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European Trial Championship in Luserna (Italy) – Preview

tournour lowGianluca Tournour in a photo by Mario Candellone

Everything is almost ready in Luserna San Giovanni, near Turin, Piedmont, North-West of Italy to host the second and third round of the 2015 FIM Europe Trial Championship.  On 18th and on 19th of July all the riders fighting for the three championships more blazoned are joining together again after more than three months, when in Pietramurata, Trentino, they met for the first round of the season.

In Italy as in many South European Countries Summer is very hot. Luserna San Giovanni is is located 500 meters above the sea level and the highest part of the loop is at about 1000 mt, so two hot days are expected but with little breeze.  And fortunately 13 sections out of 15 were drawn in a shadowed zone, under some trees.  The 9 km long circuit has three group of sections. The closest to the start is 200 mt and consists of five sections, which are the 1, 2, 13, 14 and 15.
Then, reachable easily by car or walking 15-20 minutes, there is a group of 4 sections: from 3 to 6. The other 6 sections are in the highest part of the loop and it is better to use a motorbike to watch them, because the road is very narrow.
In the same place as the start and for the two days of this weekend there will be also an Off-Road Car Exhibition. The public is expected to be in large number to watch both the events.
On the scene about 80 riders split in 5 categories. In the most important class, there are many riders on whom we could bet for the victory. The two riders that in the first round shared the lowest score and the winner was decided by one single clean — we mean Italian Gianluca Tournour (Gas Gas) and Frenchman Steven Coquelin (Gas Gas) — must pay attention to the great shape of Frenchman Quentin Carles de Caudemberg (Beta), nowadays leader in the World Cup class of the FIM World Championship and to Spanish Francesc Moret (Vertigo) who is riding in the World Pro class, still in the world championship, and practically is accustomed to ride the same sections as Bou & company.
In the Junior class, dominated in the previous occasion by Frenchman Pierre Sauvage (Sherco) we will see the progress made by the new generation, quite consistent in this series. For Dutch John Van Veelen (Ossa) here comes the possible revenge against Walter Feltrinelli (Sherco) who finished ahead of him in Pietramurata.