Trial 2016 Round T5 , Trial 1
Splendid result for Repsol Honda Team on the first day of the French Trial GP with Toni Bou and Takahisa Fujinami occupying the top two positions after a tough event. Six victories in a row for Bou, the seventh of the season.
Toni Bou widens his advantage at the top of the FIM Trial World Championship table to twenty-two points over Adam Raga after a decisive win on the opening day of the French GP. The Repsol Honda Team champion set the bar high on the first lap of the trial with a commanding ride and rubber-stamped the victory on the second lap with a notable scorecard. The trial was far from an easy one with yesterday evening’s and this afternoon’s rain hampering rider progress. Mud was the order of the day for all the competitors. As a consequence race authorities finally deemed it correct to stop the trial at section five of the third lap.
Earlier an accident involving one of the minders saw the event temporarily held up whilst the emergency services were brought in. Due to the difficulties of the course, the FIM race director decided to cut short the trial with the scores at section five of the final lap being used.
Among the riders, Takahisa Fujinami, had moved up into a potential podium position on the first lap and tenaciously held on, posting a final runner-up spot. Team Repsol’s Japanese rider went from zero to hero taking the place between Bou and the champ’s nearest adversary in the championship fight. This is the first time this season that Fujinami finishes in second place; the last time was back in Japan in 2015. Fujinami now sits ten points clear of fourth place rider and teammate Jaime Busto, in the general rankings.
In fact, Jaime Busto couldn’t get into the race today and ending up picking up his poorest result of the season so far with an eighth place finish. In spite of the result, the young Basque rider hangs on to his overall position and will be hungry to improve on it tomorrow.
Tomorrow, Sunday, sees the second and final day of the French Trial GP which will once again feature twelve sections to be done over three laps although modifications to at least three of the sections are expected.
Results Trial France 2016 day 1