TrialGP 2017 Round TR3 , Preview 1
The Trial World Championship takes to the heights this weekend
The TrialGP World Championship is back in action this weekend with the third date in the calendar held in Andorra. Toni Bou – clear leader in the championship – will be anxious to perform well in a complicated trial on home soil.
Round three of the TrialGP brings the championship to Sant Julià de Lòria, Andorra. After the duels in Camprodón in Motegi, the tiny country perched high up in the Pyrenees gets to host the action. The sections, which riders will have to tackle on this one-day only event, are located in Naturlandia at an altitude of some 1,600 metres.
Toni Bou, incumbent champion and overall championship leader, has yet to experience defeat this season and won’t wish to do so in what amounts to a trial on ‘home ground’ for the local resident who lives a mere twenty kilometres from the site. The Repsol Honda Team rider sits on a fifteen point advantage over nearest second place rival Adam Raga.
In the running for a podium place will be Japanese team-mate Takahisa Fujinami, who currently lies just two points off third-placed Jeroni Fajardo in the overall standings. ‘Fujigas’ arrives at the event fired up after the podium place in Motegi, Japan.
Likewise, Jaime Busto should be in contention. The Basque Repsol Honda Team rider is looking to put a lacklustre Japanese performance behind him and rise to the level of his two team-mates. Busto could find the Andorra trial far better suited to his riding style than the previous outing.
The official opening of the Territori Toni Bou, a space dedicated to the twenty-one times world champion, in the installations of Naturlandia at a height of 1,600 metres, is due to take place on Saturday 17th June at 18:00 hrs.
ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE ANDORRA TRIALGP
· Toni Bou Stats
· Takahisa Fujinami Stats
· Jaime Busto Stats