Category Archives: 03. News & Views

Change of Venue

Having lost access to the Van Asch property we have moved the next trial to a new property at Graylees Rd. This property becomes available to us through the efforts of Bruce Bayliss. Our thanks go to Bruce for his work on our behalf.

The property is on the corner of Graylees Rd and the main Akaroa highway about 4kms on from the "Blue Duck Cafe". See our directions page.

Championship Classes for 2009

Warren has sent out these ideas for classes for next years Championship rounds. Here's your chance to have a say, just click on the comments tag and let us know what you think.


Hi All 

Championship Grades 

During the Trials workshop held recently at the MNZ AGM in Nelson I had an item for discussion regarding Championship Grades. The Item was discussing the possibility of changing some of our existing support grades to receive full Championship Status. 

To achieve this we all need to come up with a sensible/workable structure that recognises true Champions in both age and ability classes. I then need to present it to the MNZ board for their approval or not and generally will act on the recommendation from me unless it goes against the MNZ constitution or policy.  

The simple option would be to just issue all existing grades as full Championship Grades with the exception of Social Grade. But with a little discussion we came up with a proposal that although a little different from our current Classes it could work well.  

For some time now there has been discussion about the need in NZ for a Masters class as they do in Australia. This is for 35 years + riding the Yellow (Intermediate) line. There was full support at the meeting for this class to be installed and felt that the positives for it out way any negative reaction that it might have on the existing Intermediate Grade. All riders who make this age group are automatically put into the Masters class and removed from Intermediate. The feeling was that we needed to have a separate grade to cater for those older riders who are either coming back down from the A Grade and those experienced riders in Intermediate to have a good class to compete amongst themselves in. This then leaves all the up and coming younger riders to fight it out for a title with out the others getting mixed up in it. 

So with that in mind it was decided that this grade would be given the full Championship status over the Presidents as this is the higher class of rider in the same age group category.  

So we have seven Classes with the following titles: 

New Zealand Expert Champion

New Zealand Masters Champion

New Zealand Junior Champion 

National A Grade Champion

National Intermediate Champion

National Clubman Champion

National President Champion 

The three NZ Champ classes represent the very best in ability at the top level and each of the two age groups. Then the four National titles represent all other grades. 

It was thought that the top three grades get full Championship status as they do now and the other four could be recognised at a lower level, basically receiving MNZ certificates but not Medals.  

So now the question is what do you think of this format? Do you want a Masters grade? Should we give all seven classes’ full recognition? (I am sure MNZ would supply another 4 medals each year).  

We also briefly discussed that in the future if (and hopefully we will) we get to a situation of having good junior numbers coming through the ranks from Junior into Intermediate that we would shift the Junior Championship to this level where it recognises the achievements of these better riders and the Blue line riders would become Youth riders who are just beginning in the sport. Obviously as I said we cannot do this yet until we get better numbers for these grades so it was decided to keep Junior as it is at the moment.  

Unfortunately we did not discuss the current trial under way in the North Island with the Presidents riding one Yellow gate per section. I think at this point we will continue this system if the organising club wishes to run with it and we will all need to make a call on it later in the year for next year. This is almost a whole different topic and will leave it at that for now. 

Please as usual pass this around and send back any comments to me for evaluation. 



Stolen Bikes

Keep a look out for these stolen bikes, they could be in your area. If you see them contact us or Roger directly.

Last night my garage was broken into and my 2007 Yamaha TTR250 trail bike and 2004 Beta Rev3 trials bike were stolen. I am offerering $1000 reward for info leading to the recovery of these bikes.
The Yamaha registration no is 95ZGW , the Vin number is JYADG02XX7A011613 and has a custom suspension link with a grease nipple.
The Beta was stolen minus the magneto cover so if you see one without this or a home made cover this could be it (I am trying to obtain the frame number).


Roger Dunkley

New Rules for next year – Have your say

Following is an E-mail being circulated by Warren Laugeson asking for comments on proposed rule changes for the 2009 rule book. Here's your chance to have your say but be quick the AGM is in just a couple of weeks. Post your comments here or contact Warren directly, 

Hi All 

As I mentioned to those at Hamilton the other week we all need to make some decisions on whether or not to include the new rules that have been in place this year as Supplementary Regs into the official rule book for 2009 onwards. These will be finally discussed and decided upon at the trials workshop during the MNZ AGM in Nelson on May 24th.  Please have a look through the attached file and get back to me with your comments.  If any one has any other potential rule inclusions or modifications then please let me know ASAP. This is your chance to have your say and if I do not receive any feed back good, bad or otherwise then the decisions made in Nelson will stand. Please forward this around your key people in your clubs for their feed back also. 

Thanks Warren 

New rules 2008.pdf (39.49 kb)

Kaikoura Section Setting

We are looking for people to help with section setting for this years Kaikoura Three Day. Saturday the 24th is the day and if you're available to help contact either Allan Honeybone or Derek Scott, or contact us through the contacts page.

Oceania Trial Easter 2008


The first Oceania Challenge between Australian and New Zealand trials riders took place at the New Zealand Trials Championship organised by the Manawatu Orion MCC in 2003, which New Zealand won. The Aussies done themselves no favours that year as they turned up on the first day of the three day event late, and couldn’t complete the first day. However the history of Australia versus New Zealand goes way back to 1975 when the Trans Tasman Trophy Challenge was inaugurated. The idea was for the two countries to meet every year (Aus one year, NZ the next) and two teams of three or four riders would compete for the trophy.  Australia ran that first trial in 1975 and won. The fact that it is now under the name of “Oceania Challenge” is irrevelant as the same trophy is still competed for and after all those years there is now some history involved.  Unfortunately the trophy wasn’t competed for on 16 of the past 33 years since 1975. However it’s now dead evens at nine wins apiece for each country on the 18 times it has ben competed for and let’s hope there aren’t any gaps in future years. 

One thing that was changed starting last year was instead of the teams consisting of top Expert riders only, the teams now consist of one Expert, one Master (over 35) and one Junior (under 21).  Master and Junior riding B Grade (Intermediate) sections.  A concept that seems to have been well received.

From Left Kevin, Nick and Wayne

  As a young whippersnapper who had only been riding trials for less than two years in 1975, upon hearing about this new Trans Tasman thing I remember thinking I’d like to make that team oneday. Well I did in 1983 when we lost to Australia at the Aussie Champs in Victoria. I was a member the winning NZ team in NZ in 84, again in 07 (as the Master rider) and was lucky enough to be chosen for the NZ team to travel to Qld this year. In fact looking back I’ve ridden in 12 of the 18 Trans Tasman/Oceania trials over the years but only four as an official team member. So getting back to this year’s Oceania, there were three of us Kiwis who arrived in Brisbane on Wed March 19th. Wayne Thompson – Taranaki (Expert/Open Solo), Nick Oliver – Nelson (Junior) and myself Kevin Pinfold – Manawatu (Master).  Luke March (Hawkes Bay) was the original Expert choice but a major dirt bike accident and consequent injuries ruled him out. We were met at the airport by Motorcycle Trials Club of Queensland representative Chris Williams who promptly whisked us off to his hometown of Toowoomba some 150km away where he’d booked us into a motel. Chris had also gathered up our borrowed bikes. Chris confessed the next morning to being a Kiwi – he moved from Wellington to Aus 25 years ago. You are forgiven. Thursday and part of Friday was spent at Chris’ 130 acre “trials” farm out in the bush setting up our bikes, practising and generally dodging all sorts of creepy wildlife that wants to bite you. Spiders the size of dinner plates and ants the size of B trains. I think the boys saw a lizard about a foot long (didn’t see any of the big 1.5 metre buggers they call bush crocs though) and I missed the brown snake that Nick almost trod on. I did hear the scream when Nick rode into one of those large spider webs you see stretched between two trees – ripped him clean off his bike apparently and the spider had him pinned to the ground before Wayne beat it off with a stick. And never put your helmet down on the ground over there as it’s likely to be invaded by all sorts of crawling things.  Never a dull moment for a Kiwi in the Australian bush. Our practice sessions went ok, in fact the creek down in the gully at Chris’ place where we rode  was similar to some I’ve ridden here in NZ. It was pretty slippery too. We all were struck with rear tyre punctures and all identical sidewall cuts in our tubeless tyres. Luckily I’d taken a bunch of “dog turds” over in case of punctures, just didn’t expect to use them all up in one afternoon – up to three in one cut.  I sussed out the culprit, one sharp rock in a narrow exit of the creek where we were blasting up a steep bank. Kicked the rock out and no more flats. I was riding a borrowed 06 Gas Gas 280 in show room condition. Almost identical to my 04 250 but being newer and not having had a lot of use it felt real nice to ride – sharper suspension and nice smooth power right off the bottom and bags of it too, although I didn’t need the extra power.    Friday afternoon and Chris and his son Cameron transported us and our bikes in the Fairmont V8 and enclosed trailer to Beaudesert about an hours drive south of Brisbane where we were booked into another motel. And the pool was nice and refreshing too. It was strange travelling in Australia and seeing lush green grass everywhere instead of brown grass like here in the Manawatu drought at present. That area of Queensland has had a summer of much rain. Even the temperatures were similar to NZ when we left – mid to high 20s. A bit more humid and warmer at night but nothing to worry about.  The trial at Undullah near Beaudesert had an interesting mix of sections with four laps of ten each day. Saturday’s sections were modified for Sunday although parts of some remained the same. There was a mixture of rock steps, loose moving rocks, steep climbs, soft sand and even a bit of water in the creek to wet your tyres or backside if you were unlucky enough to sit in it. (I didn’t – in fact I didn’t part company with the bike the whole time there). The dry sand stone type rocks were interesting in that they varied from grippy to very slippery, usually depending on how much dust was on them.  Certainly not the ultra grippy type rocks I’ve encountered in NSW or Victoria in the past. More like some of the rocks we get in some areas of NZ. I enjoyed the challenge of the B Grade (following yellow arrows) sections that Nick and I rode and the majority were probably closer in difficulty to the NZ A grade sections that I’m used to riding here than our Intermediate (B grade). There wasn’t a section there that I knew I couldn’t clean, but unfortunately there were a few I didn’t have clean rides on. I was very nervous (packing myself actually) when I reached the second section on Saturday to find a big rock cliff we had to jump off. A bit bigger than anything I’ve jumped off before. I watched a few, including Nick, ride ahead of me and they all managed it ok, but they all over jumped and had hard landings which didn’t inspire confidence. With two dodgy shoulders I was as worried as hell I’d hurt them and ruin my weekend or worse still break the bike that wasn’t mine. However I got to the brink and after being stopped at the top for what seemed like 5 minutes balancing, trying to overcome my fear, I took the leap and executed a perfect landing and the shoulders didn’t mind a bit – relief. However after the first lap the clerk of coarse eased the section to let us down a lesser step and the jump became a no-fear doddle. I’ve often questioned the need for large drop offs in sections that need to be jumped off. However Sunday’s version of this section for our grade with a nice step up was far better, although the Experts still had one huge drop to leap off. The only other section that worried me a bit was a large log section. This entailed launching the bike from a shortish sand run up with no kicker, across the creek and “splatting” rear wheel first onto a big old log. Probably a distance of close on two metres . I’ve never been good at this type of section – getting distance as well as height. I know the technique required but often get it wrong. However first time up I got it perfect – very pleasing. We rode this same log both days and I must confess to not getting it perfect everytime – I did have two fives when I took it a bit lazy a couple of times and slid back off the log into the creek.  I enjoyed the two following hill climb sections, especially the first day before they were eased for the second day. And I enjoyed section 13 – one with a steep descent, tight turn at the bottom and a steep climb with no run up. A real challenge that ended in ones and cleans for me on half my attempts but also so close to a five on the other half, but saved by some demon groin stretching leg work.  So after two days riding, Nick was our best rider taking two wins over his Junior opponent Jack Kavenagh whilst Wayne and myself were beaten by our respective Australian opponents, Boyd Wilcox (Expert) and Garan Hale (Master). Wayne was a little disappointed with some of his rides but also had some very good rides over the two days and especially on the last two laps of the second day when he posted laps of 8 and 10 after losing 27 and 28 on the first two laps. He certainly put in a maximum effort for the team on some demanding sections. Over two days Boyd lost 84 points and Wayne 137.    Like Wayne, I had my best rides of the two days on the last two laps dropping 8 on each after a disastrous second lap of 19. In fact both days I was disappointed to have one bad lap of 19, which was enough to prevent me having any chance of finishing ahead of Garan who rode more consistently both days.  Garan dropped 87 points over two days and I dropped 97. If I had any excuse for not doing better it’s probably not doing enough riding in the previous few months. I was in a tricky situation with my crook shoulders, too much riding and the chance of them getting worse or ease off the riding too try and let them heal so I could go and compete with out them hindering me. The result was the shoulders handled it ok but I was slightly under done on practice. Nick rode the same B Grade lines as me and had no problems, riding very confidently both days. (He’s one of our up and coming young guns).  I think his only five was on day two when he missed a fairly well hidden yellow arrow. Nick’s total over two days was 37 with Jack losing 97.So suffice to say our luggage was one shield light on our return to NZ. And congratulations to Australia for evening the score to nine wins each. Easter next year, somewhere in New Zealand, game on. The NZ team of Wayne, Nick and myself would like to thank all those MCTQ members (and non members) who helped us on a memorable trip to Queensland over Easter and for running an excellent two-day trial. Especially Chris and Cameron, who ran around after us the whole time. Also thanks to Don Murray (Australian Sherco importer) for lending Wayne’s Sherco, Paul Arnott (Australian Scorpa importer) for lending Nick’s Scorpa and Paul Moore (just a Veteren rider) for lending me a mint 280 Gas Gas. And also thanks to all the observers, control tent team and riders who were a friendly bunch. Much appreciated guys and gals, and I can only say Trans Tasman trials are much stronger due to your efforts. Also thanks to MNZ for supplying our trendy team riding shirts and a huge thanks to the Manawatu Orion MCC for contributing towards my expenses. Much appreciated. My goal for the next year, try and make the NZ team again and help get the trophy back off Australia.  Kevin PinfoldNZ Oceania Trials Team 2008  

New Zealand Championships 2008 update

2008 NZ National Trials Championships

Alexandra Labour Weekend

Quick update on the Nationals:

Two sponsors for the event have been found, they are Stadium Tavern &

The Cellar Door along with More FM Central Otago who have joined

forces to help make this a successful event. I have 10 more smaller

sponsors still to confirm their commitment to the event.

Two of the three events have been confirmed, we have already found

some sections that look spectacular, so give it some thought and come to

Alexandra and ride the champs.

Entries are out now, these will also be handed out at the next rounds of

the champs.

If you are thinking of joining us please book accommodation early as

Alexandra will be busy for Labour Weekend.

More info out later



Entry Forms Available on our "Entry Form Page"

What is Trials?

Motorcycle trials, also termed observed trials, is a non-speed event on specialized motorcycles. The sport is most popular in the UK and Spain, though there are participants around the globe.Trial motorcycles are distinctive in that they are extremely lightweight, lack seating (they're designed to be ridden standing up) and have suspension travel that is short, relative to a motocross or enduro motorcycle.The event is split into sections where a competitor rides through an obstacle course while attempting to avoid touching the ground with the feet. The obstacles in the course may be of natural or constructed elements. In all sections, regardless of content, the designated route is carefully contrived to test the skill of the rider. In many local observed trials events, the sections are divided into separate courses to accommodate the different skill level of riders, who compete in skill-rated classes.In every section, the competitor is scored by an observer (hence the sport's name) who counts how many times the competitor touches the ground with the foot (or any other part of the body). Each time a competitor touches the ground with a foot (commonly called "dabs" ), the penalty is one point.The possible scores in each section consist of 0, 1, 2, 3, or 5. If a competitor makes his or her way through the section without touching the ground with a foot, a score of 0 (called "cleaning the section") is earned. If he or she touches the ground only once, the score of 1 is earned. If he or she touches down twice, the score of 2 is earned. If he or she touches the ground three times or more, the score of 3 is earned, as long as the section is completed without stalling the motor, dismounting, going out of bounds or going backward. If the competitor fails to complete the section a score of 5 is earned. The winner is the competitor with the least points at the end of the event. Some events are also timed with penalty points assessed to late riders.

There is a world indoor and outdoor championship, as well as indoor and outdoor national team "world cups" (Trial des Nations). British competitor Dougie Lampkin is notable for winning seven world outdoor titles in the 1990s and 2000s. Previous observed trials greats include Northern Ireland's Sammy Miller (1960s), Finland's Yrjo Vesterinen (1970s), Spain's Jordi Tarres (1980s and '90s).

In addition to the world championship events, there are other major events, such as the Scottish Six-Day Trial (SSDT) and the Scott Trial.Major current manufacturers of trials bikes are Gas Gas, Beta, Sherco, Montesa Honda, and Scorpa. In the past there have been many manufacturers, from countries such as Spain, Japan, Britain and Italy