It’s hard to believe that the 2019 Scott Trial victory from James Dabill was his fourth victory from 17 starts. Like so many of his rivals, he had always talked about the event. He visited it on many occasions with his proud parents, Mal and Cherry, as a schoolboy where the seed was planted to compete in it.
The first attempt at this unique event came on the Yamaha engined Scorpa with support from Neil and Martin Crosswaite in 2003 and was rewarded with the Best Newcomer award. After the early success, it was a case of learning the ropes, but the stumbling block for the victory was the names Graham Jarvis and Dougie Lampkin, who dominated the event from 2003–2009, Jarvis with five victories and Lampkin with two. In 2010 it was to be the breakthrough year for Dabill. On a memorable day, he took the scalp of Jarvis who came second as Lampkin retired with mechanical problems. He also gave the Spanish brand Gas Gas its first-ever victory at the Scott after many years of trying with different riders. It’s quite interesting to note that the 17 attempts have been rewarded with four victories, 11 Gold Spoons, three Silver Spoons, the Best Newcomer award and two DNF’S – some record, talk about commitment!
In a very well-received speech at the awards presentation in the evening, it was nice to hear James reflect on the hardship the recent storms and floods had on the local area. He thanked everyone who had helped them try and find some normality after the devastation. He also thanked all the organisers and officials and his sponsors as he once again proved that he has got what it takes to win the toughest of one day trials in the world, the Scott. Well done, that man!