On 18 and 19 October took place the traditional hillclimb Verbois organized by the Norton Sports Club, the party was lovely this year will go down in history.
Memory, yet it’s been over 15 years since I participated in (almost) all editions of Verbois I have experienced such climate situation. To grant you an indicator, the lunches could be taken in shorts and flip flops! Although the number of motorcycles participants was slightly lower, the atmosphere was excellent as usual.
The question that was on everyone’s lips since the Friday before the race was whether our young Swiss champion Bryan STK600 Leu was able to come tickle one who has for some years the King Verbois, Bernard Bally!
But before that, we must prepare the ground, participants and spectators do not realize necessarily reflect the titanic effort that must be done to set up such a sporting event, especially since it is becoming more difficult to find volunteers to get their hands dirty.
So I would like to start by welcoming the work and the energy expended by Christopher, the great conductor Verbois, without whom all this would not be possible. I just hope that in future editions a growing number of motivated volunteers will be on hand as it would damage an event with almost 60 years of existence disappears.
The moral lesson over back to our motorbikes, oh!!! Sorry it mean to business. The going year’s Hill Climb took place on both days of the weekend. Saturday is reserved for the race categories and Sundays as well as an overall ranking demonstration of old bikes and other activities.
For results from Saturday classes, note the victory in 100cc category Xavier Clivaz on Monaya Racing and Dylan Jornod KTM 250 SX-F 250cc.
Climbing in displacement, and rediscovering the band furious supermoto is Marc Gilardi Honda 500CR prevails before Yann Gysler Honda CRF450 and Alexander Storione, the boss of M & M Ride on TM450.
In 650cc, we get down to business and found not only the winner of the class but also that of the overall ranking of the day, namely the new Swiss champion Bryan STK600 Leu prevails in 45.28 before Uwe Frischknecht and Mike Rademacher.
Continuing the ascent of cm3, we find ourselves in the 750cc class with a victory for the Street Triple Lucas Petter (equipped with LeoVince exhausts my, what a soundtrack!) To Steve Boson Husky 660SMR and Eric Schuerman.
For the category of big guys (well except me) in 1000cc, the victory goes to King Verbois, I appointed Mr. Bernard Bally on CBR1000 in 45.63 before Uwe Rademacher on Blaise Labarthe and ZX-10R, the victor of the 500 miles of Magny Cours also on CBR as for your apple is to say, I finish 4th on my S1000RR.
If there is one category that public favor, and rightly saw the attack pilots and the spectacle is that of sidecars. As long class victory went to the duo Stéphane Dechosal and Vincent Manicki on LCR Suzuki GSX-R 1000 when the category sidecar duo returns to short Alain Zurcher and Jérémy Zurcher of Zurcher Yamaha 500.
To summarize, the only injury of this edition was that of driver mechanic Bruno Kneubülher traveling on a Yamaha period dirt and dropped on the last turn of the climb, breaking the tibia. We wish him a speedy recovery!
Speaking of Bruno Kneubühler to rub this legend, who attended the Continental Circus between 1972 and 1989, scoring no less than 859 points, and explain in simple it’s beautiful Honda 250cc race which is only 30mm! Imagine not only the soundtrack but also the mechanical complexity of the craft. Just a marvel.
Mounted between the races, the children were also amazed massed along the route public, seeing these bushels on their small bikes is a real pleasure and takes over the long term.
Sunday has been reserved for a scratch race, that is to say all categories between the pilots, all interspersed with demonstrations with vintage motorcycles, racing Pocket or our famous monkey boys that ensured distribution of sweets for children.
Again, I have to applaud our Swiss champion Bryan STK600 Leu who offers himself for his birthday the best time of the day in 44.97, approaching the record wickedly coast still held by the Swiss as soon as the Isle of Man, I named Herve Gantner in 44.76. Closely follow Bernard Bally 45.15 and Blaise Labarthe in 46.67.
We give you already see you next year for this wonderful festival that takes place in an extraordinary setting. For my part, I hope I have solved my clutch problems that have rotted me almost all my stars.