Toni Bou exhibits an overwhelming superiority in Andorra and stands out in the general classification

After the start of the Trial World Championship three weeks ago in Japan, it was the turn of a traditional enclave on the calendar: the Andorra GP.

In Sant Julià de Loria, a few kilometres from where Toni Bou has his training centre, two days of competition took place with changing and more demanding weather conditions on Sunday. In addition, the fact that a large part of the areas were located at an altitude of more than 1,500 meters implied extra work in the tuning of the motorcycles, which at these levels lose performance.

Toni Bou arrived in Andorra with the peace of mind of having done his homework well in Japan, with a double victory and taking into account that Jaime Busto, one of his three most direct rivals, had had technical problems. For Marcelli it was a challenge, as he was obliged to do a good GP to keep the pulse of the title, although he had the statistics of Andorra against him.

The protagonists on both days were Toni Bou, who swept his rivals, as well as Marcelli and Busto, who alternated the second and third steps of the podium.

Double victory with a lot of solidity for Toni Bou
Two podiums allow Marcelli to keep the pulse of the World Championship

TONI BOU, IN ANOTHER GALAXY

On Saturday, with the dry terrain, the riders faced a technical and difficult race, as well represented by the riders between second and fifth position, who scored more than 55 points.

Toni Bou dropped 12 points in the first passage through the zones, while Jaime Busto, his closest pursuer, added 28 points, to 30 for Miquel Gelabert and 33 for Matteo Grattarola. Behind, Marcelli with 35 points, Casales with 36 points and Raga with 37 points. In the second passage through the zones, Toni Bou improved his previous partial by one point and scored a resounding victory with a 35-point advantage over his closest rival, Marcelli, who in turn tied with the third-placed team, Jaime Busto. Behind them, just two points behind, Miquel Gelabert and Matteo Grattarola.

On Sunday the rain appeared intermittently and the areas were duly modified to adapt to the level. Although it is true that it was during the first lap when the areas presented that water and humidity, giving way to a second lap with drier terrain where the scores dropped a lot and the race was completely different.

Toni Bou was once again the best by far. He recorded 18 points on the first lap and did not add any penalties on the second lap, records that gave him a 20-point advantage over Jaime Busto, who started in the front group and drove more efficiently. The podium was completed by Marcelli, followed by Raga and Grattarola.

With this panorama, Bou remains unbeaten at the top of the table, followed by Marcelli at 16 points and Raga at 25 points. Distances that, without being insurmountable, leave Toni in a very comfortable position for the rest of the short season.

Jaime Busto recovers from Japan and signs an important double podium
Adam Raga was not on the podium, but remains third overall

Alex Canales, new leader of Trial 2

Maximum excitement in Trial2, a very tight category with great oscillations in the standings. The best on Saturday was Arnau Farré, who achieved an important victory to get into the fight for the title, a position he completed with a fifth place on Sunday.

Billy Green was more consistent with his Scorpa, signing two second positions that allow him to amend the disaster of the race in Japan. Saturday’s podium was completed by Jack Peace, who could not finish off with a good Sunday race, but maintains second place overall.

On Sunday, Alex Canales was the protagonist, who stands out at the head of the general standings with 8 points over Peace. Sunday’s podium was completed by a masterful Gerard Trueba, who achieved his first podium in this demanding category.

HEMINGWAY RULES IN TRIAL3

The great protagonist of Trial3 was Hemingway, who achieved a double victory in Andorra. The next two steps of the podium were alternated by Euan Sim and Romeo Piquet.

The next race will be held in Valsassina (Italy) this coming weekend.

Spectacular Alex Canales in Trial2, new leader of the category
Two second places for Billy Green in Andorra
Arnau Farré won on Saturday in Trial2
George Hemingway dominates Trial3

TRIAL-GP CLASSIFICATION Andorra 2024

TRIAL GP ANDORRA · D1 · 2024

TRIAL GP ANDORRA · D2 · 2024

CAREER STATEMENTS

toni bou (P1 & P1)"It's been a very positive weekend for us. We arrived in Andorra with a lot of confidence and everything went very well. We always work to achieve these good results, but we rarely achieve them. So I'm very happy with the points scored and especially with my performance this weekend. After these four races that are so important for us, at Honda's home and now at my second home, we go to Italy with a very good feeling. We will try to continue in the same vein. We know it's complicated, but we have maximum confidence and we will try to get the best possible result."

Jaime Busto (P3 & P2)"It's been a weekend quite positive, since I have gone from less to more, and I am very happy to have On the podium again in these two days of competition, despite the fact that I've had to face some really difficult areas and at times I didn't I had the best feeling on the bike on the first day, changing things on the second day of competition yesterday, Sunday, since I started very strong, and although I made some mistakes on the first lap, I made up for them with a great second lap that allowed me to be second at the end of the the race, and motivate myself to the maximum for the rest of the season."

GABRIEL MARCELLI (P2 & P3)"Today went quite well, despite the fact that on the first lap I didn't feel completely comfortable. The terrain was quite wet and skidding a lot, conditions that are not my forte. But luckily in the second half of the season the sun came out and the areas dried out a bit. We gave everything and we got a third position which is very important for the championship. Looking ahead to Italy, I hope to continue in the same vein. We are having a very good season and I want to thank the team"

VIDEO TRIALGP ANDORRA 2024

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