TrialGP Japan 18
TrialGP 2018 Round TGP 2 , 1
Complicated starting position for Toni Bou at TrialGP Japanese Grand Prix
Repsol Honda Team rider Toni Bou and his team-mate Takahisa Fujinami had to settle for a rather inferior starting position after a lacklustre qualifying round as TrialGP arrives at Japan’s Motegi Twin Ring circuit.
FIM race authorities confirmed a controversial decision and sanctioned Toni Bou with a point in the overall standings. The current championship leader is forced to start the main events of tomorrow and Sunday among the opening group of TrialGP riders. Being one of the first riders out is not without its drawbacks although Bou remains confident that he can overcome the handicap will skilful riding in some of the more demanding sections.
After performing a solid Q1, Bou headed into the definitive Q2 looking to improve on the time but a slip made him take his foot off the footrest. The FIM race director adjudicated that he had put his foot down for support and the consequent penalization dropped the Repsol Honda Team rider to thirteenth place.
Takahisa Fujinami, likewise, failed to shine in front of the home crowd. ‘Fujigas’, in a carbon copy of his performance in Camprodón, avoided losing his balance only to concede time before settling for tenth place.
Tomorrow sees the first main event of the two-day TrialGP of Japan. There will be fifteen sections in a four kilometre course to be tackled over two laps. The weather forecast is for sun.
Toni Bou 1
QUALY: 13TH 1 POINT
I’m not very happy with how this qualification went. I have done a good training session and a good Q1, but although in the second I tried not to take any risks, I ended up making a small mistake. The control marked ‘0’ but later changed it. These are things that happen and I will once again open the trial. I didn’t want to be in the first group, but we will nevertheless have to work hard over both days. The weekend is complicated and we will have to fight to try to make it onto the podium.
Takahisa Fujinami 5
QUALY: 10TH 0’44″70
The qualification didn’t go too well, I came close to a fault, but I was able to hang on and finish Q2 without penalty, but with a bad time. The other Japanese guys and also Toni [Bou] will start ahead of me which I think is good. We will look at the positive points and we hope that everything goes better than today.