2018 TRIAL2 WORLD CHAM­PI­ONSHIP

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It was a fan­tas­tic show of sheer strength and de­ter­mi­na­tion from Great Bri­tain’s young Toby Mar­tyn, who won both the qual­i­fy­ing and the Trial2 class af­ter dis­lo­cat­ing his left shoul­der just a few days be­fore the event as he claimed a one-mark vic­tory over Italy’s Mat­teo Grat­tarola. De­spite the ob­vi­ous pain Mar­tyn was in he kept an eye on the podium, fin­ish­ing the open­ing lap be­hind Grat­tarola who had an eight-mark ad­van­tage. As Grat­tarola buck­led un­der the pres­sure it was time for Mar­tyn to go for the vic­tory, and he did just that, win­ning by a sin­gle mark af­ter a tense sec­ond lap. It was a one-two-three for four-stroke ma­chin­ery which dom­i­nated the podium, and for the first time since the open­ing round in Cam­prodon in Spain in May the teenage Toby Mar­tyn was at the top of the cham­pi­onship ta­ble by a mere two points from Grat­tarola. WORLD CHAM­PI­ONSHIP: 1: Mar­tyn 18; 2: Grat­tarola 19; 3: Moret 20; 4: Pe­trella 22; 5: Mar­celli 29; 6: Jack Peace 34; 7: Dan Peace 38; 8: Ped­er­sen 38; 9: Riba 47; 10: Aniol Ge­labert 48.

Rid­ing with the pain from a dis­lo­cated shoul­der sus­tained ear­lier in the week Great Bri­tain’s Toby Mar­tyn was well re­ceived on the podium by the ap­pre­cia­tive Bel­gian crowd. Hav­ing both his rid­ers in Trial2 on the podium, RG team man­ager Rudy Geiser en­joyed the cham­pagne! Spain’s Francesc Moret showed his true form in Bel­gium in a very close all-podium four-stroke fin­ish for the Cota 4RT. Luca Pe­trella will be very happy with fourth on the TRRS show­ing that Ital­ian rid­ers are still amongst the best.

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