Australian trial riders Connor Hogan, Haydon Barwick and Benjamin Walling put up a strong showing in Round 1 of the Trial World Championships in Arteixo, Spain over the weekend.
Connor Hogan, who competed in the large Trial 2 class, managed a number of clean sections over both days of competition and finished in 38th place. Trial 2 (or previous equivalent class names) is the highest that any Australian rider has competed at in the last decade or more. Hogan's performance showcased his skills as one of Australia's best Trials riders. Bonus: Connor bailing on an obstacle like a koala
Benjamin Walling, another young rider from Australia, finished both days of competition in 16th place, achieving clean runs on several challenging sections.
Haydon Barwick managed a couple of low scoring sections and cleaned Section 12 on both days. He placed 19th on day 1 and improved slightly on Day 2 to 18th position. This is a significant achievement given the section's technical difficulty at this world level Trial 3 class.
As they head into into the Portugal round at Gouveia this weekend, all three riders will be looking to build on the confidence gained in Spain and showcase their Aussie best again this weekend. We wish the riders the best of luck in Portugal this weekend as they continue to represent Australia in the Trial World Championships.
Fans of the sport can tune in to the live stream of the event on fim-moto.tv website to watch and cheer on the Aussies and follow their favourite international riders. From this weekend the coverage moves from free to a pay per view/season.
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