Magnificent Toni Bou commands day one

TrialGP 2017   Round TR2 , Trial 1

A magnificent Toni Bou commands day one of the Japanese TrialGP

Today saw the first of the two-day Japanese TrialGP held at the Twin Ring Motegi circuit. Fifteen sections over two laps were to decide the occupancy of the top step of the rostrum. On this occasion there was no discussion – a dazzling Toni Bou dominated the proceedings throughout. His team-mate at Repsol Honda Team Takahisa Fujinami took 3rd place on the podium.

Toni Bou remains unbeaten so far this season since first clinching victory on January 7th in Sheffield, UK. The win today in Motegi brings his overall tally to ninety-one; a decisive triumph in below-par conditions after recent rain had left many sections mud-drenched and treacherous.

Bou, who started as the championship leader after a win in the season’s opening event, got lumbered with a tricky course after the bad weather of the previous day. Nevertheless, the Montesa Cota 4RT rider, like a fish in water, made short work of the sections, finishing with a scorecard that the adversaries were simply unable to match. Dominating throughout, the champion gave a master class in how to ride in adverse conditions to once again make off with the top honours. Bou stretches his advantage at the top yet further to twelve points over the nearest second-place rival.

Local boy Takahisa Fujinami, with the home crowd firmly behind him, lived up to the occasion. After starting from seventh position with a chance to observe some of the top riders ahead, the Japanese rider dug deep and finished the event on the rostrum. This marks the 27th podium finish for the ex-champ on home soil.

The first Repsol Honda Team member to take the start had been Jaime Busto, in a more complicated trial than had originally been expected. Busto was constantly in contention for a podium finish but picked up a few too many penalty marks in the latter stages and posted sixth overall.

The second and final day of the Japanese TrialGP takes place tomorrow – Sunday – and will feature Toni Bou starting last of the Repsol Honda Team riders in penultimate place at 10:01 and is due to finish at 15:23 after having the two laps with a twenty minute break in between.

With heavy hearts Toni Bou, Takahisa Fujinami and Jaime Busto, along with various other team members had signed a placard paying tribute to the former MotoGP champion Nicky Hayden, who lost his life in tragic circumstances earlier in the week.

 
 

Toni Bou  1

TRIAL: 1ST  CHAMPIONSHIP: 1ST

I’m really happy with the way the start of the championship is going and with the way that I’m riding in particular. We have had two trials in the wet which are the type that I get on with best, but I’m starting to get used to it. The trial was very complicated and the victory is very important not just because the rivals have had different results, but also because it is the ‘home’ GP for Honda and all the top directors came down to see us. A perfect start and I hope that tomorrow the trial will be as selective; here it’s really easy to make a mistake but we will continue to try and obtain the victory.

  Toni Bou  
   
     
   
 

Takahisa Fujinami  3

TRIAL: 3RD  CHAMPIONSHIP: 3RD

This podium finish is really important to me. It’s not just one more podium, but a podium on home soil at Honda’s home as well. It’s the first podium of the season and I’ve achieved it in a really tough trial with each lap of the course different each time round. Plus there were a lot of contenders for the podium. I’m very happy with the third place. Tomorrow we will battle to finish on top again. It won’t be easy but we try our best as always.

  Takahisa Fujinami  
   
     
   
 

Jaime Busto  69

TRIAL: 6TH  CHAMPIONSHIP: 7TH

I think that the first lap went pretty well and I was able to get through the sections, but on the second time around it was a lot more slippery and I made a few mistakes. I hope that tomorrow I will be able to do better from the start and hopefully the hazards will have dried out a bit.

  Jaime Busto  
   
     
   
 

Miquel Cirera

Team Manager

The conditions of the trial today were really difficult. Toni, as he usually does in all the complicated races, was able to mark the difference over his rivals. Tomorrow it will continue to be difficult and they will continue to try and triumph in Motegi, which for the team is a special motivation. Fujinami is at home and always gives every trial his maximum, but even more so here in Japan. He has performed very well. Jaime has to continue to work to improve on his sixth position. He knows it well and he will try his hardest.
I’d like to thank the team for all the great work they have done. It’s not an easy task and they always give it their maximum.

  Miquel Cirera  
   
     
   
 

TrialGP of Japan, Day1

Pos. Rider Num Nation L1 L2 L3 T3 Points Team Time/Gap
1 BOU Toni 1 SPA 26 22     20 Repsol Honda Team 48
2 DABILL James 7 GBR 32 40     17 Gas Gas Factory Team 72
3 FUJINAMI Takahisa 3 JPN 35 39     15 Repsol Honda Team 74
4 FAJARDO Jeroni 47 SPA 35 40     13 Vertigo Factory Team 75
5 RAGA Adam 67 SPA 42 35     11 TRS Factory Team 77
6 BUSTO Jaime 69 SPA 41 49     10 Repsol Honda Team 90
7 CASALES Jorge 33 SPA 46 46     9 Beta Factory Racing 92
8 CABESTANY Albert 37 SPA 46 52     8 Sherco Factory Team 98
9 FARRE Arnau 19 SPA 51 50   2 7 RFME Spea 103
10 KADLEC Franz 11 GER 49 54     6 Gas Gas Factory Team 103
11 KUROYAMA Kenichi 98 JPN 51 52     5 Yamaha Racing 103
12 BINCAZ Benoit 16 FRA 56 49     4 Scorpa Factory 105
13 NOZAKI Fumitaka 99 JPN 49 57     3 Sherco Factory Team 106
14 GUBIAN Loris 14 FRA 56 51     2 Beta 107
15 GRATTAROLA Matteo 9 ITA 55 54     1 Gas Gas FG Italia 109
16 PRICE Jack 34 GBR 55 56     0 Gas Gas Factory Team 111
17 NOGUERA Oriol 15 SPA 62 48   1 0 MRW Gas Gas Trial Team 111
18 KARLSSON Eddie 12 SWE 58 54     0 RG Team 112
19 GELABERT Miquel 10 SPA 63 50     0 Sherco Factory Team 113
20 OGAWA Tomoyuki 97 JPN 56 59     0 Honda Team Mitani 115
21 FERRER Alexandre 13 FRA 60 60     0 Sherco Factory Team 126
 
   
     
   
 

Rider Standings

Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team
1 BOU Toni 1 SPA 40 Repsol Honda Team
2 RAGA Adam 67 SPA 28 TRS Factory Team
3 FUJINAMI Takahisa 3 JPN 26 Repsol Honda Team
4 FAJARDO Jeroni 47 SPA 26 Vertigo Factory Team
5 DABILL James 7 GBR 25 Gas Gas Factory Team
6 CABESTANY Albert 37 SPA 23 Sherco Factory Team
7 BUSTO Jaime 69 SPA 19 Repsol Honda Team
8 CASALES Jorge 33 SPA 19 Beta Factory Racing
9 KADLEC Franz 11 GER 10 Gas Gas Factory Team
10 FARRE Arnau 19 SPA 7 RFME Spea
11 GELABERT Miquel 10 SPA 7 Sherco Factory Team
12 GRATTAROLA Matteo 9 ITA 7 Gas Gas FG Italia
13 BINCAZ Benoit 16 FRA 6 Scorpa Factory
14 NOGUERA Oriol 15 SPA 5 MRW Gas Gas Trial Team
15 KUROYAMA Kenichi 98 JPN 5 Yamaha Racing
16 PRICE Jack 34 GBR 3 Gas Gas Factory Team
17 NOZAKI Fumitaka 99 JPN 3 Sherco Factory Team
18 GUBIAN Loris 14 FRA 2 Beta
19 KARLSSON Eddie 12 SWE 1 RG Team
 
   
     
 
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