Toni Bou won his 15th outdoor world title, the 29th of his sporting career, while Laia Sanz won her 14th world title, her first in eight years, after returning to Trial racing.
GALFER Trial riders, both male and female, were unbeatable again in the 2021 season. In the men’s category, Toni Bou (Montesa-Honda) won his 15th outdoor Trial World Championship after taking victory in the final race in Portugal, despite only needing one point to win the championship. Toni Bou had four penalty points fewer than Adam Raga (TRRS) and six fewer than Jaime Busto (Vertigo) and therefore topped the podium with his Montesa-Honda equipped with GALFER disc brakes and pads. The event was also marked by the retirement of his Japanese team-mate, Takahisa Fujinami, who bids farewell to racing after 26 seasons and one world title in 2004.
In the women’s category there was a fantastic battle between Laia Sanz (GasGas) and Emma Bristow (Sherco), both representing GALFER. Only 1 point separated the two riders when they arrived in Portugal, where Sanz had fewer penalty points than all her rivals, allowing her to take the Grand Prix and the women’s Trial title. Emma Bristow made more mistakes than Laia Sanz and Berta Abellán and, after winning the last 7 titles, could only manage third place in the GP and second in the 2021 World Championship. For Laia Sanz this was her 14th outdoor Trial World Championship, eight years after her last victory.