The Repsol Honda Trial Team rider claimed a tight, but hard-fought win on day two of the TrialGP World Championship opening round, held in l’Hospitalet de l’Infant. Gabriel Marcelli finished day two in a positive fifth position.
The high temperatures were once again the main feature of the second day of the Spanish TrialGP and tested the physical condition of all its participants to the limits. Toni Bou, first, and Gabriel Marcelli, fifth, both managed to put right some of yesterday’s errors, allowing them to improve on their positions today.
Reigning TrialGP World Champion Toni Bou appeared to feel far more at ease on the second day of the Spanish TrialGP, something clearly reflected in his marks. On the first lap, Toni Bou managed to finish first with just 3 penalty points, avoiding some of the more serious mistakes committed yesterday in certain areas. On the second lap, the Repsol Honda Trial Team rider received the maximum penalty mark in section 2, leaving the battle for the win to go down to the wire against Jaime Busto, who once again rode a high-level performance today. Despite this, Bou’s consistency and skill – together with some of his rival’s errors in the latter sections – tipped the balance in favour of the Repsol Honda Trial Team’s Catalan rider.
Gabriel Marcelli battled hard on day two against several riders who had shown a very similar riding level with very tight scores until the end. In spite of this, the Repsol Honda Trial Team rider finished the first lap in sixth position, rectifying some mistakes and avoiding the time penalties that had been so detrimental yesterday. On lap two, Marcelli was the fourth best placed rider, although the final score on the day saw him post fifth overall.
Next stop for the TrialGP World Championship will be next weekend, from the 18-19th of June, in another double-date event in Sant Julià de Lòria (Andorra).