Trial Magazine - - INTERNATIONAL -

Once again new records have been set in the Trial World Cham­pi­onship, as Mon­tesa cel­e­brated its 20th man­u­fac­tur­ers’ win. In a pe­riod stretch­ing back to 1980 and the first world ti­tle through to 2017 the Span­ish brand has re­mained a very strong force in the world of tri­als. Mon­tesa has a cel­e­bra­tion of wins dat­ing back to the first year of the of­fi­cial tri­als cham­pi­onship in 1975, with Mal­colm Rath­mell at round two in Bel­gium. It was ‘Su­per Swede’ Ulf Karl­son though who opened the door to the man­u­fac­turer’s world cham­pi­onship ti­tles in 1980 as he cel­e­brated his one and only world ti­tle and the first for Mon­tesa. As the World Series has evolved, so have the changes for the award­ing of the points for the man­u­fac­tur­ers’ ti­tle. In 2017 nom­i­nated riders from TrialGP and Trial2 were paired to score the points, bring­ing the first changes to the man­u­fac­tur­ers’ ti­tle since its in­cep­tion in 1975.

2017 TrialGP: Toni Bou 2017 TrialGP: Takahisa Fu­ji­nami 2017 Trial2: Francesc Moret 2017 Trial2: Gabrielle Mar­celli 1980 Ulf Karl­son

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