British Dan Peace (Gas Gas) and German Ina Wilde (Gas Gastopped the first podiums in the Youth and Women class respectively, in Pietramurata, near Trento, North-East of Italy. The 23rd European Trial Championship, for the second year, under the name of FIM Europe, started under the best conditions. Nice weather, private area with sections easily reachable by the spectators, and good job for the Top Trial Team, playing for the first time the role of organizer.
Two laps and 12 sections, even this year. Among the Women , the beautiful German lady had hard time in having the upper hand on Italian Sara Trentini (Beta). Both at the end of the first lap scored just 6 points and felt the pressure of other two Teutonic girls: Theresa Baulm (Ossa) and Sarah Bauer (Sherco) tied with 2 marks more. Four riders in 2 points, that meant a great equilibrium. But only the winner rode then a superlative second lap, loosing only 3 points on the 12 sections. Trentini repeated the good first lap’s score and assured her the runner-up place. In third Baulm, who worsened a little his performance: 11 penalties.
Also in the Youth class the fight was very close between the winner and Frenchman Pierre Sauvage (Sherco). The former gained a safe lead scoring just 4 points at the turning point against 11 of his rivals, but the music changed completely in the second lap. Five points for the Frenchman and 10 for the English one. So Peace won at the end by just 2 points. In third and with the honor of the best partial score (3 marks in the second lap) Italian Luca Petrella (Ossa). Pity for him his disastrous first lap: 20 points.
Italian triumph in the International Youth class as five “azzurri” riders occupied the first fifth positions. The win went to Mattia Tabarelli De Fatis (Beta) ahead of Edoardo Parodi (Beta) and Mirko Speafico (Gas Gas).
An other German girl topped the International Women class, Pia Edmont (Beta) who put behind her two Norwegian’s: Patricia Cathrine Hovden (Gas Gas) and Hanne Haga (Beta), finished in this order.