First Podium for Busto

TrialGP 2017   Round TR3 , Trial 1

Jaime Busto gets his first podium place in the TrialGP World Championship

Two Repsol Honda Team riders made it onto the podium in round three of the TrialGP World Championship disputed this weekend in Andorra. Jaime Busto finally grabbed a top-flight rostrum place, while team-mate Toni Bou took the third spot.

The big name this weekend – if champion Toni Bou doesn’t mind – is Jaime Busto. After commanding the qualifying round yesterday, the young Repsol Honda Team rider showed great focus and technique today. Busto led for most of the event before taking second place at the close. A mere point separated the promising younster from the day’s eventual winner Adam Raga. This marks the first world championship podium spot for the Basque rider since he debuted in the top category in the 2015 season.

Toni Bou meanwhile, conceded five of the fifteen point advantage that he had at the start of the trial to arch-rival Adam Raga. The third place overall was caused by a serious error in one of the final sections of the first lap, which saw the champion miss one of the obligatory passes. In spite of notching up the top score on lap two, with six marks, Bou finished a point adrift of his team-mate and two behind the day’s winner.

The remaining rider of the Repsol Honda Team trio, Takahisa Fujinami, was in the battle for a top finish until one too many mistakes saw the Japanese rider have to settle for fifth place. Fujigas is now on 4th position at Championship standings.

There will be no break for the world championship which stops off in Lourdes, Frances, for the fourth date of the season next weekend. Like the rest of the European dates, the competition will be just a single-day event on Sunday.

 
 

Toni Bou  1

TRIAL: 3RD  STANDINGS: 1ST

The worst mistake was the one that I made in section fourteen as I did the section virtually without looking as I was really running out of time and I went outside of the permitted zone. That error proved really costly and basically robbed me of the victory. The other penalties were to be expected, but that one at the fourteenth… Well, we all know that these are things that can happen, so the only thing that we can do is keep on fighting round by round in the championship.

  Toni Bou  
   
     
   
 

Takahisa Fujinami  3

TRIAL: 5TH  STANDINGS: 4TH

Today’s trial was, as we had expected, a tough one. When we went to check out the zones they looked easy, but in the end you either get a zero or you end up with the penalty. I made a few mistakes and in the end I had to really rush as the time was running out. I ended up finishing fifth, a bit off the podium, but I am sure that there will be better races ahead. I wish to congratulate Jaime or his first podium in a world championship. Keep it up Jaime!

  Takahisa Fujinami  
   
     
   
 

Jaime Busto  69

TRIAL: 2ND  STANDINGS: 6TH

I’m really happy to finally get my first podium in a world championship. Last year I was really close and this year had started quite badly, so it was time to change the trend. The weekend went very well, yesterday with the pole position and I’m really pleaded with today’s second place.

  Jaime Busto  
   
     
   
 

Miquel Cirera

Team Manager

Today Jaime had a really great trial, in the battle for the victory up until the final section, before finally finishing in second place. It’s a really great result for him and the team is really thrilled for him. But on the other hand, the aim of the team is the victory and not being able to win in Toni’s ‘home’ Andorra leaves a bitter taste in the mouth. Fujinami was also in the battle for the podium but it was far from easy and there is a lot of competition in such an easy trial. That’s the way things go and we have done all that we could do. Let’s hope that things go better in the next round.

  Miquel Cirera  
   
     
   
 

Results TrialGP of Andorra

Pos. Rider Num Nation L1 L2 L3 T3 Points Team Time/Gap
1 RAGA Adam 67 SPA 14 10   8 20 TRS Factory Team 32
2 BUSTO Jaime 69 SPA 16 12   5 17 Repsol Honda Team 33
3 BOU Toni 1 SPA 20 6   8 15 Repsol Honda Team 34
4 CASALES Jorge 33 SPA 24 15   4 13 Beta Factory Racing 43
5 FUJINAMI Takahisa 3 JPN 28 18   3 11 Repsol Honda Team 49
6 FAJARDO Jeroni 47 SPA 23 22   6 10 Vertigo Factory Team 51
7 CABESTANY Albert 37 SPA 27 21   7 9 Sherco Factory Team 55
8 FARRE Arnau 19 SPA 29 33   3 8 RFME Spea 65
9 GRATTAROLA Matteo 9 ITA 35 21   3 7 Gas Gas FG Italia 69
10 KADLEC Franz 11 GER 34 29   6 6 Gas Gas Factory Team 69
11 DABILL James 7 GBR 33 34   7 5 Gas Gas Factory Team 74
12 NOGUERA Oriol 15 SPA 34 41   3 4 MRW Gas Gas Trial Team 78
13 KARLSSON Eddie 12 SWE 42 37   5 3 RG Team 84
14 FERRER Alexandre 13 FRA 47 33   9 2 Sherco Factory Team 89
15 PRICE Jack 34 GBR 43 45   2 1 Gas Gas Factory Team 90
16 GUBIAN Loris 14 FRA 54 51   11 0 Beta 117
17 GELABERT Miquel 10 SPA         0 Sherco Factory Team  
18 BINCAZ Benoit 16 FRA         0 Scorpa Factory  
 
   
     
   
 

Rider Standings

Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team
1 BOU Toni 1 SPA 75 Repsol Honda Team
2 RAGA Adam 67 SPA 65 TRS Factory Team
3 FAJARDO Jeroni 47 SPA 49 Vertigo Factory Team
4 FUJINAMI Takahisa 3 JPN 48 Repsol Honda Team
5 CABESTANY Albert 37 SPA 47 Sherco Factory Team
6 BUSTO Jaime 69 SPA 46 Repsol Honda Team
7 DABILL James 7 GBR 39 Gas Gas Factory Team
8 CASALES Jorge 33 SPA 32 Beta Factory Racing
9 KADLEC Franz 11 GER 24 Gas Gas Factory Team
10 FARRE Arnau 19 SPA 15 RFME Spea
11 GRATTAROLA Matteo 9 ITA 15 Gas Gas FG Italia
12 GELABERT Miquel 10 SPA 12 Sherco Factory Team
13 PRICE Jack 34 GBR 11 Gas Gas Factory Team
14 KUROYAMA Kenichi 98 JPN 11 Yamaha Racing
15 BINCAZ Benoit 16 FRA 10 Scorpa Factory
16 NOGUERA Oriol 15 SPA 9 MRW Gas Gas Trial Team
17 KARLSSON Eddie 12 SWE 6 RG Team
18 FERRER Alexandre 13 FRA 5 Sherco Factory Team
19 NOZAKI Fumitaka 99 JPN 3 Sherco Factory Team
20 GUBIAN Loris 14 FRA 2 Beta