Adam Raga was in control today and took his first win of the season as the 2021 Hertz FIM Trial World Championship passed the halfway mark on day two of the Andorran TrialGP.
Conditions were even hotter than Saturday but Raga – world champion back in 2005 and 2006 – kept his cool to overhaul his fellow Spaniard Jaime Busto who held a clear four-mark lead after the first lap.
Reigning champion Toni Bou couldn’t replicate his winning form from the previous day although he still ended the event on the podium as the premier TrialGP class top-three distanced themselves from the rest of the field.
Conditions were hot, dry, and dusty today in the Pyrenees with three distinct groups of sections based around the town of Sant Julià again divided between a steep hill littered with loose rocks, huge boulders set into near-vertical woodlands and a deep, treacherous riverbed.
Busto set the pace from the get-go and the 23-year-old was the only rider unpenalised following the opening two sections as he carved out a first-lap total of six that put him four ahead of Raga and six clear of Bou. He couldn’t, however, sustain his form and his lap-two total of 13 wasn’t enough to take a second career win after Raga dropped his second-lap score to just eight.
“I’m very happy because yesterday I deserved the victory,” said Raga. “Today I was very strong but so were some of the other riders and everything was very tight until the last moment.”
Bou brought it home with a total of 23 to suffer just his second defeat of the season but the Andorra resident still holds a commanding lead at the top of the table as he bids to claim his 15th title in a row.
“This weekend was really complicated,” Bou said. “Finishing first and third is a great result, considering that we struggled so much. Despite all the problems, the team has worked hard and I am very grateful for that. Now we just have to work to recover the good feelings on the bike and be in the fight for the win in France next week.”
Miquel Gelabert made it a Spanish 1-2-3-4 but, along with fifth-placed Matteo Grattarola from Italy, he was a long way off the podium pace.
The 2021 Hertz FIM Trial World Championship continues this coming weekend with the second French TrialGP of the season at Cahors.
Results TrialGP Andorra Day 2
|1||RAGA Adam||68||SPA||10||8||0||20||TRRS Factory Team||TRRS||18|
|2||BUSTO Jaime||69||SPA||6||13||0||17||Vertigo Factory Team||Vertigo||19|
|3||BOU Toni||1||SPA||12||11||0||15||Repsol Honda Team||Montesa||23|
|4||GELABERT Miquel||56||SPA||17||15||0||13||Gas Gas||Gas Gas||32|
|5||GRATTAROLA Matteo||88||ITA||17||24||0||11||Beta Factory Racing||Beta||41|
|6||MARCELLI Gabriel||38||SPA||17||26||0||10||Montesa Factory||Montesa||43|
|7||FAJARDO Jeroni||5||SPA||26||28||0||9||Sherco Factory Team||Sherco||54|
|8||FUJINAMI Takahisa||7||JPN||25||30||0||8||Repsol Honda Team||Montesa||55|
|9||BINCAZ Benoit||73||FRA||29||30||0||7||Beta Factory Racing||Beta||59|
|10||CASALES Jorge||33||SPA||35||29||0||6||Gas Gas Factory Team||Gas Gas||64|
|1||BOU Toni||1||SPA||92||Repsol Honda Team||Montesa|
|2||RAGA Adam||68||SPA||84||TRRS Factory Team||TRRS|
|3||GRATTAROLA Matteo||88||ITA||69||Beta Factory Racing||Beta|
|4||BUSTO Jaime||69||SPA||60||Vertigo Factory Team||Vertigo|
|5||FUJINAMI Takahisa||7||JPN||58||Repsol Honda Team||Montesa|
|6||GELABERT Miquel||56||SPA||53||Gas Gas||Gas Gas|
|7||FAJARDO Jeroni||5||SPA||49||Sherco Factory Team||Sherco|
|8||MARCELLI Gabriel||38||SPA||45||Montesa Factory||Montesa|
|9||CASALES Jorge||33||SPA||25||Gas Gas Factory Team||Gas Gas|
|10||PEACE Dan||10||GBR||20||Sherco Factory Team||Sherco|
|11||BINCAZ Benoit||73||FRA||13||Beta Factory Racing||Beta|