The Isle of Wight’s top trials rider, Chris Stay, was unlucky not win the first major national trial of the year last weekend, when time penalty’s put him back into 4th place.
The trial took place just South of Oxford with a full entry of over 130 riders from around the UK, with some even travelling from Ireland to take part.
Despite the fact that Chris lost only 13 marks all day, which was 7 clear of his nearest rival, he was given time penalties for going 13 minutes over the 5-and-a-half hours allowed, which doubled his score to 26 marks.
It was a tough day for Chris, who was the only rider to get through everyone of the 40 sections. But 4th place in such company is no mean achievement and is a good indicator of what lays ahead this season, with the first round of the British championships starting on 23rd March.
This weekend Chris and the talented Josh Stephens from St Helens will be heading up to the Lake District for the second national of the year, where Chris will be hoping for better luck.