13th August 2015
Five British Riders competed in the FIM 250cc Gold Trophy in the South of France last weekend, and after 3 days of training from the Wednesday until Friday, there were 2 semi finals arranged for the Saturday evening and then a Final on Sunday.
The Venue just outside Marmande, haven’t had any rain for 7 weeks, and as luck would have it, after having temperatures of close to 40 degrees in the previous 3 days, on the day of the Semi Finals, the heavens opened, and it rained all day Saturday causing the abandonment of both semi finals on the Saturday night.
The FIM jury made adjustments to the race programme and ran the event as a one off final, now on the Sunday evening after the rain had stopped at about 5pm Sunday evening.
The banked French circuit, held up considerably well considering the amount of rain that had fallen out of the sky in the previous 48 hours.
Once the racing begun, all 5 Brits; 16 year old Jack Smith , Tom Brennan, Kean Dicken and Henry Atkins all 14 years old, and 13 year old Kyle Bickley, were all set to give it there all in what was now a one off World Final.
Each rider had 5 rides each, in 5 rider races, and even though none of the 5 qualified for the Semi Final, which was the top 10 scorers, all the Brits throughly enjoyed the event, and the experience will be invaluable to them all.
Jack Smith finished in 11th place, the highest of the British Riders, but it is fair to say that both Bickley and Brennan both had bike problems with their number 1 machines, which effected their final position, and without those problems, both riders could well have made the Semis.
Atkins also had some bad luck, after a fantastic first ride, he got knocked off in his 2nd ride, and felt a bit 2nd hand after the crash, and struggled to compete with having a battered and bruised shoulder.
Dicken in his first major event outside of the UK, would have learnt an awful lot from the experience, and will benefit from the occasion
14 Year Old Australian Matty Gilmore won the Final, after 3 re-runs in a very tense final.