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The sections are set and the weather looks likely to come good for the culmination of the 2020 North Island Trial Championship to be hosted by the Ixion Club in Wellington at the weekend.

Though curtailed by government regulations regarding a certain well-known virus the MNZ Board have worked tirelessly to implement ways to hold the event without breaking government Covid protocol.

Although there will be no spectators at the Judd property on SH 51 North of Wellington, and officials will be donned in appropriate PPE, the event will continue to find the 2020 North Island Champions.

Hometown hero Dylan Ball will look to continue his domination of the Expert grade and add another Championship Title to his rapidly growing list of achievements. He may not have it all his own way however with multiple NZ Champion Warren Laugesen stepping up to try and spoil the party.

In the Intermediate grade, long time campaigner Kevin Pinfold from Ashhurst will be looking for another consistent weekend to try and head off Tauranga's Kevin Gundry currently in second place and the reigning NZ Ladies #1 rider Hannah Rushworth of Hunterville back in third.

Ray Skinner has had a great series to date in the Presidents grade showing his fellow competitors that he has lost none of his silky skills and currently has a commanding lead over Kapiti's Richard McKenzie and Wellingtonian Neil Sturmfels.

The Clubman class looks to be sewn up barring disaster with Warren Day a healthy 25 points clear of Peter Robson after the first four rounds of the Championship. However, with the likes of the Old Master Warwick Merriman in the mix anything could happen in this grade.

Following on from the 2019 NZ Championship the Mini class has now been included in the North and South Island Championships and these young riders are having a good go. Finn Pearce is currently leading the series from Zack Furniss and Baxter Treloar and it will not be long before we see these names rising through the grades.

The last word goes to the Ixion Club President, Mark Sidebotham. "Ixion have pulled out all the stops to make sure that Trials is the winner and with the current medical / political concerns aside, we have to say that the current mania for Trials continues unabated".


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