Dabill takes comfortable win.
James Dabill (Beta) displayed the reason for his world number six position when he won the opening round in difficult conditions at Hookwood on Saturday by a massive twenty two marks. Despite failing on the first of twelve sections on lap one where all of his rivals lost minimal marks over the huge tree stump at the top of a steep banking, he recovered to score eleven cleans over the remainder of the thirty five sections.
New TRRS signing, Toby Martyn edged into second, despite a poor final lap, which included five maximums, showing the conditions were tough. In contrast, Dan Peace (Sherco) matched Dabill on the final tour of twelve sections to snatch third, ahead of brother Jack who finished fourth on the second Sherco.
Dabill made amends for his first section lapse by recording the sole cleans on the difficult third section at the sandpit. After watching his closest rivals faulter, he made a tremendous amount of time on the double step near the start of the zone, before parting with a miserly two marks on the awkward rocks towards the end. He recorded the only cleans on the second and third laps.
Reigning Champion, Jack Price (pictured) making his UK debut on a Vertigo had a poor day by his standards to finish fifth. Twelve maximums accounted for a lot of his ninety five total, whilst Billy Green (Montesa) completed the top six.
Round two of the series takes place in different terrain at the St David's Trial in South Wales on Sunday April 5th.