2018 TRI­ALGP WORLD CHAM­PI­ONSHIP QUAL­I­FY­ING

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For 2018 the qual­i­fi­ca­tion process changed from the for­mat on its in­tro­duc­tion in 2017 to in­clude three pas­sages along a de­mand­ing haz­ard unique to each event. This in­cluded a timed prac­tice ride to de­ter­mine the start po­si­tions for Q1. The rid­ers then par­tic­i­pated in this process, with the fastest time giv­ing the rider the chance to start Q2 last while the rider with the slow­est time started first. In Q2 the race for the pole po­si­tion gave many rid­ers the chance to make up for a poor per­for­mance in Q1, which in­spired some very brave rid­ing.

A new-for-2018 Gas Gas team rider Jaime Busto took the first pole of the sea­son in Spain at round one be­fore the ac­tion con­tin­ued in Ja­pan, An­dorra, Por­tu­gal and France. Toni Bou re­mains the ‘Boss’ in Tri­alGP, and Mat­teo Grat­tarola in Trial2. In Trial 125 it’s a to­tally dif­fer­ent sce­nario with four dif­fer­ent win­ners.

2018 THE FASTEST

TRI­ALGP: Toni Bou (Rep­sol Honda-ESP) 3; Jaime Busto (Gas Gas-ESP) 2 TRIAL2: Mat­teo Grat­tarola (Honda-ITA) 3; Loris Gu­bian (Gas Gas-FRA) 1; Marc Riba (TRRSESP) 1 TRIAL125: Arthur Rovery (Sherco-FRA) 1; Pablo Suarez (Gas Gas-ESP) 1; Hugo De­frese (Gas GasFRA) 1; Eric Miquel (TRRS-ESP) 1

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