Brilliant win for Toni Bou in the French TrialGP

Courtesy of Repsol Honda Team Trial

  GP France 17

TrialGP 2017   Round TR4 , Trial 1

The world champion didn’t budge an inch and rode to a laboured victory in Lourdes which reinstates Bou on the top of the TrialGP podium. Alongside him on the rostrum was Jaime Busto, who after having clinched a first-ever podium last weekend, has clearly taken a liking to the flavour of success.

An excellent day all round for Repsol Honda Team in this fourth round of the TrialGP World Championship where a fourth place for Takahisa Fujinami can be added the first and third places of Toni Bou and Jaime Busto.

The Lourdes escapade was a demanding one. The morning rain had left most of the sections muddy and meant that good results were an arduous challenge. To complicate proceedings further, the maximum permitted times on the first lap were so tight that they led to a string of penalizations.

Toni Bou picked up a couple of fives in the more delicate sections on the first lap, before completing the second round in better conditions, mistake-free, for an accumulated total of twenty-one marks, six of which were for time penalties. Bou lengthens his advantage in the overall standings to thirteen points over nearest second place rival Adam Raga, who finished today behind the champion.

Basque rider Jaime Busto, Toni’s sidekick in the Repsol Honda Team, replicated his podium finish of last week where he had taken runner-up spot in Andorra. Busto posted third today after a fine display of quality. The score-count on the second lap was far lower than the first time around, with seven marks out of a total of forty-eight.

Takahisa Fujinami too was in a constant battle for a podium place, although errors in the final sections of the first lap proved costly. Today’s fourth place does, however, leave the Japanese rider equal on points with team-mate Busto in the overall standings.

In the constructor’s championship, Montesa continues to lead and pulls further ahead with a 37-point advantage.

The fifth and next round of the TrialGP World Championship takes place on June 9th in Tong, United Kingdom.

 

Toni Bou  1

TRIAL: 1st  STANDINGS: 1st

After the Andorra trial, getting the good sensations back was very important for me and I struggled to be comfortable in this trial. Yesterday I got the pole and today I was able to ride well on the bike and managed a zero on lap two. Everything has gone very well and this victory is very important for the championship. I also want to congratulate Jaime for joining me on the podium. He has an incredible level and I knew that these good results would come. It has been a very good weekend and I am very happy about how everything went.

 

Takahisa Fujinami  3

TRIAL: 4th  STANDINGS: 4th

I think that the first half the race was not bad, but the time was stressing me out and I picked up five in the final section. I think I could have got onto the podium and that has annoyed me a bit. On the second lap I kept it together and stayed close to Jaime, who has achieved his second podium of the year. I think we should congratulate Toni, and also Jaime too. My result is not bad, considering that I have been close on points to a podium place.

 

Jaime Busto  69

TRIAL: 3rd  STANDINGS: 3rd

I am very happy because it has been a difficult trial for me. I had damaged ribs from the Andorra trial, and they caused me a lot of pain, even so, once in the competition I was able to handle the whole event quite well. The sections, on the first lap were fine, and after drying out it got a bit easier.

Miquel Cirera

Team Manager

After the results in Andorra, which were not what we had hoped for, the riders worked hard to get this good overall result for the team. And I want to congratulate them on this, for the victory of Toni, the laboured podium place of Jaime’s and for the fourth place of Fujinami, who had been looking for the podium since the beginning. We will continue to struggle to try to repeat and improve, although it is not easy because Adam is a great rival. We are also very happy for the victory of Gabriel Marcelli in Trial2, which helps us to keep ahead in the constructor’s championship.

Results TrialGP of France 2017

Pos. Rider Num Nation L1 L2 L3 T3 Points Team Time/Gap
1 Bou Toni 1 SPA 15 0 6 20 Repsol Honda Team 21
2 Raga Adam 67 SPA 25 6 8 17 TRS Factory Team 39
3 Busto Jaime 69 SPA 36 7 5 15 Repsol Honda Team 48
4 Fujinami Takahisa 3 JPN 41 6 5 13 Repsol Honda Team 52
5 Fajardo Jeroni 47 SPA 37 12 6 11 Vertigo Factory Team 55
6 Cabestany Albert 37 SPA 45 22 10 Sherco Factory Team 67
7 Gelabert Miquel 10 SPA 55 19 9 Sherco Factory Team 74
8 Kadlec Franz 11 GER 58 23 6 8 Gas Gas Factory Team 87
9 Grattarola Matteo 9 ITA 60 24 3 7 Gas Gas FG Italia 87
10 Dabill James 7 GBR 50 35 7 6 Gas Gas Factory Team 92
11 Noguera Oriol 15 SPA 54 36 4 5 MRW Gas Gas Trial Team 94
12 Bincaz Benoit 16 FRA 56 38 4 Scorpa Factory 94
13 Farre Arnau 19 SPA 50 44 5 3 RFME Spea 99
14 Ferrer Alexandre 13 FRA 56 38 6 2 Sherco Factory Team 100
15 Karlsson Eddie 12 SWE 60 40 2 1 RG Team 102
16 Casales Jorge 33 SPA 57 32 20 0 Beta Factory Racing 109
17 Gubian Loris 14 FRA 61 48 0 Beta 109
18 Price Jack 34 GBR 64 44 8 0 Gas Gas Factory Team 116
 

Rider Standings

Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team
1 Bou Toni 1 SPA 95 Repsol Honda Team
2 Raga Adam 67 SPA 82 TRS Factory Team
3 Busto Jaime 69 SPA 61 Repsol Honda Team
4 Fujinami Takahisa 3 JPN 61 Repsol Honda Team
5 Fajardo Jeroni 47 SPA 60 Vertigo Factory Team
6 Cabestany Albert 37 SPA 57 Sherco Factory Team
7 Dabill James 7 GBR 45 Gas Gas Factory Team
8 Casales Jorge 33 SPA 32 Beta Factory Racing
9 Kadlec Franz 11 GER 32 Gas Gas Factory Team
10 Grattarola Matteo 9 ITA 22 Gas Gas FG Italia
11 Gelabert Miquel 10 SPA 21 Sherco Factory Team
12 Farre Arnau 19 SPA 18 RFME Spea
13 Noguera Oriol 15 SPA 14 MRW Gas Gas Trial Team
14 Bincaz Benoit 16 FRA 14 Scorpa Factory
15 Price Jack 34 GBR 11 Gas Gas Factory Team
16 Kuroyama Kenichi 98 JPN 11 Yamaha Racing
17 Karlsson Eddie 12 SWE 7 RG Team
18 Ferrer Alexandre 13 FRA 7 Sherco Factory Team
19 Nozaki Fumitaka 99 JPN 3 Sherco Factory Team
20 Gubian Loris 14 FRA 2 Beta

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