Trials

Sam King Gunning for Victory at Mt. Bolton

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The current Australian Junior Trials champion attempted to jump a creek, then scale a massive boulder when things went awry.

"The bike just happened to flip back at the wrong time," Sam reminisced as he attempted a daring run during the final round of the 2011 Victorian Moto-Trials Series at Emu Flat.

The eventual Series winner of the A Grade class wasn't fazed by it: "I got the bike out of the water and got it going again after a few kick-starts." 16-year-old King, from Sandringham in Melbourne, finished first by 8 points over fellow Victorian Simon Van Baalen.

Victoria's premier competition for Trials ‰ÛÒ the 2011 Victorian Trials Championships ‰ÛÒ will be one of the biggest Trials events in country Victoria before the state welcomes a round of the World Trials Championship in May next year.

"I'm really looking forward to the Vic Titles. I will probably ride in the A Grade class, and after that there's the Australian Titles in South Australia," King added.

King will be gunning for a winning performance in the lead up to the 2011 Australian Trials Championships in South Australia on October 1-3.

"I'll be hoping for a top 15 result at the Aussies," Sam said. King will be looking to compete in the Expert class this year, a step-up from Junior class.

2010 Victorian Trials champion Tim Coleman won't be competing at Mt Bolton on September 10-11 as he prepares his assault at the 2011 Trials des Nations in Italy a week later.

The 21-year-old from Glenmaggie is quietly confident of Australia's chances: "It's a good team this year. If we work together we should be able to finish on the podium in Italy, for sure."

The course will be similar to the WTC sites at Mt Tarrengower and Maldon, all north-west of Melbourne. Consisting of steep hillsides, huge exposed granite boulders and soft loamy off-chamber turns, the venue at Mt Bolton, just north of Ballarat, will be sure to provide thrilling action for spectators.

Trials in Victoria has been going from strength to strength since it won the rights to host a round of the WTC. A new Arena Trials site at Motorcycling Victoria's State Motorcycle Sports Complex at Broadford moved a step closer to reality when construction began at the venue in August.

The 2011 Victorian Trials Championships takes place at Mt Bolton on the weekend of September 10-11. The venue is located on Sand Pit Road, Mt Bolton, just off the Sunraysia Highway. Competition starts at 10.30am.

Main Photo: Sam King deep in thought before he attempts a daring run at the 2011 Easter 2-Day Moto-Trials in Argyle, earlier in the year.

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