Time to ride
Durty Dabbers National MotoTrials this weekend in Farrandsville
FARRANDSVILLE — Get ready to rev up those engines and get “durty” for this year’s Durty Dabbers National MotoTrials Championship set for this weekend in Farrandsville.
This year’s national championship will see the return of around 150 mototrial riders who will compete after a whole year away due to COVID. The number of riders slated to compete this year is considerably more than any previous year, according to coordinator Lisa Bolopue.
“Everything had to be canceled last year including all of the other national events in the series. People are very anxious to get back out and get riding again as there are expected to be around 140-150 riders that will be competing from all over the country as far as up and down the West Coast,” she said.
The Durty Dabbers also holds the reputation as one of the largest mototrial nationals in the United States.
“We were told at the last planning meeting that we hold the third largest national ever. The largest has about 160 but we do not expect that many. It would be great if we do though!” Bolopue exclaimed.
The mototrial course consists of a 5.3 mile loop that will see riders make their way through rigorous mountain terrain. The environment will make a challenge to many riders, especially those not accustomed to the area.
Riders will start at the Farrandsville baseball field and will then course up through the mountain trails. Bolopue explained that there are a combined total of 12 sections that each rider will ride each day. They will ride 12 on Saturday and 12 different ones on Sunday. In each of the sections, the pro riders will compete on the hardest routes and the junior riders will ride on the easier routes.
Several of the professional mototrial racers that will be competing this weekend, including Karl Davis Jr. of Florida, Daniel Blanc-Gonnet of Oregon, and Josh Roper of Arizona, sat down and talked with The Express about how previous competitions have prepared them for this point. Each of them have been racing competitively for over a decade, racking up a considerable reputation at a national level.
“I have been competing for about 15-16 years. The amount of competitions we compete in depends on whether they are nationals or local competitions. For nationals we have a range of 8-10 a season,” said Blanc-Gonnet.
“I have been competing for about 16 years myself. All of us collectively have somewhere in the high hundreds of events we have competed in. We travel from coast to coast during the summer, especially for our nationals series which the Durty Dabbers is a part of,” explained Davis Jr.
“I have been doing mototrials for around 14 years now,” said Roper.
Each of the racers commit full-time to competing as they travel across the country in vans while building up accolades and memories. They have yet to get the full Durty Dabbers experience as this year’s national will be the first time they have all competed in Farrandsville. On top of being new to the course, each of them has gone a whole year without competing, making an interesting return to form.
“It is a weird year since last year all of the races were canceled. We are coming in having not competed against each other in the national series for a whole year. It is going to be a good mark of where everyone is at after a year of not riding at a national level series,” said Davis Jr.
“It is going to be interesting with the terrain since none of us have been here before. We’ll have a practice day for us to become acclimated. Saturday there is a chance of rain which will mix things up. The plan is to go in and get used to the terrain but also keep in mind that the weather could change, and hopefully keep that momentum going into the weekend,” explained Blanc-Gonnet.
Spectators will be able to view the main trial events at the stadium section at the start in Farrandsville. The trials can also be viewed in the mountains for those willing to take the 5-mile hike. Tickets will be available to purchase at the gate. Tickets will be $10 per person for single day admission and $15 per person for full event pass. Admission is free for children 12 and under. There will be no charge for spectator parking and concessions will be available.
Friday June 18
–Next Gen Youth Trials at 1 p.m., presented by OSET
Saturday June 19
–Main Event at 9 a.m.
–Next Gen Youth Trials at 10:30 a.m., presented by OSET
Sunday June 20
–Main Event at 9 a.m.