The fourth round of the Outdoor Trial World Championship was held in San Marino. The Repsol Honda Team stood out on Saturday, obtaining first and second place, and on Sunday Toni Bou took another victory, with a sixth place for Gabriel Marcelli.
Bou started Saturday strong, leading from the first lap with barely any mistakes. He achieved his fourth victory of the season and moved to outright leader in the standings. On Sunday he started the day with more difficulties due to the complexity of the terrain. On the first lap he was the rider with the third fewest errors, and on the second and final lap he closed the gap, with the fewest mistakes to win the race.
Marcelli had accompanied his teammate on the podium on Saturday in second place, his best position in TrialGP to date. On lap one he was a constant in the podium spots, level on points with Busto, then on the second lap a great ride brought him up to second. Sunay was a more difficult day for the Repsol Honda Team rider. On the first lap he earned the fifth best position, although on the second lap he was unable to move forward and finished sixth, tied on points with fifth. Bou extends his lead in the series to 151 points and Marcelli remains third with 111. The fifth round of the season takes place next weekend in Andorra.
“Today we had great victory and I am very happy about the weekend. The team worked well and I would like to thank them, because it has been incredible. On the first lap we made a lot of mistakes and it took us a long time to recover, but in the end we achieved our objective. We have to keep working because the title race is very tight. Now we have to improve on our mistakes to give everything in Andorra and get the best results possible.”
“The day didn’t start as we would have liked. Yesterday it was raining a lot and the sections got quite difficult. I didn’t find a good feeling and we didn’t wake up in time. In the end, we didn’t get the result that we were looking for. I think that overall the weekend has been positive, despite today’s sixth place. We regained third place overall, which was very important. It is time to recharge our batteries a little for Andorra and give everything there.”