The best Trial riders on the planet converge on the Pyrenean principality of Andorra this coming weekend (7-9 June) for round two of the 2024 Hertz FIM Trial World Championship where TrialGP and Trial2 competitors will be joined for the first time this season by the up-and-coming stars of the Trial3 class.

  • 2024 Hertz FIM Trial World Championship resumes with TrialGP of Andorra
  • Toni Bou and Jack Peace defend TrialGP and Trial2 leads
  • Trial3 competitors swing into action for the first time this year

Rested and refreshed after a three-week break in the schedule following the opening round in Japan, the TrialGP of Andorra will see competitors taken – quite literally – to new heights with the event base in Sant Julià de Lòria situated nine-hundred metres above sea level and some sections lying a further five-hundred metres higher up the imposing mountain slopes.

The effects of high altitude and lower oxygen levels on riders and their machines is well known, but having visited Andorra eight times in the last nine years the teams will be ready for the challenge – and one rider in particular should feel completely at home.

Spanish superstar and defending TrialGP champion Toni Bou (Montesa) lives in Andorra and heads into round two with an eight-point advantage after his dominant double win in Japan so on paper at least he should start favourite. However, he will have to contend with his compatriot and long-time rival Adam Raga (Sherco) who following his off-season change of teams looked rejuvenated at the opening round where he recorded three-two finishes to tie for second in the standings with Gabriel Marcelli (Montesa).

Out of the last eight editions of the TrialGP of Andorra, Bou has claimed eight day wins to Raga’s six while Marcelli’s best result has been a fourth back in his debut season in the class in 2020 which throws up the potential of at least one new visitor to this season’s podium.

A pair of fourth-placed finishes at the Mobility Resort Motegi was a great start for Aniol Gelabert (TRRS) and he will be looking to build on this and you can be certain that France’s Benoit Bincaz (Sherco), who is currently fifth in the points, would dearly like to claim the second TrialGP podium of his career this weekend.

Spain’s Jaime Busto (GASGAS) and Italian veteran Matteo Grattarola (Beta) – who finished second and third in Andorra on both days last year – will also be pushing for podium finishes after disappointing performances in Japan and Britain’s Toby Martyn (Honda) is hungry for his first top-three finish at this elite level.

Competition is guaranteed to be fierce in Trial2 where Britain’s Jack Peace (Sherco) has a slender advantage at the top following his four-one finishes in Japan.

In a class where the results can at times be unpredictable, just two points separate the top four with Peace one ahead of Spain’s Alex Canales (Sherco) and France’s Gael Chatagno (Electric Motion) with 2022 champion Sondre Haga (GASGAS) from Norway – who claimed an historic first win at this level for an electric motorcycle on the opening day in Japan – just a further point adrift.

It would also be unwise to rule out Britain’s defending champion Billy Green (Scorpa) who performed below his best in Japan as well as his compatriot Jack Dance (GASGAS) who claimed a day win in Andorra in 2023.

Reigning Trial3 champion George Hemingway (Beta) gets the defence of his crown under way this weekend. After dominating last season with six day wins from twelve starts, the sixteen-year-old British rider should start as favourite, especially as his three main rivals from 2023 have all moved up to Trial2.

This leaves Poland’s Pawel Ryncarz (TRRS) as his highest-ranked opponent from last year, but with an influx of new riders this season there are sure to be a few surprises in store.

 The points-scoring action at Sant Julià de Lòria gets under way at 09:00 local time on 8 June and will be streamed LIVE on FIM-MOTO-TV from 13:15 local time with a season pass – covering all seven rounds and the FIM Trial des Nations – priced at €34.90.

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