The eight-date provisional calendar for the 2021 FIM Trial World Championship has been released and, following this season’s abbreviated programme due to COVID-19, it would represent a welcome return to normality depending on the evolution of the pandemic.
With one event still to be confirmed, at present the best Trial riders in the world will compete across two continents and at least seven different countries in a schedule that runs from May until September.
The championship gets under way with two points-paying days at the world-famous Twin Ring Motegi circuit on May 14-16 where, apart from in 2020, the Japanese TrialGP has been staged every year since 2000.
Last visited in 2017, the next stop is Sokolov for the Czech Republic TrialGP on June 5-6 before competitors return to Tolmezzo for the first time since the 2011 Trial des Nations for the Italian TrialGP on June 12-13.
With details still to be confirmed for round four on July 3-4, the action then shifts to the established Tong venue where two scoring days make up the Great Britain TrialGP on July 9-11. Riders then get a break before locking horns at altitude in the Pyrenees at Sant Julià for the Andorran TrialGP on August 21-22.
The penultimate round is the French TrialGP which visits the new venue of Cahors on August 28-29 before the series signs off at Baiona, scene of the 2017 Trial des Nations, for the Spanish TrialGP on September 11-12.
Competitors in the TrialGP and Trial2 class will contest all eight rounds while the TrialGP Women and Trial2 Women riders will get their championship up and running in the Czech Republic, then travel to Italy and the still to be confirmed venue before the deciding round in Spain.
The Trial125 class will be fought out in the Czech Republic, Italy, Great Britain, Andorra and France and the FIM Trial-E Cup for electric motorcycles will be decided in Italy, Andorra and France.
The Trial des Nations will be held on September 17-19 at Gouveia in Portugal.