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European Trials Championship - James Dabill Wins Second Round - April 8th 2006


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    James Dabill took control of the European championship by winning the second round of the series held in Mortagua, Portugal earlier today. Dabill gave his rivals no real chance and won by a massive fifteen mark margin after posting the best score on both laps.

    Dabill now leads the championship by seven points after last week's winner Bethune could only manage sixth place today. This was James' first ever win in the European series, and follows up the success he enjoyed last year on route to taking the World Junior title.

    "I really feel that I have ridden well today, apart from a silly mistake in section one on the second lap when I lost the front end, everything else has pretty much gone as well as it could have done."

    "Last weekend I felt a little nervous with it being the start of a new season, but with that out of the way and some good practice during the week I came here full of confidence and that has shown in my riding."

    "After the last round I knew I had to win today if I am serious about becoming European champion, and that is exactly what I have done. The added bonus is that Bethune has had a bad day and this has let me open up a small lead in the championship."

    Dabill was simply in a class of his own today and begun to carve out a lead right from the off. His run through the first seven sections, which were set on a steep hillside beside a river, was where he created his gap over the rest of the field and allowed him to ride the remainder of the trial with some level of comfort.

    With the morning mist cleared, bright sunshine and some real warmth helped to dry the sections ready for the second lap. James' responded by raising his game to post the best lap score of the trial during the closing fifteen hazards to stamp his authority on an event, which he made his own from start to finish.

    Results - Total ( L1 + L2 + Time);

  1. 1: Dabill, 20 - (11 + 9)
  2. 2: Lenzi, 35 - (23 + 12)
  3. 3: Juan, 37 - (23 + 14)
  4. 4: Gibert, 38 - (25 + 13)
  5. 5: Oliveras, 38 - (19 + 19)
  6. 6: Bethune, 39 - (24 + 15)
  7. 7: Brown, 39 - (21 + 18)
  8. 8: Leon, 43 - (28 + 15)
  9. 9: Maurino, 46 -(23 + 23)
  10. 10: Kroustek, 53 - (36 + 17)
  11. Championship to date;

  12. 1: Dabilll - 37
  13. 2: Bethune - 30
  14. 3: Oliveras - 26
  15. 4: Juan - 24
  16. 5: Gibert - 24
  17. 6: Lenzi - 23
  18. 7: Maurino - 20
  19. 8: Brown - 19
  20. 9: Leon - 16
  21. 10: Kroustek - 11