Female Trials: Sanz Wins 11th Title (Video)

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2011 Trial World Championship

The years go by and the rivals change, but the Feminine Trial World Championship is still dominated by one rider since 2000: Laia Sanz.

The Repsol rider made history again today at the Czech Republic, by adding another world championship title -the eleventh- to her already amazing record, where she has another ten continental titles and the victory of the females category in the last edition of the Dakar.

At Tanvald, in the Czech Republic, Laia Sanz conquered yesterday the Trial European Championship title and today she did the same at the World Championship round. The rider of the Repsol Montesa Honda team, who won last week in Germany the first round of the Championship, gathered today her second victory of the series, securing the title one round before the end, as only the two best results count for the classification.

The Repsol rider will try to put the icing of this title’s cake by looking for a new triumph in the third and last round of the World Championship, which will take place on September 16th at Tolomezzo, Italy.

Laia Sanz (Repsol Trial) says: “Naturally, to be able to win the World Championship after achieving yesterday the European title is amazing. People ask me if I am not tired to win, but for me it is a challenge to keep gathering victories. I still have a lot of motivation because my rivals have also changed during the years and there come new generations willing to do it well.

“Winning both championships in such an intense year is very valuable for me, as I dedicated a lot of energy to the Dakar Rally, which is a race that requires a different preparation than that of the trial. This year is undoubtedly the best of my sporting career.”

Laia Sanz has spent twenty years on a motorbike and his extensive track record shows it. She had her first contact with the two wheels at four near her house in Corbera de Llobregat (Barcelona). From that moment on she decided to focus all her energy in a sport where nearly all riders were men, although at twelve she had already taken her first victory, which quickly attracted the attention of fans and experts of this sport.

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