Seven appointments make up the TrialGP season and only one of them is located outside of Europe, this weekend in Japan. That already demonstrates the importance of the country of Rising Sun also in the Outdoor Trial World Championship, and he has not been able to enjoy it since 2019, the last time he competed there before the COVID-19 pandemic broke out. He had been part of the calendar for 21 consecutive years, which is why his return is one of the most special moments of the trial year.
Thus, the pilots will eagerly face the two days of action in Motegi (Saturday and Sunday) for what has already been explained and because the competition resumes after three weeks of break in a TrialGP that left Portugal with a draw in the lead shared by Jaime Busto and Toni Bou. Both have monopolized the first two positions of the four days played so far with two wins and 74 points for each one, already leaving Gabriel Marcelli (58) and Adam Raga (54) a notable distance away, who are experiencing their particular duel for the Third place.
The return from Japan is full of good memories for Bou, who accumulates no less than 18 victories there, but the past doesn’t matter when the Repsol Honda team has a rival in as good shape as Bust that, in addition to also knowing what it is to win in Motegi (he did it in 2018), He comes from doing it in the second round of the Nacional in Benahavís ahead of Marcelli and Raga. Although Bou was not on the Málaga lineup, that victory served GasGas’s to prolong a good run with which he will try to continue to face the champion.
It won’t be easy for Busto, especially in such a special event for Bou and the entire Repsol Honda team, which races at the home of the golden wing After so much time. “After spending three years without racing in Japan, we really want to return to the house of Honda. It is always a race where we have a lot of support from the fans and we are very motivated. We also have a bit more pressure, because we want to get the best results there, but we will use this pressure to fight for the win.” Analyze Piera’s in the preview of the test.
This is how the TrialGP World Championship goes
Berta Abellán, leader by two points
Although not with a tie, the fight for the leadership of TrialGP Women, which is also celebrating its third weekend in Japan, is also very close. Berta Abellán occupies the first position of the classification with only two points of margin over Emma Bristow. The Spanish started the season with a double at home and the British replied in Portugal. Two wins for each one that distances them from Rabino and Monnier, third and fourth, 18 and 23 points behind Abellán respectively.