Narrow victory to Bayles over his Victorian rival

IT WAS a tight contest between the expert riders on show at the Tasmania Trial Titles held at Powranna over the weekend.

Tasmanian Chris Bayles edged out Victorian Dylan Rees by a solitary point to win the expert class Tasmanian Motorcycle Trials Club event.

Hobart's Peter Lockhart won the A-grade title over Launceston's Kurt Pickering by seven points, while Victoria's John Rees had a far more comfortable victory in the B-grade class.

Rees finished 56 points clear of Victoria's Peter Wines, who was one point ahead of Tasmanian Peter Bayles on 108 points.

The C-plus grade was won by Port Sorell's Bryce Caletti from Phillip Whittle, of Victoria,  with Launceston's Neil Bearne in third.

Launceston rider Andrew Rouce took out the C-grade section, with Neil Bearne Junior in second and Ken Hosking closely behind.

The Clubman title went to Shellby Loney, of Victoria, and the twin shock category was won by Burnie's Nigel Munday.

Victorian Geoff Lewis beat New Zealander Steve Armistead for the Classic gong.

Club president Craig Ferrall said it was a great weekend of competition despite riders being down.

``The two expert riders (Chris Bayles and Dylan Rees) got themselves to this event to get ready for the world round in Victoria in a month's time,'' Ferrall said.

The Australian titles will be held in Tasmania for the first time in 29 years at Powranna in October, and Ferrall said the club was on the lookout for volunteers to assist.

The next club round is on Sunday, April 30, at Melrose.

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