Jaime Busto (GASGAS) returned to the top of the premier class podium on day two of the TrialGP of Portugal – round two of the 2023 Hertz FIM Trial World Championship – at Gouveia today following a super-tense second lap as Emma Bristow (Sherco) took her second win of the weekend in TrialGP Women.
- Jaime Busto wins on day two in Portugal to tie defending champion Toni Bou at the top of TrialGP
- Reigning TrialGP Women champion Emma Bristow completes her Portuguese clean sweep
- British riders Billy Green and George Hemingway again top Trial2 and Trial3 divisions
Conditions were drier than on Saturday with only minor overnight alterations to a handful of sections as huge boulders and steep bankings once again challenged the best riders on the planet.
Just like yesterday, Toni Bou (Montesa) set the pace on the opening lap of twelve sections and the sixteen-time champion’s total of seven opened up a healthy five-mark advantage ahead of his fellow Spaniard. However, also just like yesterday, Busto improved dramatically on his second lap with just a dab on section two – despite mechanical issues near the end – giving him a single-mark win after Bou took a costly maximum on his final visit to section seven.
“I’m very happy with the win,” said Busto. “I made a big mistake in section seven on the first lap but I recovered on lap two.”
Exciting young gun Gabriel Marcelli (Montesa) was in contention at the halfway mark tied on twelve with Busto but his challenge dropped away on lap two although he still claimed his third podium finish from the opening four rounds.
Veteran Adam Raga (TRRS) never quite got to terms with the top-three and had to settle for fourth again with Italy’s Matteo Grattarola (Vertigo) fifth for the second time this weekend.
It was also tight at the top of TrialGP Women where defending champion Bristow won a battle of nerves with her Spanish rival and current series leader Berta Abellan (Scorpa) to end the day two marks ahead on a total of five.
Leading by two following the opening lap after losing three marks, Bristow and Abellan went head-to-head in the second half of the Trial with both adding a further two to their totals.
“It’s been very close today but I knew I was riding better so I didn’t feel the pressure quite as much as last weekend,” said Bristow. “The bike was really good all weekend and I had a good feeling.”
Emphasising the vice-like grip the pair exert in the premier female division, third-placed Alice Minta (Scorpa) finished on thirty-four – although the nineteen-year-old British rider was clearly delighted with a career-first podium in the class.
The top-five was completed by Italy’s Andrea Sofia Rabino (Beta) and Huldeborg Barkved (TRRS) from Norway who repeated their performances from yesterday.
Trial2 saw a repeat of yesterday’s top-three with Britain’s Billy Green (Scorpa) again winning from his compatriot Jack Peace (Sherco) with defending champion Sondre Haga (GASGAS) from Norway in third.
In the championship’s biggest class which boasted forty starters, Green’s total of eight put him four marks ahead of Peace and was half the score of Haga as he extended his championship advantage to four points.
“This weekend was not what I was expecting at all,” said Green. “To have two wins is incredible – I’m over the moon and aiming to carry this form on into the season.”
After taking the championship lead on home ground last weekend at the opening TrialGP of Spain, Pablo Suarez (Montesa) – who was fifth yesterday – lost further ground on the leaders in sixth.
Following on from a career-first Trial3 victory yesterday, Britain’s George Hemingway (Beta) kept his momentum flowing and again finished ahead on Sunday.
The fifteen-year-old, whose elder brother Harry was Trial3 champion last season, posted a halfway score of two before going clean on his second lap to dominate the division and take three points out of the championship lead of Jone Sandvik (Sherco) from Norway who ended the day in second on fifteen.
“I like the sections here a lot,” said Hemingway. “After yesterday I thought it might have been possible to stay clean but I made a couple of mistakes on the first lap. I’m very happy.”
Alfie Lampkin (Vertigo), the son of seven-time TrialGP champion Dougie, continued his progression in the sport with a second podium of 2023 only three marks further back in just his second full-time season in the class but there was disappointment for yesterday’s runner-up Jamie Galloway (TRRS) who slipped to fifth behind Italian Mirko Pedretti (Beta).
The action now moves over eleven-thousand kilometres east to the Mobility Resort Motegi for the TrialGP of Japan on 19-21 May when it will be streamed LIVE on FIM-MOTO.TV.
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