BRISTOW STYLE

Trial Magazine - - INTERNATIO­NAL -

The two-day points-scor­ing open­ing round of the 2019 FIM Tri­alGP Women’s World Cham­pi­onships would once again start with the long-haul flight to Ja­pan and the world fa­mous Motegi race track at Narita. The wet weather welcomed the 12 rid­ers to the qual­i­fy­ing ses­sion, which was formed from a mix­ture of man-made and nat­u­ral haz­ards.

It was Nor­way’s Ingveig Hakon­sen who posted the fastest time in a close contest with Great Bri­tain’s Emma Bristow and Spain’s San­dra Gomez. Show­ing her true world cham­pi­onship style over both days of com­pe­ti­tion, Bristow was in re­al­ity never chal­lenged for the top spot on the podium. She dom­i­nated both days with clear win­ning mar­gins and high­lighted her high stan­dard of rid­ing when the con­di­tions were at their worst on day one.

With bet­ter weather on day two, the haz­ards rode eas­ier, and she needed to be con­cen­trat­ing at her high­est level, which she did to record another vic­tory. On day one the bat­tle between the other rid­ers for the podium was much closer as San­dra Gomez took sec­ond po­si­tion on the tie break de­cider from Ingveig Hakon­sen, with the Span­ish trio of Berta Abel­lan, Neus Mer­cia and Maria Giro all very close round­ing off the top six. With much bet­ter weather con­di­tions on day two Great Bri­tain’s sole representa­tive in this class, Bristow, showed a very high level of rid­ing to lose just seven marks on her open­ing lap, the only sin­gle-fig­ure score of the day. Abel­lan took the sec­ond step on the podium as she fought off Neus Mer­cia and San­dra Gomez, and Mer­cia got the last step on the podium on the tie break de­cider as Maria Giro took another top-five fin­ish. The ques­tion as we look for­ward to the next round is who can stop Bristow march­ing to­wards another world ti­tle?

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