Courtesy of Repsol Honda Team Trial
Repsol Honda Team rider Toni Bou claimed the top honours with a fine ride in Pobladura de las Regueras, León, the third round of the TrialGP World Championship. Team-mate Takahisa Fujinami finished the trial in eighth position.
The third round of the elite trial competition proved to be a tough course, not least due to the official observers who were often overly-strict in scoring the ten sections which riders had to complete over the three laps.
Repsol Honda Team rider Toni Bou, rode a rags-to-riches trial, starting poorly, later dominating and finally finishing to be crowned winner atop the podium. Toni did not get off to the best of starts, picking up seventeen marks on the first lap, but was able to bounce back with eight points on lap two and just three on the third. Bou continues to head the general TrialGP World Championship standings, now holding four points more than the nearest second-placed rival.
Japanese Takahisa Fujinami did not have the best of days and was unable to find the right sensations needed to keep a good pace and eventually had to settle for eighth position. The result puts ‘Fujigas’ into seventh overall place in the world championship table.
With no time for a break, the Repsol Honda Team will be back tomorrow to tackle the fourth round of the world championship at the same location in the Bierzo region.
Toni Bou 1
TRIAL:1st OVERALL: 1st
I am very happy with the victory today. I hadn’t arrived in the physical condition that I wanted; I still don’t have much strength in my arm, but at least I don’t have the cramp any more. I was able to battle up until the end of the trial, so I am very happy. Now, it’s time to recover well and work with the physio to be in as good shape as possible for tomorrow.
Takahisa Fujinami 3
TRIAL: 8th OVERALL: 7th
Today was really difficult. The sections and controls were really strict so I was not able to keep a good rhythm. I tried to improve on the second and third lap, but today things did not work out. Tomorrow will be another day, a new trial in which I will have to do a complete “reset” to be able to give it everything tomorrow.
A great trial today with victory for Toni. Congratulations to him because it was not an easy one: he had to battle hard since he still has the physical problems that he was suffering in France. Tomorrow will be harder, as the discomfort will increase. We are sure that he will fight hard and give it everything to win again. On the other hand, it was not such a very good day for Fujinami, we will have to continue working to try to improve on the results.