Confirming himself as a real contender for the 2006 British trials championship, James Dabill opened his campaign with a solid second place after having come within touching distance of taking the win. Just three marks separated Dabill from eventual winner Jarvis at the first round of the series held in South Wales earlier today.
Reigning domestic champion Jarvis praised James in his post event speech, saying that the teenager "had pushed him hard all day, and had kept up the pressure right to the last section." The trial served up a dramatic conclusion, with Dabill knowing that he had to complete the final hazard for one mark or less to snatch the victory.
However whilst James remained feet up in the most difficult section on the course, he was awarded a five after the observer judged him to have exceeded the time limit by just two seconds. Whilst obviously disappointed at having been defeated by such a narrow margin, Dabill was equally delighted at having come so close to tasting the winners' champagne.
"Second place is a great achievement, but obviously I would have preferred to have won. I feel I have ridden pretty well all day and really enjoyed the battle I was having with Graham. I thought I might have felt under pressure in the last section, but I managed to keep it together, it was just a shame that I ran out of time."
Heavy rain during Friday and Saturday meant that many of the sections had to be altered just prior to the trial. The competition day started dry, but with the riders only half way round their first lap the heavens opened once again. It was only during the final tour of the twelve hazards that the rain subsided when there was little of the five and half hour overall time limit to run.
Riding the 'detuned' version of his factory Beta Rev 3 to suit the slippery terrain today, Dabill is now looking forward to travelling to Spain where he will campaign his full spec machine at the first round of the European and World championship next weekend.
"This result has really put me in a confident mood ready for next weekend. It is going to be an important couple of days, as I will be looking to make a good start in both the Euro and World series. I feel mentally and physically strong, and if I ride like I have today, then I will have a real chance of kicking off with a bang."
Championship to date;
- 1: Jarvis - 20
- 2: Dabill - 17
- 3: Colley - 15
- 4: Brown - 13
- 5: Phillipson - 11
- 6: MacDonald - 10
- 7: Connor - 9
- 8: Austermuhle - 8
- 9: Hemingway - 7
- 10: Vesterinen - 6