FIM World Cham­pi­onship: What’s new for 2018

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Jaime Busto (Gas Gas-ESP): Right at the cut­ting edge of the sport is the Jaime Busto move from the Rep­sol Honda team to Gas Gas. Jeroni Fa­jardo (Gas Gas-ESP): Maybe the move from Ver­tigo to the Gas Gas where Jeroni first made his mark can de­liver the goods. James Dabill (Be­taGBR): Mov­ing back to Beta is very much a move back home as this is where he made his mark in the TWC many years ago. He is still Great Bri­tain’s un-dis­puted num­ber one. Al­bert Cabestany (Beta-ESP): The ‘Shock’ move from Sherco was very much un­ex­pected as he has been the main stay of the Sherco team for the ma­jor­ity of his suc­cess­ful ca­reer. Could a re-mo­tived ‘Cabers’ chal­lenge for the wins again, we will see. Jorge Casales (Ver­tigo-ESP): One of the most un­der-rated rid­ers in Tri­alGP Jorge knows on his day he chal­lenge the top five. Ar­nau Farre (Ver­tigo-ESP): Af­ter a tough year in Tri­alGP on the Gas Gas Ar­nau will be look­ing to move into the top ten in 2018. Iwan Roberts (TRRS-GBR): The 2017 Trial2 World Cham­pion will com­pete in se­lected rounds with the back­ing of TRRS.


With the Tri­alGP rider paired with the Trial2 rider to com­pete for the cov­eted man­u­fac­tur­ers’ ti­tle the choice of rider pair­ing be­comes much more crit­i­cal. The ma­jor­ity of the ti­tle chal­lengers in Trial2 will re­main with the same teams and ma­chin­ery for 2018.

The main mover is Toby Martyn (Montesa-GBR); win­ning the fi­nal round of 2017 gave Toby the ex­tra level of con­fi­dence re­quired to chal­lenge for a ti­tle. Mov­ing up into the class will be the Trial 125 win­ner Lorenzo Gan­dola (Scorpa-ITA).


2018 will see Trial125 be­come a full FIM World Cham­pi­onship (pro­moted from FIM World Cup) along­side Trial2 that was el­e­vated to the same level in 2017 and the longer es­tab­lished blue rib­bon Tri­alGP and Tri­alGP Women’s classes.

This pres­ti­gious recog­ni­tion comes af­ter the huge suc­cess of the five-round series in 2017 that saw a large in­crease in the num­ber of rid­ers who con­tested the en­tire cham­pi­onship. Speak­ing on be­half of Sport7 the Tri­alGP Cham­pi­onship Di­rec­tor Jake Miller said. “We would like to thank the FIM for recog­nis­ing Trial125 as a true World Cham­pi­onship and as a highly im­por­tant plat­form for de­vel­op­ing the next gen­er­a­tion of cham­pi­ons.”

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