With last year’s top two Alex Brancati (Beta) and Maddie Hoover (Gas Gas) both graduating to the premier TrialGP Women class for this season’s FIM Trial World Championship, it was guaranteed that there would be some new faces on the Trial2 Women podium in 2019.
Few, however, could have predicted that a series newcomer would establish herself at the front of the field – but that’s exactly what Germany’s Vivian Wachs (TRRS) has done, although she freely admits that she’s surprised even herself with her success!
“I didn’t expect that because it was my first World Championship,” said Vivian, “although my goal was the top three.”
The 20-year-old got off to a nervous start at the series opener on a hot and dusty day in Gouveia in Portugal, ending the opening lap three marks adrift of the lead and locked in a three-way tie for second.
Then, when the going got tough on lap two, Vivian got going to run out a clear winner and she repeated this feat the following weekend at TrialGP France at the Alpine resort of Auron to open up a six-point lead at the top of the table with just one round – TrialGP Spain – left on the calendar.
Introduced to Trial by her father who is a keen rider, Vivian started competing at the age of six after two years getting to grips with balance and throttle control on a PW50 and the fast-rising talent from Bavaria hasn’t looked back.
With the final round at La Nucia on September 21-22 fast approaching, Vivian is concentrating on keeping her cool and not succumbing to the pressure that all champions – past, present and future – must deal with.
“There is no extra pressure. I just want to give my best. I don’t have a plan for next year yet but I hope that I can ride the TrialGP Women class.”
The TrialGP Women title is the ultimate prize for feet-up females and if Vivian does win the championship and move up to the premier class in 2020 she’s fully aware of the huge challenges that lie ahead.
“I think it is really difficult [to win the TrialGP Women title] because the other girls are really strong but I hope that I can finish on the podium in the future.”
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