Trial Magazine - - INTERNATIONAL -

Still the undis­puted Queen of the TrialGP Women, Emma Bris­tow suf­fered a shock de­feat at the fi­nal round of the series in Italy to Theresa Bauml. Look­ing ev­ery inch the cham­pion, Bris­tow won the first of the three rounds be­fore suc­cumb­ing to the de­feat by Bauml, which was her first in this class. Sec­ond be­hind Emma in the cham­pi­onship stand­ings was her long-term ri­val San­dra Gomez from Spain on the Gas Gas. With Bauml tak­ing the vic­tory in the fi­nal round she took the last step on the podium in the TWC stand­ings. Jess Bown was the only other English rider in the class, and missed her first podium visit on the tie de­cider in Italy.

This new class for 2017 has been very well re­ceived at all the rounds that were con­tested. An ideal ‘feeder’ class for TrialGP Women, some new stars of the fu­ture have al­ready been found such as the series win­ner Neus Mer­cia from Spain and Jule Steinert from Ger­many. At the Amer­i­can round on day two Kylee Sweeten added her name to the record books with the first win from the USA in a women’s class. It has been a very brave sea­son by Great Bri­tain’s Nikita Smith, who has re­cov­ered against all the odds from a very se­ri­ous road traf­fic ac­ci­dent to win the award from the FIM of the most im­proved rider.

Emma Bris­tow (Sherco-GBR) Theresa Bauml (Beta-GER) San­dra Gomez (Gas Gas-ESP)

Carla Ca­balle (Gas Gas-ESP) Kylee Sweeten (Sherco-USA) Nikita with Thierry Michaud Nikita Smith (Gas Gas-GBR) Vic­to­ria Payne (Sherco-GBR) Alicia Robin­son (Beta-GBR)

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