Courtesy of Repsol Honda Team Trial
Repsol Honda Team rider Toni Bou once again claimed the top honours on day two of the trial in Pobladura de las Regueras, León, taking his season victory tally to three. Bou increases his lead in the overall standings to a ten-point advantage.
Differing from yesterday’s trial, the route for the second day of the Spanish TrialGP proved to be much tougher with certain sections virtually impossible to overcome. As a consequence, the trial produced a fairly even result in the final table. Toni Bou suffered throughout the day’s trial in Pobladura de las Regueras.
The demanding sections, coupled with the physical issues in the rider’s arms, saw Toni move up and down positions over the first lap, but by the second and third he was able to take command of the trial to eventually claim a third victory of the season. The result allows the current champion to stretch the gap at the top of the championship general standings where the trial star now holds a ten-point advantage over the nearest second place rival.
Japanese rider Takahisa Fujinami also had a rough time today in such a closely-fought competition. “Fujigas” was able to improve on the third lap of the course, but by then a podium place had already escaped him. At the end of the day the rider had to settle for ninth position. Fujinami currently lies in eighth overall position in the championship table, although just four points away from fourth overall position.
The next Trial World Championship event will be held next week in the town of Sant Julià de Lória, in Andorra.
Toni Bou 1
TRIAL: 1st OVERALL: 1st
Today has been a very positive day as it was very hard and we all made quite a few mistakes. It has been a difficult day, not only because of the discomfort in my arm, but also because I didn’t feel quite right on the bike. The trial was very close, but we struggled to get a very important victory in the championship. We will try to arrive in the best possible shape for the trial in Andorra.
Takahisa Fujinami 3
TRIAL: 9th OVERALL: 8th
Today was a very hard day psychologically as the trial was very difficult and many riders made many fiascos, so the positions in the results table were changing a lot. We have tried to modify some things on the bike but I think we have not hit the right key. On the third lap I was able to clear my mind and improve, but it was not enough. I am happy with the work done so far, but the results are lacking. I’m confident that they will come in the next race in Andorra.
Congratulations to Toni, today it was not easy for him to win. Although it may not seem like it, he suffered a lot physically, he is not at 100% and being the second trial day in a row, everything is tougher. I want to congratulate him because he always does his best, even when he is not well. For Fujinami we will have to see what is wrong and work on it for the next dates. This season is difficult having all the trial so close together and without time to work between one and the next.
We also want to congratulate Gabriel Marcelli on his podium. It is always nice to see Montesas on the podium. It is a pleasure working with him and seeing his talent grow.