This past weekend the 2nd round of the Trial World Cup took place. In this hotly disputed round in Les Menuires, France, our ProRACE team gave us a heart attack inducing championship.
Manon Basseville had an unfortunate start in the semi-finals. She obtained 5 penalty points in a relatively easy section, and thus lost the opportunity to compete in the final. She finished with 7 points, only 2 away from the final. Despite this setback, our rider could not be happier with the feel of the M5 and will make the most of it at the French championship, which takes place this weekend.
In terms of our guys Lucien and Ion, both finished in the Elite 20” category in 6th and 4th place respectively.
Lucien Leiser could not have had a better start. His hard work paid off and he had no problems getting through to the final in 5th place. In the final, he continued his streak and finished the two first sections with 0 points. It wasn’t until the third zone that an imbalance made him put his foot down, leaving him penalised by 5 points. A pedal got in the way in the next section, adding 1 more point. Finally, there was an obstacle which prevented him from completing the final zone. Although it was not the expected result, we are not discouraged and are sure that Lucien will give his best in the Swiss Championship this Saturday 23rd.
For Ion Areitio, climbing on the podium was just a step away. The Basque rider performed perfectly in the quarter-finals and scored 0 points in both rounds, achieving a pass into the semi-finals. A setback that same night meant that Ion wasn’t in the best state to get behind the handlebars of his M5 and face the difficult semi-final. His physical state meant a good performance was not predicted but despite the physical discomfort, the rider put on an impeccable performance, achieving 2nd position with only 3 penalty points and thus achieving the much appreciated pass to the final. It was a heart attack inducing final, in which we could see the Monty rider at the head of the race and leading the competition to the last zone. He had no other option than to take risks to achieve victory, but a mistake meant he was pushed back to 4th place in the ranking.
It has not been an easy weekend; the physical injuries suffered on Saturday tired me out a little, but I saw that despite the problems I was able to compete with those ahead of me and achieve 3rd position in the general classification. It was a very positive weekend.
Despite all of the setbacks suffered in the second round of the Trial World Cup, we have full confidence in the ability of our ProRACE team. Keep working hard and look ahead to the next aim: the 3rd round in Austria, off we go!