TrialGP – In a much higher scoring event than yesterday, Toni Bou – Repsol Honda still reigned supreme as he notched his tenth victory of the 2016 FIM Trial World Championship to move yet another step closer to taking a record extending and historic tenth successive outdoor title. With the sun shining overhead Bou again ran out an easy winner on the second day of the British Trial GP held at Tong, with his winning advantage being twenty marks over Adam Raga – TRS.
Despite Raga’s best efforts he was unable to keep in contact with Bou as the Trial wore on and finally finished fourteen marks in front of third place Albert Cabestany – Sherco. Cabestany can count himself slightly fortunate as he edged Jeroni Fajardo – Vertigo off the podium by a single mark. With Fajardo in fourth, Takahisa Fujinami – Repsol Honda again could only managed fifth spot on what was a disappointing weekend for the veteran campaigner.
Jaime Busto – Respsol Honda was one place higher on day two as he took sixth spot ahead of James Dabill – Vertigo in seventh who was unable to repeat his podium placing from twenty-fours earlier. Eighth, ninth and tenth positions were filled by Eddie Karlsson- Montesa, Miquel Gelabert – Sherco and Franz Kadlec – Gas Gas on day two.
Now with a thirty-one-point lead at the top of the championship standings, Bou has one hand on the title as he explained. “Today again was important for the championship, but today my riding was not at the same level as yesterday. I liked the Trial today as the sections were much harder, but I didn’t have a good feeling this morning. Finally I made some good rides on the last lap. Now I am ready to take some holidays and to be ready for the final GP in Italy.”
Trial2 – Dan Peace – Gas Gas brought an end to Jack Price’s – Gas Gas winning run who only yesterday became the winner of the 2016 FIM Trial2 World Cup. Price had won the last three events en route to taking the title, but had to be content with second place today as Peace recorded his second victory of the campaign. A great last lap gave Dan the win over Jack by three marks as the same margin separated second and third places where Iwan Roberts completed a British 1-2-3 in this class. France’s Gael Chatagno – Sherco and Luca Petrella – TRS rounded out todays Trial2 class top five. Roberts now looks favourite to finish second overall in the general standings after Arnau Farre – Gas Gas lost vital ground in the points race as he placed tenth on day two.
Trial125 –Jack Peace – Gas Gas signed off his Trial125 career with his tenth win of the year to further cement his position as winner of the 2016 FIM Trial125 World Cup. Despite an uncharacteristic five on his final lap, Peace still ended the day seven marks clear of surprise runner up and compatriot Billy Green – Beta. After taking third spot on his debut yesterday, fourteen-year-old Green today went one better to announce himself on the World stage in some style. Spain’s Eric Miquel – Sherco completed the Trial125 class podium on day two as Max Faude – Beta failed to make the top three for the first time this season. Runner up in the series, Faude, along with Peace will move up to the Trial2 class for the final round of the 2016 series.
After the recent hectic schedule, the 2016 FIM Trial World Championship will now break for its traditional summer recess before Italy host the final event of the current series during the first weekend in September.
British GP Day 2 – Key Facts
- TrialGP – Bou makes it ten wins
- Bou edges towards tenth outdoor title
- Raga finishes distant second
- Four sections revised for day two
- Trial2 – Dan Peace claims second victory in 2016
- Trial 125 – Jack Peace signs off with win number ten
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