ML Events has TrialGP Great Britain bid rejected

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ML Events, the organisers of the highly successful DL12 Indoor Trial at the Utilita Arena – Sheffield, are hugely disappointed to learn that their bid to bring TrialGP back to the UK at Anglesey Circuit, starting in 2025 was rejected yesterday by the ACU. 

ML Events Co-Directors Dougie Lampkin and Jake Miller both have a long and deep association with the FIM Trial World Championship in Great Britain, with Dougie’s late father Martin and Jake having organised and promoted five TrialGP events in the UK from 2005 to 2011, which included three at Hawkstone Park and two at Fort William.   

Miller’s sister company Sport7 then took control of the entire TrialGP series in 2017, which stepped in to support the ACU at Tong when the local promoter pulled out just weeks before the event date. During 2017 and 2018, Sport7 went on to deliver eighteen bar-raising events across the globe with rounds as far afield as the USA and Japan, which also included the last TrialGP event in the UK at Addingham Moorside six years ago.  

More recently ex multi FIM Trial World Champion Dougie Lampkin has joined forces with his long-time Manager Jake Miller to deliver two outstanding editions of the DL12 Indoor Trial, with the third and now potential final edition planned for January 2025. Following on from the triumphant two indoor events, the proven partnership then approached the ACU with a plan to bring the outdoor series back to the UK in 2025, with both events being intrinsically linked. 

Having duly respected and responded to the ACU’s recent expression of interest process, ML Events presented a bid to bring TrialGP to Anglesey Circuit, having long identified this incredible venue as the ideal location to proudly welcome riders from all over the World to, with its permanent facilities and amazing coastline sections having previously been visited by and gained approval from an international delegation. 

Despite this and having unrivalled experience and expertise in delivering numerous well applauded TrialGP events over the last twenty-year period and being the only application from a professional events management company and recognised Trial ACU Promoter, the ACU rejected ML Events initial three-year plan, and then subsequently rejected their revised two-year plan. 

The already well-developed proposal included a full festival of motorcycling being hosted alongside the TrialGP competition, designed to benefit all forms of two-wheel sport and the industry, having already secured provisional support from ML Events’ existing blue-chip partners.   

ML Events has respectfully declined to be considered as a future applicant and such would like to place on record that it wishes the winning applicant every success in bringing TrialGP back to the UK in 2025, before they then pass the baton onto the next successful applicant for 2026 under the ACU’s new rotation strategy. A strategy which is designed to guarantee that the FIM Trial World Championship will be kept in Great Britain year on year for many years to come, which the UK fans richly deserve.  

Finally, ML Events would like to thank the team at Anglesey Circuit for their patience, understanding and support throughout the bid process, and pledge to continue to explore opportunities to bring the World’s best riders to showcase this amazing facility.

Further to the recent statement and for the avoidance of doubt it is important to clarify / add the following:
The ACU never shared or published their selection criteria as part of the bid process, nor specified the extent or limitation of any proposed period over which the events could run; or explicitly stated that a multi-year proposal would be deemed to be detrimental to the bid process.
Anglesey Circuit was never visited by the ACU as part of the bid process. The venue proposed by the successful applicant was recently visited by the ACU.
ML Events would like to put on record its sincere thanks to the ACU Trials and Enduro Committee members who expressed support of their bid.