Bou claims victory

TrialGP 2017    Round TR1 , Trial 1 

Toni Bou claims victory in a highly-complicated Spanish TrialGP

Repsol Honda Team rider Toni Bou started the Trial Outdoor World Championship in the best way possible with a convincing triumph and a notable display in Camprodón this weekend. 

The weather turned out to be one of the main protagonists in today’s trial. After a fine start yesterday during the qualifying round, conditions took a turn for the worst later with storms blowing up after the initial phase had finished. Riders awoke today to a splendid sunny day, before a radical change took hold, with torrential downpours and even hail. The result was fifteen sectors now far harder than had been previously expected. 

Toni Bou rose to the occasion, clinching a 90th world championship outdoor win. The tougher the hazards, the better the Repsol Honda Team ace performed to finish the day with a considerable advantage over closest rival Adam Raga. Bou finished with a twelve point gap, which lowered his first lap score by ten marks over the nearest second place rival. The champion, aboard the Montesa Cota 4RT, becomes the first leader in the new season.

Japanese Takahisa Fujinami was able to make amends for yesterday’s qualifying position by producing a solid performance that had him jostling for a final podium place. Fujigas placed fifth on the day, a single point off fourth spot. 

Meanwhile, young Jaime Busto was suffering in the sections with the worsening conditions. After rubbing shoulders with the big guns in the earlier part of the trial, Busto began to burden the scorecard with an excess of penalty points in the latter and had to settle for seventh overall place. 

Toni Bou’s triumph brings valuable points for Montesa in the constructor’s championship. An important win for Trial2 rider Gabriel Marcelli adds to the brand’s score.



Toni Bou   1


The first trial of the year was a complicated one with a lot of nerves and pressure. This place is a paradise for trial, but it’s not really the type that suits me best as I find it tough with all the mud. But I think I got through it pretty well. It was a hard event and I think the rain made it more difficult but I’m very pleased about the victory as it has been a great way to start the season. Adam is pushing as hard as always – he’s a really tough rival and I think that it will be a hard season for all of us. 

  Toni Bou  

Takahisa Fujinami   3


It was a really difficult trial. It was tough right from the start as I started out among the first riders after yesterday’s qualifying round. On the first lap I was eighth battling for points, but at the beginning of the second round it started to rain very heavily and that complicated things a lot as there wasn’t much time to finish the trial. Anyway, I’m satisfied to have finished ahead, just a point off fourth place. It is a good motivation to take to the next round which is the Japanese GP. 

  Takahisa Fujinami  

Jaime Busto   69


After the great day yesterday, things should have gone better today – at least in theory – but after the other riders had gone through the rocks became very slippery. It began to rain and it did so several times. Even though I don’t think I did the first lap that badly, on the second lap I picked up a couple of consecutive penalty points. Hopefully Japan will go a bit better. 

  Jaime Busto  

Miquel Cirera

Team Manager

We couldn’t have started the championship any better. It’s a championship with a lot of surprises for the new rules, but as usual Toni was able to show his best side with a great trial. Fujinami did what he could after starting out from in front; he didn’t have an easy trial. Jaime made various mistakes on the second lap and he ended up in seventh place. We will continue to work on improving these results. A few days from now we will be heading off to Japan. Likewise, we are very satisfied with the results from TR2 in its world championship debut. Gabriel Marcelli, a rider who the team has put its faith in, was able to show his great potential with a victory in spite of being such a young rider. His result helps us in the constructor’s championship. 

  Miquel Cirera  

Results TrialGP 2017 Camprodon, Spain 

Pos. Rider Num Nation L1 L2 L3 T3 Points Team Time/Gap
1 BOU Toni 1 SPA 28 18     0 Repsol Honda Team 46
2 RAGA Adam 67 SPA 29 29     0 TRS Factory Team 58
3 CABESTANY Albert 37 SPA 27 45     0 Sherco Factory Team 72
4 FAJARDO Jeroni 47 SPA 40 44     0 Vertigo Factory Team 84
5 FUJINAMI Takahisa 3 JPN 42 43     0 Repsol Honda Team 85
6 CASALES Jorge 33 SPA 41 48     0 Beta Factory Racing 89
7 BUSTO Jaime 69 SPA 41 51     0 Repsol Honda Team 92
8 DABILL James 7 GBR 52 41     0 Gas Gas Factory Team 93
9 GELABERT Miquel 10 SPA 47 49     0 Sherco Factory Team 96
10 GRATTAROLA Matteo 9 ITA 46 50     0 Gas Gas FG Italia 96
11 NOGUERA Oriol 15 SPA 46 57     0 MRW Gas Gas Trial Team 103
12 KADLEC Franz 11 GER 51 56     0 Gas Gas Factory Team 107
13 PRICE Jack 34 GBR 57 50     0 Gas Gas Factory Team 107
14 BINCAZ Benoit 16 FRA 56 52     0 Scorpa Factory 108
15 KARLSSON Eddie 12 SWE 49 60     0 RG Team 109
16 FARRE Arnau 19 SPA 48 62     0 RFME Spea 110
17 GUBIAN Loris 14 FRA 54 62     0 Beta 116
18 FERRER Alexandre 13 FRA 54 63     0 Sherco Factory Team 117

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