One-two for Repsol Honda Team in France

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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. 

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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.

 

Toni Bou   1

TRIAL: 1ST  CHAMPIONSHIP: 1ST

It has been a very positive day. Things went well on the day and on the bike. The team has been working really hard this week and the incredible desire has rubbed off. Today it was very easy to make mistakes and other riders were getting into the fight for the victory, but in the end, it turned out fine. They should all be congratulated too.

Toni Bou

Takahisa Fujinami   5

TRIAL: 2ND  CHAMPIONSHIP: 3RD

I’m really happy. I think that the FIM made a good decision with the accident of Gelabert’s minder. I hope that he hasn’t got too badly hurt. The first lap I did with a few faults, but I hung in there. The second one went better, picking up faults in the hardest sections but the fifteen marks are really good and third one went well, so I’m pleased about that. We really prepared the bike well and the Montesa Cota 4RT has run really well here just like it did in Andorra. I have to thank the team for all the work. Let’s try and keep going like this.

Takahisa Fujinami

Jaime Busto   6

TRIAL: 8TH  CHAMPIONSHIP: 4TH

Today it went really badly for me. It has been a disaster. I’ve got nothing else to add. I know that with the rain and mud I’m not used to doing good trials. From the word go I didn’t feel comfortable. I picked up some really stupid fives – nothing came out right. I just didn’t get into the race. Maybe I wasn’t able to focus properly which is what you need to compete here. I don’t know. I will have a think about what went wrong today.

Jaime Busto

Results Trial France 2016 day 1

Pos. Rider Num Nation L1 L2 L3 T3 Points Team Time/Gap
1 BOU Toni 1 SPA 10 8 2 1 20 Repsol Honda Team 21
2 FUJINAMI Takahisa 5 JPN 20 15 3 17 Repsol Honda Team 38
3 RAGA Adam 2 SPA 20 21 2 1 15 TRS Factory Team 44
4 CASALES Jorge 9 SPA 36 14 10 13 Beta Factory Racing 60
5 DABILL James 8 GBR 27 23 10 11 Vertigo Factory Team 60
6 FAJARDO Jeroni 3 SPA 12 36 14 1 10 Vertigo Factory Team 63
7 GRATTAROLA Matteo 18 ITA 21 29 14 9 Gas Gas FG Italia 64
8 BUSTO Jaime 6 SPA 37 31 15 8 Repsol Honda Team 83
9 KADLEC Franz 11 GER 38 38 9 7 Gas Gas 85
10 CABESTANY Albert 4 SPA 37 42 10 6 Sherco Factory Team 89
11 GELABERT Miquel 20 SPA 41 36 12 5 RFME Spea 89
12 KARLSSON Eddie 10 SWE 43 40 13 4 Montesa Team Karlsson 96
13 FERRER Alexandre 7 FRA 35 46 20 3 Sherco Factory Team 101
14 NOGUERA Oriol 24 SPA 45 37 25 2 MRW Limit Motos Montesa 107
15 GUBIAN Loris 21 FRA 49 53 23 1 Beta Factory Racing 125
16 TOURNOUR Gianluca 23 ITA 58 63 22 0 Gas Gas 143
17 SORENSEN Ole Kristian 16 NOR 0 Sherco Sorensen
18 PEDERSEN Hakon 15 NOR 0 Gas Gas

Rider Standings

Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team
1 BOU Toni 1 SPA 174 Repsol Honda Team
2 RAGA Adam 2 SPA 152 TRS Factory Team
3 FUJINAMI Takahisa 5 JPN 116 Repsol Honda Team
4 BUSTO Jaime 6 SPA 106 Repsol Honda Team
5 CABESTANY Albert 4 SPA 101 Sherco Factory Team
6 FAJARDO Jeroni 3 SPA 97 Vertigo Factory Team
7 DABILL James 8 GBR 90 Vertigo Factory Team
8 CASALES Jorge 9 SPA 56 Beta Factory Racing
9 GRATTAROLA Matteo 18 ITA 49 Gas Gas FG Italia
10 KADLEC Franz 11 GER 48 Gas Gas
11 GELABERT Miquel 20 SPA 39 RFME Spea
12 KARLSSON Eddie 10 SWE 35 Montesa Team Karlsson
13 TARRES Pol 12 SPA 27 TRS Factory Team
14 GUBIAN Loris 21 FRA 24 Beta Factory Racing
15 FERRER Alexandre 7 FRA 22 Sherco Factory Team
16 OGAWA Tomoyuki 13 JPN 14 Honda Team Mitani
17 NOGUERA Oriol 24 SPA 14 MRW Limit Motos Montesa
18 KUROYAMA Kenichi 14 JPN 10 Yamaha Racing
19 NOZAKI Fumitaka 16 JPN 5 Team Nozaki Scorpa
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