1st September 2020
The British representatives were so close but so far from success in Plzen on Saturday in the FIM 125cc Gold Trophy where Max Perry finished in 5th, Ben Trigger 7th, Ace Pijper 8th and William Cairns in 16th position.
Max Perry was the highest scoring British Rider in the qualifying heats just dropping 1 point in his 4 rides and getting 2nd pick of gates in the Semi Final, Trigger had last pick of gates also in Perry’s Semi Final, with Pijper qualifying in 8th place for his Semi Final after just scraping through on count back.
In the 1st semi final Perry coming off the inside gate, made a lighting start, getting to the first corner ahead of the other 3 riders, but unfortunately hit a bump, which through him into the air fence, and his European dream was in tatters! Trigger gave it every effort in the rerun but couldn’t quite make up the ground to get one of the top 2 places, and Pijper was chasing set ups all day, and again didn’t have the luck in his semi where he just did not have enough speed to make the final and that was his aim of qualifying for the final gone.
So all 3 British riders ended up in the B final, with Perry winning it, Trigger 3rd and Pijper 4th. The youngest Brit William Cairns rode his heart out for 4 points, and will learn from the experience.
European Champion was Czech Republic Adam Bednar
2nd Maksymillian Pawelczak Poland
3rd Vojtech Sachl Czech Republic
4th Matej Fryza Czech Republic
5th Max Perry Great Britain
6th Antoni Kawczynski Poland
7th Ben Trigger Great Britain
8th Ace Pijper Great Britain
16th William Cairns Great Britain