(Article care of Trials Australia – www.trials.com.au Author Matt Langtree)
Gas Gas rider Kyle Middleton (NSW) displayed terrific form to win the Open Solo title at the Australian Trial Championships at Pacific Park, New South Wales. Middleton dropped a couple of marks on Sunday and a five point penalty for hitting a marker but rode well both days for a 17 point weekend. Now on a three year run as the number one Australian Trials rider, Kyle will fly to Portugal and Spain for two rounds of the Trial World Championships next month. Tim Coleman (VIC) repeated his 2014 effort with a second place on 57 points and Kevin Zarczynski (NSW) rounded out the podium on 76 points.
Kristie McKinnon (NSW) dominated in the Women’s class on 9 points edging out Stef Downes (New Zealand) and Brooke Lonie (VIC) who both shared 13 point score cards. Second place went to a ride off in the man-made obstacle section with 100+ spectators cheering on the determined women. Both completed 6 sections of the harder Masters line, not dropping a point but becoming visibly fatigued. Officials decided to not make the sections harder and risk potential injury and awarded both women second place.
The Youth class was a close race with the two Montesa riders Ruben Chadwick (QLD) and Bradley Bryant (NSW) dropping 12 points and 17 points respectively. Just 2 points behind, Beta rider Zachary Mularczyk (VIC) completed the weekend on 19 points.
In Open Junior, Dean Collins (NSW) had the lead on Saturday on 4 points and Connor Hogan on 6 points. But it was a determined Hogan who kept his feet up all Sunday to take the win from local boy Collins on 14 points and Ben Franco (NSW) 16 points.
The event organiser/event sponsor Paul Arnott from The Hell Team was very very happy with how the weekend ran. “I think everybody enjoyed themselves. Just really proud of all the young riders, it’s really fantastic to see a lot of guys trying hard. It’s good to see some tears sometimes too, because you know they’re committed and really really want it and a couple of sections later they are smiling and back on top of it.”