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European Trial Championship at Castelloli (Spain) – Day2

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Italian Matteo Grattarola (Montesa) proved to be stronger than weather conditions and climbed the highest step of the podium in the first round of the 2018 FIM Europe Trial Championship, held in Castelloli, Spain. Matteo Grattarola and, below, Sergio Piardi - Photo @Phototrial.it To complete the Italian success, Sergio Piardi (Beta) triumphed in the Junior class, while in the Over 40 the first place went to German Marcus Kipp (TRS) with an other Italian, Piero Sembenini (Montesa) in second place. As wrong were the weather forecasts for yesterday, as true they for today. In both days, they indicated rain, and if on Saturday there was a moment of clemency only during the Young and the Women Cup, today the 83 riders had to face a long, rainy day. Marcus Kipp - Photo @Phototrial.it It was necessary to postpone the start of 1 hour to allow the organizers to modify part
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European Trial Championship at Castelloli (Spain) – Day1

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Spanish riders started very well on their home soil: Martin Riobo (Gas Gas, photo1) and Berta Abellan (Vertigo, photo2) topped Youth and Women classes in Castelloli, Spain, during the first round of the 2018 European Trial Championship. The event was held in the road racing circuit, which 10 years ago had hosted the FIM World Championship. There were 14 sections to repeat twice for the 78 riders at the start. Figures are very good for trial, which can continue to grow up only having a lot of young riders. Two classes for women and two for young riders consent them to approach this discipline easily, choosing the level they feel more adequate. In the Women top class, the favorite German Theresa Bauml (Montesa) - Europen Champion in 2015 and 2016 – was beaten by Berta Abellan, one of the most skilled Spanish newcomers. She gained points in the first lap
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European Trial Championship at Castelloli (Spain) – Preview

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The 27th edition of the FIM Europe Trial Championship will start at Castelloli, Spain, the upcoming weekend, with races both on Saturday and Sunday. A 5-rounds series that will award titles in the categories Europe, Junior, Over 40, Women and Youth. In Castelloli the event will be held inside a road circuit near Barcelona, which had already hosted the last round of the 2008 Trial World Championship. On Saturday the Youth and Women series will be on stage, while on Sunday it will be the turn of the most blazoned classes. Matteo Grattarola - Photo @Phototrial.it A meaningful news of the European Championship, already in force last year, is that the world top riders and the European Champions can attend the series. So, it could happen for the first time that a rider who has who has already won this championship might be crowned again. In the main class there
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Trial European Championship, Women, Over 40 and Junior Cup at Lazzate (Italy) – Day 2

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Spanish Arnau Farrè (Gas Gas, photo1) clinched the 26th European title in the European Trial history. The Junior Cup went to Italian Manuel Copetti (Vertigo) and the Over 40 Cup to German Markus Kipp (TRS). And this means that we did not have any surprises in this last round of the 2017 FIM Europe Championship, held in Lazzate, Italy. Indeed, all the leaders in the 3 different classes got their final prize. All photos @Phototrial.it After the incredible hot weather of the day before, weather forecast announced possible showers for this second day and they were not wrong. After the start of the International classes a heavy shower dropped making the first sections more challenging. Luckily it lasted less than one hour and all riders could benefit of the quick drying of the rocks because the sun shone again soon. The only one who celebrated the fresh crown with a
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European Youth and Women Championship at Liepaja (Latvia) – Day 2

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Burst of pride for German Theresa Bauml (Beta) and first victory for Hugo Dufrese (Gas Gas photo1) respectively in FIM Europe Women and Youth Championships: these are the two new winners in the second day of competitions disputed in Liepaja, Latvia. The third round of a series consisting of four appointments was full of dramatic turns of events. Starting from the Women class - World Champion British Emma Bristow (Sherco) was beaten by former European Champion Theresa Bauml (photo2). The turn was in the second loop: Emma got a five in section 10 and her leadership, gained until this mistake, moved to Theresa, who won for the first time in this season. Again the level of sections was thought for everybody, penalizing the best females because it was almost impossible to recover from any casual mistake. One step below today for  Norwegian Ingveig Hakonsen (Beta) to complete a podium where
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European Youth and Women Trial Championship at Liepaja (Latvia) – Day1

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World Champion British Emma Bristow (Sherco, photo 1) and Norwegian Mats Nilsson (Sherco, photo 2) are the winners respectively in the Women and Youth class of the second round of FIM Europe Trial Championship, held in Liepaja, Latvia. New country for this evergreen European championship, arrived for the first time on the banks of Baltic Sea. In the Women class, the favorite Emma Bristow had a hard work to keep her concentration higher than ever - due to not very difficult sections, the top female riders had more or less the same chances. At the turning point Emma was only in second place even if she made only one mistake. She was behind Norwegian Ingveig Hakonsen (Beta) able to clean the whole loop. In third position German Theresa Bauml (Beta), whose score was 7. In the second lap there was probably too much pressure on the young Norwegian rider, who
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European Youth and Women Championship at Liepaja (Latvia) – Preview

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Women and Youth classes are going to dispute their championships on the banks of Baltic Sea because the round # 2 and # 3 of the FIM Europe Trial series will be held for the first time in the town of Liepaja, Latvia. The 2 km long circuit with 14 sections featured in is going to be decisive for assigning the 2017 titles in these two classes, because after this weekend there will be only one round left scheduled for the first week of August. Two separated rounds, one on Saturday and one on Sunday to show to Latvia public for the first time in the Trial history, an International qualified competition of this specialty. They will be lucky to see the two times World Women Champion, British Emma Bristow (Sherco, in photo1) coming from a brilliant 40th place in the hard Scottish Six Days, known as the most famous
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European Trial at Bilstain (Belgium) – Day 1

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British Iwan Roberts (Beta), French Kieran Touly (Sherco) and German Markus Kipp (TRS) are the winners in the first day of the event held in the historic venue of Bilstain, Belgium, second round of the FIM Europe Championship and Cup. The schedule foresaw 15 sections to be repeated twice, all in the famous Domain Trial and Enduro, a private area belonged to Crosset family. And more or less the obstacles chosen were the same as those faced for years by the world top riders in the seventies and eighties. Many big rocks, sometimes quite difficult because covered by mud. This time, with the sun shining almost all day long, all the sections were easily overcome by any competitor and in any class. In the photo @Phototrial, Iwan Roberts Roberts found the right concentration and built his victory recovering from a temporary second place behind Jack Peace (Gas Gas), leader with
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European Trial at Bilstain (Belgium) – Preview

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One week after the opening round held at Zelhem, The Netherlands, here are two decisive days for the European, Junior and Over 40 classes, fifty percent of their series on the historic venue of Bilstain, Belgium East, theatre of important world events in the eighties. The large property is a closed area with natural rocks and is now often used for training riders in Enduro and Motocross. In the main class there will be 25 riders able to face the spectacular obstacles included among the red gates mandatory for their riding. Fighting for the top positions we expect some confirms from British riders, quite comfortable on these changeable weather conditions, because Bilstain is just few kilometers South of Zelhem and even there the sections are rich of big rocks, in indoor style. Toby Martyn (Vertigo), Peace brothers Dan and Jack (both on Gas Gas), Iwan Roberts (Beta) are all possible
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European Trial at Zelhem (The Netherlands) – Day 2

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British Toby Martyn (Vertigo, in the photo), Italian Manuel Copetti (Vertigo) and German Markus Kipp (TRS) topped the podium in their classes in the first round of the 2017 FIM Europe Trial Championship, held in Zelhem, The Netherlands. After the Youth and Women Series, which occupied the scene on Saturday, it was the turn of the more blazoned riders. Two loops with 15 sections as tradition. The weather was very variable. Sun and rain came over and over again. So sections gained and lost grip many times in the same day. That meant few differences for sections with rocks but a lot of differences for the ones on big logs, because when they were wet it was quite impossible to overtake them. Sometimes it was wise to wait for a while to let sun dry the logs or rocks before jumping. Martyn started soon very well scoring 14 marks at
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