On the Pegs - November 2021 Volume 6 Issue 11 - November - Page 64

Peace with a second-lap score of just four – the lowest of the trial – and extend his series lead with Norway ’ s Sondre Haga ( Beta ) rounding out the top five .
“ I was feeling super-good ,” said Gelabert . “ I ’ ve been riding strong and I ’ m really happy with the result .”
Budinova was making her 2021 debut in the series and made an immediate impact . Tying for the lead on 13 after the opening lap with series leader Andrea Sofia Rabino ( Beta ), the Czech rider went two better than the Italian on lap two to claim the win with Germany ’ s Sophia Ter Jung ( TRRS ) completing the top three ahead of British riders Alicia Robinson ( Beta ) and Kaytlyn Adshead ( TRRS ).
“ It ’ s perfect ,” said Budinova . “ I ’ m so happy to win at my first attempt .”
DAY 2 : Toni Bou ( Repsol Honda ) strengthened his grip on the 2021 Hertz FIM Trial World Championship with victory on the second day of the Spanish TrialGP – round five of the series – at Pobladura de las Regueras as Emma Bristow ( Sherco ) bounced back to top TrialGP Women , Lorenzo Gandola ( Beta ) claimed a maiden Trial2 win and Andrea
Sofia Rabino ( Beta ) extended her Trial2 Women lead .
On another testing day , Bou was forced to dig deep to fight off the challenge from his fellow Spaniard Jaime Busto ( Vertigo ) who held a narrow one-mark advantage after the opening lap of 12 sections and was in the driving seat for much of the event .
Bou ’ s toughest test was section eight where a series of huge boulders in a riverbed took two maximum scores from him as Busto went clean at both his attempts . However , no-one is cooler under pressure than the 14-time world champion and Busto , looking to claim just his second top-flight win and the first in TrialGP for the Vertigo factory , wavered in section 11 in the arena area on lap two and collected a maximum that gave Bou a two-mark advantage at close of play .
“ I feel incredible ,” said Bou . “ After the mistakes in section eight I thought I had lost but I took my opportunities in sections 11 and 12 . I ’ m very happy but congratulations to Jaime who was riding incredible . This weekend has been very important for the championship .”
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