Scott Trial


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!

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