Bou second on opening day

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Toni Bou second on the opening day of the Spanish Trial GP

A rough day for Repsol Honda Team in the trial back on home soil. The Spanish GP first day finishes in Teo, with recently-crowned world champion Toni Bou in second place. Busto and Fujinami see their efforts compromised by physical issues. 

Toni Bou went into the season’s final trial with a more laid-back approach after having sealed his ninth consecutive world championship title last weekend. In spite of the title, the Repsol Honda Team ace was as hungry for victory as ever, but saw hopes of a win on the first day fade after completing the twelve sections with an excess of penalty marks. The trial turned out to be a relatively simple affair, although some overnight and early morning rain had left the terrain in a delicate state. Even so, Bou and Raga – today’s winner – were able to complete the second lap collecting just one mark each on the scorecard. A five-point fault on the first lap and some last lap slip-ups meant the Montesa Cota 4RT rider had to settle for second place.

Jaime Busto was unable to overcome some physical issues and posted a final eighth place. The Basque novice suffered a bout of intestinal troubles and had difficulty finding the verve necessary to tackle the more troublesome sections in the trial in Teo. Nevertheless, Busto has his sixth overall position assured in the championship.

Takahisa Fujinami also had a bad day in the office in Galicia. The Japanese was unable to shake off the back problems that hampered progress in last week’s trial. A sharp movement in section one was enough to cause a recurrence of the pain that lasted throughout today’s entire event.

Tomorrow, Sunday, sees the second day of the Spanish GP and the final day of the FIM Trial World Championship.

Toni Bou   1

RACE:  CHAMPIONSHIP: 1ST (CHAMPION)

It was a difficult day. Once again, we had a trial where there was no chance of making a mistake, but I committed a fault on the first lap, maybe because I was not as focused as I should have been. The second lap went well, but I made some unnecessary errors on the final one. But anyway, I have to hand it to Adam, who made things harder today. When you don’t win, a runner-up spot is a positive result. It’s important to enjoy the weekend of the last round of the world championship which has been so good and go all out for the win tomorrow.

Toni Bou

Jaime Busto   15

RACE: 8TH  CHAMPIONSHIP: 6TH

I wanted to give it everything here, but I think that I must have eaten something bad yesterday that made me feel ill. This morning I woke up with problems and I didn’t manage to improve until the final lap, where I finished with a more decent result. It’s a pity but I continue to believe that I can finish the season with a great result.

Jaime Busto

Takahisa Fujinami   5

RACE: 10TH  CHAMPIONSHIP: 5TH

I wasn’t able to train during the week as the physiotherapist has been treating me for the back pain that arose in Portugal. But I did train yesterday and this morning and everything felt good, but a double-step in the first section caused a pain that left me physically weak. I didn’t have the confidence to be able to finish some of the more complicated sections and my only hope now is to recover a bit tonight and finish the year well tomorrow.

Takahisa Fujinami

Miquel Cirera

Team Manager

You can’t win them all, plus Toni’s rivals are tough. Whenever he misses a chance they are straight in there and today he gave them a lot of opportunities. Today things didn’t turn out right, but that happens sometimes in trials. Tomorrow we will try our best to battle as we always do. Finishing in second place isn’t a bad result, but when you are use to winning and then you don’t, the whole thing seems a debacle. The rival was really good and we shouldn’t detract from his work. Fujinami continues to have the back problems and they need to be sorted out. He’s lost his confidence and when that happens the trials don’t turn out the right way. Jaime too wasn’t at his physical best and even though the last lap wasn’t so bad, we will have to fix that too.

Miquel Cirera

Results day 1 GP Trial Spain

Pos. Rider Num Nation L1 L2 L3 T3 Points Team Time/Gap
1 RAGA Adam 2 SPA 9 1 2 20 Gas Gas 12
2 BOU Toni 1 SPA 17 1 11 17 Repsol Honda Team 29
3 CABESTANY Albert 3 SPA 20 10 13 15 Sherco Factory Team 43
4 CASALES Jorge 7 SPA 24 14 16 13 Beta Factory Racing 54
5 FAJARDO Jeroni 4 SPA 26 18 12 11 Beta Factory Racing 56
6 FERRER Alexandre 8 FRA 32 15 11 10 Sherco Factory Team 58
7 DABILL James 6 GBR 30 23 22 9 Vertigo 75
8 BUSTO Jaime 15 SPA 40 30 18 8 Repsol Honda Team 88
9 TARRES Pol 9 SPA 45 21 19 7 Sherco Factory Team 95
10 FUJINAMI Takahisa 5 JPN 45 37 15 6 Repsol Honda Team 97
11 MORET Francesc 18 SPA 46 35 36 5 Vertigo 117
12 KARLSSON Eddie 14 SWE 38 40 45 4 Montesa Team Karlsson 123
13 SHEPPARD Jack 13 GBR 46 40 37 3 Jgas 123
14 KADLEC Franz 16 GER 52 42 39 2 Beta Factory Racing 133
15 PEDERSEN Hakon 12 NOR 53 48 36 1 Ossa Pedersen 137
16 SORENSEN Ole Kristian 19 NOR 56 50 55 0 Sherco 161

Rider Standings

Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team
1 BOU Toni 1 SPA 328 Repsol Honda Team
2 RAGA Adam 2 SPA 291 Gas Gas
3 FAJARDO Jeroni 4 SPA 231 Beta Factory Racing
4 CABESTANY Albert 3 SPA 220 Sherco Factory Team
5 FUJINAMI Takahisa 5 JPN 187 Repsol Honda Team
6 BUSTO Jaime 15 SPA 172 Repsol Honda Team
7 FERRER Alexandre 8 FRA 134 Sherco Factory Team
8 DABILL James 6 GBR 129 Vertigo
9 CASALES Jorge 7 SPA 101 Beta Factory Racing
10 KARLSSON Eddie 14 SWE 87 Montesa Team Karlsson
11 KADLEC Franz 16 GER 84 Beta Factory Racing
12 SHEPPARD Jack 13 GBR 53 Jgas
13 TARRES Pol 9 SPA 47 Sherco Factory Team
14 MORET Francesc 18 SPA 30 Vertigo
15 PEDERSEN Hakon 12 NOR 25 Ossa Pedersen
16 OGAWA Tomoyuki 18 JPN 16 Honda Team Mitani
17 KUROYAMA Kenichi 20 JPN 14 Yamaha
18 SORENSEN Ole Kristian 19 NOR 14 Sherco
19 NOZAKI Fumitaka 19 JPN 8 Yamaha
20 OGAWA Tsuyoshi 21 JPN 7 Beta
21 BROWN Michael 11 GBR 5 Gas Gas
22 NOMOTO Yoshiaki 22 JPN 2 Beta
23 SATO Yuki 25 JPN 1 Honda
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