WOMEN’S TRIAL GP & TRIAL 2
Still the undisputed Queen of the TrialGP Women, Emma Bristow suffered a shock defeat at the final round of the series in Italy to Theresa Bauml. Looking every inch the champion, Bristow won the first of the three rounds before succumbing to the defeat by Bauml, which was her first in this class. Second behind Emma in the championship standings was her long-term rival Sandra Gomez from Spain on the Gas Gas. With Bauml taking the victory in the final round she took the last step on the podium in the TWC standings. Jess Bown was the only other English rider in the class, and missed her first podium visit on the tie decider in Italy.
This new class for 2017 has been very well received at all the rounds that were contested. An ideal ‘feeder’ class for TrialGP Women, some new stars of the future have already been found such as the series winner Neus Mercia from Spain and Jule Steinert from Germany. At the American round on day two Kylee Sweeten added her name to the record books with the first win from the USA in a women’s class. It has been a very brave season by Great Britain’s Nikita Smith, who has recovered against all the odds from a very serious road traffic accident to win the award from the FIM of the most improved rider.
Emma Bristow (Sherco-GBR) Theresa Bauml (Beta-GER) Sandra Gomez (Gas Gas-ESP)
Carla Caballe (Gas Gas-ESP) Kylee Sweeten (Sherco-USA) Nikita with Thierry Michaud Nikita Smith (Gas Gas-GBR) Victoria Payne (Sherco-GBR) Alicia Robinson (Beta-GBR)