Repsol Honda Team, Germany Day 1

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Trial 2016    Round T3 , Trial 1

Toni Bou takes command on the opening day of the German Trial GP

Repsol Honda Team rider Toni Bou has clinched an important victory in the third round of the FIM Trial World Championship held in Gefrees, Germany.

Toni Bou increases the gap further at the head of the general rankings with a tightly-fought battle in Gefrees. There was virtually nothing separating Bou and arch-rival Adam Raga until the very last section of the trial, in spite of the champion having sneaked into the lead at section four of the third and final lap. Toni managed to cling on to the mere two-point advantage as the race went to the wire.

The twelve-section, three-lap trial in Gefrees, proved to be a tricky event thanks to a week of rain in the run-up to the race. It was still raining over the first few hours of the day as the riders headed out. With the sections all wet, there was little traction and competitors were forced to put in more physical work to get over the obstacles.

If the conditions were unfavourable for the riders, Toni Bou had it worse; the Repsol Honda Team rider is still trying to shake off an injured right shoulder tendon. Bou laboured his way through the opening sections before being forced to remove the strapping securing the injury to free up movements. A sudden move in the second section brought back the sharp pain. After consecutive faults in sections two and three, the Spaniard was forced to put the strapping back on. The relief was immediate and soon it was back to business as usual as Bou clawed back the dropped points. The first day of the German GP ended with Toni having accumulated twenty points and now lies eight points clear at the top of the leaderboard.

Bou’s Repsol Honda Team companion Takahisa Fujinami missed out on a podium place after a hard blow in the leg left him struggling to find the strength and resulted in a string of errors. By the final lap, ‘Fujigas’ had recuperated and was able to defend the thirteen points which led to a final fourth overall position.


Toni Bou   1


I’m tired but very pleased with the way that the race turned out. It was a bad decision to take the tape off my shoulder this morning because in the second section I really suffered. The fault in section three worsened the pain. Luckily, I was able to carry on and ride with a minimum amount of strength. After, it was a very tight trial but I just managed to win it and I’m pleased with the twenty points that I have added in the general standings.

Toni Bou

Takahisa Fujinami   5


It was a complicated day: on the first lap I did well in the difficult sections, but I made mistakes in the easier ones. On the second lap I hit my leg which made me pick up a couple of faults in the following sections. Maybe I thought about it too much and lost concentration, but luckily the last lap went much better for me.

Takahisa Fujinami

Jaime Busto   6


Today I went through one of those rough spells that no-one likes to go through. I couldn’t find the rhythm and maybe I went into some of the sections too fast and I picked up faults. Too many mistakes, especially on the first two laps. Tomorrow I will try and push myself more and take it at a more measured pace and hope that the results go better than today.

Jaime Busto

Results Trial GP Germany Day 1

Pos. Rider Num Nation L1 L2 L3 T3 Points Team Time/Gap
1 BOU Toni 1 SPA 13 15 7 20 Repsol Honda Team 35
2 RAGA Adam 2 SPA 15 13 9 17 TRS Factory Team 37
3 CABESTANY Albert 4 SPA 13 8 17 15 Sherco Factory Team 38
4 FUJINAMI Takahisa 5 JPN 19 24 13 13 Repsol Honda Team 56
5 FAJARDO Jeroni 3 SPA 25 28 11 11 Vertigo Factory Team 64
6 BUSTO Jaime 6 SPA 23 27 15 10 Repsol Honda Team 65
7 DABILL James 8 GBR 28 30 14 9 Vertigo Factory Team 72
8 GELABERT Miquel 20 SPA 20 39 27 8 RFME Spea 86
9 KARLSSON Eddie 10 SWE 26 31 31 7 Montesa Team Karlsson 88
10 NOGUERA Oriol 24 SPA 40 24 30 6 MRW Limit Motos Montesa 94
11 KADLEC Franz 11 GER 39 37 19 5 Gas Gas 95
12 CASALES Jorge 9 SPA 35 38 25 4 Beta Factory Racing 98
13 FERRER Alexandre 7 FRA 32 39 33 3 Sherco Factory Team 104
14 TARRES Pol 12 SPA 28 37 40 2 TRS Factory Team 105
15 GRATTAROLA Matteo 18 ITA 42 38 26 1 Gas Gas FG Italia 106
16 GUBIAN Loris 21 FRA 40 33 36 0 Beta Factory Racing 109
17 PEDERSEN Hakon 15 NOR 43 45 46 0 Gas Gas 134
18 SORENSEN Ole Kristian 16 NOR 58 58 50 0 Sherco Sorensen 166

Rider Standings

Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team
1 BOU Toni 1 SPA 94 Repsol Honda Team
2 RAGA Adam 2 SPA 86 TRS Factory Team
3 CABESTANY Albert 4 SPA 68 Sherco Factory Team
4 FUJINAMI Takahisa 5 JPN 63 Repsol Honda Team
5 BUSTO Jaime 6 SPA 59 Repsol Honda Team
6 FAJARDO Jeroni 3 SPA 52 Vertigo Factory Team
7 DABILL James 8 GBR 47 Vertigo Factory Team
8 GRATTAROLA Matteo 18 ITA 31 Gas Gas FG Italia
9 KADLEC Franz 11 GER 24 Gas Gas
10 CASALES Jorge 9 SPA 22 Beta Factory Racing
11 TARRES Pol 12 SPA 18 TRS Factory Team
12 GELABERT Miquel 20 SPA 17 RFME Spea
13 KARLSSON Eddie 10 SWE 16 Montesa Team Karlsson
14 GUBIAN Loris 21 FRA 14 Beta Factory Racing
15 OGAWA Tomoyuki 13 JPN 14 Honda Team Mitani
16 KUROYAMA Kenichi 14 JPN 10 Yamaha Racing
17 NOGUERA Oriol 24 SPA 10 MRW Limit Motos Montesa
18 NOZAKI Fumitaka 16 JPN 5 Team Nozaki Scorpa
19 FERRER Alexandre 7 FRA 5 Sherco Factory Team
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