Michael Brown headed to the seventh round of the British Trials Championship in Wales in search of victory to keep his hopes alive of taking the honours.
Fresh from his recent Trial des Nations event where he represented Great Britian alongside current British number one James Dabill and multi-world champion Dougie Lampkin, Brown was keen to put on a display for his travelling fans.
It was Dabill who set the early pace with a score of 20 for the first of his three laps, with Brown seven point adrift on 27.
The second lap, however saw Brown up his game dramatically to return the incredibly low score of just seven points, recording cleans on a number of sections he’d struggled with during the first third of the competition.
Undoubtedly aware of his friend and sparring partner’s performance, Dabill was unable to match or improve on his first lap efforts and finished the second lap some way behind Brown on 23, giving the Gas Gas rider a nine-point lead as the competition entered the final third.
Despite having a relatively comfortable lead as the trial entered its closing stages, Brown did not make life easy for himself recording fives on the third and eight sections, both of which he’d ridden for zero and a single dab on the previous lap.
Meanwhile Dabill recorded his best lap of the competition dropping a total of 15 points over the 12 sections.
With Brown also picking up two penalty points on time the final result was to come right down to the wire with Michael claiming his second top podium position of the season, but by just a single point - 57 to Dabill’s 58.
Speaking after the event Brown said: “ This was a great win for me. This new venue despite the rainy conditions on the slippy root banksides with fast flowing rivers was to my liking.
“I had a mega second lap and despite a couple of fives it was a close finish, but all in all a great victory.
“I would especially like to thank Team Gas Gas, John Shirt, Shaun Galway for his excellent minding once again and factory Kev for prepping my bike.”
Gas Gas team manager Shirt added: “I feel it was a well deserved win for Michael because he is riding very well at the minute and is awesome on the gasser in muddy conditions.”
The last round is this coming weekend and Brown needs a win and for Dabill to to finish fifth for the Scarborough rider to become British Trials Champion 2011.