Bou wins, Fujinami celebrates 300th with podium

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Trial 2016    Round T2 , Trial 1

Toni Bou in Japan, like at home. Fujinami celebrates 300 trials with a podium place.

A win for Toni Bou in Motegi on the second day of the Japanese GP where the Repsol Honda Team rider took control early and dominated throughout the day. Team-mate Takahisa Fujinami, once again, finished on the podium on a day when he took his world championship trial tally to 300.

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An overwhelming triumph for Toni Bou in the Japanese Grand Prix. The Repsol Honda Team champion shone on the second day in a performance, which in many ways, mirrored his success here last season.

Rain during the night forced race authorities to modify some of the sections making them more manageable. For this reason Toni Bou, feeling in better physical shape, was able to overcome any setbacks and weather the competition in his own inimitable style. By halfway point on the first lap Bou had already taken control, holding the first position which he then maintained throughout the rest of the three laps of the twelve section course, improving each time around. This is the second win this year for the Repsol Honda Team star who now has a five-point advantage over nearest rival Adam Raga in the general rankings.

Takahisa Fujinami celebrated a 300th world trial championship appearance with another podium finish. In a determined effort and one that differed from previous performances, the Japanese rider rode a precise and focused trial that saw him narrowly miss out on the second step of the rostrum. The Motegi circuit is something of a talisman for ‘Fujigas’: the Repsol Honda Team rider has obtained a total of 26 podium finishes there. Over the course of the 300 world championship trials, the veteran has accumulated 4103 points, with 295 finishes within the top 15 finishers and a total of 155 podiums (32 wins, 55 second places and 68 third places).

Basque rider Jaime Busto comes away from the trial unsatisfied after having hoped to make it onto the podium in Motegi. However, in spite of a brief spell where he notched up a lot of marks including four faults in four sections, the young rider has otherwise performed at the same high level as trial’s top guns.

The next trial in the FIM Trial World Championship will take place in Germany in a month’s time. On the 28th and 29th May, the town of Gefrees will play host to the third date of the season. The Repsol team will, however, first dispute the second round of the Spanish Championship in Sigüenza on May 15.

Toni Bou   1

TRIAL: 1ST  CHAMPIONSHIP: 1ST

I’m really happy with this Japanese GP. It rained last night so they changed some of the sections around which made things a bit easier. Besides, I feel better physically; I realised that I usually improve on the second day, so I will have to bear that in mind, because I feel the pain less in the shoulder. Today’s victory has been an important one and judging by the way that things have gone over the last month, I’m over the moon to be five points clear at the top of the leaderboard.

Toni Bou

Takahisa Fujinami   5

TRIAL: 3RD  CHAMPIONSHIP: 4TH

I’m really pleased to be able to celebrate my 300th world championship GP with a third place finish. It is fantastic. Today’s third spot was totally different from yesterday, because I was battling all the way with Adam for second place. I felt really strong. Yesterday, I couldn’t get my head around it, but today ‘Fujigas’ was back. I’m happy about the way I did things. I’d also like to mention that I wouldn’t have been able to make it all this way alone without the spectators, the fans, the sponsors, the team and Honda. This success is important for me and I wish to thank each one of you.

Takahisa Fujinami

Jaime Busto   6

TRIAL: 6TH  CHAMPIONSHIP: 5TH

Yesterday, I went to bed thinking that everything would go much better but I come away from here with completely the opposite sensation. Today I started really well but then I made two faults in two sections…. I didn’t have a very good day. I have to train harder and make fewer mistakes. Maybe it was because the sections had become easier and didn’t allow any margin of error. For next time… more of the same, but better.

Jaime Busto

Miquel Cirera

Team Manager

The overall balance of the Japanese GP is a very positive one. Toni had a great race today; yesterday he suffered a lot more. It will be a difficult year but for now the good results are coming in. To be ahead after Japan is a reason to be happy. Fujinami got a great couple of results at home; the two podiums are a great satisfaction. Today, we even thought that it would be possible to finish in second place but Adam is Adam and he wouldn’t allow it. Jaime Busto made a few mistakes today that he ended up paying dearly for. It is just a question of experience. Once again, I would like thank all the team and especially the physio who has been taking care of Toni, who also did a great job. Now it’s time to set our sight on the next goal and we have the Spanish Championship ahead, where we will decide how we go about things. Toni will have some tests in Barcelona and then we will see.

Miquel Cirera

Results Trial GP Japan Day 2

Pos. Rider Num Nation L1 L2 L3 T3 Points Team Time/Gap
1 BOU Toni 1 SPA 8 5 1 20 Repsol Honda Team 14
2 RAGA Adam 2 SPA 11 11 4 17 TRS Factory Team 26
3 FUJINAMI Takahisa 5 JPN 13 11 9 15 Repsol Honda Team 33
4 CABESTANY Albert 4 SPA 20 11 8 13 Sherco Factory Team 39
5 FAJARDO Jeroni 3 SPA 18 20 15 11 Vertigo Factory Team 53
6 BUSTO Jaime 6 SPA 20 17 20 10 Repsol Honda Team 57
7 GRATTAROLA Matteo 18 ITA 23 16 19 9 Gas Gas FG Italia 58
8 DABILL James 8 GBR 31 20 9 8 Vertigo Factory Team 60
9 OGAWA Tomoyuki 13 JPN 29 22 10 7 Honda Team Mitani 61
10 TARRES Pol 12 SPA 31 15 15 6 TRS Factory Team 61
11 KADLEC Franz 11 GER 29 24 8 5 Gas Gas 61
12 KUROYAMA Kenichi 14 JPN 19 20 27 4 Yamaha Racing 66
13 GUBIAN Loris 21 FRA 25 24 20 3 Beta Factory Racing 69
14 GELABERT Miquel 20 SPA 35 26 15 2 RFME Spea 76
15 NOZAKI Fumitaka 16 JPN 30 25 22 1 Team Nozaki Scorpa 77
16 KARLSSON Eddie 10 SWE 41 22 19 0 Montesa Team Karlsson 82
17 CASALES Jorge 9 SPA 42 25 20 0 Beta Factory Racing 87
18 TOURNOUR Gianluca 23 ITA 45 34 21 0 Gas Gas 100
19 SHIBATA Akira 28 JPN 43 34 27 0 Vertigo 104
20 DAGNICOURT Benoit 19 FRA 45 31 30 0 Vertigo Factory Team 106
21 OGAWA Tsuyoshi 22 JPN 42 35 33 0 Beta Factory Racing 110
22 SAITO Akio 25 JPN 49 34 33 0 Honda 116
23 PEDERSEN Hakon 15 NOR 49 42 30 0 Gas Gas 121
24 BROWN Michael 17 GBR 445 40 38 0 Gas Gas 123
25 KIRA Yuya 27 JPN 53 43 32 0 Beta 128
26 NOMOTO Yoshiaki 24 JPN 52 45 44 0 Beta 141
27 SUNADA Masahiko 26 JPN 56 54 44 0 Honda 154
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