Important race for Repsol Team Honda

The Belgian GP, an important race for the Repsol Honda Team

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Trial 2016    Round T6 , Preview 1

The Belgian GP, an important race for the Repsol Honda Team

The FIM Trial World Championship is back in action this weekend with the Belgian GP; the only single-day event to feature in the trial calendar this year. Toni Bou, Takahisa Fujinami and Jaime Busto all go into the event with high expectations.

The outdoor trial season – which entered its second half with the most recent GP in France – moves on to Comblain-au-Pont, Belgium, as trial’s top category get just one day to tackle the course. The date could prove to be a short, yet significant one for Repsol Honda Team with competitors readying themselves for the final assault and vying for positions as the season draws on.

Toni Bou continues to lead the overall rankings with a total of 189 points and a margin of twenty over the nearest rival. In terms of points, this is the equivalent of an entire trial. The Repsol Honda Team rider remains as win-hungry as ever and will look to increase the cushion at the head of the leader board as the championship heads into its final stretch.

Takahisa Fujinami, winner in the Lourdes trial three weeks ago, won’t need much convincing about his chances of snatching another victory. The Japanese evergreen is chasing a spot on final podium. With five races still to run, he holds a seventeen-point advantage over fourth place Jaime Busto. Repsol Honda Team’s young Basque rider still has his eyes on the prize: that still elusive podium finish. After finishing various recent trials in fourth place and narrowly missing the objective; one senses that the highly-motivated Busto might just sneak a result this time. It is only his second year in the top flight.

All about the Belgian Trial

  • The Belgian trial has been held continually, as part of the world championship, from 1975 until 1997 in Bilstain. The three years of 1999-2000-2001 were held in Cuesmes and those of 2005 and 2006 were staged in Spa-Francorchamps.
  • Comblain-au-Pont is located 25 kilometres south of Liege, in the Wallonia region of the country.
  • Eddy Lejeune, three-time championship winner with Honda, is the rider who holds the highest number of victories in Belgium: 7 (from 1980 until 1986).
  • Toni Bou has won on one occasion in Belgium – the last time the world championship stopped off in the country in 2014 – also in Comblain-au-Pont.
  • Takahisa Fujinami is level with Toni Bou on victories in Belgium. Repsol Honda Team’s Japanese rider triumphed in 2001 in Cuesmes. Additionally, ‘Fujigas’ has made it on to the podium on three other occasions.
  • Jaime Busto has yet to participate in Belgium in a Trial GP or in World Pro, but has competed in the Junior category, where he finished fifth in 2014; a year in which he later went on to take the title.
  • Toni Bou will be the final rider to take the start-line in the Belgian GP. He will depart at 11:00 Sunday morning. The course is fifteen kilometres long and includes twelve sections to be completed over three laps.

Toni Bou   1

CHAMPIONSHIP: 1ST  POINTS: 189

It may look like I’ve got a big advantage in the championship but you can’t take anything for granted. Besides, you have to take it really carefully in every trial, because the slightest mistake can ruin a whole year’s work. So, the Belgian GP will be an important one to try and keep up the line of positive results. We will go on fighting race by race to get to the final goal which is the championship title.

Toni Bou

Takahisa Fujinami   5

CHAMPIONSHIP: 3RD  POINTS: 136

Winning the most recent GP has given me even more motivation and strength to keep on training hard and keep on improving day by day. The team and I are having a great moment and our aim is to keep pushing to get as many points as possible.

Takahisa Fujinami

Jaime Busto   6

CHAMPIONSHIP: 4TH  POINTS: 119

I said it a few weeks ago in France: It is our turn to get onto the podium. I’ve nearly made it now on numerous occasions but I’ve come away unsatisfied for one reason or another. I hope to be able to celebrate a great result come Sunday and make the team happy.

Jaime Busto

Rider Standings

Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team
1 BOU Toni 1 SPA 189 Repsol Honda Team
2 RAGA Adam 2 SPA 169 TRS Factory Team
3 FUJINAMI Takahisa 5 JPN 136 Repsol Honda Team
4 BUSTO Jaime 6 SPA 119 Repsol Honda Team
5 CABESTANY Albert 4 SPA 112 Sherco Factory Team
6 FAJARDO Jeroni 3 SPA 107 Vertigo Factory Team
7 DABILL James 8 GBR 98 Vertigo Factory Team
8 CASALES Jorge 9 SPA 63 Beta Factory Racing
9 GRATTAROLA Matteo 18 ITA 55 Gas Gas FG Italia
10 KADLEC Franz 11 GER 51 Gas Gas
11 GELABERT Miquel 20 SPA 44 RFME Spea
12 KARLSSON Eddie 10 SWE 36 Montesa Team Karlsson
13 GUBIAN Loris 21 FRA 33 Beta Factory Racing
14 TARRES Pol 12 SPA 27 TRS Factory Team
15 FERRER Alexandre 7 FRA 26 Sherco Factory Team
16 NOGUERA Oriol 24 SPA 16 MRW Limit Motos Montesa
17 OGAWA Tomoyuki 13 JPN 14 Honda Team Mitani
18 KUROYAMA Kenichi 14 JPN 10 Yamaha Racing
19 NOZAKI Fumitaka 16 JPN 5 Team Nozaki Scorpa
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