The 2014 Texas State Series is off and running to a great start. The next event is April 12-13 at a new property in the Texas Panhandle. The NTTA is the hosting club for the final two rounds at Muenster May 10-11. Check out the Events and Events Results pages for the latest information.
Thanks to all that came out for the 35th annual Novice/President’s Cup. We had a good turnout of riders, and a great turnout of spectators for all the Exhibition sections. The weather cooperated and was beautiful.
2014 Novice Cup winner – Benji Dalgleish
2014 President’s Cup winner – David Garza
Event Sign-ups: @ 3:30 p.m. (yes, p.m.) Saturday afternoon, Sections open at 4:30 p.m.,
Sunday Sign-ups: @ 8:00 a.m., Sections open at 9:00 a.m.
Trials Master: Tom Batchelor – firstname.lastname@example.org - (972) 754-9686 or (972) 948-9279
Format: The Trial will be a standard traditional trials format riding in groups of 3 or 4 with 5 sections, 3 loops on Saturday and 6 sections, 4 loops on Sunday.
Classes: Rookie, Novice, Amateur, Vintage, SR/AM, Intermediate, SE, Expert, Master Rookie sections will be OSET friendly!
Entry Fees: Current NTTA members $10.00 entry + $10.00 gate = $20.00 per day Non-members $15.00 entry + $10.00 gate = $25.00 per day
Dinner:……….. A hot dog supper with soft drinks only (BYOB) will begin Saturday, 7:30 pm
All riders are expected to attend the riders meeting
Motorcycle Helmets Required – DOT, Snell, or NATC approved ONLY!
Directions: Located in Bulcher, TX 15-miles north of Muenster, TX on FM Road 373. From Interstate 35 in Gainesville, TX travel west on Hwy 82 to Muenster to only stop light. This is FM 373. Turn North, travel approximately 15-miles to the main entrance to the Red River Motorcycle Park.
NOTE: Fri-Sat arrivals: Enter at Gate 2, gate code 1948. This is normally closed to the public and is located 100 yds west of the Main Gate, near the cattle pens, bike wash, and bath house. IMPORTANT!!!! The Red River M/C Park is closed SATURDAY of this event. NTTA and Trials guests are the ONLY riders allowed on the property on SAT September 7th. When you enter, lock the gate behind you!! ALLOW TRiALS PARTICIPANTS ONLY. The gate MUST remain locked after the TRiALS RIDERS ONLY enter. NO EXCEPTIONS!!!
The park will be OPEN to everyone on Sunday September 8, so if you arrive on Sunday, enter through the Main Gate, and tell them you are here for the NTTA Trial. You will be directed to the Trials Camp to register and pay the Gate Fee.
A-Ok Motel – 700 E. Division St. Muenster, Texas 940-759-2268
Lindsay Inn – 312 U.S. 82, Lindsay, TX 940-668-0929
Days Inn 1701 N I-35 Gainesville, Texas 940-665-5555
Budget Host Inn 1900 N I-35 Gainesville, Texas 940-665-2856
Comfort Suites 1715 N. I-35 Gainesville, Texas 940-665-5000 100% NON-SMOKING HOTEL
This past weekend the FIM Trial World Championship kicked off in Japan with the new NO-STOP rule. Many of the riders have voiced their frustrations with the new rules in post race interviews this week. On the other hand there are many riders that are using the new rule to their advantage and with smooth fluent riding have climbed the ladder to set high on the podium. I was curious to see how the observers did at the opening round, so I started my search on the inter-web.
There is not a lot of video posted yet, but I found a spectator who posted 50 or so videos from the two day event. It was very interesting to see how the riders twisted the rules as much as possible to make it look like they were keeping forward momentum. I do have to say that it is kind of fun to watch the more continues action, but I’m still trying to figure out how flipping the bike 180 degrees is considered a forward motion.
View the VIDEOS HERE
The popular trials brand Jitsie has been hard at work developing its new line of bicycle trials gear for the past year and we haven’t heard much out of their camp about any new mototrials apparel. But wait, just when you thought the brand had forgotten about its roots, images of the new gear began to surface.
This past weekend during the first rounds of the 2013 FIM Trials World Championships Jitsie geared up its pilots in their new duds. A few days before the opening round Jitsie Tweets ‘ Sneak preview of the Jitsie T2 Edge gear Tomoyuki Ogawa will be using this weekend…’ with a cropped picture of Ogawa’s jersey. Now that opening weekend is over and all the riders are headed home we get to scour the internet and find all the images of these guys wearing the latest and greatest designs by Jitsie. Actually scour isn’t the best word. I didn’t exactly have to do a thorough search. It was a lot easier than that. I just followed @Jitsiecom on twitter and pictures of the riders in the new gear streamed straight to my phone all weekend.
Now the next question is when can we start wearing the new gear….
Check out this great video of Dougie Lampkin touring the Red Bull racing facility.
TSTC Round 3&4 Wrap Up
The third and 4th rounds of the 2013 Texas State Trials Championship wrapped up this last weekend at the Red River Motorcycle Trails near Bulcher Texas. Sixty riders of all classes came out to ride on a beautiful Saturday. The hottest day of the year combined with a challenging trial by Ray and Glen Roblin tested the ability of every rider. Sunday welcomed fifty four riders that tested their skills on some areas of the Third Gate riding area that haven’t been ridden in years. Mark Hansen and Bob Duval laid out the ribbon for the 4th round of the series. The 3rd and 4th round of the Texas State Trials Championship combined a little bit of everything, from large steps and tricky off-chambers to deep sand and tight turns. A big thank you to the trialsmasters and all those who helped put on a great event.
Now it’s time to get ready for the NTTA to host the OPENING ROUND of the 2013 Central Regional Trials Championship on April 6th and 7th. Be sure to come out and test your skill against the best riders from Texas, Oklahoma, Missouri, Kansas and Nebraska.
VIEW Round 3&4 photo gallery HERE courtesy of Rebecca Duval
2013 CRTC Schedule
Best 7 of 12 rounds counts towards series points
Hosted by: NTTA
Hosted by: TXTC
Hosted by: MWTA
Hosted by: MATT
Hosted by: AVTA
Hosted by: NEOTT
The CENTRAL REGIONAL TRIALS CHAMPIONSHIP series is open to all riders ranked Rookie and above. Series entry fee is $20.00. Entry fee must be received before any CRTC Championship points may be earned. Events ridden prior to payment of entry fee will not be counted in the series points. Classes are Rookie, Novice, Amateur, Sr. Amateur, Intermediate, Sr. Expert, Expert and Master.
Rules for scoring are to be the same as observed by the NATC. Time limits will be controlled by hosting clubs.
DOWNLOAD the CRTC ENTRY FORM
Below is a letter from Jason Carpenter.
With much anticipation, the 2013 Central Regional Trials Championship schedule is finalized and raring to go. I would like first to congratulate and thank all the class winners and participants of the 2012 CRTC. We had a boost in series entries last year and some of the classes came right down to the wire. The Amateur class had to be decided after consulting the rulebook for breaking the tie. I look for 2013 to be another big year for the series as (unlike the collegiate Big 12) we are now a full 12 round series. The CRTC would like to welcome the MWTA out of Nehawka, NE as the sixth member club in the series. So we will have 3 two days in the spring and 3 in the fall. The series will count the best of 7 events so if you have a bad day, not to worry. The series entry will remain at $20. Proceeds go to series year end awards (maybe embroidered banana hammocks this year?). I also wanted to announce for those who don’t know that this will be my last year as series coordinator. Hopefully in my brief 5 year stint, I have been able to enhance the series and make it more enjoyable for everyone. Keith Lewis from Texas has graciously offered to head up the series next year. Thanks Keith!!! I have included the 2013 entry form for those wishing to pre-enter the series and avoid the endless lines at the events. I want to take this time to thank our corporate sponsor Gas Gas USA for the support over the years and for the support of long time enthusiast Jim Westcott who often goes above and beyond despite not being able to make many rounds. It is very much appreciated.
The American Dream Trip
Karl Davis Jr. and Bryan Roper are ready to take on the world! The American Dream is a collaboration between Davis and Roper to raise money for the two riders to compete in the 2014 FIM World Trials Championship. Both riders will be promoting riding schools, shows, accepting donations, and searching for sponsors to help funding for the trip around the world.
The two riders are currently sponsored by Ryan Young Products, Sherco, Maxima Racing Oils and AIRes. Could your company be the next logo to go on their jerseys? Competing in the world championship can be very costly and the niche sport of trials doesn’t bring in the huge endorsements of companies like professional motocross teams, but through the power of the web and social media these two young riders are reaching out to everyone that may be willing to help out.
If you would like to donate or just follow this virtual journey, check out ”The American Dream” website or social media pages.
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