Toni Bou seals a narrow yet invaluable win at Comblain-au-Pont
Repsol Honda Trial Team rider Toni Bou kicked off the second half of the season with yet another triumph in Belgium. Gabriel Marcelli posted a commendable fourth place on the day in an extremely evenly-matched trial.
With the summer break over, the Repsol Honda Trial Team riders were back in the thick of the action today for the TrialGP of Belgium. The single-day event was characterised by a demanding and somewhat technical course, full of slippery sections with very little grip that proved a tough test for all the riders involved.
The final stretch of the season got off to the best possible start for Toni Bou, achieving a fresh victory in Belgium which sees him consolidate further his grip on the overall championship lead. Despite the upbeat final result, the event in Comblain-au-Pont was anything but easy for Repsol Honda Trial Team’s Catalan rider, who finished the first lap of the course in second position and was forced to run risks on lap two in a bid to seal the win. The triumph ended up tipping in Tony Bou’s favour in the final three sections where he proved to be unmatchable. The Repsol Honda Trial Team rider’s win today in the tiny Belgian town marks a fifth outdoor victory of the season and a fifth TrialGP win on the spin at Comblain-au-Pont, as well as victory number 130 for Bou in the outdoor world championship. In the overall standings, Toni Bou is the runaway championship leader on 134 points, 26 points ahead of the nearest second-placed rider.
The TrialGP in Belgium was also a very positive one for Gabriel Marcelli. Repsol Honda Trial Team’s Galician rider, now fully recovered from physical issues prior to the holiday break, turned out a fine performance on lap one of the course, good enough to hold third place. On the second lap, Marcelli was able to rectify some of the errors made on the first lap, before eventually settling for fourth place after a tight battle for the third step of the podium. With the result of today’s competition, the Repsol Honda Trial Team rider remains seventh in the overall standings with a tally of 72 points.
The TrialGP World Championship moves forward with the eighth date of the season to be held this coming Sunday, August 28th, in the French city of Cahors.