2018 TRIAL2 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP
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.