2020 Scorpa

Trial Magazine - - CONTENTS - WORDS: TRI­ALS ME­DIA WITH NIGEL BIR­KETT • PIC­TURES: SCORPA

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.

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