Whitby born East Yorks Centre Trials Champion Andy Chilton had a busy, but successful 2013.
After a great winter training programme, the Beta-uk.com rider reeled off many confidence-boosting wins locally before the start of the main season.
First major events were British Championships, Andy gaining two11th places against the elite riders, time faults lost in the second costing him a top ten finish.
In June 3, Chilly as he is known showed his capabilities, gaining a fantastic sixth place, the hard work and practice paying off.
For the last round in September, overall positions were tight and he needed a good result. An unbelievable first lap saw Andy third.
A loss of consistency on the next two laps dropped him to ninth but Andy achieved his aim, ending the season as British number 10 – an outstanding result.
As well as British Championship duties, Andy tackled the top showcase event for trials, the 2013 British Arena Championship, finishing 8th.
A third attempt at the Scottish six days trial saw a massive improvement in performance, but a final finish of 31st was not the result he wanted.
Competing in his first World Junior Championship at Penrith, he earned his first World Championship point, which resulted in a relaxed and confident ride on Sunday, to finish fifth, just four marks off the podium – a terrific result to build on for 2014.
Beta-uk.com has retained the talented youngster’s services for next year and he will be under the guidance of John Lampkin. Andy also gained full support from World Trials Team, Team Roundhouse, allowing him to contest six of the eight 2014 World Trial Championships.
The dream for the Whitby lad – one he is totally committed too – is to improve, a top five finish in the British Championships, plus the SSDT. He will also ride the 100th Scott trial, plus selected S3 National Championship rounds.
Andy said: “This year has been my best year, the bike feeling good every time out.
“My confidence now is 100% and I have improved massively, the fifth place at the world round my greatest result.
“However, I know I need to improve my consistency as it is overall results that win Championships.
“Joining Team Roundhouse is an unbelievable opportunity for me to ride 90% of World Championships, providing a great platform to gain valuable experience and make a name for myself.
“I am training hard for next year and thank all my sponsors in 2013 for their help –Beta UK, Putoline Oils, Marshall Transport, NC Plastering and Rendering, Dirtyboyz Bike Cleaner, Andy Metcalfe Motorcycles and also friend and minder for the year Tom Affleck, plus mum, dad and family for their continued support.”
To compete at this level, support and sponsorship is a necessity.
If any local companies are willing to help Andy in his trials career, contact Andychilton1@hotmail.co.uk or ring 079791 40560.