It was a satisfying weekend for the Gas Gas Trial Factory Team athletes in the sixth round of the TrialGP world championships contested in Kingman. James Dabill flirted with a podium spot in the top category after placing fourth and fifth in Arizona. Dan Peace stood on the Trial2 podium on Saturday. The Gas Gas female contingent had an excellent start to the season with Sandra Gómez’s second place in the Trial Women and podium placings by Nikita Smith, Maddie Hoover and Carla Caballé in the newly debuted female category, Trial2 Women
The Gas Gas Trial Factory Team athletes had a successful weekend in the TrialGP USA. James Dabill fought for the podium in Kingman, closing two intense rounds of competition in Arizona with a fourth and fifth place. His results see him flirting with the prized podium positions for athletes in the top trial racing category at the world championship level. The Englishman played an important role in TrialGP, as did his countryman, Dan Peace, in Trial2. The elder Peace brother took to the second step of the podium on Saturday and finished fourth on Sunday, tying for third place by points. In the female categories, Madrid’s Sandra Gómez started off the season with second place in the Trial Women on Sunday, after placing fourth a day earlier. Meanwhile, Briton Nikita Smith and Catalan Carla Caballé took second place on alternate days in the recently debuted Trial2 Women category.
TRIALGP: DABILL CLOSE TO PRIZED PODIUM POSITIONS
After having coming so close to a podium placing in the prior round contested in Bradford, James Dabill arrived in the United States with the motivation to fight for the podium in Arizona. In fact, the Gas Gas Trial Factory Team athlete made his intentions clear on Friday in the qualifying round, where he netted the second-best time.
A day later, on Saturday, the Englishman finished off an excellent first run with only 10 points on his card after having conquered the fourteen rocky areas of Hulapai Mountain Park, the wooded touristic complex that hosted the sixth stop of the world championships. It was a result that, in spite of clearly improving in the second run, wasn’t enough for Dabill, who was just one point away from standing on the podium again.
On the following day, the course was wet from a storm the night prior and the organisation opted to change some of the competition’s most complex sections. Dabill was well suited for the wet course, widely known as a specialist amongst the world’s best in those conditions. A repeat of Saturday’s performance, the Gas Gas athlete ended the first run in third position, although soon after, and with much dryer conditions, Dabill relinquished two spots, finishing up fifth. After this sum of results, the Yorkshireman is currently seventh of the TrialGP overall classification, approaching to the sixth place.
His teammate, Matteo Grattarola, was the second most successful Gas Gas Trial Factory Team athlete in the US. The Italian finished up with an eleventh and eighth place in Kingman, accompanied by German, Franzi Kadlec’s, results, placing tenth and eleventh in Arizona. Meanwhile, Gas Gas’ youngest representatives, Arnau Farré (13th and 12th), Oriol Noguera (14th and 15th), and Jack Price (15th and 13th), held their own in world trial racing’s top level.
TRIAL2: NEW PODIUM PLACING FOR DAN PEACE ON SATURDAY
After confirming Gael Chatagno’s withdrawal due to knee pain, the brother, Dan and Jack Peace shouldered Gas Gas’ hopes for good results at Kingman. It was a desire that Dan, the older of the duo, brought to reality on Saturday. His younger brother, Jack, came close on Saturday as well, having finished fourth and tying for third place by points.
It was a good result for Gas Gas that didn’t continue on Sunday, with Dan Peace finishing fourth, tying for third place by points. Häkon Pedersen and Jack Peacetook sixth and seventh places, respectively.
The world championships’ visit to the United States facilitated Gas Gas North America’s contingent to compete in this round of the world championships. It was an unforgettable experience for Bryan Roper (12th and 14th) and Alexander Niederer (17th and 17th) that, beyond the American’s and Swiss’ results, closed off the weekend with them going head to head with the world’s best.
TRIAL WOMEN: GÓMEZ, SMITH, HOOVER AND CABALLÉ HOLD THEIR OWN
A good season opener for Gas Gas in the female categories. The short and compact 2017 Trial Women calendar, with only three races, started off this weekend in Kingman with two days of competition for the female competitors as well.
In the US GP round, Sandra Gómez started of the world championships without stepping onto Saturday’s podium, finishing fourth. The athlete from Madrid rectified the situation just one day later, on Sunday, notching second. The fourth and second place showings allowed the Gas Gas athlete to take third in the Trial Women classification after the season’s first round of competition. Behind the runner-up from last year’s world championships, the Germans, Ilna Wilder (6th and 7th) and Michelle Neukirchen (13th and 13th), rounded out the team’s results.
Meanwhile, in the recently debuted Trial2 Women category, the weekend at Kingman was deemed a success for Gas Gas’ athletes. First: Nikita Smith took to the podium after a second-place finish on Saturday. It was undoubtedly the top prize for the youngest Briton, who resumed competing following two years away after a terrible traffic accident in England. Second: the third rung of the podium for Maddie Hoover on Saturday. And third: Carla Caballé’s surprising second place. On Sunday, the young MRW Gas Gas athlete followed in her teammates’ footsteps to take her first world championships podium.
Following the TrialGP USA competition, the world championships will take a month-long holiday until September 16th and 17th, to be contested at the TrialGP Italy. It’s the seventh round of the world championships, and will be held in Arco di Trento, with the Lago di Garda serving as a spectacular backdrop for the competition.