Multi-time British champion steps away from Trial World Championship

James Dabill (Beta), the most successful British trials rider of his generation, has announced his retirement from the FIM Trial World Championship after 15 years in the sport’s top-flight class.

The 34-year-old Yorkshireman – a multi-time British champion – made his TrialGP debut in 2005, the same year he won the world Junior title. The following season he won the European championship and broke into the world top-10 and he’s stayed there ever since, achieving his highest ranking of #6 on six occasions – most recently in 2019.

‘Fans, friends and family,’ he announced on social media. ‘The time has come for me to inform you guys that I will retire from riding the Trial World Championship and at the professional level. This was a decision that didn’t come easy to make but I made it with a smile on my face as I know it’s the correct time to walk away.


‘From such a young age I have been able to live my dream of becoming a professional trials rider and that was all thanks to my amazing parents for sacrificing everything to help me on this crazy journey.

‘When I look back it fills me with pride to have achieved what I have and to have met and worked with some of the most amazing people in our sport. I am sure I will see everyone in the paddock again soon but for now it’s a fond farewell.’