Tomorrow will see the 2015 FIM Women’s Trial World Championship reach its finale as the Spanish town of L’Hospitalet de l’Infant hosts the finale of the series. By the time this year’s campaign has come to a close it will have comprised of three rounds and five counting days, with action having kicked off with two days of competition in the Czech Republic during late May. After its traditional break, the ladies resumed battle at the second round of the championship just last weekend in Teo, Spain where another double-header event played out ahead of tomorrow’s concluding Trial. What happens in just twenty-four hours time will impact on the final rankings, with the overall general standings in the 2015 FIM Women’s Trial World Championship being determined by the best three results for each rider from the five counting days.
One position that will not change is that of Emma Bristow – Sherco who last Sunday wrapped up her second FIM Women’s Trial World Championship as she won both days of round two to add to the victory she had already secured on the second day in the Czech Republic. Emma’s three-day wins on the bounce were enough for the British rider to clinch the title with one day of competition still remaining. Like all true champions despite having already got her hands on the coveted crown she is sure to still want to round out her season in winning style to confirm her rightful title as the new Queen of Trial.
Bristow will not have to look far for challengers to sour her celebrations with her long time arch rival and compatriot Rebekah Cook – JGas sure to be looking for instant revenge having lost to Emma last Sunday by the slimmest of margins and in doing so also lost her chance to take the title fight to the wire. Cook who won on the opening day of the series in the Czech Republic finished second to Bristow last Saturday and Sunday, with her having missed out on the victory on day two by virtue of having a slower overall time after the British pairing found themselves unable to be split by any other means.
Almost in the same way that the Spanish men have dominated the male side of this slow speed discipline this season, Britain is on course to do something similar in the ladies series. Currently Donna Fox – Sherco holds third in the general rankings with just one counting day remaining and given her present form has every chance of making it an historic British 1-2-3 in the final rankings come tomorrow afternoon. Fox has already stood on the podium beside Bristow and Cook respectively as she scored an important third place last Sunday to follow up on the fourth spot she had secured just twenty-four hours before.
Fox will have to remain at her best if she is to fight off the attentions of Germany’s Ina Wilde – Gas Gas who is presently tied on the same points as Donna in the championship table in fourth place. Even if Wilde is unable to move up the order on the final day of the series, 2015 would still represent her best ever campaign and a marked improvement over the sixth position she achieved in 2014.
Wilde’s younger German compatriot Theresa Bauml – Ossa rounds out the top five in the general standings heading into tomorrow’s finale and has both the ability and talent to cause an upset on the closing day of the season. Home interest for the Spanish fans will be provided by a trio of ladies who all currently place inside the top ten heading into their home GP. Mireia Conde – Beta, Berta Abellan – Sherco and Elisabet Solera – Ossa presently hold sixth, seventh and ninth respectively with only seven points separating the three of them. Unfortunately eighth placed Sandra Gomez – Scorpa will miss tomorrow’s event as she continues to recover from an injury she incurred just prior to last weekend. Italy’s Sara Trentini – Sherco completes the top ten ranked riders going into the final showdown in L’Hospitalet de l’Infant tomorrow.
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