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With a full house of twenty rid­ers from seven na­tions the Trial125 class cer­tainly has an in­ter­na­tional feel about it. This class is where the TrialGP ad­ven­ture be­gins, and the young rid­ers on the 125cc ca­pac­ity ma­chines can catch you out with sur­prise win­ners. In truth, in­ter­est from both the rid­ers and the man­u­fac­tur­ers has been lost over the last few years, and that is in no way re­mov­ing any credit from its pre­vi­ous win­ners. As with the Trial2 class the qual­i­fi­ca­tion sec­tion was made a lit­tle more flow­ing and did not fol­low the lines of the TrialGP class. French rider Fa­bien Poirot on the Gas Gas posted the fastest time, but only just. His time of 29.34 was fol­lowed closely by Ger­many’s Jarmo Ro­brahn, also Gas Gas mounted, at 29.83 with all the other times over 32 sec­onds.

Even­tual win­ner Lorenzo Gan­dola from Italy on the Scorpa had posted the fifth fastest time in qual­i­fy­ing and rode a very solid event. His open­ing lap score of 13 was fol­lowed very closely with a sin­gle mark sep­a­rat­ing him from France’s ‘Pocket Rocket’ Hugo Dufrese on his Gas Gas. These two rid­ers were the only ones with scores of fewer than 20 marks, with Fa­bien Poirot on 21 fol­lowed by fel­low French rider Kieran Touly on the Sherco. A round win­ner in 2016, Great Bri­tain’s Billy Green was next on the Beta, on 25.

The wet con­di­tions proved very dif­fi­cult for the 125cc ma­chines. Billy Green came bounc­ing back into con­tention for the win with the best se­cond-lap score of 26 but the dam­age had been done on the open­ing lap and Gan­dola was a wor­thy win­ner. The size and stature of Hugo Dufrese should never be con­fused with his abil­ity and he stood very proud on the fi­nal step of the podium. The po­si­tions af­ter the top three were still very close, with Kieran Touly fourth on 55 fol­lowed by Nor­way’s Vold Gun­vald­sen on 56, Spain’s TRS mounted chal­lenger Eric Miquel on 58 and Fa­bien Poirot on 59. Af­ter qual­i­fy­ing well in fourth po­si­tion Oliver Smith took the fi­nal point in fif­teenth.

Hugo Dufrese (Gas Gas-FRA) could be the next ‘Mighty Atom’ af­ter a very slightly built Michael Brown from Great Bri­tain was chris­tened with the nick­name orig­i­nally. Small in stature but big on abil­ity — re­mem­ber the name. Billy Green (Beta-GBR) is a breath of fresh air to the new se­ries and will sense the smell of vic­tory af­ter the first round. Kieran Touly (Sherco-FRA) comes with sup­port from the French fed­er­a­tion. Vold Gun­vald­sen (Beta-NOR) will be happy with the top five.

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