Saturday September 15th 2018

The last round of the World Outdoor Trials Championship goes this weekend in Italy - Here is a review from Trial Mag: UK

The dramatic, purpose-built venue made its World Championship debut last year with the mixture of man-made and natural sections proving to be a huge hit with riders and Trial fans alike so it is the perfect location to conclude the 2018 series.

Never one to rest on its laurels, championship promoter Sport7 continues to innovate and will mark its Italian programme with the first-ever floodlit second qualification session on Saturday night to determine starting order for Sunday’s points-paying competition.

The major prize, the TrialGP title, was clinched last time out by Toni Bou – Repsol Honda at TrialGP Great Britain for an astounding twelfth consecutive time, but the final podium is still very much up in the air with a three-way fight over the second and third steps of the podium.

“It was great to be able to win the title early in England,” says Bou, “so we can face the last round without any pressure and fully enjoy the event. That, however, does not mean that we are not going to fight. On the contrary, we will try to perform our best at the Trial to be able to finish the season at the top, the way we started it.”

With Bou now untouchable, the fight for the remaining podium places is an all-Spanish affair between Gas Gas team-mates Jeroni Fajardo and Jaime Busto and two-time champion Adam Raga – TRRS. Just five points separate the trio, making for the most dramatic finish in recent years.

Despite the TrialGP title being already in the bag, there are still two championships to be decided with the Trial2 and Trial125 crowns very much up for grabs. In Trial2 we have seen some incredibly competitive performances throughout the season with Italian Matteo Grattarola – Honda and Britain’s Toby Martyn – Montesa going toe to toe for the World Championship. Veteran Grattarola, who has dropped down from the TrialGP class for 2018, started the strongest and dominated the early stages before eighteen-year-old Martyn found his groove.

A hat-trick of wins in France, Belgium and Great Britain has seen Martyn open up a five-point gap at the top of the standings but the class is still wide open and Grattarola will enjoy home advantage this weekend.

“We will be competing on home soil,” says Grattarola, “which is always good for someone, but not for another. To win at home would be the best thing, but I’m sure the rivals will all give it their best shot at the victory too.”

Also still in with a mathematical shot at the title, Spain’s Gabriel Marcelli – Montesa holds third, but the eighteen-year-old has yet to win a round this season despite regular podium finishes and has to be considered a very long shot.

Following almost a three-month break in action, the young guns of the Trial125 class resume hostilities and it is Britain’s Billy Green – Beta who starts as a firm favourite. With four wins from five days of competition, Green holds a commanding eighteen-point lead over Spain’s Martin Riobo – Gas Gas with another young Spaniard, sixteen-year-old Pablo Suarez – Gas Gas, in third a further point adrift.

UPDATE :  Watch the exciting qualifying video here >>live video

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If you have been riding Dirt Bikes ( any kind) for any length of time, the chances are that you have been “Over the bars”  -at some point. -  At Trials speeds, the damage is usually minimal, but not always, so if you are new to the Trials game, be sure to take a close look at any section, before you take that first ride. ( Experienced riders, ALWAYS walk a section, before they attempt it) - This is Daniel Blanc Gonnet  - not sure where the pic by a Mr Dodd was taken., but it  looks like a World Round man-made section.
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It should be mentioned, that at local club Trials events - the obstacles are usually on natural terrain - many might look almost too easy for the newcomer - However, quite often, people find even the easy flat turns difficult to make, without putting a foot down - it’s all about practice.  BUT, once you are hooked, you’re hooked. - The secret is to take your time when first getting into the sport - a good teacher, will never let you try sections that are “Over your head”.  Note! Throwing your expensive new toy at rock walls first time out, is not a good idea.

For example - this EXPERT section, will be used in the Cascade Iron Mountain Trial tomorrow near Mission BC - and while the top two or three riders in Canada, love to tackle these huge rock walls. - Most Trials sections for the lower classes, are very much easier ( and enjoyable)  the name of the game for Trials, is for everybody to have fun, and want to come back next year.

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Today is known as “Battle of Britain Day”  - When the Germans launched the first and largest raid on London and British Airfields - they were met with such a great offensive by the RAF, that it was this battle that eventually proved to be the major turning point of the war.

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