Portugal returned to the TrialGP calendar and proved to be a historic encounter as Toni Bou – Repsol Honda used the occasion to secure his one hundredth victory and beat Dougie Lampkin’s long standing record of ninety-nine wins.
After a slight mistake in Saturday opening qualification session, Bou signalled that he was looking to follow up his victory in Andorra as he put on a dominant display in Q2 to take pole position ahead of Sunday’s main event.
Toni carried forward his supremacy and took control of Sunday’s Trial from the outset to open a healthy lead by the end of lap one and even an unexpected five on the penultimate hazard of the day did little to damage the real scale of his winning margin as he seized the record in style.
Dan Peace – Gas Gas proved to be the surprise in Trial2 taking his first win of the season, on a day when series leader Matteo Grattarola – Honda slumped to tenth and saw his championship advantage greatly slashed.
Joint fifth at the end of the first lap, Trial125 championship leader Billy Green – Beta mounted an incredible fight back to seal his fourth win of the year.
With plenty of action and drama, plus a never-ending supply of huge granite boulders to truly test the riders in all classes, TrialGP Portugal was a real winner itself.
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