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It’s been a great start to the season for Lochaber trials rider Ben Dignan, who has firmly stamped his mark on the youth trials scene, not just in Britain but across Europe and the rest of the world.
The sixteen-year-old form Roy Bridge is looking to build on his promising start to the season after notching up another top four finish in the European championships and securing an incredible top ten place in the world championships. Not only that, but the youth rider followed up these results with commanding victories in the British series, keeping possession of the leader’s plate.
Having secured a podium finish in the first round, Dignan was hopeful of a similar result in round two of the FIM Europe Trial Championship youth class in the heat at Monza, Italy in April. Despite his best efforts, Dignan was unable to squeeze into the top three but was content with his fourth place finish. The result leaves him in third place in the overall standings ahead of round three in August.
Dignan has also been competing at global level and took part in the first round of the FIM World Series in Italy. This FIM 125cc class is not a youth class but a capacity class and is hotly contested, with an upper age limit of 21. Although happy with his eighth-place finish, Dignan was looking to break into the top five and although he missed round two in Japan last weekend, he will get another crack at the world’s best in a weeks’ time in the Netherlands for round three.
Slightly closer to home, Dignan secured a great win in the second round of the British trials series, 125 class, in Wales. He managed to extended his lead in his class with wins on both days at the Tynemouth Trial, which formed rounds three and four of the series. These crucial wins mean he holds on to the leader’s plate ahead of the next round in Devon.
In this time, Dignan has seen a change in coach as his previous mentor left to work in the USA. Neil Dawson has kindly stepped in to coach Dignan at this point of the season.
The Lochaber rider had a rare weekend off last week before heading to Devon for the British series this weekend, then he’s off to the Netherlands and Belgium the two consecutive weeks after that for the next rounds of the world series.
Ben Dignan in action in the FIM World Series in Italy back in April. NO F24 Dignan Trials 01
Dignan competing in a night qualifying trial in Italy. NO F24 Dignan Trials 02
Ben Dignan. NO F24 Dignan Trials 03
Dignan on the podium after securing victory in the British series. NO F24 Dignan Trials 04