Repsol Honda Team riders Toni Bou and Gabriel Marcelli this week begin their bid for a new TrialGP championship title in L’Hospitalet de L’Infant.
The 2022 TrialGP World Championship is set to get underway this coming weekend in Spain. The town of Hospitalet de L’Infant, south of Tarragona, will host the start of a new Outdoor World Championship with the Repsol Honda Team once again in contention for the top honours. The Spanish round of the TrialGP World Championship has been the season’s blue riband event since its inception in 1975.
Reigning world champion Toni Bou, who has won a total of 19 Spanish TrialGP races, is the big favourite to claim a 16th outdoor title by the end of the season. Bou arrives at the maiden event of the new campaign having scooped a 125th win in the most recent trial in 2021. So far in 2022, the Catalan rider has been victorious in all four X-Trial events.
Bou’s team-mate at Repsol Honda, the promising young Galician Gabriel Marcelli, made his debut in the 2022 team after demonstrating great potential in previous seasons. Marcelli has had a notable indoor season, achieving second spot on the podium in the Madrid event. His overall objective for the outdoor championship will be to attempt to finish on the podium in several of the scheduled dates.
The Spanish TrialGP has organised a parade for the participants through L’Hospitalet de L’Infant on Friday afternoon, once the mandatory scrutineering checks, official practice and the rider section inspection have been completed. The competition will be a double-dater taking place on Saturday and Sunday, with riders having to tackle the twelve sections – located in the dry river of Llastres – over two laps. Each lap will have a total length of twelve kilometres.
The TrialGP World Championship calendar will then move on, with subsequent stop-offs in Andorra, Germany, Belgium and France, before the sport’s elite event concludes in the Italian town of Ponte di Legno, province of Brescia, in mid-September.
TrialGP World Championship
Hospitalet de L’infant
Sant Julià de Lòria
Ponte di Legno