Repsol Honda Trial Team, all set for the 2022 season
The new Repsol Honda Trial Team is poised to face the 2022 season. The FIM X-Trial World Championship is scheduled to kick off this week in France where Toni Bou will begin his championship title defence.
The latest additions: Gabriel Marcelli is the most recent team signing while Takahisa Fujinami takes the role of Team Manager.
The trial season gets underway once again with the indoor competition. The 2022 FIM X-Trial World Championship season commences with a revamped Repsol Honda Trial Team whose riders will be aiming to seize the honours across the board. Pre-season work proved very intense, yet highly fruitful, with both the team and bike determined to push to the limit in the various competitions ahead.
Super-champion Toni Bou remains the spearhead of the Repsol Honda Team. After claiming an incredible 30th world title last October, the insatiable rider will be looking to further his extensive list of victories (125 outdoor and 69 indoor) by adding a couple more gold medals to his tally.
Joining Bou in the Repsol Honda Team pits this year will be the promising young talent Gabriel Marcelli. At just 22 years old, the 2019 Trial2 World Champion was the revelation in the top category in the 2020 season, finishing last year in great form with third place in the Spanish championship and fourth in the X-Trial World Championship, which he wrapped up with the runner-up spot at Barcelona’s Palau Sant Jordi.
Further news: after a lengthy, successful career as a rider – having hung up his boots at the end of the 2021 World Championship – Takahisa Fujinami takes over as the new team head. His vast experience will undoubtedly make him a valuable asset for the team management.
X-Trial World Championship this Friday
The 2022 X-Trial World Championship season kicks off this week with the first round in Nice, France. The indoor competition will feature a total of six events, three in France (Nice, Chalon-sur-Saône and a third city yet to be named), two in Spain: Madrid and Barcelona and another trial in Andorra.
The X-Trial regulations have also undergone several changes for 2022, one of the most important concerning participation: whose globality has been prioritised to the detriment of quality. Thus, for example, Gabriel Marcelli – fourth place finisher last season – will have his continuity compromised and will be forced to participate as a wildcard entry in some of the trials.
Each event will be divided into three phases: Round 1, Round 2 and the Final. In the first round all 8 riders take part, after which two are eliminated. The final will be contested by the three top riders from the first two rounds. In the overall championship table, in addition to the points from the final positions, the winners of each round will receive a bonus point.
TrialGP World Championship
Following the cancellation of the Japanese TrialGP, the FIM is working on filling the gap to start the FIM TrialGP World Championship in May. The World Championship will conclude in mid-September in Italy after a total of 11 points-paying top flight outdoor events. Toni Bou will take part adorning the number 1 on his bib while Gabriel Marcelli will wear the number 38.
FIM X-Trial World Championship Calendar 2022
Palau Sant Jordi
Andorra la Vella
to be decided
to be decided
TrialGP World Championship Calendar 2022
Sant Julià de Lòria
Ponte di Legno