The slippery conditions of the sections at Barbagello Ballpark in Western Australia proved difficult for all riders, struggling to find grip on the obstacles that were a mixture of large tyres, concrete pipes and manmade timber mazes.
Taking charge all evening Chris Bayles (TAS - Gas Gas) rode the standout performance in the heat and finals lap to take the day 2 win from close competitor Tim Coleman (VIC - Beta). Trevor Campbell (VIC - Beta) hung on for 3rd place proving he could bounce back after sustaining a knee injury just a week earlier. Sam King (VIC - Beta) finished fourth missing a podium spot by only a few points.
Kyle Middleton (NSW - Gas Gas) met with bad luck on day 2 busting a foot peg against a concrete section in the heats lap. Middleton returned to competition with a borrowed bike where he made a series of errors that saw him tied fourth with Coleman in the heats lap. The two competitors were challenged to a ride off with Coleman being the faster rider and setting the top four contenders for the final lap.
The two second places for Victorian Tim Coleman was enough to secure the Australian X Trial Championship victory. Tassie boy Chris Bayles locked in a 2nd place and New South Welshman Kyle Middleton rounded out the championship podium.
Day 1 of the Australian X Trial Championships has been run and won at Barbagello BallPark in Thornlie, Western Australia.
Tim Coleman (VIC - Beta) went into the finals in good form after an impressive run in the heats. Neil Price (WA - Beta) and Chris Bayles (TAS - Gas Gas) were just behind him and Kyle Middleton (NSW - Gas Gas) just 2 points behind them in the heat lap.
It was 2014 Australian Champion rider Kyle Middleton who was the favourite going into the event that would take out the Day 1 Finals with a clear lead over his rivals on only 3 points. Tim Coleman placed second on 13 points.
A well-deserved third-place went to local boy and organiser of the Australian X trial championships, Neil Price. This event has been a brain child of Neil’s for several years and the event has come together in a setting that has had very favourable reviews from riders and spectators.
Bikes and equipment have started arriving, in Perth from all over the country this week in preparation for the X Trial Australian Championship, to be at Baseball Park Canning Vale. Riders are coming from New South Wales, Victoria and Tasmania to go up against the local West Australian’s for the Championship. This type of Event is popular in Europe, with the FIM World X Trial Championship being regularly covered on Foxtel here in Australia, but rarely is it seen in the flesh. Australian Moto Trials Champion Kyle Middleton is certainly the favourite running into the event with Victoria’s Tim Coleman and Tasmania’s Chris Bayles both capable of taking the title.
The supplementary regulations for the 2015 NSW Championships Rd 1 on Sunday 3rd May will be coming out this week, and will be posted here at Trials Australia.
This Sunday we will have a working bee for setting out the 10 sections at the trial venue, which is Cheesmans Road Cattai, right next to Riverside Oaks golf club, and about 8km before Pacific Park Ski Gardens along Wisemans Ferry Rd.
Everyone is welcome to come along and help in any way they can. Sorry there is no riding on the property on the day, or prior to this years event. For any quesitons, please call Kevin on 0401 431 629