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JAMES DABILL LOOKING FOR HIGHLANDS SUCCESS

Based on the overwhelming success of last years event current British trials champion James Dabill is already looking forward to performing at Nevis Range, Fort William - Scotland for the sixth round of the 2011 SPEA FIM Trial World Championship. Held over the weekend of 30/31 July James is keen to show he has grown both as a rider and as a personality over the off-season. Having finished in a credible sixth place during the 2010 outdoor series, James aims to climb into the top five ranking during 2011.

  Q: James, how important is it to you that there is a GP held in Great Britain?

  JD: Having a home GP is hugely important to me. Although technically it is held in Scotland it is the only time the World series comes to the UK this year and to have a home crowd behind me will be amazing.

  Q: Do you notice a difference with home support compared to when you are abroad?

  JD: Yes certainly – last year the support was unbelievable. Everywhere I went people were wishing me luck and rooting for me, it was great and helped build my confidence. There is no other country more passionate about trials than the UK!

  Q: What separates Scotland from the other rounds of the series?

  JD: Scotland has been associated with trials for many years and some would even say it was the birthplace of the sport, not to mention the iconic SSDT, which is held there every year. The terrain is second to none and if this year's sections are anything like last year's the trial will be brilliant. I've ridden all around the World, but I still get the biggest buzz when performing in front of British fans on home soil – it's amazing! I think the fact that there is something for everyone also helps – with star studded entertainment and activities on the Saturday and then the main trial on the Sunday it is a real family experience.

  Q: With the SSDT being held in the same area do you feel you have an advantage?

  JD: It depends really. If the weather is similar on both occasions then yes I think riding the SSDT helps a little, but the rules within the sections are totally different so I don't think it makes a huge difference overall.

  Q: Last year you finished seventh on the first day and fifth during the second day, what are your hopes for this year?

  JD: Overall in the championship I'd like to think I could finish top five. It's a little early to start predicting where I'll finish in Scotland, but again I would like to be sitting around top four or five. Toni Bou finished third during the second day last year – that just proves how unpredictable Scotland can be, but I'm confident I can produce a memorable performance. Above all else I'll have fun, Scotland is my home event and I will relax more than usual – hopefully you will be able to see that in my riding.

  Further information regarding Saturday's action packed programme will be released soon.

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