The 2006 FIM Trial World Championship will begin this weekend, with Spain having the honour of opening the new outdoor season. From now until the end of September the championship will visit ten different countries as the World's best riders fight it out for the right to be crowned King.
Whilst the bulk of the rounds are situated in central Europe, the series will once again visit both America and Japan, and also welcomes Poland back into the frame after an absence of several years.
Trials fans from all corners of the globe have waited throughout the winter for the start of a season that promises so much and that is set to answer the many questions that are being asked. Can Raga retain his title? Will Fujinami add another championship to his name? Is it really possible for Lampkin to take his tally to eight? Can Cabestany make it his year? Or will Bou show his true potential?
Add to the mix Freixa having moved to Scorpa, a fully fit Fajardo plus the emerging talent that is reigning World Junior champion James Dabill and you will understand the anticipation, excitement and prestige that is associated with the latest edition of this series.
Supporting the more established stars is a cast of potential future World champions with the likes of Daniel Gibert, Michael Brown, Daniel Oliveras and the female sensation Laia Sanz all looking for glory in the Junior category.
Through in the Youth class names such as Loris Gubian, Matteo Grattarola, Lee Sampson and Alexz Wigg confirm the great depth that is currently on display in all three championships.