Bilstain, Belgium, held the 5th and last round of the 2018 Trial European Championship. A Championship that has been dominated by Berta Abellán since the opening round, as she had only been defeated in one round previously to Belgium. All the other rounds had to be counted as victories for Abellán, which gave her a 45 points lead coming to the last showdown. A third place was enough in Bilstain to grab the title.
It wasn’t an easy race for Abellán on Belgian soil indeed. On lap 1, a silly maximum added 5 extra marks to her target, so instead of 3, which would have been the punctuation, she finished with 8 dropping back to 3rd spot. Hakonsen (TRS) with 4 and her main rival for the Championship, Bauml (Montesa), with 7 marks, had better performances in these early stages of the trial. On lap 2 Abellán would display all her talent to prove once again why she has been so dominant in this year’s European series. She was able to leave 4 marks less than in the previous lap, while her rivals couldn’t hold the pace and had to surrender against the new Queens of Europe, Berta Abellán and her Combat Vertical 2019.
Vertigo wants to extend its sincere congratulations to Berta Abellán for the great season she is performing. This title means the second European Championship for the brand, the first one in a premier class, after the one clinched by Manuel Copetti in the Junior class last season. Abellán owns now the European and the Spanish crowns, while in the TrialGP Women series is sitting in 2nd position. The 2018 season is being an incredible one for Abellán. Congratulations Berta!
Berta Abellán: “In Italy the race was beautiful, and I was able to get a big win. When in Belgium, things didn’t begin quite well after dropping a silly maximum on the opening lap, which costed me to finish in 3rd place with 8 marks, not with 3, which would have been a good punctuation. However, on lap 2 I was able to correct that mistake and finish with 4, enough to take a new victory and the Championship. Super pumped to add another title to my career, very satisfied also with how the bike has been working over the last two races. I also want to thank Carles, my minder, for his efforts and great work and to all the people that helped me, both the sponsors and the ones from the crowdfunding”.