The 2022 TrialGP season was over 10 rounds in 7 venues. Repsol Honda Team rider Tony Bou was crowned champion for the 16th consecutive year, while his teammate, Gabriele Marcelli, also maintained high finishes in each event, finishing a respectable fifth overall.
Bow wins 200 world championship trials
The season opener was held on June 12 in Tarragona, Spain. On Day One, Bou and Marselli finished in second and sixth places, respectively. On the Day Two, both riders learned from the opening-day mistakes, and moved up to first and fifth place, respectively.
Round 2 was held in Andorra. Facing a tough section on a slippery river, Bou made a series of mistakes on the first day and surrendered victory to long-time rival Adam Raga (TRRS). After the first three rounds, however, Bou remained in the overall lead, 8 points clear of second place. Marcelli finished the third round in sixth overall.
On Day Two, Bou was back to his usual form and won the event, reaching the milestone of 200 world championship trial wins, covering indoor and outdoor trials.
Bou finishes first half of season in the lead
In the third round in Neunkirchen, Germany, Bou had a tough time in his first attempt at a section he had never attempted before, but he was able to hold on to the lead from start to finish to take 20 points and an 18-point lead over second place overall.
The second day of racing was more difficult due to post-storm conditions, but the day was a fierce battle for the lead between Bou, Jaime Busto (Vertigo), and Matteo Gratarola (Beta). Bou won this close battle, extending his lead to 23 points. From this point on, Bou was unstoppable.
After a month-long summer break, the second half of the season began in the Belgian country town of Combran-aux-Ponts. Bou got off to a good start, winning by a narrow margin. Marcelli fought hard and despite strong competition, finished a respectable fourth.
Round 5 was held in Cahors, France. Bou kept his points deductions to a minimum, and by the second lap he had more than doubled his lead over second place in the championship. On Lap 1, Marcelli was sixth, but drastically improved his score on the following lap by learning from his mistakes. On combined points from laps 1 and 2, he was fourth, only a point behind third place, and although narrowly missing out on the podium, was up to sixth in the overall standings.
Another dominating performance to defend the title
The final round was held over two days in Italy, at a new venue, Ponte di Regno, located at the foot of the Alps. The sections covered high altitude, dense forest, slippery rocks, and rivers. On Day One, Bou finished second, and with this result, was crowned champion with a 44-point lead ahead of his closest rival. This, including his X-Trial victories, was his 32nd title. Marcelli remained in contention for the podium until the last section of the race, riding strongly to take fourth and maintain his sixth overall. He held onto sixth in the championship, only two points behind fifth place overall with one day to go.
On Day 2, Bou kept his momentum until the end, winning by more than double the score of second place. Marcelli made a series of mistakes on the first lap, but put in a great performance on Day Two to catch up. Although he missed the podium, he moved up one position in the standings and finished his first season with the Repsol Honda Team in 5th overall.
|1||Toni Bou||1||Repsol Honda Team||Honda||191|
|2||Jaime Busto||69||Vertigo Team||Vertigo||140|
|4||Matteo Gratterola||88||Beta Factory Trial Team||Beta||126|
|5||Gabriel Marcelli||38||Repsol Honda Team||Honda||109|
|7||Miquel Gelabert||56||Gas Gas Factory Racing||Gas Gas||102|
|8||Jorge Casales||33||Scorpa Factory||SCORPA||90|
|9||Aniol Gelabert||28||Beta Factory Trial Team||Beta||72|
|10||Benoit Bincaz||73||Gas Gas Factory Racing||Gas Gas||69|