TROPHIES CROSS THE TASMAN

Wellington’s Carl Robson. Photo by Andy McGechan, BikesportNZ.com

A team of Kiwis tackled the Australian Moto Trials Championships in the Barossa Valley in September and managed to come away with more than their fair share of the silverware.

Wellington’s rising young star Dylan Ball won in the A grade, the only rider entered on a 125cc bike, while fellow Wellington man Carl Robson narrowly missed out on the top spot in B grade, coming home in second.

As an aside, Robson and Daniel Herbert also rode a midweek trial with Robson coming away with a solid win and Herbert coming away with fourth in the B grade.

The main event in the Barossa Valley, South Australia, was held the following weekend on a rock farm.

Ball and Herbert were riding open junior 13-17 years, which Herbert just scrapped into, turning 13 the Sunday before.

Ball easily won the grade, dropping no points to become the Australian open junior champ for 2017, and Herbert scored a solid fourth.

Wellington’s Dylan Ball, when he received the award for Best Up-And-Coming Off-road Rider at the MNZ awards ceremony last year. Photo by Andy McGechan, BikesportNZ.com

Robson rode the masters and won on day one, but, unfortunately he finished fifth on day two and earned fourth overall.

Hunterville’s Hannah Rushworth won the junior women’s grade title.

Robson, Ball and Rushworth were also part of the Oceania team pitted against three Australians, each of them riding the same grades, of which they won, with each of the Kiwi riders beating their matched rider.

The 2017 New Zealand Moto Trials Championships will be held near Paraparaumu over Labour Weekend, where these same riders are expected to feature again.

© Photos by Andy McGechan, www.BikesportNZ.com

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