ents in­clud­ing al­most 50 over­seas rid­ers and for­mer World Champion Yrjo Ves­ter­i­nen set­ting off from the South­ern 100 race paddock on Sat­ur­day morn­ing from 8.30.

Within the large over­seas en­try was 74-year-old Roger Galpin mak­ing the long trip from Aus­tralia, a 14-strong Ger­man and Swiss con­tin­gent, and no fewer than 26 Spa­niards! The Span­ish crew were or­gan­ised as ever by Al­bert Ber­gada Laseca, who with his son Fred­die are reg­u­lar and wel­come visi­tors to the event, bring­ing over some beau­ti­ful and well pre­pared Bul­ta­cos and a hand­ful of Pre-65 ma­chines. Team Ger­many, led by reg­u­lar Michael Ernst, al­ways en­joy their week­end on the is­land and help make this a truly in­ter­na­tional event.

Sat­ur­day

This day-one route pri­mar­ily cen­tred around the south and west of the is­land and in­cluded some lo­ca­tions not used for quite a few years, to­gether with old favourites Glen Rushen Gul­ley and the spec­tac­u­lar coastal rocks at Scar­lett. The sin­gle-lap route of 32 sec­tions was slightly longer and tougher this year, which seemed to be wel­comed by the ma­jor­ity of rid­ers de­spite the driz­zly and misty weather.

After the first day, twice for­mer win­ner James Har­land (Tri­umph Twin) and five-time Twin­shock win­ner Ul­ster­man Stephen Mur­phy (Dray­ton Ban­tam) were joint lead­ers of the Pre-65 Premier class on a loss of four, both los­ing marks on the tricky stream beds at Scard Farm and the muddy sec­tion at the top of Cringle Plan­ta­tion. Scots­man Jim Ten­nant (Fran­cis Bar­nett) led the Pre-65 Club­man class on seven. Darren Wasley (Fan­tic) had the best ride of the day and led the Twin­shock Premier class, which runs at the head of the field, hav­ing only lost one mark in the stream bed at Scard Farm. Martin Gil­bert on his lit­tle Honda TM 60 led the Twin­shock Club­man class with a soli­tary five on the rel­a­tively easy third sec­tion of the day at Poyll Vaaish.

Sun­day

The trial moved north on day two, start­ing from St John’s, but un­for­tu­nately the weather was even worse with much of the route shrouded in mist, deny­ing rid­ers the spec­tac­u­lar views the is­land of­fers. This poor weather made some sec­tions a lit­tle bit tougher than in­tended, but all en­joyed the well thought-out and marked route which kept road­work to a min­i­mum. The 30 sec­tions in­cluded slip­pery stream beds at Eairy Beg, Lit­tle Lon­don and Bal­laugh Plan­ta­tion and the sig­na­ture group at Clug­gid Gate.

Stephen Mur­phy kept his cool, apart from a mo­men­tary lapse when he in­curred a five on the rel­a­tively easy sec­ond sec­tion through the trees at Bal­laugh Plan­ta­tion, to drop only nine which was equalled by 2017 win­ner Phil Houghton (Tri­umph). Mur­phy held on by four in the over­all fi­nal standings to win the Manx Clas­sic Premier Award from Houghton, with lead­ing new­comer Ian Pe­berdy (BSA Ban­tam) mov­ing to third over­all on 21 with an im­pres­sive sec­ond-day loss of only 11. John Chatto grabbed the Pre-65 Club­man class hon­ours with an ex­cel­lent day-two score of one dab dropped in Colden Plan­ta­tion, giv­ing a to­tal score of nine to beat new­comer Josep Puig (BSA Ban­tam) from Spain, who stayed feet-up all day to fin­ish on 11 with Jim Ten­nant slip­ping to third on 13. Darren Wasley (Fan­tic) again pro­duced a very good ride to seal the Twin­shock Premier award with a Sun­day score of 21 giv­ing a fi­nal loss of 22, but lo­cal man Wayne Wardell pushed him on Sun­day with a loss of 25 to jump to sec­ond over­all on 44 with Steve Martin (Majesty) in third on 54. Martin Gil­bert (Honda) suc­cess­fully de­fended his lead in the Twin­shock Club­man class with a day-two loss of four, giv­ing him nine for the week­end, with for­mer win­ner Miguel An­gel Gar­cia Cuesto (Bul­taco) of Spain sec­ond on a to­tal of 18.

This In­ter­na­tional event is the fi­nale to the Isle of Man Fes­ti­val of Mo­tor­cy­cling, so any­one vis­it­ing the is­land for the trial can also take in some Clas­sic and Mod­ern road rac­ing with the Clas­sic TT and Manx Grand Prix tak­ing place just before. Here's hop­ing for much bet­ter weather for next year!

Rob Bowyer (Tri­umph)

Nick Shield (Tri­umph)

Frank Borchers (Jawa-DEU)

Roger Feather (Ariel)

Darren Wasley (Fan­tic)

Vic­tor Martin Bor­donau (Bul­taco-ESP)

Stephen Mur­phy (BSA)

Tony Swiden­bank (BSA)

Steve Martin (Majesty)

Eck­e­hard Wien­stroer (Yamaha-DEU)

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