KING CABESTANY

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Nether­lands

With lim­ited nat­u­ral haz­ards to be used, those found in the Nether­lands were very much demon­stra­tion ones for the TrialE class. Tech­ni­cally quite dif­fi­cult it was the heat that was the problem, but after a clean ride on the open­ing lap Cabestany did not suc­cumb to the pres­sure, us­ing his vast ex­pe­ri­ence to stay calm and com­plete the event part­ing with no marks. Both Cabestany and sec­ond-placed Kuroyama were aware that a stop and the five-mark penalty which could spoil their re­sults was always around the cor­ner, and both re­mained fo­cussed on the job in hand. When you com­plete an event part­ing with no marks it may look an easy vic­tory, but no vic­tory is easy whether you part with any marks or not.

Italy’s Gian­luca Tournour is new to this class and his score of 11 marks lost was a re­spectable ride as he fin­ished well clear of the ex-world round min­der for Toni Bou, Joan Cor­don on the pro­to­type Me­cate­cno. This Span­ish rider and ma­chine com­bi­na­tion looks to have huge po­ten­tial but was not on the same pace as the top three.

Bel­gium

Would the elec­tric ma­chines have enough power to even climb some of the im­pos­ing rocks and hills? Could Kenichi Kuroyama challenge Albert Cabestany? Sec­tions six and eight would pro­vide the answers. The na­ture of sec­tion six, with its en­trance off the closed road and its steep un­du­lat­ing rocky climb stopped Kuroyama on both laps along with the en­tire Trial125 class rid­ers, as Cabestany used his ex­pe­ri­ence to part with two sin­gle-mark at­tempts.

On sec­tion eight, in the shaded wooded area, the hazard looked im­pos­si­ble for the elec­tric ma­chines. Very steep in its na­ture and with large rocks lit­tered through it only two of the Trial125 class rid­ers, who were on the same route as the TrialE class, passed the ends cards! En­ter Cabestany and the Gas Gas. Look­ing in­cred­i­bly con­fi­dent, once again he used his knowl­edge to part with just a sin­gle mark after rid­ing so smooth over the open­ing jagged rocks that it prompted a huge ap­pre­ci­a­tion from the watch­ing crowd. They knew they were watch­ing a master at work; on the sec­ond lap he ‘cleaned’ it! In a class of his own, he was a very wor­thy win­ner.

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Yamaha: The TYE brings a touch of ‘Moto GP’ to the trials paddock with its hand­crafted, car­bon fi­bre mono­coque frame. It looks ‘Trick’ and is very much a work of art with its change of shape and form from the head­stock down to lower part where the footrests are lo­cated. The mo­tor is a high ro­ta­tion com­pact type with high-power, which achieves a high off-road performanc­e whilst be­ing pow­er­ful at low speed. A me­chan­i­cal clutch con­trols the power, of­fer­ing ex­cel­lent trac­tion and feed­back to the rider. No one would dis­close the weight, only the fact that it’s less than 70kg.

Gas Gas: This pic­ture shows the Gas Gas TXE with the bat­tery re­moved, and as you can see it’s very sim­i­lar to its two-stroke coun­ter­part. The tried and tested tubu­lar chas­sis is made of chromium-molyb­de­num steel, as used on the TXT model range. It also in­her­its a large part of its aes­thet­ics as well as its tried and tested com­po­nents in terms of sus­pen­sion, brakes, wheels and tyres. It has an ef­fi­cient elec­tric wa­ter­cooled mo­tor pow­ered by the lat­est gen­er­a­tion of bat­ter­ies. Very ef­fi­cient in its run­ning, the en­gine is paired with a six-speed trans­mis­sion and a me­chan­i­cal clutch, and it has a weight of a claimed 68kg.

Dany Cros­set (Gas Gas-BEL)

Joan Cor­don (Me­cate­cno-ESP)

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