With no time to rest after last week’s TrialGP Andorra, the World Championship paddock landed in Portugal, venue for round 4 of the 2018 calendar. The official Vertigo Factory riders, Jorge Casales and Matteo Poli, were arriving with high levels of confidence, specially after both getting great results in Andorra, where they got sixth place in their respective classes.
In Gouveia Jorge Casales lived the hardest race so far this season. Even though he felt great on the bike during the Qualifying on Saturday to finish in 6th place, on Sunday he struggled to find his pace through the Portuguese sections, dropping several maximums that finally put him far from the top spots. His two laps were quite the same regarding punctuations, as he ended lap 1 with 38 marks and 39 on lap 2. Three consecutive maximums on both laps in the opening 3 sections opened a gap that was nearly impossible to recover, so he finally finished in ninth.
Matteo Poli had a promising performance in Andorra a week before, but he neither felt comfortable on Portuguese soil. On Saturday he was 2nd fastest in Qualifying, but 1 mark dropped him to 14th place. Already on Sunday, scores between the Trial2 riders were again pretty tight, so every single mistake meant the lost of several positions in the standings. Three maximums on the opening lap were too much to keep close to the top spots, and even he improved on lap 2 it was too late to bounce back. Poli ended the race with 33 marks and in 11th place.
Now, the TrialGP World Championship takes a little breath. Next race will be in France in three weeks time.