Hi Boldaussie, I agree, it is good that some people will make the time to have their thoughts known and share them.
No stop was the way all of us old fossils learnt our trade and when stop allowed came to be, we had to adapted. I do prefer stop allowed now, mainly so I can remember where I’m going
Col Scotts note of appreciation for the huge effort that so many good people from within the Trials community and others that volunteered their time so willingly was well deserved, I’m sure his sentiments are shared by everyone that attended the event.
The reality is, without Colin’s commitment and organisational skills an event of this calibre would not be possible.
FIM’s confidence in him and his team in allocating such a prestigious event at the bottom of the world is testimony of his capabilities.
On the home front, his task in securing Victorian Parks approvals for the popular and very accessible Trials riding venue, to the taped walking paths and safety taped areas for spectators, mouth watering catering, car parking facilities, shuttle buses, toilet facilities, manufacturers promotion outlets and even a mini bike test riding area for youngsters. Then topping it off back at the Paddock with a world class freestyle display of unbelievable motorcycle and bicycle riding by our local champ Jack Field, every things seemed to have flowed so well.
He certainly deserves a very big thank you for his untiring efforts that made this events such a wonderful success and all this with the cloud of discontent of no stop to contend with from all quarters.
Colin’s mention of the no stop rule in his thank you note is good to see, as he is aware of the uneasiness this rule has bought to the wider Trials community both here in Australia and abroad. Hopefully as our leading Trials Commissioner, he will take on board the wishes of the riders that are effected by any new rule changes and keep Trials in Australia on a positive and progressive path.
Very well said Keith, I must agree that if we had more people that were as firm and savvy as Gary and boldaussie on all the sections we would have seen a very different result on both days here in Australia, the fact is we do not have that luxury and I bet no country can ensure that uniformity of marking, and I feel that’s where such an open ended enterpretation of a rule flounders and is causing undue concern for everyone from event officials, riders, observers and the viewing public, probably even it’s proponent Thierry Michaud.
The vast majority of the top class riders here in Australia are very concerned to where this may be heading for them, it is not what they want to see introduce here from what I am hearing.
It would be interesting to get some views from some of our leading young riders on their thoughts to the benefits or other wise to the no stop rule , as they are the ones it will impacted upon the most.
Your other point Keith where you say no stop may be beneficial at bringing closer together abilities of the leading riders is true, that was noticeable on day 1 in Australia when really the sections where a bit on the easy side for the calibre of riders in a World title event.
This problem was quickly recognised by the officials and Sundays sections were set to a much higher standard, this then really showed who had the best abilities with a pronounced difference in scores at days end on Sunday.
In respect to your observations and Joe’s reference to the world’s best just having to accept questionable rulings, the riders that feel wronged cannot make to much of a fuss when there are contentious issues with their ride, they again have to tread a very fine line. They are all aware of the risk of further points penalties as well as monetary fines if they go too far in their display of discontentment, so really they have little option.
Another point I find a concern is the disrespect some of the Aussie and foreign riders were shown when they did ask the question of a mark that was credited to them, manners always works both ways at any event whether it is a Club day or a World Trials event.
Pauls comments are further proof of the distain this poor decision is causing and this atmosphere cannot be sustained. If change is not forth coming sooner rather than later I fear we may be seeing the demise of the World Series.