Trials legend Laia Sanz has decided to return from whence she came and take on Britain’s Emma Bristow in the 2021 FIM Women’s World Championship.
Sanz already had 13 world titles before moving away to the world of Dakar, but has developed a hunger for more and she may also race for GasGas in enduro events.
But she is currently battling with Lyme disease which has curtailed pre-season practice.
“I’m so happy about competing in trial again. It’s something I would have liked to have done last year, and we had everything ready, but one week before the first TrialGP round I contracted Lyme disease, which forced me off the bike for a while,” said Sanz.
“I’ve wanted to come back to trial for a long time now. I have always loved trial and to have the possibility to return with GasGas it’s just perfect. Albert, our team manager, is a great guy and a great rider, so I know he’ll be able to help me a lot. The bike works so, so well, so rather than testing I’ve been able to focus on regaining the skills needed to compete at the highest level, and I feel like I am getting there now.
“Eight years have gone by since my last TrialGP season so obviously I have lost some of my ability, but I feel good and I’m getting more and more comfortable with the bike each day. Outside of TrialGP, being appointed as a GasGas Brand Ambassador is huge for me.
“We began our journey together last year so to continue with the brand and be more hands on with all the bikes is really important. Not only are they really enjoyable to ride but they are great for training and who knows, maybe I’ll compete in some one-off races for fun.”