Toni Bou and Gabriel Marcelli will face the first event of the season on February 5th at the Palau Sant Jordi, with the reigning champion and his teammate looking for a strong start to the campaign.
The 2023 X-Trial World Championship kicks off on February 5th in Barcelona, Spain, with the city hosting the season curtain-raiser for the third time. The Repsol Honda Trial Team will attempt to fight for another title in the indoor series this year.
The current World Champion, Toni Bou, holder of a record 32 world titles -16 in Trial GP and 16 in X-Trial- begins his latest season. He has won 15 times in Barcelona in the series, including victory in 2022.
His teammate, Gabriel Marcelli, will contest a second season with the Repsol Honda Trial Team. The 2019 Trial2 title winner is one of the most promising young talents in the sport, and in 2023 is targeting big things.
There are changes to the X-Trial regulations for 2023. On the first lap, the nine participating riders will have to complete 5 zones in 5 minutes; whilst on the second lap they will have to complete 5 zones in 4 minutes. The scores from both laps will be added together and the three best riders will go on to compete in the final over 6 zones.
The 2023 X-Trial World Championship calendar consists of 8 events. After Barcelona, further contests will be held in Wiener Neustadt (Austria), Pamplona (Spain), Bordeaux (France), Andorra, Madrid (Spain) and Île de la Réunion (France).