Isle of Wight trails rider Chris Stay proved yet again that he is one of the most talented riders to hail from the Island when he won the first round of the British Trials Championships at Hookwood near Guildford last Saturday.
This year’s Championships appear to be more popular than ever with a starting entry of over 60 of the country’s best riders making their way to Hookwood at the weekend. They were supported by a large crowd of spectators and followers, including a large contingent from the Island who had caught the early ferry across the Solent to support Chris.
At the end of a challenging day, which saw riders tackle a tough 3 lap, 12 section course, it was Chris who stood on the top step of the podium having beat last year’s winner Ben Morphet by a single mark.
After Lap 1 Chris was in third place just 1 mark behind the leaders, but then he produced the best lap of the day loosing just 2 marks to draw level with Morphet.
The final lap was all about who could hold their nerve. Chris played safe and took 4 steady points but Morphet just pushed too hard on the extremely tough section 5. While going for a clean ride Morphet held on too long and ended up crashing out for 5 penalty points. So all Chris had to do was go steady through the last 4 sections of the course and his first ever adult British Championship win was in the bag.
In true style, Chris managed to clear the final 4 sections successfully to clinch the win – a truly wonderful and emotional moment for Chris and all his supporters who knew they had witnessed a great moment in the history of Island motorcycle trials.