|The second date of the Trial World Championship gets underway this weekend at the Twin Ring Motegi Circuit in Japan. Toni Bou, the championship leader is one of the hot favourites, as is local idol Takahisa Fujinami.
The FIM Trial World Championship this week celebrates what has become one of its more exotic and more highly-anticipated events in recent decades – the Japanese TrialGP held in Motegi, Japan. Repsol Honda Team arrives fired up for one of the marque’s three ‘home’ GPs with Toni Bou already firmly installed at the top of the overall leader board with an advantage the Spanish champion will be looking to expand upon.
Another of the team’s members eager to claim victory in Motegi is local boy Takahisa Fujinami, certain to have the home crowd behind him every inch of the way, although the triumph has evaded him since 2013. Meanwhile, Jaime Busto will be seeking to consolidate his position among the elite of the trial paddock with another good race.
ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE JAPANESE TRIALGP
· With 14 wins, Toni Bou is the rider who has graced the podium most times in Motegi. Team-mate Takahisa Fujinami is second in the ranking, with six triumphs.
· Takahisa Fujinami, local hero, is the currently active rider with the greatest number of GP podiums in Japan: 26, compared to Toni Bou’s 21.
· The entire course of the trial takes place within the Twin Ring Motegi complex, with most of the sections on natural ground. Riders will have to endure 15 sections over two 4.5 kilometre laps.
· Schedule of the TrialGP of Japan (local time GMT+9):
· Toni Bou’s Stats
· Takahisa Fujinami’s Stats
· Jaime Busto’s Stats