Twin wins in Germany as Toni Bou becomes undisputed world championship leader
Repsol Honda Trial Team rider Toni Bou concluded day two of the German TrialGP with a tight but hard-fought triumph.
The demanding wooded and natural areas of Neunkirchen once again characterised the second day of the TrialGP World Championship in Germany. With yesterday’s reference points noted and a minor storm after the podium celebration, Toni Bou came out guns blazing from the get-go this morning. The highlight of the day was, however, the brawl for the top-spot between Jaime Busto, Matteo Grattarola and Toni Bou himself. The Repsol Honda Trial Team rider finished the first lap in second position and managed to minimise the mistakes on lap two to claim a close win that was not decided until the final two sections. Bou’s twin victories in Neunkirchen means the Catalan rider takes his tally to five consecutive wins in Germany, after a victory in 2011 and two wins in 2016 in Gefrees. Furthermore, Toni Bou continues to strengthen his overall lead in the general standings, with a total of 114 points, 23 points ahead of the nearest second-placed rider.
For Gabriel Marcelli, the second day of the TrialGP of Germany proved equally positive. Despite physical aggravations in his injured left leg, the Galician rider from the Repsol Honda Trial Team managed to find the right feelings today and remained in the fight for fifth place until the final sections of the course, although he would eventually post sixth. In the overall standings, Gabriel Marcelli continues to occupy seventh position, with a total of 59 points.
Having passed the halfway point in the 2022 season, the TrialGP World Championship now takes a five-week summer break. The action will return on the weekend of August 20 and 21, with a one-day race in Comblain-au-Pont (Belgium).