Green steals late victory
Billy Green held his nerve on a close and dramatic final day to steal the overall win at the 40th edition of the 4 Jours de la Creuse. Green trailed Toby Martyn by four marks going into the fourth and final day of competition but saw his chance to snatch top honours when Martyn suffered an unexpected five as he dislodged a section marker in one of the trickier hazards. Billy then dropped one mark himself to surrender the outright lead and tie with Martyn on fourteen marks apiece.
Both riders refused to drop any further marks through the testing closing sections. After four days, 115 hazards nothing separated Green and Martyn, and for the first time ever in the Expert class the win was decided by the best last lap score – with Billy coming out on top.
Jack Dance managed to hold on to third spot despite dropping three maximums on the last day, including a big crash on the penultimate section. Dance ended his four days of riding in the French countryside five marks clear of JITSIE rider Pau Martinez. Martinez mounted a great fight back on the last day in his attempt to grab the final podium place, though a late five was to demote him to fourth overall.
Belgium’s JITSIE rider Emile Mattheeuws had the tough task of opening sections on day four, with his score suffering as a result of being the early runner, although despite this extra challenge he still managed to take fifth spot overall at the expense of home rider Benoit Dagnicourt. Unfortunately, Benoit was forced to take fives on all sections on day four due to a back injury as a result of a heavy crash on the previous day.
JITSIE celebrated the 40th edition of this amazing event by delivering over 10 hours of live coverage over the four days including the prize giving ceremony, which is free for all to view – here.
The 4 Jours de la Creuse continues to go from strength to strength with many happy and satisfied riders at the finish of an event that looks set to attract more top riders in the future such was the success of this edition.
JITSIE would like to offer their thanks to all the organising team and especially to Jean Francois Neyraud who is the president of the A.T.C. St. Christophe club. 2022 marked the first year of a three-year agreement between JITSIE and the 4 Jours de la Creuse, thus confirming the future of this important event in the international trials calendar.
Prize Giving Ceremony
Martyn retains overall lead
The British riders dominated day three of the 4 Jours de la Creuse with Billy Green being best on the day, but closely followed by overall leader Toby Martyn and Jack Dance respectively. In truth this English trio were in a class of their own on the penultimate day with Green losing two marks and Martyn and Dance both parting with three marks apiece.
Heading into the fourth and final day of the 40th edition of this French classic event Martyn holds a four mark advantage over his compatriot Green with Dance a further seven marks back with an all British overall podium a real possibility at this stage.
In contrast to the top three it was not the best of days for leading JITSIE rider Pau Martinez, with the Spanish youngest dropping a hefty eighteen marks, which saw him slip to fourth position overall after having led the event on the opening day. He will look to make amends over the closing two laps of fifteen sections tomorrow and will hope to disrupt the all British rostrum.
France’s JITSIE rider Benoit Dagnicourt remains in the top five overall having recorded a score one mark better than Martinez on day three and currently enjoys a healthy lead over Belgium champion and JITSIE rider Emile Mattheeuws heading into tomorrow’s deciding day.
You can enjoy all of the action and news from day there here.
JITSIE will be live and exclusive for the fourth and final day – watch here.
Martyn takes control
Toby Martyn moved into the lead of the 4 Jours de la Creuse with a single mark ride on the second day of four to hold a five mark advantage over fellow British rider Billy Green at the halfway point of the 40th edition event.
Day two took place in slightly cooler conditions than the previous day, with the leading riders again rising to the challenge of even more technically demanding sections, fifteen in all that were ridden twice as 95 kilometres were covered by the close of play.
Green was the next best on the day with the loss of six marks to take his total to eleven overall, this included a bad five when he made a mistake by going the wrong way in a section on lap one.
Early leader and JITSIE rider Pau Martinez dropped to third in the general standings after he suffered a drop of form losing eleven marks on day two to increase his intermediate tally to a slightly unlucky thirteen marks.
Jack Dance continued to get to grips with his new machine and moved up to fourth position overall with two days still to ride on a total of seventeen marks. JITSIE rider Benoit Dagnicourt remains the highest placed French rider on a combined score of twenty one marks, despite suffering a huge crash due to a derailed chain towards the end of lap one.
For the second day running JITSIE delivered extensive live streaming of this unique event, which can be viewed here.
Tomorrow the remaining riders will face another two laps of eighteen sections, with day three being historically equally challenging.
Martinez snatches early lead.
The first day of the 40th edition of the 4 Jours de la Creuse played out in scorching hot conditions with the thermometer showing 35c for most of the day.
The heat made conditions physically tough on the opening day, although the fierce competition between the front runners kept the scores low despite the difficulty of the sections and testing nature of the two laps of 55km and 18 sections around the French town of Sardent.
JITSIE rider Pau Martinez excelled in the Spanish like weather dropping only two marks both of which in truth he could have avoided. The British duo of Billy Green and Toby Martyn joined Pau on the intermediate podium having each suffered a five, on laps one and two respectively.
Benoit Dagnicourt kept the home hopes alive with a day one total of six, keeping him within striking distance of the win with three days still to go.
Britain’s Jack Dance put his brand new 2023 Gas Gas TXY GP through its paces and completed Thursday’s top five with a respectable eight mark loss, as he got to grips with his fresh machine.
It will be an early start for the expert riders tomorrow morning with this group due away around 8.15hrs.
Day one of the 4 Jours de la Creuse was a big success with the over 330 riders contributing to the really positive vibe which was captured on the various JITSIE livestreams – which can be enjoyed here.
The final countdown has started to the 40th anniversary edition of the 4 Jours de la Creuse, which will take place from Thursday 14th to Sunday 17th July inclusive from the French town of Sardent-Creuse. Organised by A.T.C. St. Christophe motorcycle club, this multi-day competition was first held back in 1981 and is now firmly established in the international calendar.
The 4 Jours de la Creuse continues to attract perhaps the biggest number of entries for a trial anywhere in the World, with just under three hundred and fifty riders from seven countries soon to descend on the famous venue in central France. This year’s entry includes Britain’s young TrialGP star and 2021 Trial2 World Champion Toby Martyn who will line up alongside his Trial2 compatriots Billy Green and Jack Dance. Other podium challengers include Spain’s former Trial125 World Champion Pau Martinez, Belgium’s National Champion Emile Mattheeuws and France’s own Benoit Dagnicourt.
Club Jitsie will again be present at an event that is sometimes referred to as the ‘trials paradise in the French countryside’. Following on from the huge success of the SSDT partnership, Jitsie has reached a long-term agreement with the A.T.C. St. Christophe motorcycle club to become a key partner of the famous 4 Jours de la Creuse and will have a high-level presence having supplied clothing for the club’s officials and staff.
The big news for Club Jitsie members is that all four days of competition will be streamed live on Jitsie.com, with a dedicated crew on the ground to capture all the action and behind the scenes stories from Wednesday through to Sunday during the week of the event.
The trial starts at 8.00hrs local time each day, with the competitors facing two laps of eighteen sections on days one and three and two laps of fifteen sections on days two and four. The history and heritage of this classic competition and the drama that will unfold as the many riders look to conquer this year’s challenge is sure to deliver several hours of must watch coverage.
Watch out for further updates about the 4 Jours de la Creuse over the coming days.
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|2||GREEN Billy||GB||EXP||11/01/2002||Moreton Hampstead||Scorpa||300||0||M||1||1||1||1|
|3||DAGNICOURT Benoit||F||EXP||05/09/1990||U.M. Nemours||Vertigo||300||0||M||1||1||1||1|
|4||MATTHEEUWS Emile||B||EXP||24/05/1999||A.C.L. Bréalaise||Vertigo||300||0||M||1||1||1||1|
|5||MARTYN Toby||GB||EXP||02/06/2000||Pendennis Motorcycle Club||TRS||250||0||M||1||1||1||1|
|6||DANCE Jack||GB||EXP||23/05/2005||Bognor M.C.C.||Gas Gas||300||0||M||1||1||1||1|
|7||MARTINEZ SUAREZ Pau||SP||EXP||11/01/2003||Moto Club Cent Peus||Vertigo||300||0||M||1||1||1||1|
|20||THIRIAT Lionel||F||S1||31/05/2001||Moto Verte des Hautes Vosges||TRS||300||0||M||1||1||1||1|
|21||YEOMANS Sam||GB||S1||03/01/1999||South Shropshire M.C.C.||Vertigo||300||0||M||1||1||1||1|
|22||MILLE Xavier||F||S1||21/02/1988||A.M. Allassac||Vertigo||300||0||M||1||1||1||1|
|24||SMITH Charlie||GB||S1||11/01/2002||Yeadon & Guiseley||Vertigo||300||0||M||1||1||1||1|
|25||DUBIK Corey||GB||S1||29/06/1994||Sheffield & Hallamshire M.C.C.||Vertigo||300||0||M||1||1||1||1|
|26||DERMINE Arnaud||B||S1||02/01/1982||T.C. Molignard||Gas Gas||300||0||M||1||1||1||1|
|27||BEECROFT-PENNY Sam||GB||S1||28/09/1995||Yeadon & Guiseley||TRS||300||0||M||1||1||1||1|
|28||BARNES Lee||GB||S1||27/09/1978||Manchester 17||Gas Gas||300||0||M||1||1||1||1|
|29||MOLINARIE Nathan||F||S1||01/04/2000||M.C. Levezou||Sherco||300||0||M||1||1||1||1|
|31||SANCHEZ Ludovic||F||S1||13/10/1993||A.S.M.B.||Gas Gas||300||0||M||1||1||1||1|
|32||CARDINAELS Jan||B||S1||12/05/1979||T.C. Maaskant||Gas Gas||300||0||M||1||1||1||1|
|33||MICHIELS Benjamin||B||S1||14/11/1994||Rock N Ride||Gas Gas||300||0||M||1||1||1||1|
|34||FRANCISCO Thomas||F||S1||05/06/1984||T.C. Francueil||Gas Gas||300||0||M||1||1||1||1|
|37||SHARP Oliver||GB||S1||29/10/1991||Horsforth & D.M.C.||Gas Gas||300||0||M||1||1||1||1|
|40||ULLY Antoine||F||S2||20/09/1993||C.M. du Perche||Gas Gas||300||0||M||1||1||1||1|
|41||ALBOUY Laurent||F||S2P||02/12/1980||Cagouille Rageuse||1||M||1||1||1||1|
|42||POLLARD George||GB||S2||14/06/1991||Moreton Hampstead||Gas Gas||250||0||M||1||1||1||1|
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|08:01 AM||207||SEIDEL Uwe||05:01 PM||02:31 PM||DAY 1||S3|
|08:01 AM||524||DELMONTEL Fabrice||05:01 PM||02:31 PM||DAY 1||S4|
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|08:03 AM||52||SCHENK Jarno||05:03 PM||02:33 PM||DAY 1||S2|
|08:04 AM||211||BERRY Greg||05:04 PM||02:34 PM||DAY 1||S3|
|08:04 AM||212||BERRY Chris||05:04 PM||02:34 PM||DAY 1||S3|
|08:05 AM||216||GOFFINGS Jo||05:05 PM||02:35 PM||DAY 1||S3|
|08:05 AM||229||SHERIDAN Simon||05:05 PM||02:35 PM||DAY 1||S3|
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|08:10 AM||42||POLLARD George||05:10 PM||02:40 PM||DAY 1||S2|
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|08:11 AM||278||REYNOLDS Rik||05:11 PM||02:41 PM||DAY 1||S3|
|08:11 AM||225||BOSTON Karl||05:11 PM||02:41 PM||DAY 1||S3|
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|08:12 AM||361||COOMBES Gavin||05:12 PM||02:42 PM||DAY 1||S4+|
|08:13 AM||228||RIDLEY Andy||05:13 PM||02:43 PM||DAY 1||S3|