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RI to host ‘Observed Trials’ National Championship

If you have a need for speed, then “Observed Trials” is not the sport for you. It's all about skill, balance, and control, while navigating an obstacle course deep in the woods, without using your feet. (WJAR)

If you have a need for speed, then “Observed Trials” is not the sport for you.

It's all about skill, balance, and control, while navigating an obstacle course deep in the woods, without using your feet.

"The goal is just to show what kind of talent you have,” said New England Pro Champion Gary Bourque. “It's a sport, not a race, but more like gymnasts on a motorcycle, so it's more like gymnastics than a race. But it's extreme balance and control in very precarious situations.”

As you can imagine, the motorcycle is specially made for the sport.

"They are very specialized,” Bourque said. “As you can see I have no seat, very light weight, less than 150 pounds, and designed just for trials.”

The best riders from across the country will be coming to Exeter this weekend for the Observed Trials National Championships.

"This weekend, we're hosting a national championship, so we got riders coming from as far as California and Oregon actually competing for a championship in their class,” said Bourque. “We have the top riders in North America all competing. It's really going to something to see. Anybody who's a motor enthusiast I would say it's a must see because it's incredible what they can do on a motorcycle.”

The event is open to the public on Saturday and Sunday.

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