Repsol's Laia Sanz Takes Her Seventh World Championship Title
By: Tasha Crook | Published 23 September 2006, 22:32 | Views: 2,321 | tags: offroad, trials, repsol montesa hrc, laia sanz
Laia Sanz (Montesa-HRC Cota 4RT) has achieved this Saturday her seventh consecutive World Championship title in a row, after clinching the victory of the second scoring round, and with the last round of the series yet to be staged in Bréal sous Montfort (France) next Friday. With this new sports success, the Repsol-Montesa HRC rider has manager to equal the results of Jordi Tarrés y Dougie Lampkin, the two legends of this motorcycling speciality.The multiple-champion has not been able to celebrate her victory until the end of the last section of the trial, staged on an easy terrain where any mistake could be very expensive, due to a fiasco in the first passage that forced her to make a perfect second passage, which Sanz performed without a single penalty.
"I have been forced to do my very best in the second passage to try to win and get the title in the first chance. Maybe it's been the tension I have felt but the truth is that with one of the aims achieved I feel like in heaven, both for myself and for the Repsol-Montesa HRC team. Seven world titles...
Yes, that's the same number of titles clinched by Jordi Tarrés and later by Dougie Lampkin, although it has a different kind of value for me because it' hard for me to compare. I would even dare to say that I would change my seven titles for one of theirs".
Born on 11 December 1985 in Corbera de Llobregat (Barcelona), her hometown, Laia Sanz was only four years old when she got for the first time on a motorbike. She had her debut in competition in 1992 and clinched her first victory in 1997. The highlights of her sports career are the seven world championship titles achieved in a row since 2000 but she has also achieved five consecutive continental titles, including the one achieved only last Sunday. This is Laia Sanz's third season in the Repsol-Montesa HRC team, having as team mates British rider Dougie Lampkin and Takahisa Fujinami from Japan.
Date of birth: 11.12.1985 Place of birth: Corbera de Llobregat (Barcelona) Height: 1.78 m. Weight: 73 Kg. First competition: Trial of Spain 2000 (women) First podium finish: Trial of Spain 2000 First victory: Trial of Spain 2000 Total victories: 8 (in the women's world championship). World titles: 7 (women's) Years as Repsol rider: 4 Hobbies: Music, ski and fronton.
1999: 3rd Spanish and Catalan Junior Trial Championship
2000: Women's World Trial Champion (FIM Cup) Runner-up Women's European Trial Championship Women's Spanish Junior Trial Champion Team victory Women's Trial des Nations
2001: Women's World Trial Champion (FIM Cup) Runner-up Women's European Trial Championship Runner-up Team Women's Trial des Nations
2002: Women's World Trial Champion (FIM Cup) Women's European Trial Champion Team victory Women's Trial des Nations 3rd Spanish Junior Trial Championship
2003: Women's World Trial Champion Women's European Trial Champion winning all the staged rounds 5th Spanish Senior B Championship (only female participant) 11th Junior World Trial Championship (without having participated in the four first rounds and being the only female participant) Winner Senior Class Dos Días de Crianza de Trial (only female participant)
2004: Women's World Trial Champion Women's European Trial Champion 5th Junior World Trial Championship
2005: Women's World Trial Champion Women's European Trial Champion 4th Junior World Trial Championship
2006: Women's World Trial Champion Women's European Trial Champion
Laia has been riding bikes for seventeen years now and her large record is good proof of it. She had her first contact with the two-wheel machines at the young age of four riding around her hometown Corbera de Llobregat (Barcelona). From that moment on she decided to invest all her energy in a sport that is almost monopolised by men, and took her first victory at the age of twelve, thus calling the attention of the fans and experts right away.
She competed for the first time in 1992 and her first victory arrived in 1997. Laias progression since then has been constant, achieving seven Women's World Trial Championships in a row, from 2000 to 2006, the last five of them complemented by the European title in the same class. She made her debut in Montesa-HRC in the 2004 season. Laia has achieved everything that can be achieved in the women's class and her aims are already set on getting good results in the absolute classes, thanks to the constant support she is receiving from her team-mates Lampkin and Fujinami.
Laia, has also learned a lot from all of them. Continuous effort, hard work, and a refined technique allowed her to face the 2006 season with the highest ambitions and achieve all his sporting aim. She is always ready to keep on breaking records in the women's class but also to make it harder for male competitors. Between race and race, during the little spare time she has between competitions, Laia enjoys music and sports.
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