Repsol Honda Team – TrialGP GB Preview

TrialGP 2017   Round TR5 , Preview 1

Repsol Honda Team start the second half of the world championship in Great Britain

The fifth round of the TrialGP World Championship moves on to Tong, Great Britain this weekend. Repsol Honda Team, holding firm in top positions, will be looking to consolidate their advantage and even increase the distance over adversaries.

Repsol Honda Team are currently commanding the overall leader board with Bou leading, Jaime Busto in third place and Takahisa Fujinami fourth, although equal on points with his team-mate.

The TrialGP World Championship arrives at its halfway point with current champion Toni Bou looking firmly on course to retake the title. Tong could prove an opportunity to either reinforce his leadership or strengthen his grip in the rankings even more. The Repsol Honda Team rider with the number one emblazoned on his chest has a thirteen-point advantage over nearest second-placed rival Adam Raga after victories in Spain, Japan and France.

Takahisa Fujinami’s British mission will be to repeat the podium place picked up in the first of the two trials disputed on home-soil. The English terrain could well suit the Japanese rider’s style and he arrives in the U.K. hungry for a result and brimming with confidence. It certainly won’t be an easy task, not least with the form of his Repsol Honda Team compadre Jaime Busto. The Basque rider after frequently having narrowly missed the rostrum spot, has recently been uncorking the champagne on the steps with the big guns with two consecutive podium finishes. Busto may be sitting in third overall, but he is fiercely determined to improve on the position.

In the constructor’s championship, Montesa occupies top spot with a 37-point advantage over the nearest rival.

Montesa 182
TRRS 145
Gas Gas 120
Beta 112
Vertigo 109
Scorpa 32

ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE TRIALGP GREAT BRITAIN

The Trial World Championship returns to the country where the sport was born over a century ago. 37 editions of the United Kingdom Trial have been contested in the British Isles, with the event held in Scotland, England, Isle of Man and Wales. The Park Wood Off Road Centre in the town of Tong will again host the event after the site premiered as a top-flight venue last year.

Toni Bou (with 14 victories) is the most successful rider in the UK. Behind him, is Dougie Lampkin (11) with 5 wins for Montesa. Takahisa Fujinami has clinched two wins in the British Isles. Despite this, the Japanese rider of the Repsol Honda Team is the one who has picked up the most points, 344, in all participations in the United Kingdom, closely followed by the 334 of Bou in second place.

The race course in the Parkwood Off Road Centre is the shortest in the whole championship with a total of 2.5 kilometres with all fifteen sections concentrated into this distance.

TrialGP Great Britain Timetable:
Friday
15:00 Inspection of zones
Saturday
10:30 to 11:00 Scrutineering
11:00 a.m. to 1 p.m. Free training
12:15 a.m. 12:45 Qualifying training
14:45 Autograph signing
3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Qualifying round

Sunday
09:00 First rider start
12:45 End of first lap
12:05 Start of second lap
15:20 End of race
15:45 Podium ceremony
· Toni Bou Stats
93 Wins in World Championship
190 GP participations
136 podiums
3013 points

Toni Bou Stats
93 Wins in World Championship
190 GP participations
136 podiums
3013 points

Takahisa Fujinami Stats
33 Wins in World Championship
316 GP participations
159 podiums
4294 points

Jaime Busto Stats
37 GP participations
2 podiums
411 points

Toni Bou  1

STANDINGS: 1ST  95 POINTS

The trial in the U.K. signals the second part of the season, which has been very good for us so far. But we can’t get complacent as the rivals are pushing hard this year as we saw in Andorra. The work that we did in the winter was good but we have to stay very focused in each trial and not make mistakes. That’s the only way that we can achieve our goal this season.

  Toni Bou  
   
     
   
 

Takahisa Fujinami  3

STANDINGS: 4TH  61 POINTS

We arrive at what will be one of the most interesting trials of the year after the one in Motegi. I am going to fight for a podium place in this trial because I think that the course could suit me. As always Fujigas will go all out and I’ll be thinking about the championship toom which is very hotly-disputed this year. It’s not only Fajardo, Cabestany… now we’ve got Jaime to contend with and that makes it all that much more interesting.

  Takahisa Fujinami  
   
     
   
 

Jaime Busto  69

STANDINGS: 3RD  61 POINTS

I don’t want to think that I’m on form, but rather that all the work that I’ve done until now is starting to bear fruits. I’m very happy and motivated and I hope to get some good results like the ones in the last few trials. I’m third overall, yeah, but a bad trial can make you drop various positions because it’s very equal. I hope that doesn’t happen….

  Jaime Busto  
   
     
   
 

Rider Standings

Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team
1 BOU Toni 1 SPA 95 Repsol Honda Team
2 RAGA Adam 67 SPA 82 TRS Factory Team
3 BUSTO Jaime 69 SPA 61 Repsol Honda Team
4 FUJINAMI Takahisa 3 JPN 61 Repsol Honda Team
5 FAJARDO Jeroni 47 SPA 60 Vertigo Factory Team
6 CABESTANY Albert 37 SPA 57 Sherco Factory Team
7 DABILL James 7 GBR 45 Gas Gas Factory Team
8 CASALES Jorge 33 SPA 32 Beta Factory Racing
9 KADLEC Franz 11 GER 32 Gas Gas Factory Team
10 GRATTAROLA Matteo 9 ITA 22 Gas Gas FG Italia
11 GELABERT Miquel 10 SPA 21 Sherco Factory Team
12 FARRE Arnau 19 SPA 18 RFME Spea
13 NOGUERA Oriol 15 SPA 14 MRW Gas Gas Trial Team
14 BINCAZ Benoit 16 FRA 14 Scorpa Factory
15 PRICE Jack 34 GBR 11 Gas Gas Factory Team
16 KUROYAMA Kenichi 98 JPN 11 Yamaha Racing
17 KARLSSON Eddie 12 SWE 7 RG Team
18 FERRER Alexandre 13 FRA 7 Sherco Factory Team
19 NOZAKI Fumitaka 99 JPN 3 Sherco Factory Team
20 GUBIAN Loris 14 FRA 2 Beta
 
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