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2019 will be a year to remember for Roy Bridge trial rider Ben Dignan who has topped off a remarkable season with a podium finish in the European championships.
The 16-year-old has continued to catch the attention of the trials world after a remarkable season which culminated last weekend with a third-place finish in the FIM Europe Trial Championship youth class.
The young rider also finished in the top ten in the world championships and hopes are high for an overall British series victory next month.
Having been in and around the European podium places for the first two rounds in Italy, Dignan finished sixth in the third round in Ancelle, France, meaning he had to pull out the stops in the fourth and final round in Brezova, Czech Republic, last weekend to secure a podium finish. After two days of competition, Ben finished fifth, which was just enough to bump him into overall third.
The Gas Gas team rider said the European podium finish ranks as his greatest achievement in his fledgling trials career.
‘I am delighted to have secured third place in the championship after a rocky season of not putting in the best results,’ he said.
‘My goals for next season are to move into the class above in the British circuit and to continue to develop in the world 125 class and European Championship.’
Lochaber and District Motor Cycle Club congratulated Ben on his ‘fantastic’ achievement. ‘Here’s to many more,’ the club said.
Aside from his European endeavours, Ben has also been competing on a global level and took part in the the FIM World Series. This FIM 125cc class is not a youth class but a capacity class and is hotly contested, with an upper age limit of 21.
After securing an eighth-place finish in Italy and ninth in Belgium, he broke into the top ten in the overall rankings – an incredible achievement considering he missed three of the six rounds of competition.
Slightly closer to home, Ben continues his domination of the British trials series, 125 class, after winning the last two rounds in Yorkshire and Devon. He has a commanding 32 point lead going in to the final round in Ayrshire next month. All he needs to do is finish one of the stages to take home British championship title.