Just a week after the opening round, the FIM European Trial Championship headed to Bilstain (Belgium) to make the second stop of the European Series, in which Toby Martyn and Manuel Copetti were looking forward to keep their momentum as they came to Belgium carrying the lead of their respective categories.
In the premier class Toby Martyn landed in Bilstain with the difficult mission to repeat his victory of the opening round. Once again, the standings reflected a big equality between victory contenders, with small details becoming the turning point to decide which position would each rider reach. Toby Martyn was 4th in this first day, ending with the same punctuation as his compatriot Jack Peace (Gas Gas), who was 3rd.
Second day began far better for Martyn, as he was sharing the lead after the first lap with the Spaniard Arnau Farré (Gas Gas) with 15 marks. Vertigo’s young talent ride consistently through the fifteen sections the lap was made of, leaving his chances for the win totally open for the second lap. However, this time he couldn’t hold the same rhythm, losing the second spot to end on the third step of the podium. Even though, this was again a positive weekend for Martyn, who is second in the Championship standings.
On the other hand, Manuel Copetti showed himself once again as one of the top riders of the Junior Cup, finishing second the opening day and snatching the victory on Sunday after a disputed race. A great result for Copetti that reinforces his provisional lead in the championship standings, after winning two out of the threeraces disputed so far. Thanks to a solid ride, Copetti was able to control his rivals, and even though he couldn’t win on Saturday, he could do so on Sunday to come back home with a decisive win in terms of his chances to clinch the Championship.
Alongside with Martyn and Copetti another Vertigo rider reached the podium in Bilstain, he was Angelo Piu, 3rd in the Over 40 class.
Next round of the FIM European Trial Championship will be the 8th of August in Lazzate (Italy), still with everything to be decided. Martyn and Copetti will have to give their best to be able to fight for the Championship in their respective classes.
Photo credit: Jitsie and Vertigo Italy