2018 TRI­ALGP WOMEN WORLD CHAM­PI­ONSHIP

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Head and shoul­ders above the rest, Great Bri­tain’s Emma Bris­tow lets her rid­ing do the talk­ing. The chal­lengers come and go but her pos­i­tive men­tal at­ti­tude is still one of her strong­est as­sets. De­spite not be­ing the best in qual­i­fy­ing she can turn this neg­a­tive into a pos­i­tive when it comes to Race day. Test­ing the ground on the first of the two laps on the sec­ond run you can see her be­come more con­fi­dent with her rid­ing, which is re­flected in the fi­nal re­sult.

New chal­lengers are emerg­ing in the shape of Spain’s Berta Abel­lan and Neus Mer­cia. These young tal­ents are be­gin­ning to be­come more con­fi­dent with their rid­ing but it’s the sheer con­sis­tency of her rid­ing that keeps Bris­tow at the top of her game, and this is what the young chal­lengers must fo­cus on if they are go­ing to con­tinue to im­prove and close the gap on Bris­tow. San­dra Gomez may have the art of turn­ing the qual­i­fy­ing ses­sions into her game play but as yet she has not con­verted these into wins, which has al­lowed Bris­tow to put one hand on the 2018 world cham­pi­onship tro­phy with one round re­main­ing in Great Bri­tain. The dou­ble points-scor­ing days in Ja­pan were cru­cial to open­ing up a good start to the sea­son and Bris­tow knew this as the Tri­alGP women made their first trip to this far away des­ti­na­tion.

Great Bri­tain’s other con­tender in this class Jess Bown is sit­ting in ninth in the cham­pi­onship, which does not re­flect the true pic­ture of her rid­ing. Very de­ter­mined, she will be look­ing to fin­ish the sea­son off with a strong re­sult at the fi­nal round on the Scorpa in the UK.

ROUND 1, JA­PAN (A TWO-DAY SCOR­ING ROUND)

QUAL­I­FY­ING: 1: San­dra Gomez (Gas Gas-ESP) 33.47; 2: Emma Bris­tow (Sherco-GBR) 34.34; 3: Neus Mer­cia (Beta-ESP) 35.83; 4: Sarah Bauer (Sher­coDEU) 41.97; 5: Ingveig Hakon­sen (TRRS-NOR) 42.35; 6: Aya Nishimura (Beta-JPN) 43.00; 7: Theresa Baeuml (Mon­tesa-DEU) 35.69 + 1; 8: Maria Giro (Mon­tesa-ESP) 37.08 + 1; 9: Berta Abel­lan (Ver­tigo-ESP) 38.62 + 1; 10: Hulde­borg Barkved (Gas Gas-NOR) 39.91 + 1. RE­SULTS, DAY 1: 1: Bris­tow 7; 2: Gomez 20; 3: Abel­lan 28; 4: Baeuml 34; 5: Hakon­sen 36; 6: Mer­cia 36; 7: Barkved 37; 8: Giro 48; 9: Bown 48; 10: Tren­tini 71. RE­SULTS, DAY 2: 1: Bris­tow 16; 2: Giro 32; 3: Abel­lan 34; 4: Hakon­sen 36; 5: Mer­cia 37; 6: Baeuml 44; 7: Gomez 45; 8: Barkved 48; 9: Tren­tini 52; 10: Bauer 56.

ROUND 2: FRANCE

QUAL­I­FY­ING: 1: San­dra Gomez (Gas Gas-ESP) 37.14; 2: Theresa Baeuml (Mon­tesa-DEU) 39.92; 3: Hulde­borg Barkved (Gas Gas-NOR) 40.52; 4: Neus Mer­cia (Beta-ESP) 43.78; 5: Maria Giro (Mon­tesa-ESP) 47.04 + 1; 6: Emma Bris­tow (Sherco-GBR) 5; 7: Ingveig Hakon­sen (TRRS-NOR) 5; 8: Jess Bown (Scorpa-GBR) 5; 9: Berta Abel­lan (Ver­tigo-ESP) 5; 10: Sarah Tren­tini (Mon­tesa-ITA) 5. RE­SULTS : 1: Bris­tow 15; 2: Mer­cia 30: 3: Gomez 31; 4: Abel­lan 42; 5: Barkved 60; 6: Bown 61; 7: Baeuml 62; 8: Hakon­sen 64; 9: Giro 74; 10: Tren­tini 82.

2018 TRI­ALGP WOMEN’S WORLD CHAM­PI­ONSHIP

PO­SI­TIONS AF­TER 2 ROUNDS OF 3: 1: Emma Bris­tow (Sherco-GBR) 60; 2: Berta Abel­lan (Ver­tigo-ESP) 43; 3: San­dra Gomez (Gas Gas-ESP) 41; 4: Neus Mer­cia (Beta-ESP) 38; 5: Maria Giro (Mon­tesa-ESP) 32; 6: Ingveig Hakon­sen (TRRSNOR) 32; 7: Theresa Baeuml (Mon­tesa-DEU) 32; 8: Hulde­borg Barkved (Gas Gas-NOR) 28; 9: Jess Bown (Scorpa-GBR) 22; 10: Sara Tren­tini (Mon­te­saITA) 19.

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