2018 TRI­ALGP WOMEN2 WORLD CHAM­PI­ONSHIP

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In­tro­duced as a new class in 2017, this class re­mains very well sup­ported in 2018. The girl on form with a full house of wins is Italy’s Alex Bran­cati. In Ja­pan in the qual­i­fy­ing she was sec­ond be­hind her near­est cham­pi­onship chal­lenger in the shape of Amer­i­can Made­line Hoover, but in France it was a dis­as­trous qual­i­fy­ing ses­sion leav­ing her right at the front of the en­try. How­ever, she did not let this dis­tract her the day af­ter in the trial. Her open­ing lap over the pre­dom­i­nantly rocky land­scape put her in front of ev­ery­one else as she parted with just four marks lost.

Her near­est chal­lenger was the qual­i­fy­ing win­ner Erika Mel­chior from Nor­way, a fur­ther three marks be­hind on seven, with Made­line Hoover next on 14. On the sec­ond lap of the 15 haz­ards though it was a to­tally dif­fer­ent story as Bran­cati was at her very best, with just a sin­gle mark lost with a foot down in sec­tion nine. This put her well out of the reach of the chas­ing pack, with a very strong show of rid­ing putting her well on her way to her first ma­jor tri­als vic­tory.

Great Bri­tain has two other rid­ers in the cham­pi­onship top ten with Ali­cia Robin­son and Vic­to­ria Payne, both on 22 points each hav­ing con­tested the long-haul round in Ja­pan. No doubt they will both be look­ing at strong per­for­mances in the fi­nal round on home soil in York­shire in Septem­ber..

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

QUAL­I­FY­ING: 1: Madeleine Hoover (Gas Gas-USA) 33.14; 2: Alex Bran­cati (Beta-ITA) 33.55; 3: Car­o­line Moreon (Sherco-FRA) 33.88; 4: Mona Pekarek (Sherco-DEU) 39.55; 5: Ali­cia Robin­son (Beta-GBR) 42.97; 6: Maria Eck (Be­taDEU) 43.89; 7: Erika Mel­chior (Sherco-NOR) 33.43 + 1; 8: Hanne Haga (TRRSNOR) 36.32 + 1; 9: Sophia Ter Jung (TRRS-DEU) 37.67 + 1; 10: Mar­tinia Gal­lieni (TRRS-ITA) 38.76 + 1.

RE­SULTS, DAY 1: 1: Bran­cati 16; 2: Hoover 25; 3: Pekarek 27; 4: Ter Jung 31; 5: Mel­chior 47; 6: Moreon 48; 7: Vic­to­ria Payne (Sherco-GBR) 52; 8: Haga 54; 9: Marine Auri­eres (Gas Gas-FRA) 56; 10: Robin­son 60. RE­SULTS, DAY 2: 1: Bran­cati 16; 2: Hoover 19; 3: Ter Jung 21; 4: Pekarek 21; 5: Mel­chior 22; 6: Auri­eres 48; 7: Gal­lieni 50; 8: Payne 50; 9: Haga 50; 10: Moreon 51.

ROUND 2: FRANCE

QUAL­I­FY­ING: 1: Erika Mel­chior (Sherco-NOR) 26.40; 2: Sophia Ter Jung (TRRS-DEU) 27.47; 3: Car­o­line Moreon (Sherco-FRA) 28.28; 4: Lenna Volpe (Sherco-FRA) 31.10; 5: Mona Pekarek (Sherco-DEU) 32.85; 6: Vic­to­ria Payne (Sherco-GBR) 33.35; 7: Ali­cia Robin­son (Beta-GBR) 33.92; 8: Mar­tinia Gal­lieni (TRRS-ITA) 34.54; 9: Hanne Haga (TRRS-NOR) 37.24; 10: Alex Bran­cati (Be­taITA) 28.21 + 1. RE­SULTS : 1: Bran­cati 5; 2: Mel­chior 25; 3: Hoover 31; 4: Auri­eres 43; 5: Robin­son 45; 6: Ter Jung 48; 7: Moreon 48; 8: Pekarek 49; 9: Haga 52; 10: Gal­lieni 55.

2018 TRI­ALGP WOMEN’S WORLD CHAM­PI­ONSHIP

PO­SI­TIONS AF­TER 2 ROUNDS OF 3: 1: Alex Bran­cati (Beta-ITA) 60; 2: Madeleine Hoover (Gas Gas-USA) 49; 3: Erika Mel­chior (Sherco-NOR) 39; 4: Sophia Ter Jung (TRRS-DEU) 38; 5: Mona Pekarek (Sherco-DEU) 36; 6: Marine Auri­eres (Gas Gas-FRA) 30; 7: Car­o­line Moreon (Sherco-FRA) 25; 8: Ali­cia Robin­son (Beta-GBR) 22; 9: Vic­to­ria Payne (Sherco-GBR) 22; 10: Hanne Haga (TRRSNOR) 22.

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