With just two rounds of the 2015 FIM Trial World Championship completed, Toni Bou – Repsol Honda already has a stranglehold on the series as he sealed his fourth successive victory, this time on day two of the Czech Republic Grand Prix held at Sokolov. For the second day on the bounce, Bou had to overcome an opening lap deficit to fight his way back to the front before running out a relatively comfortable winner come Sunday afternoon. Adam Raga – Gas Gas pushed the reigning champion hard, but eventually ended the day six marks shy of his dominant compatriot. This time Jeroni Fajardo – Beta, who had led on lap one, took third spot to make it the second all Spanish rostrum of the weekend.
On a day when blue skies and plenty of sunshine reigned, the riders were greeted by a much drier set of hazards in general as the effects of the rain earlier in the weekend evaporated with the higher temperatures. With this in mind changes were made to some of the sections to ensure that the course would stand the test of a second day of battle. On a warmer and brighter day two, it was contrasting Repsol Honda team mates in the form of the experienced Takahasia Fujinami and rookie Jaime Busto who rounded out the top five respectively.
Following his poor showing yesterday, it was Jeroni who made the early running as he finished lap one on thirteen marks, this being one better than Raga and three in front of Bou. Like on Saturday, three maximums and some uncharacteristic off-form riding by the reigning champion blighted Bou’s opening tour. However, again in a repeat of the previous day, Toni fought back brilliantly on lap two to take control of a lead he was never to relinquish and to notch up his fourth win on the spin. A poor final lap by Jeroni was to gift Raga the runners up spot as the current vice champion delivered three consistent lap scores.
After his rostrum finish yesterday, Albert Cabestany – Sherco could only manage sixth position today, as he ended the day with an eight mark advantage over Franz Kadlec – Beta. The young German rider’s seventh spot represents his best result to date since recently moving to the World Pro class. James Dabill – Vertigo, Jack Sheppard – Jgas and Alexandre Ferrer – Sherco respectively completed Sunday’s top ten. In the World Pro general standing Bou now leads Raga by eighteen points following his utter domination of the opening two GPs of the 2015 season.
Emulating Bou, it was back-to-back wins for Quentin Carles de Caudemberg – Beta in the FIM World Cup division as he parted with a mere seven marks over the three laps to keep Billy Bolt – Scorpa at bay for the second day in a row. However, breaking the podium pattern of Saturday, today it was Miquel Gelabert –Sherco who finished in third spot. Thanks to his double victory this weekend Carles de Caudemberg’s now moves to the top of the general standings five points ahead of Gelabert with Benoit Bincaz – Scorpa now in third place after he took a lowly ninth place on day two.
Losing only a single mark all day and continuing his unbeaten run, Italy’s Marco Fioletti – Beta recorded his fourth straight win in the FIM 125 Cup class to take his tally to eighty points in the general standings which puts him already eighteen points ahead of his nearest rival after just two rounds. For the second day running Jarmo Robrahn – Beta took the runners up spot to round off an excellent debut GP for the German rider. Maxime Varin – Scorpa took the last step on the rostrum today, and remains second in title race as the series now looks ahead to round three.
The third stop on 2015 FIM Trial World Championship comes next weekend as the teams and riders head north to Scandinavia, when Sweden will host its first Trial Grand Prix since 2008.