Trials

Morris completes Aussie trip in style

Author: Mark Fattore

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Crafty Englishman Sean Morris (Gas Gas) has out pointed a star-stuffed field to win the inaugural International Two Day Super Trial at Sedgwick (Vic) on November 5-6. Not content with a superb victory in last weekend's Australian championship, the 22-year-old was even more potent at Sedgwick, and led the four-lap, 40-section event from go-to-whoa to sign off on a memorable two-week sojourn Down Under. Morris, who now has designs on a top 10 finish in the 2006 world trials title, completed the Super Trial on 19pts, ahead of fellow heavyweights - Spaniard hotshot Jordi Pascuet (Gas Gas, 29pts) and reigning world junior champion James Dabill (Beta, 34pts). Colin Zarczynski (Sherco, 40pts) was the first Australian home in sixth position ‰ÛÒ replicating his result from the national title. "I couldn't be happier with my form this weekend, and it's a great way to finish the year off," said Morris. "I had a few problems here and there during the two days, but I managed to work my way out of them. "The event was great fun, and I'd love to come back next year if it's going to be on again. "For now, I'll just head home for some relaxation, and then get ready for the 2006 season." Morris, who has been riding a 280cc Gas Gas in Australia, compared to his usual 300cc mount in Europe, completed the Super Trial with an error-free final lap, as did dual world No. 10 Pascuet. While Morris' virtuoso finale simply put icing on the cake of a great weekend, Pascuet had a little more incentive to finish with a flurry ‰ÛÒ overtaking Dabill. He duly achieved that objective, while Dabill also just held out the fast-finishing Michael Brown (Beta) and Finland's Joachim Hindren (Scorpa). Both riders saw the event out on 35pts, just 1pt behind Dabill. The top five riders in the Super Trial all competed in the International A class, which was reserved for the cr̬me de la cr̬me of the overseas visitors. The International A troupe, which also included Italian Fabio Lanzi (Montesa) and former world No. 3 Joan Pons (Sherco), was obliged to complete a slightly harder course than the International B (Scorpa's Dan Clark and Montesa's Ben Hemingway) contingent. Meanwhile, the remaining competitors - 10 antipodeans and German teenager Christian Kregeloh ‰ÛÒ were afforded even more concessions on the 10-section layout. Despite many of the local riders initially struggling to come to grips with the 90-second limit per section ‰ÛÒ timing is normally not a feature of the Australian landscape ‰ÛÒ the three-tiered handicap system worked a treat, with Victorian Trevor Campbell (Beta) completing day one in second position behind Morris. However, Campbell's Super Trial then turned sour when he broke his wrist on the opening section of lap three, leaving Zarczynski to take over the running as the leading Australian. In the teams' event, Campbell's indisposition ‰ÛÒ he automatically lost 100pts for failing to complete laps three and four ‰ÛÒ meant that Beta was always going to struggle to maintain its ascendancy from day one. Hence, it was no surprise when Beta (Campbell, Mitch Willcocks, Brown and Dabill) drifted back to finish fourth on 253pts, behind runaway winner Sherco (Pons, Kregeloh, Colin Zarczynski and Dylan Rees, 210pts), Gas Gas (Morris, Pascuet, Kyle Middleton and Michael Byrne, 238pts) and Scorpa (Clark, Hindren, Warren Laugesen and Kevin Zarczynski, 253). The four-stroke-mounted Montesa (Lenzi, Hemingway, Boyd Willcocks and Tom Scott) team was fifth on 308pts. FINAL INDIVIDUAL STANDINGS
1 Sean Morris, Great Britain, Gas Gas - 19pts
2 Jordi Pascuet, Spain, Gas Gas - 29
3 James Dabill, Great Britain - 34
4= Michael Brown, Great Britain, Beta - 35
4= Joachim Hindren, Finland, Scorpa - 35
6 Colin Zarczynski, Australia, Sherco - 40
7 Dylan Rees, Australia, Sherco - 43
8 Ben Hemingway, Great Britain, Montesa - 53
9 Fabio Lenzi, Italy, Montesa - 56
10 Warren Laugesen, New Zealand, Scorpa - 57
11 Joan Pons, Spain, Sherco - 61
12 Christian Kregeloh, Germany, Sherco - 66
=13 Mitch Willcocks, Australia, Beta - 67
=13 Dan Clark, Great Britain, Scorpa - 67
15 Michael Byrne, Australia, Gas Gas - 68
16 Tom Scott, Australia, Montesa - 76
17 Kevin Zarczynski, Australia, Scorpa - 88
18 Trevor Campbell, Australia, Beta - 117
19 Kyle Middleton, Australia, Gas Gas - 122
20 Boyd Willcocks, Australia, Montesa - 123

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