Gabriel Marcelli

2019 FIM Trial2 World Champion

Born 2 April 2000 in O Rosal, Spain 

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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 

Kerian Touly

2019 FIM Trial 125cc World Champion

Born 4 December 2000 in Montbrisson, Franc

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TOULY SENSATIONAL 

Kieran Touly (Scorpa) became only the second rider to be crowned FIM Trial125 World Champion after a dominant season that he led from the series opener in Italy at the end of May, all the way to a memorable final round on home turf in the French Alpine resort of Auron. 

The Frenchman’s early success at Pietramurata was followed by a double success at Motegi, Japan, and although he blotted his copybook for the first time in the Netherlands, where he slipped to fifth, he would not be beaten again. 

The Dutch venue of Zelhem was one of three new additions to the Trial125 calendar and back-to-back victories in the next two, in Belgium and France, comfortably secured the title by twenty-six points over a chasing pack of four riders, who were covered by just five points. Italy’s Carlo Alberto Rabino (Beta) claimed the runner-up sport ahead of Dutch round winner Marco Mempör (Beta) of Austria, Spain’s Alex Canales (Gas Gas) and Touly’s compatriot Arthur Rovery (Sherco), who made it a French one-two with second place at the final round.  

Before taking up the sport of Trial at his father’s riding school at the age of twelve, Touly played tennis to a high level, but was hooked on the two-wheeled discipline after entering an event with no prior training. After finishing last, the youngster was driven to continue and just six years later he boasts an FIM World Championship gold medal. 

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

Iwan Roberts

2017 FIM Trial2 World Champion

Born on 16 August 1996 in Bangor, Great Britain

IWAN THE INVINCIBLE

Iwan Roberts (Beta) wrote himself into the record books by becoming the first ever FIM Trial2 World Champion with a season of unerring consistency that saw him finish off the podium on just one occasion; taking a win, four second places and four thirds from the other nine days of competition during the inaugural 2017 season of this class (for machines up to 250cc 2T or 300cc 4T) as an FIM World Championship.

Gabriel Marcelli (Honda) made the strongest start to the campaign with a win at the opening round in his native Spain before Frenchman Gael Chatagno (Gas Gas) opened his account on day one in Japan. Roberts had joined them on the podium on both occasions, moving to the top of the championship in the process, and he made his way to the top step on day two at Motegi as Marcelli slipped back to ninth.

Chatagno struck again in Andorra as Roberts suffered his worst result of the season in fifth, whilst another win for Marcelli in France was followed by another disappointing result in Great Britain, where fellow Spaniard Francesc Moret (Montesa) denied British pair Toby Martyn (Vertigo) and Roberts the win. Marcelli hauled himself back into championship contention with a double victory in the USA but eighth place in the Czech Republic, combined with another strong second place for Roberts, gave the Brit a comfortable sixteen-point cushion going into the final round.

Despite missing out on the final win of the season to Martyn, dropping ten marks on the second lap to lose by four, second place for Roberts was enough to secure the title by s from Marcelli, who consolidated his second place in the series with third on the day.

PALMARES
World title - 2017

Spain

2019 FIM Women’s Trial des Nations

Riders: Sandra Gomez, Berta Abellan, Neus Murcia

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2017 FIM Women’s Trial des Nations

Team manager: Salvador Garcia
Riders: Sandra Gomez, Berta Abellan, Maria Giro

SPANISH WOMEN WIN ON HOME SOIL

Great Britain's hopes of a fifth straight FIM Women Trial des Nations title were left in tatters at Baiona after an almost faultless display of sparkling Spanish brilliance was rewarded with a famous victory on home soil. Roared on by their passionate and partisan fans, the Spanish trio of Sandra Gomez (Gas Gas), Berta Abellan (Beta) and Maria Giro (Montesa) parted with just one miserly mark conceded on the penultimate section of the Trial.

The defending champions, led by reigning TrialGP Women's Champion Emma Bristow (Sherco), started the day on the back foot after a disaster in the timed qualification section when, despite posting the fastest time by almost three seconds, a stray mark dropped them back to sixth, while Spain comfortably topped qualification so had the advantage of being last away.

With warm, sunny conditions the fifteen sections plotted over a two-kilometre course on rocks around a headland on the Atlantic coast remained dry and grippy, which meant that the slightest slip would be punished. Great Britain were playing catch up from as early as section six on the opening lap where they lost three marks. Despite matching the Spanish score-for-score on lap two the damage was already done and the Brits were forced to concede defeat.

Tied on three marks with Great Britain after the opening lap, the German team saw their chances of a fifth consecutive podium finish disappear on lap two after they added a further eight marks to their total, allowing Norway to claim a surprise first Women's TDN podium since 2002.

 

Toni Bou

2019 FIM TrialGP World Champion

Born on 17 October 1986 in Piera, Spain

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BOU CEMENTS LEGEND STATUS 

Toni Bou (Montesa-HRC) became a twenty-six-time FIM World Champion with yet another successful defence of the FIM TrialGP World Championship, his thirteenth consecutive title in the discipline. Free from the pain of the injuries that dogged his 2018 campaign, when he still won seven out of nine events, Bou was untouchable throughout a dominant 2019.  

After success at the first six events of the season, Bou confirmed the championship with his thirteenth win on the bounce since Andorra last season - his one hundred and eleventh career victory – at the penultimate round of the season in France. “This is not a miracle, it’s a legend” read the slogan printed across the Repsol Honda Team celebration t-shirts, although in the eyes of trial aficionados around the World, Bou can virtually walk on water. Bou’s success at the Auron event was not the only title celebration for his Repsol Honda Team, who also won the Manufacturers title to make it twenty-one and counting for Montesa. 

At a hot and humid final round of the season just north of Benidorm in his native Spain, Bou signed off on top to make it seven wins from seven starts, ahead of his long-term rival Adam Raga (TRRS), who scored his sixth second-place of the season to secure the runner-up spot overall for the twelfth time. Veteran Japanese rider Takahisa Fujinami (Montesa-HRC) secured his fifth podium to take third. 

PALMARES 

FIM Trial World Champion: 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019 

2019 FIM X-Trial World Champion

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BOU BEATS BAD LUCK FOR TITLE NUMBER 13 

Toni Bou (Montesa-HRC) overcame his rivals and also a fair dose of misfortune on his way to a thirteenth title in the 2019 FIM X-Trial World Championship. After fracturing his ribs at an exhibition event in Japan just weeks before the start of the season, Bou was a doubt for the opening round in Budapest, having missed the final round of the previous season at the same venue with injured vertebrae.  

The thirty-two-year-old answered any doubts about his fitness with a resounding victory in Hungary, only for his season to flash before his eyes again when a heavy fall in the semi-final at the next round in Barcelona left him with an injured back and brought back painful memories of 2018. However, Bou remounted to take a hugely-important second place behind Adam Raga (TRRS), staying level on points with his great rival at the top of the championship despite seeing a nine-year unbeaten run at his home round come to an end. 

An historic victory on X-Trial’s first ever visit to Bilbao was followed by another milestone for Bou in Granada, where the series returned for the first time in a decade, as he racked up his sixtieth career victory in indoor competition. After then wrapping up the title with another win at the penultimate round in Marseille, the legendary Spaniard signed off with win number sixty two and a seventy-fifth career podium in Andorra. 

PALMARES 

12 X-Trial - 2007 to 2019

2018 FIM TrialGP World Champion

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BOU BOUNCES BACK

Toni Bou (Montesa) made a resounding return from the back injury that ruled him out of the final couple rounds of the 2018 X-Trial season to rediscover his best form in the FIM Trial World Championship and take an unprecedented twelfth consecutive title in the outdoor discipline, making him a 24-time FIM World Champion.

After opening the season with victory on home soil in the foothills of the Pyrenees at the spectacular Camprodon venue, the Catalan rider’s unbroken run of championships was thrown into doubt at a sensational second-round double-header in Japan, where Jeroni Fajardo (Gas Gas) ended a nine-year wait for his second career victory on the first day, as Bou missed out on the podium for the first time since 2012. Bou recovered to take second place on day two but could do nothing to stop Jaime Busto (Gas Gas) from taking a memorable first career win.

For Bou the wait for a 100th career victory had to wait for another two rounds, with his 99th in Andorra taking him level on all-time wins with Dougie Lampkin before he finally claimed the outright record in Gouveia, Portugal. Further wins in France and Belgium made it four in a row for Bou and set up a title shot at the penultimate round of the season in front of a huge crowd in the legendary Lampkin’s home town of Silsden, Great Britain, regarded as the spiritual home of Trial.

It was another tough trial for Bou on the hills of Addingham Moor, with Spanish compatriot Miquel Gelabert (Sherco) taking a shock early lead, but Bou kept up the pressure on lap two until the youngster cracked, taking a close victory over long-time rival Adam Raga (TRRS) to claim the championship with a round to spare.

2018 FIM X-Trial World Champion

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UNBREAKABLE BOU TAKES TWELFTH TITLE

New rules, a revised format, and a potential season-ending injury were not enough to prevent the unstoppable Toni Bou (Montesa-HRC) from taking the 2018 FIM X-Trial World Championship, his twelfth straight title in the discipline.

Bou started the season in typically impressive fashion, taking five straight wins in Vendée, Montpellier, Toulouse, Strasbourg and Barcelona – his twelfth on home soil in a spectacular event that was only decided in the penultimate section. In front a packed crowd of 9,000 fans at Palau Sant Jordi, the Spaniard got the better of long-term and local arch rival Adam Raga (TRS) by a six-mark margin.

It would prove to be a decisive result when a fall in a non-championship event in France left Bou with three fractured vertebrae and threw his record run of titles into doubt, with Raga sensing the chance for a fifth crown of his own. Unfortunately for Raga, though, the cancellation of X-Trial Seville reduced the calendar to seven events which, combined with new regulations that discard each rider’s worst result of the season, meant that with just two rounds remaining Bou’s early advantage could not be overhauled.

Bou showed incredible heart to compete just a month after his accident and win the opening round of heats in Paris, before withdrawing from the remainder of the event due to his injury. With Bou also missing the final round in Budapest, Raga finished on a high with victory in X-Trial’s first ever visit to Hungary, but once again the season belonged to the impeccable rider from Piera.  

PALMARES
38 World titles
12 Trial – 2007 to 2018
12 X-Trial - 2007 to 2018
14 Trial des Nations titles – 2005 to 2018

2017 FIM X-Trial & TrialGP World Champion

TRIAL LIFE IS BOU-TIFUL

Toni Bou (Montesa-HRC) extended his historic run of FIM Trial World Championship success with his eleventh consecutive title in the discipline to again match his achievement in X-Trial and become a twenty-two-time FIM World Champion. 

Still just thirty years of age, the most dominant rider in the history of Trial once again rewrote the record books with a round to spare, wrapping up the title in Sokolov, Czech Republic, despite tasting defeat for only the second time this season to his long-time rival and compatriot Adam Raga (TRRS).

By that time Bou already had seven victories to his name, including double wins at TrialGP Japan and TrialGP USA, and he signed off from the season on top at TrialGP Italy, the eighth and final round, with another commanding victory over Raga.

Jaime Busto (Montesa-HRC) took third in Italy to seal third in the championship and cap off an impressive campaign that saw him get the better of his illustrious team-mate at round three in Andorra, where he finished second to Raga.

Worryingly, though, for any pretenders to Bou's crown, the Spaniard celebrated his latest title by announcing a three-year extension to his contract with HRC that will now run until the end of 2021, taking the factory and rider to an incredible fifteen seasons together.

ELEVENTH HEAVEN FOR BOU

It may have only been a four-round season but the 2017 FIM X-Trial World Championship was still long enough for the irrepressible Toni Bou (Montesa-HRC) to hit a number of new milestones in the sport, and although he cruised to his eleventh straight title in the indoor discipline, it wasn't without a fight from his long-term arch-rival Adam Raga (TRRS).

Bou kicked off the campaign with his eleventh victory in his home town, capping off the 40th anniversary night of Indoor Trial in Barcelona with a dominant performance at the Palau Sant Jordi, where he picked up just five marks throughout. The Spaniard then headed to the Arena Nova of Wiener Neustadt in Austria and took his 50th career indoor victory in round two before recovering from a shaky start to notch a third win from three on a crucial night in Marseilles, France.

Third on the qualifying lap, Bou set a zero on the tricky second obstacle of the final lap, where Raga picked up five points, eventually hanging on to win by just a single point from his fellow Spaniard. Victory for Raga would have set up a winner-takes all final round in Nice but with Bou returning to France with a fifteen-point advantage, he knew he only needed to make the final to secure the title. A fourth win without a single penalty point was a fittingly commanding end to another masterful season from X-Trial's living legend.

PALMARES
35 World titles
11 Trial – 2007 to 2017
11 X-Trial - 2007 to 2017
13 Trial des Nations titles – 2005 to 2017

 

 

2016 FIM X-Trial & Trial World Champion

TEN-TIME TONI!

Toni Bou – Repsol Honda claimed his tenth consecutive title in the FIM Indoor / X-Trial World Championship but he was pushed all the way by his Spanish compatriot Adam Raga - TRS in a series that was reduced to just four rounds. Four-time former champion Raga made the perfect start to the season with a shock win at the opening round in Sheffield, UK, but Bou equalised in the pair's home round in Barcelona, claiming the win as Raga took second. The third round of the season in Wienner Neustadt, Austria, proved crucial as Raga could only manage third behind Albert Cabestany - Sherco, allowing the victorious Bou to open up an eight-point advantage with just one round remaining.

An early setback in section two of the qualifying round in Marseille, France, saw him pick up a five-mark penalty but that was the only blot on Bou's copybook on an historic night in the Palais des Sport. The final was a masterly exhibition of Bou's riding prowess as he cruised through all five sections without picking up so much as a single mark. Raga sealed the runner-up spot in the championship with third on the night behind Cabestany, who was again third overall. Bou has now clinched the championship every year since 2007 and has broken just about every possible record in the discipline.

TAKE A BOU TONI!

Toni Bou – Repsol Honda made motorsport history in the 2016 FIM Trial World Championship, taking his tenth consecutive title in the discipline to match his achievement in X-Trial and become a twenty-time FIM World Champion.  Defending his title with an iron fist from the opening round of the season at Cal Rosal in his native Spain, where he took his 76th career victory, Bou went on to add a further ten wins and three podium positions in the fourteen-counting day championship.

Pushed all the way by his great rival Adam Raga - TRS - the last man since Bou to win the FIM Trial World Championship back in 2006 – Bou headed into the final round in Chiampo, Italy, needing only a top-seven finish to secure the title. There was no holding back from Bou, however, as he completed three laps of the twelve-zone course with just 13 points – an incredible 43 less than second-placed Raga – to wrap up the championship in style. Bou put the shine on one of his greatest ever seasons on the second day, taking another win, as his veteran team-mate Takahisa Fujinami – Repsol Honda clinched fifth place to seal a creditable third in the championship after a season plagued by injury.

 

Great Britain

2018 FIM Women’s Trial des Nations

Riders: Emma Bristow, Donna Fox, Jess Bown

LIONESSES BITE BACK

The FIM Women’s Trial des Nations proved to be another epic battle between Great Britain and last year’s champions Spain in soaking conditions at the Sokolov venue in the Czech Republic. Competing alongside the men for the first time in the competition's rich and illustrious history, individual World Champion Emma Bristow (Sherco) remained unbeaten in 2018 as she led Donna Fox (Montesa) and Jess Brown (Scorpa) to revenge over their Spanish counterparts, regaining the title they last won in 2016 and making it eight successes in total since since the Women’s team event was first introduced back in 2000.

With the best two scores through each section counting towards a country's result, riders from twenty-three nations faced a mixture of man-made hazards featuring huge boulders and more natural terrain in nearby woods where grip was at a minimum. Day-long torrential rain and plunging temperatures added to the drama and forced organisers to modify the sections as the event became a war of attrition. 

With the defending champions fielding Sandra Gomez (Gas Gas), Berta Abellan (Vertigo) and Neus Murcia (Beta) it was always going to be a fierce contest with the British Lionesses leading by just five marks at the halfway stage before pulling clear on lap two to record a hard-earned twelve-mark victory. 

Meanwhile, Theresa Bauml (Montesa), Vivian Wachs (Gas Gas) and Ina Wilde (Gas Gas) came home in a comfortable third position for Germany, ahead of Norway and Italy. 

2016 FIM Women’s Trial des Nations

GB WOMEN SET NEW WIN RECORD

Great Britain’s Women extended their winning run in the FIM Women’s Trial des Nations, the formidable trio of Emma Bristow - Sherco, Rebekah Cook -TRS and Donna Fox – Sherco stretching their record to four wins in a row and seven in total to become the outright leaders in terms of victories since the event was first introduced back in 2000. Against the stunning backdrop of the French mountains at the ski resort of Isola 2000, the Spanish line up of Sandra Gomez - Gas Gas, Berta Abellan - Beta and Mireia Conde - Beta put up a strong challenge as they fought to win back the title their country last held in 2012.

However, after two tense laps of fifteen sections just five marks split the two nations, with the best two scores from each hazard counting towards the final team total. As Great Britain successfully defended the title the runner-up spot was anything but a formality for Spain, who had to hold off a strong challenge from Germany. Sarah Bauer -Sherco, Theresa Bauml - Beta and Ina Wilde - Gas Gas did their absolute best to match the second place they recorded twelve months ago, but eventually ended the day six marks back from the Spaniards, with the top three countries finishing the Trial well ahead of the other chasing nations.