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Toni Bou Continues TrialGP Win-Streak At TrialGP of Andorra

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Toni Bou at the At 2024 TrialGP of Andorra
Toni Bou showed that he knows the terrain very well and on the twelve action zones he was in fine form, placing himself at the top of the pile with 12 penalty points.

Reigning champion Toni Bou tightened his grip on the 2024 Hertz FIM Trial World Championship with a crushing victory in the premier TrialGP class on day one of the TrialGP of Andorra.

With the event based nine hundred metres above sea level in Sant Julià de Lòria with some sections plotted another five-hundred metres further up the severely steep and wooded mountain slopes, altitude was always going to be a factor, but if he was feeling the effects of the reduced oxygen at such lofty heights Bou did not show it.

As we have seen so many times before, the tougher the event the more the thirty-seven-year-old Bou excels and he looked completely at home negotiating the huge natural rock steps – made slippery by early morning rain – that typically feature in Andorran sections and remains on course to claim his eighteenth consecutive TrialGP crown thanks to a comfortable win today to go with his double victories at last month’s opening round in Japan.

“I am very happy with today’s result, at what I consider my second home round,”Bou said. “We have trained a lot and the team have done a very good job in recent weeks to prepare the bike for the altitude. It has been an almost perfect day and we took some very important points for the championship. For tomorrow there is a forecast of rain and things get very tricky here when it rains. We will see how the terrain is and also how the zones change, but the important thing is to try to maintain the feeling from today.”

The writing was on the wall very early on and Bou’s total of eleven marks lost plus a time penalty on the opening lap put him sixteen clear of Jaime Busto in second and eighteen ahead of third-placed Miquel Gelabert at the halfway stage. Podium contenders Matteo Grattarola and Gabriel Marcelli were also in touch with the leading trio, but it was close all the way down the order with just thirteen marks the difference between second and tenth following the first lap.

Bou put victory beyond doubt when he parted with a further eleven marks on his second lap, but the remaining podium positions were only decided in the closing stages of the Trial after a close and competitive concluding lap that saw riders’ fortunes fluctuate from section to section.

Gabriel Marcelli at the At 2024 TrialGP of Andorra.
Gabriel Marcelli regained second position with 49 points.

Marcelli, who recorded two-three finishes at the Taisei Rotec TrialGP of Japan, started the final lap in the Pyrenean principality playing catch-up and he quickly began to reel in his rivals, parting with just two single marks until he collected a maximum on section six where a massive rock step stopped everyone apart from Toby Martyn (Honda) on lap one and Gelabert on lap two.

Following a disappointing opening round when fuel problems caused him to struggle, Busto looked back on form and he held onto second before a run of three maximums in the final four sections allowed Marcelli to draw level with him and then snatch second on a tie-break with both riders a massive thirty-five marks adrift of Bou’s winning total of twenty-three.

“The day went very well. I am very happy with the second position, and even more so here in Andorra, which is somewhere I usually find things more difficult,” Marcelli said. “On the first lap I made more mistakes, but luckily on the second lap I was more precise and I managed to take second place. In addition, we have moved into second place overall, so I am very happy. There is rain expected tomorrow, so the terrain will change a lot, but we will do our best to be on the podium again. I want to thank the team for their incredible work today.”

Gelabert ended the day in fourth on sixty after winning a tie-break with veteran Italian Grattarola, but despite flashes of brilliance throughout the Trial, two-time champion Adam Raga ended the day in sixth on sixty-nine.

With heavy overnight rain forecast, riders face a challenging second day.

Toni Bou at the At 2024 TrialGP of Andorra: Podium

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