Rider Profile - Joe Collins
With an excellent ninth place scored at Hookwood, the next rider we take a look at is Trial GB Expert, Joe Collins from Kettering.
Although only twenty Joe has been riding Trials for sixteen years and vividly remembers the moment he first beat his father when he was twelve years old.
A Carpenter by trade, Joe has attracted sponsorship from John Lee Motorcycles on a Montesa 4RT. Being in full time employment, Joe can only practise once or twice a week which sometimes includes the journey to Bracken Rocks or Corby Trial Camp. A Nene Valley Expert Champion, Joe has also won the famous -and long - Brian Stonebridge Trial on two occasions and his aim is to keep improving in the ACU Trial GB Expert Class.
He notched up twenty two cleans at the opening round in March this year and managed his second lap in single figures with nine marks lost. Asked who is favourite rider is, the quick response was Adam Raga and his reply to his preferred type of section bolds well for the forthcoming St David's Trial as it is rocky streams and positioned rocks.
We will monitor Joe's progress during the season.