Repsol Honda Trial Team rider Toni Bou sealed a crucial and comfortable victory in the French town of Cahors that moves him ever closer to a new TrialGP title. Team-mate Gabriel Marcelli, was fourth on the day after a very closely-fought battle for the podium.
As the 2022 TrialGP World Championship heads into the home straight, the world championship riders were once again faced with the scorching temperatures of Cahors, a course with stone-filled natural and artificial areas, adapted into the urban landscape.
From the get-go, Toni Bou showed great technical and riding prowess, dominating the first lap from start to finish and collecting just 6 penalty marks. The Repsol Honda Trial Team rider’s performance was outstanding in sections 3 and 11, with Bou managing to avoid a fiasco and gaining the edge over his rivals. The Catalan rider got the second lap underway with an error in the highly complicated section 3, although his solidity throughout the remaining sections proved sufficient to claim another triumph in the TrialGP World Championship, a sixth of the season. The win in France means that Bou now holds 154 points, 36 points ahead of the second-placed rider as he closes in on a 16th TrialGP title.
Gabriel Marcelli also had a noteworthy trial in Cahors. The Repsol Honda Trial Team rider finished the first lap in sixth spot before getting involved in a hard-fought tussle for the podium positions. On the second lap, the Galician rider was able to rectify many of the mistakes made on lap one, even reaching third position, before eventually posting fourth final place, just one point shy of the podium. Today’s TrialGP of France result sees Marcelli in sixth overall, with a total tally of 85 points.
The curtain comes down on the TrialGP World Championship with the forthcoming TrialGP of Italy, set to take place from the 16th – 18th September in the Italian town of Ponte de Legno. There, Toni Bou could seal the 16th TrialGP title on the opening day of competition, while Gabriel Marcelli will do battle to try and score a top five finish in the general standings.