X-Trial Budapest will be the scene of a double debut, for Championship newcomers Gabriel Marcelli and Luca Petrella
The FIM X-Trial World Championship continues to open doors to the youth hopefuls in the discipline, to facilitate their growth in the competition. X-Trial Budapest, which will take place on 29th March in the Hungarian capital, will be the scene of two new young riders: Spaniard Gabriel Marcelli (Montesa) and Italy´s Luca Petrella (TRS).
They are joined as ´event riders´ by Takahisa Fujinami (Repsol Montesa Honda), who earned a first podium of the season last time out in Paris and with it automatic qualification, and Miquel Gelabert (Sherco), one of the stars of the season who appears once again as a nominated rider. Throughout the season, the Championship riders are: newly crowned 12-times World Champion Toni Bou (Repsol Montesa Honda), world number two Adam Raga (TRS), and direct rivals for third in the World Championship Benoit Bincaz (Scorpa), Paris winner Jaime Busto (Gas Gas) and Great Britain´s James Dabill (Beta).
Gabriel Marcelli, at just eighteen years of age, comes into the X-Trial season as the runner-up of the Trial2 World Championship, having taken six podium finishes including four victories.
Luca Petrella, age nineteen, rode for the Italian team that finished fourth in the 2017 X-Trial of Nations. The young TRS representative was the 2014 Youth Championship runner-up.
Tickets for X-Trial Budapest are available to buy at: www.x-trial.com