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Tak­ing her fifth con­sec­u­tive world ti­tle, Great Bri­tain’s Emma Bris­tow never gave any­one else a look-in at the 2018 Tri­alGP Women’s Trial World Cham­pi­onship. Very much the ‘Queen’ of the two-wheeled mo­tor­cy­cle world, she has dom­i­nated the three-round series with a clear win at ev­ery round. The ex­pected chal­lenges from her ri­vals never ma­te­ri­alised as they were left to bat­tle for the po­si­tions lower down the or­der.

In the fi­nal round in Great Bri­tain she very much wanted to put an­other dom­i­nant per­for­mance on for the home crowd, but once again in qual­i­fy­ing she was not at her very best. Spain’s San­dra Gomez led the way as Bris­tow parted with a sin­gle mark to push her closer to the front for the day of com­pe­ti­tion. Greeted by a very sup­port­ive crowd she started – in her own words — a lit­tle ‘wob­bly’. On her open­ing lap she con­ceded a five in sec­tion seven, which must have set­tled any early nerves as she closed the lap on seven marks lost. Her near­est chal­lenger was the even­tual run­nerup Ingveig Hakon­sen from Nor­way on 14, with Spain’s Berta Abel­lan next on 19.

As the sun shone through on the sec­ond lap Bris­tow moved her game plan up a gear and was once again on for a sin­gle score un­til a stop in sec­tion 14 pushed her into dou­ble fig­ures. No one else could take the bat­tle to her though and she was a clear win­ner in front of Hakon­sen. On the sec­ond lap many of the other com­peti­tors set­tled down to the for­mi­da­ble rocky ter­rain with Neus Mer­cia the clos­est to Bris­tow on 17 and Great Bri­tain’s ‘Wild Card’ rider Donna Fox on 19. It was a very proud Emma Bris­tow who stood on the podium — and quite right­fully so — as the trial and world cham­pi­onship win­ner. Queen Emma still rules the world!


QUAL­I­FY­ING: 1: San­dra Gomez (Gas Gas-ESP) 34.32; 2: Theresa Baeuml (Mon­tesa-DEU) 39.31; 3: Donna Fox (Mon­tesa-GBR) 40.39; 4: Maria Giro (Mon­tesa-ESP) 40.49; 5: Sara Tren­tini (Mon­tesa-ITA) 40.66; 6: Ingveig Hakon­sen (TRRS-NOR) 41.16; 7: Neus Mer­cia (Beta-ESP) 43.58; 8: Emma Bris­tow (Sherco-GBR) 31.61 + 1; 9: Jule Stein­ert (TRRS-DEU) 48.08 + 1; 10: Jess Bown (Scorpa-GBR) 40.10 + 2; 11: Berta Abel­lan (Vertigo-ESP) 5.

RE­SULTS: 1: Emma Bris­tow (Sherco-GBR) 19; 2: Ingveig Hakon­sen (TRRSNOR) 38; 3: Berta Abel­lan (Vertigo-ESP) 41; 4: Donna Fox (Mon­tesa-GBR) 42; 5: Maria Giro (Mon­tesa-ESP) 45; 6: San­dra Gomez (Gas Gas-ESP) 46; 7: Neus Mer­cia (Beta-ESP) 47; 8: Jess Bown (Scorpa-GBR) 48; 9: Theresa Baeuml (Mon­tesa-DEU) 55; 10: Sara Tren­tini (Mon­tesa-ITA) 72; 11: Jule Stein­ert (TRRS-DEU) 82.


PO­SI­TIONS: 1: Emma Bris­tow (Sherco-GBR) 80; 2: Berta Abel­lan (Vertigo-ESP) 58; 3: San­dra Gomez (Gas Gas-ESP) 51; 4: Ingveig Hakon­sen (TRRS-NOR) 49; 5: Neus Mer­cia (Beta-ESP) 47; 6: Maria Giro (Mon­tesa-ESP) 43; 7: Theresa Baeuml (Mon­tesa-DEU) 39; 8: Jess Bown (Scorpa-GBR) 30; 9: Hulde­borg Barkved (Gas Gas-NOR) 28; 10: Sara Tren­tini (Mon­tesa-ITA) 25; 11: Jule Stein­ert (TRRS-DEU) 18; 12: Donna Fox (Mon­tesa-GBR) 13; 13: Sarah Bauer (Sherco-DEU) 11; 14: Aya Nishimura (Beta-JPN) 6.

Ingveig Hakon­sen (TRRS-NOR)

Berta Abel­lan (Vertigo-ESP)

Podium Tri­alGP GBR: Ingveig Hakon­sen, Emma Bris­tow and Berta Abel­lan

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