State champion Neil Price has eyes on X Trail Championships


Neil Price is hoping to impress in front of his home crowd.
Neil Price is hoping to impress in front of his home crowd.

X Trial is a unique motorcycle sport where riders negotiate a man-made obstacle course tackling anything from skip bins to cable drums.

The riders must negotiate the course without their feet touching the ground. This is called “dabbing” and incurs a penalty point.

At the end of the race, the rider with the lowest score wins.

State champion and Gosnells rider Neil Price, who is also heavily involved in running the event, described it as “really insane”.

“This is not a gymkhana, ride-between-the-cones sort of event. This is far more extreme,” he said.

“Last year was crazy, with all the work of building the event and riding night one and getting a podium finish, I was really happy.”

Last year’s X Trial champion Tim Coleman will fly in from China – where he is currently performing with a freestyle circus – to defend his title.

“I have had heaps of ride time, doing shows and training in between, so it’s been good. I had a great ride last year and I’m pretty confident I can have another good crack,” he said.

Coleman will have his work cut out for him, with Newcastle’s Kyle Middleton, the current outdoor champion, in form and keen to move on from a difficult period last year.

X Trial 2016 will also see Australian women’s champion Kristie McKinnon, who has a wildcard ride.

Tickets are $25 for adults and $10 for children, with no extra fees. Go to www.ausxtrial.com.au to book tickets.