James Dabill was amongst four British Riders who made the long haul trip to the first ever Australia GP, held over two days at Mount Tarrengower in the county of Victoria. This two-day championship, is the second stop of the 2012 FIM World Trials Championship calendar, and an important test for the riders to make the most of the two point scoring opportunities for the championship. Factory Beta rider, James Dabill was amongst one of the riders challenging for top 5 territory but had to settle for been “the best of the rest” as the four Spanish riders dominated the top of the leader board.
Dabill weekend did not get underway as expected, while rain showers made the large granite obstacles difficult to navigate and in places quite dangerous, James only managed to get through five of the 15 sections without maximum penalty on his opening lap - despite these tough conditions making the championship obstacles incredibly hairy, James was resting in seventh after the lap. Determined not to let the new sections get the better of him, the Yorkshire rider improved significantly on the second lap of day one, but a “most cleans” ruling meant that it would be Daniel Oliveras who managed to take the 10 points on offer for 6th position, as both riders finished the day on 105 marks.
Day two was much more civilised, while the ground in places was still wet, the rain had stopped and the sections were easier to ride. James, keen to put his high scoring Saturday behind him found his groove early on, and was just two marks behind Adam Raga after the opening lap. Demonstrating he has the potential to stand on the podium this year, Dabill was one of only four riders able to clean sections seven, eight and nine on both laps. As the scores continued to get lower, a single five on section two in the second lap, meant James wouldn’t be able to join Cabestany, Raga and Bou with a single figure second lap and had to settle for his third sixth place finish of the year.
Factory Beta team-mate, Jeroni Fajardo (Spain) stood on the podium for the second time this year, with a sensational second place on day two in Australia.
Speaking about the event James comments, “Saturday was hard, and the rain made the big rocks incredibly slippery, but overall, I have to be happy with a 7th and a 6th. While this weekend I haven’t managed to break into the Top 5, I can feel that I am getting closer, on occasions I am cleaning sections where Raga and Cabestany are struggling, and I think that I will be closer to the top in Japan next weekend.
“There has been a really great buzz around the paddock today, it’s great to see Jeroni on the podium again, the team have done a great job to provide us with machines capable of winning, especially as we’re at the other side of the world”
The next stop of the 2012 FIM World Championship tour is at the famous Twin Ring Motegi circuit in Japan next weekend.Read full article
After months of anticipation, the opening round of the 2012 FIM World Trials Championship got underway in La Bresse, France this weekend. With both Saturday and Sunday counting as point scoring day’s, all the riders were keen to pull out an early advantage in the championship. Great Britain’s James Dabill (Beta) demonstrated that he is now a firm fixture of the ‘Big Contenders’ but narrowly missed out on fifth place on both days by just a handful of marks.Read full article
Continuing with the form set out in previous years, the Spanish riders were again dominant in this weekend’s round, but no single rider managed to take the maximum points on offer. Adam Raga (Gas Gas) took the win on the first day ahead of reigning World Champion Toni Bou (Montesa), with Albert Cabestany (Sherco) completing the rostrum. Dabill’s Spanish team-mate, Jeroni Fajardo (Beta) finished just off the podium.
Just behind the four Spanish riders, Monster Energy rider James Dabill and Takahisa Fujinami (Montesa) were both fighting for fifth place on the opening day. Both Dabill and Fujinami finished the opening lap on 20 marks, but despite cleaning 10 of the 15 sections on the second lap, James was unable to match the experience laid out by the Japanese rider, and finished in sixth place.
On day two it was Jeroni Fajardo’s turn to challenge Bou for victory, but despite leading after the opening lap, Jeroni only managed to take his factory Beta to the runner-up position. Toni Bou resumed normal business taking the top step of the podium ahead of a consistent Albert Cabestany, who again finished third. Takahisa Fujinami and Adam Raga both finished on 18 marks, but fourth place eventually went to Fujinami who successfully cleaned more sections. James Dabill was on tremendous form, and on two marks adrift of the battle for fourth, demonstrating that he is well worth watching as the championship makes the trip to Australia next month.
Taking about the weekend James comments, “It has been really great to get back into the World Championships, and I’m really happy with my performance this weekend. I definitely felt competitive all weekend, and managed to clean a lot of the harder sections. The set-up Beta brought this weekend was brilliant, the bike felt really great.
“To be just two marks off fourth place has given me a massive confidence boost, and I’m definitely looking forward to the next round in Australia. But for now I’m heading back to the UK to prepare for the Scottish Six Day Trial”.
James’ next event will be the Scottish Six Day Trial which he won last year for the second time.
On a day that started very damp bright sunshine broke through in the afternoon for Round 7 of this year’s championship held in South Wales. It was a typical Welsh trial with a good mixture of hazards on the day as Dabill’s nearest challenger to the crown Michael Brown took the win by a single mark at the close of the day.
James Dabill “To lose any event by a single mark is always disappointing but I remain focussed on the British Championship title. I have won five of the seven rounds so far this season and my aim now is to finish the championship year this weekend at round eight with a win and my third national title.”
“I would like to thank my team for the hard work today as we push towards the title as the season concludes.”
In over-cast conditions Round 6 of this year’s championship would head to the “Home” of trials Yorkshire. On a very challenging three lap course the Yeadon and Guiseley Club organisation was second to none with the winner on the day James Dabill making it five wins from six starts in this year’s series as he once again took the win from his nearest challenger Michael Brown.
James Dabill “What an enjoyable days sport is how I would describe the event. As usual the trial was excellent and it was a pleasure to perform for my ‘Local’ fans on the demanding hazards. With the support from the crowd and the encouragement from my team we were able to return to my winning ways in the British championship”
“Next week-end, the 14th August I will compete in the North Berks Bonanza Super Trial which is always a first class arena type event, remember Kick-start? So if you want to once again witness some superb action make sure you attend.”Read full article