Gabriel Marcelli

2019 FIM Trial2 World Champion

Born 2 April 2000 in O Rosal, Spain 

© Pep Segales

© Pep Segales

MARCELLI MAKES IT COUNT 

Gabriel Marcelli (Montesa) claimed the FIM Trial2 World Championship in dramatic fashion at the final round of the season in Spain, overturning a one-point deficit to defending champion Matteo Grattarola (Honda) in front of a delighted home crowd in La Nucía. The Galician-born teenager, who finished runner-up in 2017 and was third overall last season, made a disappointing start to the season, taking fifth place at the opening round in Italy as his experienced rival Grattarola won his own home event and then backed it up with another victory in Japan. 

However, a first win of the season in the third round in the Netherlands got Marcelli’s campaign on course and a second success in Portugal, as Grattarola struggled to fourth, handed the momentum to the youngster. Alexandre Ferrer (Sherco) became the third home rider to stand on top of the podium in France but second place for Marcelli closed him to within a single point of Grattarola with one round remaining.  

Taking full use of home advantage in the dry and dusty conditions just north of Benidorm, Marcelli ran out a four-mark winner from Luca Petrella (Beta) as Grattarola slipped up to end the day in fifth behind the Spanish pairing of Aniol Gelabert (Scorpa) and Francesc Moret (Honda). Meanwhile, Ferrer ended the season level on points with last year’s runner-up Toby Martyn (Beta), but the Frenchman claimed third place overall by virtue of his superior win rate. 

PALMARES 

World title - 2019 

Billy Green

2018 FIM Trial 125cc World Champion

Born on 11 January 2002 in Newton Abbot, Great Britain

GREEN LIGHT FOR TRIAL125!

The Trial125 class was upgraded from FIM World Cup to FIM World Championship status in 2018, giving British teenager Billy Green (Beta) the opportunity to make history as he claimed the title in fine style. The sixteen-year-old, who ranked second overall in this category in 2017, rose to the occasion from the opening round in Spain, taking the win ahead of home hopeful Martin Riobo (Gas Gas).

Fifteen-year-old Riobo was also impressive, taking the win on the first day at Motegi in round two to briefly move to the top of the standings. However, Green returned to the top step on the second day as Riobo struggled and the Brit backed it up with further wins in Andorra and Portugal to make it four victories from five days of competition heading into a single-day final round in Italy.

Green completed the opening lap with no marks lost, but three maximum scores along with a dab on lap two dropped him behind Riobo and Italy’s Carloalberto Rabino (Beta) who tied on thirteen with Riobo winning on a most-cleans tie-break. However, third place on the day was still easily good enough for him to be crowned the first-ever FIM World Champion in the division. 

Riobo’s second victory of the campaign consolidated the runner-up spot in the championship ahead of compatriot Pablo Suarez (Gas Gas), who ended the season with four podiums despite taking fifth on the day. 

PALMARES

World title - 2018

Matteo Grattarola

2018 FIM Trial2 World Champion

Born on 2 February 1988 in Bellano, Italy

GRATTAROLA THE GREAT

Matteo Grattarola (Honda) clinched a hard-fought 2018 FIM Trial2 World Championship by the narrowest of margins, after tying for points with Britain’s Toby Martyn (Montesa) at the end of the eighth and final round of the campaign in Italy. 

Trial2 was electric all season with Grattarola having the early upper hand thanks to three wins from the first four days of competition in Spain, Japan and Andorra. Martyn then responded with a three-event winning streak in France, Belgium and a memorable home round at Silsden in the UK that moved the eighteen-year-old to the top of the standings and took the title chase right down to the wire. 

The spectacular venue of the Metzler Offroad Park at Pietramurata Di Dro in the foothills of the Alps provided a breath-taking backdrop for the championship decider and thirty-year-old Grattarola took full advantage of competing on home turf, turning in his best performance of the season when it really mattered to drop just a single mark on each lap. His final total of two gave him a sixteen-mark victory over Spain’s Gabriel Marcelli (Montesa), with Martyn a further three behind in third.

The result locked Grattarola and Martyn together at the top of the points table with the Italian, who dropped down from the TrialGP class this season, sensationally taking the title by virtue of more second-placed finishes. Last year’s runner-up Marcelli’s sixth podium of the year secured third overall.

PALMARES

World title - 2018