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How about a non-championship international packed with stars & flashback to 1988 world trials

Plus a flashback to the 1988 world trials – no moaning about lime burns and blisters back then

How about a non-championship international packed with stars & flashback to 1988 world trials

Following on from the subject of lime after San Diego’s Supercross last weekend, one event that springs to mind as a health and safety nightmare of the lime kind would be the 1988 world trials round held at Butser Lime Works which was an absolute mudder and had pretty much everyone covered in the stuff. I’ve read old issues that cover that event and nobody moaned about it at all though.

Was it a thing? Or did people just accept it as part of the day’s entertainment? ‘Aaaaah, what a reet good trial – picked up a load of cool-looking blisters and an ace rash too…’

One thing that surprised me about that particular trial was the amount of marks the winner – that’s Steve Saunders but you didn’t need me to tell you that though, right? – dropped on his factory Fantic. His total for the day was 113 in a 42 section trial – that’s nine cleans, five ones, two twos, 13 threes and the same amount of fives! Tough day at the office that one…

On the subject of world championship trials I have to say that after the disappointment of Sport7 having to hand the WTC back to the FIM, the cancellation of the British Trial GP is the absolute icing on the cake. I mean, what the hell went wrong there?

But in all fairness could this be a huge opportunity for a cunning event promoter to run a non-championship international to a format of their own tastes? And would the British trials public support such an event if it didn’t hold world championship status but still had all the elite riders attend?

Answers on a postcard to the usual address please…

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