This weekend the TrialGP World Championship celebrated its 5th round of the 2018 series. The venue to host the event was the Alpine ski resort of Auron, in France. Jorge Casales and Matteo Poli were joint this time by the newly-crowned Spanish Champion Berta Abellán, as TrialGP Women class was coming back to action for round 2 of the season after the opening round that was held in Japan a month ago.
In the premier class Jorge Casales wasn’t able to find his usual pace. In France, he was already struggling in the Qualifying section, where he could only finish 11th, which was in fact, an important handicap towards Sunday’s race, as he would be the 4th rider to enter the sections. On lap 1 things wentpretty complicated, ending it with 45 marks, too much to be in contention for the positions he usually fights for. On lap 2 he could recover some of the lost ground by delivering a target of 28 marks, 17 lessthan in the opening lap. That allowed him to move up some positions in the standings to finally leave France in 11th place.
In the Trial2 class, Matteo Poli put himself as one of the fastest riders on Saturday. He was 4th in the Q1, then finished 8th in which was a pretty tight Q2. Contrary to what happened in TrialGP, the differences between the top riders were closer in the Trial2 class. Poli started off well with an impressive first part of the trial, but two maximums within the last 6 sections dropped him in the standings. On lap 2 he was quite irregular, so he wasn’t able to bounce back having to settle for 10th. Poli ended the race with 31 marks, 12 on the opening lap and 19 on the second one.
After her double podium at TrialGP Japan, with 3rd place on both days of competition, Vertigo’s Factory Rider Berta Abellán landed on French soil as the runner-up in the provisional standings. A bit unlucky on Saturday’s Qualification, where she left a maximum, Abellán had to fight against an early starting position. Despite that fact, the Spaniard had a solid race, ending the opening lap with 22 marks and leaving only 20 on lap 2. This performance wasn’t enough to make it to the podium, she was 4th, but it allowed her to remain in 2nd place of the Championship Standings.
The TrialGP World Championship moves now to Belgium for round 6 of the calendar, which is gonna take place next weekend in Comblain-au-Pont.