The first round of the Trial European Championship was disputed yesterday at Varallo Sesia, Italy. Twice vice-champion in the last 2 championship, Matteo Grattarola, Gas Gas topped the European class.
French Steven Coquelin, Gas Gas gained in the Junior’s and ex-world champion Finnish Tommi Ahvala stood out in the Over 40’s. Curiousity: all of them were not leading at half competition, they recovered and won thanks to a superb performance in the second loop.
Between the top riders after the first lap, Italian Matteo Poli , Ossa had delivered his card with only 13 mistakes, gaining the provvisional leadership. Two points behind was French Cedric Tempier, Sherco, while only third Grattarola, carrying 16 marks. Nevertheless 5 points taken in section 5 because his bike switch off, Grattarola scored the best results in the second lap: 12 points. Great performance by the Italian Daniele Maurino , Ossa, too: only 14 mistakes let him climb from fourth to second final place. On the contrary, Poli worsened, losing 26 marks and dropped in fourth, while Tempier (21) grabbed the last place on the podium.
In the Junior class, Italian Francesco Cabrini, Beta started very determined and closed the first loop, scoring 4. Coquelin and Spanish Quentin Carles de Caudemberg,Beta were just behind with 7. The second lap of Coquelin was a masterpiece: 3 errors. Nothing to do for Cabrini (13) and Carles (19). They finished in this order.
1992 world champion, Tommi Ahava had put only one foot down in the first loop, riding the “Over 40” sections, but better than him was Italian Valter Feltrinelli, who cleaned the whole loop! Feltrinelli lost 4 marks in the second half and Ahvala overtook him thanks to only 2 points let in that part of race.
The second round will be held at Santo Stefano d’Aveto on 7th of July.