"The Cathedral" ready to host the best

April 5, 2022
by Pere Flores @Perflo135 / FIM X-Trial Journalist

At the 2022 season's half-way mark no less than five different riders have made the podium places, including series leader Toni Bou

Barcelona’s Palau Sant Jordi, nicknamed “The Cathedral” of X-Trial, will host the fourth Round of the X-Trial World Championship on Sunday 10th April.  Toni Bou (Repsol Honda Trial Team) has taken control of the 2022 series with an unbeaten hat-trick of victories and five of the six available bonus points for individual run wins.  

Adam Raga (TRRS) returns to the scene of his most recent X-Trial win at Barcelona in 2019 having just notched the sport’s all-time appearance record at 140.  He remains Bou’s closest rival overall, with two second place finishes and a third.  

Three different riders have completed the podium places at the opening three Rounds.  Italy’s Matteo Grattarola (Beta) was third at the season-opening X-Trial Nice and remains provisionally in the bronze medal position.  Britain’s Toby Martyn (TRRS), who made the podium in Chalon-Sur-Saône a fortnight ago, now returns following national duty that deprived him of the chance to compete at X-Trial Madrid last weekend.  And Gabriel Marcelli (Repsol Honda Trial Team) is again the Wild Card after his sensational second place last time out, repeating his feat from November’s edition of X-Trial Barcelona.  

Riders looking for their first top-three finish of the campaign include Jaime Busto (Vertigo), who moved fourth in the series standings in the Spanish capital, and Benoit Bincaz (Gas Gas) who has been unfortunate this season so far.  Norway’s Sondre Haga (Beta) hasn’t previously ridden under the roof of the Palau Sant Jordi and is sure to enjoy this prestigious event in front of the Catalan fans.  

For the second consecutive season Barcelona will also be the venue for the Women’s Trophy, in which Emma Bristow, Berta Abellán, Sandra Gómez, Naomi Monnier and Andrea Sofia Rabino renew their rivalries.  

X-Trial Barcelona is set for 17:00 local time on Sunday, and as always if you can’t be there be sure to visit www.x-trial.tv .