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TITLE HOPES FOR SHEPPARD AT FORT WILLIAM

Jitsie Beta factory rider Jack Sheppard is committed to claiming the 2011 SPEA FIM Youth Trial World Championship at the UK leg of the World series, which will arrive at Nevis range, Fort William – Scotland on the 30/31 July. In just over three weeks time the Worlds best riders and their respective teams will come together in what many class as the spiritual home of trials for the sixth round of the International tour. Having already recorded four from a possible five victories, Jack finds himself at the top of the general standings and potentially in a position to claim the title at his home GP.

Since the opening round of the series in May, Sheppard has dominated the Youth class taking wins in Germany, France and Andorra. Holding a thirteen point advantage over his nearest rival, Cedric Tempier, Jack will be going all out to take his first World championship in front of a home crowd at Fort William.

The Ipswich born youngster is also leading the UEM European Trials Championship by nine points from Giacomo Saleri. Although on paper Jack has had a brilliant season so far, in reality he has struggled to compete on several occasions due to a persistent wrist injury picked up earliar in the year. Ultimately being diagnosed as Kienbock's disease or avascular necrosis of the lunate bone, Jack has put off surgery until the end of the season in order to continue with his championship commitments.

Despite only being in the early stages of his professional career, the seventeen-year old already has valuable experience of the technically demanding Highland sections after going 2-1 at last year's UK World Trial. Eventually finishing second to Spain's Pol Tarres in the 2010 SPEA FIM Trial World Championship, only twelve months later Sheppard finds himself in a prime position to take the 2011 series.

After completing his first Scottish Six Days Trial (SSDT) in May, where he finished a credible twenty-eighth, Jack has reinforced his local knowledge of the notorious Scottish sections. Unable to practice between events due to his ongoing wrist injury, Jack remains confident that he can take his first World title come the end of July.

"I can't wait to get to Scotland for the UK World Trial, claiming my first World title on home soil would be a dream come true. My 2011 season has certainly been a mixed one, however now I'm focussed on lifting the championship in Fort William."

"After seeing a specialist about my wrist I was told to keep riding to a minimum. Not being able to practice was a really strange feeling and having to forfeit the British Trials Championship at St Davids was one of the hardest decisions of my life."

"Riding at the World round in Scotland last year was a personal highlight for me. Fort William has some of the best sections in the World and standing on the top step of the podium was brilliant – something I am determined to do again this year."

To buy discounted advance and VIP tickets for the UK leg of the 2011 SPEA FIM Trial World Championship please visit the official event website www.ukworldtrial.com or by calling the event hotline 0845 643 6756.



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