A call from the official UK importers for Scorpa motorcycles Nigel Birkett or his wife June is always welcome at the Trial Magazine HQ. I was more than happy to pick up the telephone and talk to ‘Birks’ about the new 2020 ‘Factory’ model range from Scorpa. Tried and tested products are always a sure-fire way to sell, and the question asked on many occasions is why change something when it isn’t broke, just evolve it; and that’s very much the case with the Scorpa three-machine range that makes up the ‘Factory’ models with the 125cc, 250cc and 300cc.
The Scorpa UK success story continues, and from their base in Broughton in Furniss, they run a small but dedicated team of riders who are always feeding back valuable information. Nigel then suggests to the factory in France the changes that he thinks would suit the machines for the UK market. As he says, it’s always very satisfying when you see them come to life as new machines arrive. Here we have a look at the success and changes to each of the 2020 ‘Factory’ machines.
Scorpa SC FACTORY 125
The year has been an enormous success as the French rider Kieran Touly took the much sought-after FIM Trial125 World Championship title, sealing the victory on home ground in France. Nigel’s own UK supported rider Alice Minta has set the Ladies’ Trial2 class on fire by finishing on the same points as the winner but losing out on the tie break for the title. The muchtravelled Recce Gazzard finished 2nd in the Youth ACU A Class British Championship as well as winning the Mintex Time and Observation Trial.
Chassis: REIGER Shock absorber – Adjustable aluminium TECH front forks – Z42 rear sprocket for improved traction – 2020 Factory graphic kit.
Engine: The Clutch evolution continues, with the springs and lever redesigned for better feel and increased reliability; interchangeable cylinder head dome for compression adjustments; new CDI curve; new VERTEX RACING piston giving stronger and better performance at low revs; and NGK spark suppressor for better combustion and a stronger spark
Scorpa SC FACTORY 250 & 300
In the FIM Trial2 World Championship, Spain’s Aniol Gelabert has continued to impress, finishing in 6th position. The ACU British Championship title in the Ladies’ Class for Jess Bown has to be the highlight of the year for the UK team. Fellow team riders Andy Chilton and Thomas Minta have also had respectable results during the year in British championship action. In the SACU, Scorpa had two riders in the top three positions in the Experts’ Class with Andrew Anderson second and Duncan McColl third.
Chassis: REIGER Shock absorber; adjustable aluminium TECH front forks; removable rear exhaust support; and 2020 Factory graphic kit.
Engine: Cylinder head, the continuous evolution of the compression ratio and dome shape for better engine performance; and interchangeable cylinder head dome for compression adjustments. Head to Scorpa's advert on pages 10-11 for contact details.