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The 2018 TrialGP World Championship is quickly reaching its last stages. This last weekend took place the penultimate round of the year for the TrialGP and Trial2 classes at the iconic venue of Silsden, Great Britain, while for the TrialGP Women and Trial 2 Women classes this was set to be the last race of the calendar.
In the premier class Jorge Casales had to settle with a 14th place on Saturday’s Q2. A small mistake near the end of the section costed him 1 mark, which didn’t help to get a good starting position towards race day. On Sunday the gaps between the riders were pretty tight, so a single mistake could bring the lost of several positions in the group. Casales finished the opening lap with 19 marks, while on lap 2 he would deliver 23. These punctuations dropped him back to 10th place, and with only one round left he sits in 8th place in the general standings.
Who keeps delivering outstanding performances is Berta Abellán. Earlier this summer she clinched theEuropean Championship and after that her eyes were set on finishing runner-up in the World Championsip. Abellán was able to perform a very solid race on British soil, in which she stayed in the podium fight from the very beginning. Despite having several riders coming strong behind her, she didn’t lose her cool and wrapped up a new podium, this time in 3rd place. Another successful weekend for her to finish the international season with yet another great achievement by becoming the 2018 TrialGP Women runner-up. This season has been an amazing one for Abellán as she has been crownedSpanish Champion, European Champion and now runner-up in the World Championship.
In Great Britain Vertigo had a third rider competing. It was Vertigo Motor UK’s Hannah Styles, who was making her comeback to a World Championship event after 7 years. She showed what she was capable of from the first moment, as Styles got the best time in the Q2 and on Sunday she finished 5th in the Trial 2 Women class.
There’s only one race left in the TrialGP calendar. It will take place in Italy on 15/16 September.