Bou achieves third consecutive victory and Marcelli places fifth in Andorra2023-07-24 12:54
The defending champion extends his lead and his teammate remains in third position.
The fifth round of the TrialGP season takes place in the town of Sant Julià de Lòria, Andorra, and on Day 1 the Repsol Honda Trial Team riders fought at the top of the standings in the two laps. Toni Bou earned his sixth victory of the year and Gabriel Marcelli, after an intense fight, placed fifth.
Bou dominated the day from the first lap. The Repsol Honda Team rider put together a run of six consecutive zeros that gave him the lead. On the second lap, the reigning world champion conceded only four penalty points on the twelve zones. Finally, Bou earned another victory on the first day of the TrialGP.
Marcelli started the first lap with some difficulties that made him incur more points and took him to fifth position. On the second run, the young Repsol Honda Trial Team rider improved on each zone and, after an intense fight for the podium positions, he finished fifth.
With this result, Bou consolidates his position as leader of the series with an 11-point lead over Jaime Busto. Marcelli is in third place overall. Tomorrow the second race will be held, starting at 9am local time.
Toni Bou 1
“I'm very happy with this victory, in a race that is like a home round. It is a very important event for us and there is always pressure. I'm very happy with how everything has gone. We'll see what happens tomorrow, but the terrain is going to be trickiet due to the rain in the afternoon. Although they are the same zones, there will be different conditions. Today I felt very good on the bike and we only had a small problem at the end of the first lap because we were very tight for time. On the second lap we refocused and this has given us this great victory."
Gabriel Marcelli 38
“Things have not gone particularly well today. In addition, the rain caught up with us on the final zones. We had a small mechanical problem and that also slowed us down a bit. Tomorrow we have a second chance and we'll hope it goes better than today. The sections are going to get much more difficult and it is sure to be wet. We'll see if the zones change a little or not, but if the zones don't change them it will be a trial with many points incurred."
"I'm very happy with Toni Bou's victory, as today he has shown that he is very strong. Since the first lap he had a big advantage and on the second even more so, with only four points dropped. This result is very good for the championship and I hope that tomorrow he can continue on the same path. As for Gabri, the first lap was very tight between second and sixth place, but he made some mistakes that hurt him. When a few drops of rain began to fall, it was difficult for him to pick up a good pace. I didn't expect this result, but tomorrow we'll try to improve the results."
TrialGP of Andorra- Results Day 1
Pos. Rider Num Nation L1 L2 L3 T3 Champ Team Points
1 Bou Toni 1 SPA 19 4 0 Repsol Honda Team
2 Busto Jaime 69 SPA 34 11 0 Gas Gas Factory Team
Source: Honda Racing Corporation
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