Trial European Championship: Hakonsen and Martinez ruled in France
Norwegian Ingveig Hakonsen (TRRS) and Spanish Pau Martinez (Vertigo) topped the podium in their respective classes, Women and Youth’s, in Ancelle, French Alps, for the third round of the 2019 FIM Europe Trials Championship.
In a wonderful mountain scenery the best very young riders and the women played their cards in this penultimate round of the series.
In both the categories counting for a European title, there was a very close fight and the victory was assigned by a hair’s breadth.
Between the Women, Hakonsen broke the consecutive wins of Italian Alex Brancati (Beta) – who grabbed the runner-up position – riding at high level and limiting her mistakes. She led from the beginning, dropping 12 and 13 marks in the two loops. On the other side Brancati suffered the pressure in the first lap, ended only in fourth place (with 17 points). Then she recovered and placing in second, maintaining the leadership in the series on Hakonsen: 285 points against 245. In third French Caroline Moreon (Sherco), one point in total more than Brancati and ahead of British Alice Minta (Scorpa) by one single point, too.
Not less uncertain was the fight for topping the Youth’s class. Martinez also started very badly – probably too many eyes on him – and found himself in fourth position at the turning point. He carried 22 penalties, while an amazing Jack Dance (Gas Gas) scored 9 points and gained the leadership ahead of country mate Harry Hemingway (Beta). In third was temporary Czech David Fabian (Beta) with 21.
Completely different the approach of Martinez in the second lap. Determined as he did in the previous two rounds won, he scored 9 points overtaking all his rivals and tearing up his third consecutive win by 1 point on Hemingway. Third Dance, who threw away everything with a forgettable loop two. In the series Martinez has now 60 points of lead on Dance.
In the Women International class, French Naomi Monnier (Beta) dominated, winning scoring less than one quarter of the second one points.
On contrary the Youth International class was very fought. Italian Dario Doglio (Gas Gas) won by one point on French Nolhan Abellan (Beta). Same difference of one mark between the first 4 riders. Third Spanish Marc Piquer (Beta) and fourth French Audry Agnolin (Gas Gas).
Next round will be held on next Saturday in Brezova, Czech Republic.