Repsol Honda Team highly charged for French TrialGP

TrialGP 2017   Round TR4 , Preview 1

After last Sunday’s result in Andorra, Repsol Honda Team go into this weekend’s French TrialGP in Lourdes more motivated than ever for the fourth date of the world championship.

Toni Bou, Takahisa Fujinami and Jaime Busto, the trio of Repsol Honda Team riders, have more than enough reasons to be fired up for the fourth date in the TrialGP World Championship in Lourdes, France. Primarily Toni Bou, who seeks to get back on track for another victory after the win slipped through the champion’s fingers in Sant Julià de Lòria for a single error in the trial’s thirty sections.

The incumbent champion will be hoping for a more demanding trial than the one disputed last weekend in Pyrenees. Bou prefers to battle it out in high-technical level sections that show the class of the top riders, rather than an easy race which evens out competitor’s scorecards and gives everyone a chance. A mere two marks separated the top three riders in Andorra.

Among these top guns last week featured one Jaime Busto, rubbing shoulders with the elite on the final podium. The Basque rider currently showing good form, will be looking to consolidate his place amid the leading group in the dates remaining this season.

Japanese Repsol Honda Team rider, Takahisa Fujinami was another rider who came away from last weekend’s event dissatisfied with the fifth-place result. The score leaves ‘Fujigas’ holding fourth in the tightly packed overall rankings. The rider will be pleased to be back at the site which allowed him to win the world championship with the veteran rider arriving at the event as podium-hungry as ever.

In the constructor’s championship Montesa continues to lead with 142 points, a margin of 29 points over the nearest manufacturer.


ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE FRENCH TRIALGP

  • The Trial World Championship has visited France on 44 occasions, although Lourdes itself has hosted TrialGP one time only, last year. That trial saw Toni Bou take victory on Saturday and Takahisa Fujinami Sunday.
  • Toni Bou (7) and Takahisa Fujinami (4) have already won in France and have accumulated 18 and 17 podium places respectively. However the rider with the most ever wins on French soil is Dougie Lampkin, who has made it on to the top of the rostrum on no less than seven occasions with Montesa.
  • The course of the trial is a very reduced one of some four kilometres per lap given that 13 of the 15 sections are situated on a mountain very close to the city.
  • TrialGP France Timetable:
  • Friday
    15:00 Inspection of the sections
    Saturday
    10:30 to 11:00 Scrutineering
    11:00 to 13:00 Free training
    12:15 to 12:45 Qualifying round
    14:30 Autograph signing
    15:00 to 16:30 Qualifying section
    Sunday
    09:00 First rider start
    12:05 Start of second lap
    15:20 End of race
    15:45 Podium ceremony

· Toni Bou Stats
92 wins in the world championship
189 GP participations
135 podiums
2993 points


· Takahisa Fujinami Stats
33 wins in the world championship
315 GP participations
159 podiums
4281 points


· Jaime Busto Stats
36 GP participations
1 podium
396 points

 
   
     
   
 

Toni Bou  1

STANDINGS: 1ST  75 POINTS

In trials, and especially in the easier trials, everything can happen, and what happened last Sunday in Andorra, could happen again. What we have to do is turn the page and continue to fight in the remaining trials, taking it race by race to try to achieve our final goal. I hope that in Lourdes we can make a difference again and get a good result for me and for the team.

  Toni Bou  
   
     
   
 

Takahisa Fujinami  3

STANDINGS: 4TH  48 POINTS

In Lourdes I got my most recent victory in the World Championship, and I hope it will not be the last. Last year, I did very well and I think it was good to boost my self-confidence. After this weekend, where we made a huge effort will little reward, I hope that in France we are able to fight again to get back on top. We will try as hard as ever.

  Takahisa Fujinami  
   
     
   
 

Jaime Busto  69

STANDINGS: 6TH  46 POINTS

Now that I know what it is to get on the podium of the Trial GP championship, I hope I can repeat it more often! In Andorra I felt great all weekend and I think I already know how I have to face the following races to get a positive result. Anyway, there is a lot of equality and here nobody concedes anything. I’ve got a podium, but I want more, and I’ll fight hard in France, in England, in the United States and in all the remaining world championship trials.

  Jaime Busto  
   
     
   
 

Rider Standings

Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team
1 BOU Toni 1 SPA 75 Repsol Honda Team
2 RAGA Adam 67 SPA 65 TRS Factory Team
3 FAJARDO Jeroni 47 SPA 49 Vertigo Factory Team
4 FUJINAMI Takahisa 3 JPN 48 Repsol Honda Team
5 CABESTANY Albert 37 SPA 47 Sherco Factory Team
6 BUSTO Jaime 69 SPA 46 Repsol Honda Team
7 DABILL James 7 GBR 39 Gas Gas Factory Team
8 CASALES Jorge 33 SPA 32 Beta Factory Racing
9 KADLEC Franz 11 GER 24 Gas Gas Factory Team
10 FARRE Arnau 19 SPA 15 RFME Spea
11 GRATTAROLA Matteo 9 ITA 15 Gas Gas FG Italia
12 GELABERT Miquel 10 SPA 12 Sherco Factory Team
13 PRICE Jack 34 GBR 11 Gas Gas Factory Team
14 KUROYAMA Kenichi 98 JPN 11 Yamaha Racing
15 BINCAZ Benoit 16 FRA 10 Scorpa Factory
16 NOGUERA Oriol 15 SPA 9 MRW Gas Gas Trial Team
17 KARLSSON Eddie 12 SWE 6 RG Team
18 FERRER Alexandre 13 FRA 5 Sherco Factory Team
19 NOZAKI Fumitaka 99 JPN 3 Sherco Factory Team
20 GUBIAN Loris 14 FRA 2 Beta
 
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