End Game

Defending Trial2 champion Matteo Grattarola leads into the final round Pic (c) Pep Segales

The 2019 FIM Trial World Championship is heading to a final, thrilling conclusion at this coming weekend’s TrialGP Spain at La Nucia on September 21-22.

The big prize, the TrialGP title, was sewn-up by the great Toni Bou (Repsol Honda) last time out at TrialGP France but – following the series’ traditional summer break – the TrialGP Women, Trial2 and Trial2 Women championships are all up for grabs at the venue just north of Benidorm on the Mediterranean coast.

Bou, of course, put his amazing 13th consecutive title out of reach at the Alpine resort of Auron at the end of July but with his fellow Spaniards Adam Raga (TRRS) and Jeroni Fajardo (Gas Gas) looking assured of second and third there’s still all to play for in the other classes.

In TrialGP Women, defending champion Emma Bristow (Sherco) looks a safe bet to defend her crown. Winner of the last five titles, the British rider hasn’t been beaten since the final round of 2017 and will go into the season finale with a 16-point advantage at the top of the table.

Her main opposition will come from the Spanish duo of Berta Abellan (Vertigo) and Sandra Gomez (TRRS) but Bristow’s lead should prove conclusive.

In Trial2, defending champion Matteo Grattarola (Honda) set the early standard but at the last two rounds in Portugal and France he slipped off the pace which has allowed rising Spanish star Gabriel Marcelli (Montesa) to dramatically close to within just one point of the Italian.

Still in with a mathematical chance of the title, French rider Alex Ferrer (Sherco) in third and fourth-placed Toby Martyn (Beta) from Britain will be looking to go out on top but the championship must now be just a distant dream for the pair.

Trial2 Women will also be decided in Spain with Germany’s Vivian Wachs (TRRS) sitting pretty at the top of the table with a six-point lead over Britain’s Alice Minta (Scorpa) following her pair of victories at the classes’ opening two rounds in Portugal and France.

French rider Lenna Volpe (Sherco) holds down third but realistically the title will be decided between Wachs and Minta unless both have a day to forget in Spain.

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