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Tynemouth Preview

Tuesday May 28, 2019 at 10:34am
Tynemouth Preview

This weekend the Keedwell ACU Trial GB Series takes in two rounds with a visit to the North East of the Country at Shaftoe Crags near Morpeth for the third and fourth round of the championship.

Clerk of the Course,  Paul Battensby has arranged variations on approximately twenty sections to be used over the two days on an anti - clockwise course which totals about three kilometres per lap.

Just under fifty riders will tackle the standard, three lap, twelve section course each day. Unfortunately, the reigning Champion and World number seven, James Dabill is not competing in the whole series this year, but already the “young guns” who are queuing up to replace him, are making an exciting championship.

Jack Price currently heads the standings in the ACU Trial GB Class, but only by a single point from the exuberant Toby Martyn. Dan Peace currently sits in third, whilst a  good result at the St David’s Trial puts Billy Green in fifth as Dabill, currently in fourth, slips down the standings.

Current ACU Trial 2 Champion, Ross Danby took over the lead at the second round with Sam Connor, Sam Haslam, Richard Sadler and Dec Bullock all looking to de throne the TRRS rider.

In the ACU Trial Expert Class, there is a three way tie at the top of the points standings. Maestag’s Lloyd Price holds the red plate thanks to his win at round two, but shares the lead with first round winner Chris Stay and the ever consistent Dan Thorpe.

Three riders are fighting for the ACU Trial 125 class honours and again it is tight at the top. With a win and a second each, Ben Dignan and Brett Harbud currently share the spoils, with Irish regular Adam Harris ready to pounce in third.

Our top stars will be riding this event in between two World Championship events in Italy and Japan.

We would expect them to be at the peak of their form and predicting a winner in any class is not easy. With three riders currently sharing the lead in the ACU Trial Expert Class, two in the ACU Trial 125 battle, whilst just one point separates the top two in the premier ACU Trial GB championship, every mark lost will be vital.

At 3.45pm on Sunday afternoon, it will be close to the halfway point in the series and the points on the table this weekend will be crucial in all four classes to all riders who have their eyes on a British title, which all four classes hold.

The action on both days will be on the rugged moorland with a three kilometre course which will utilise the same direction on both days. On Sunday there will be more sections on big rock faces of the westerly ridge, which are all within walking distance from the start.  For spectators who venture down to the woods at the furthest point of the circuit, it is recommended that these are viewed from the top by following the signs.

Having already visited the South East and South Wales for the first two rounds, the aim for this event is to make the ACU Trial 2 sections slightly easier and less in numbers of the ACU Trial GB route. These guys have to turn in for normal work on Monday mornings and the aim is to test their skills to the maximum without including some large rock faces which Paul has plotted for the ACU Trial GB class.

The actions starts at 9.30am on both days and the route to the start will be signposted from the junction of the A696 and B6524 at Belsay.

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