Runner-up spot with a flavour of victory for Toni Bou in season opener

Trial 2016    Round T1 , Trial 1

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Repsol Honda Team rider Toni Bou grabbed second place on the day in the opening round of the FIM Trial World Championship held in Olvan and Cal Rosal, Barcelona.

Toni Bou had a satisfied grin on his face after the opening day of the world outdoor championship in Cal Rosal. Expectations hadn’t looked that bright in the run-up towards the trial after Bou had sustained a broken shoulder ligament in training, which played an important part today in the champion’s performance aboard the Montesa Cota 4RT.

In spite of getting through the first two sections mark-free, the Spaniard suffered severe whiplash that left him grimacing in pain. On lap two, Bou had started to accumulate marks due to a lack of strength in his right arm. The rider managed to put the physical issues behind him as he headed into the final stages, getting back into the fray and battling for a podium place, before finishing in second overall position, which leaves the flavour of victory on the palate. These 17 points could prove to be crucial in the fight for the championship.

Repsol Honda Team sidekick Jaime Busto had a bitter-sweet experience. After the first two laps the younger held a strong overall position. On the final round several errors were enough to force the young-gun out of a podium place.

Japanese rider Takahisa Fujinami, in spite of being currently on top form, made a few too many mistakes that raised the score on the mark sheet. Fujinami will be looking to improve on his overall seventh place tomorrow.

Tomorrow sees the second day of the Calalonian GP held in Olvan and Cal Rosal, which will feature the same route as today but could include some slight modifications. Takahisa Fujinami heads out at 10:54, Jaime Busto at 10:57 and Toni Bou at 10:59.

 

Toni Bou   1

TRIAL: 2ND  CHAMPIONSHIP: 2ND

I’m very happy with the way that I am physically. It really wore me out. It was very tough, but I’m happy with it because if things continue this way then it will get better. The result was the least of my worries; I’m very pleased and would like to thank the team and especially Doctor Joaquim Terricabras, who has done a great job. I’m really thankful. I have a broken tendon and a luxation in the bicep. The muscle is holding up and I can go on the bike. The third lap was a really good one. Tomorrow I’m going to be exhausted because today was so tiring. If we can salvage something out of the weekend and be recovered in time for Japan, that will be great. We have gone from thinking that the championship was lost to thinking about first or second place again.

Toni Bou

Takahisa Fujinami   5

TRIAL: 7TH  CHAMPIONSHIP: 7TH

I was behind Jaime on the first lap and I saw that he was going really well. I tried to do the same as him, but in the two final sections I made two faults. In the final section, the easiest of them, with the pressure of having to finish in time I picked up a fault in the beginning. I realize that I let myself get overcome by the pressure. The result, seventh, I wasn’t expecting, because I feel great. I did some good stuff too.

Takahisa Fujinami

Jaime Busto   6

TRIAL: 4TH  CHAMPIONSHIP: 4TH

On the first two laps I felt really super-comfortable, especially in the first which seemed as if I had been here all my life. On the third I came across several ruts and made some mistakes that I shouldn’t have made such as breaking a tape with my boot and some errors in trajectory. Let’s hope it goes better tomorrow.

Jaime Busto

Miquel Cirera

Team Manager

We are satisfied with the team result. Toni had a great trial in spite of the injury that he has. He was in pain throughout the three laps, but the result has been very satisfying for the championship. We hope to be able to recover a bit ahead of tomorrow’s event and be at the same level. Fujinami looked as if he would get a good result until the last lap, but made one too many mistakes. I hope that he will be able to sort this out for tomorrow and move further up the leaderboard. I think that Jaime surprised us all. He had an incredible first lap. The second one too, but in the end he made some mistakes that are typical of rookies. You learn from your mistakes and we have faith that tomorrow will go better.

Miquel Cirera

 

Results GP Catalunya Trial Day 1

Pos. Rider Num Nation L1 L2 L3 T3 Points Team Time/Gap
1 CABESTANY Albert 4 SPA 10 4 6 20 Sherco Factory Team 20
2 BOU Toni 1 SPA 7 12 2 17 Repsol Honda Team 21
3 RAGA Adam 2 SPA 7 11 5 15 TRS Factory Team 23
4 BUSTO Jaime 6 SPA 8 2 16 13 Repsol Honda Team 26
5 FAJARDO Jeroni 3 SPA 6 20 3 11 Vertigo Factory Team 29
6 CASALES Jorge 9 SPA 12 7 11 10 Beta Factory Racing 30
7 FUJINAMI Takahisa 5 JPN 17 5 15 9 Repsol Honda Team 37
8 TARRES Pol 12 SPA 24 15 5 4 8 TRS Factory Team 48
9 DABILL James 8 GBR 21 19 9 7 Vertigo Factory Team 49
10 GRATTAROLA Matteo 18 ITA 18 17 13 3 6 Gas Gas FG Italia 51
11 KADLEC Franz 11 GER 22 19 13 5 Gas Gas 54
12 NOGUERA Oriol 24 SPA 28 9 19 4 MRW Limit Motos Montesa 56
13 GUBIAN Loris 21 FRA 33 10 13 3 Beta Factory Racing 56
14 GELABERT Miquel 20 SPA 30 24 5 2 RFME Spea 59
15 FERRER Alexandre 7 FRA 24 19 19 1 Sherco Factory Team 62
16 MORET Francesc 14 SPA 20 21 25 0 Vertigo Factory Team 66
17 KARLSSON Eddie 10 SWE 21 22 20 5 0 Montesa Team Karlsson 68
18 PEDERSEN Hakon 15 NOR 35 21 29 4 0 Gas Gas 89
19 BROWN Michael 17 GBR 28 35 33 7 0 Gas Gas 103
20 DAGNICOURT Benoit 19 FRA 41 39 25 0 Vertigo Factory Team 105
21 CARLES DE CAUDEMBERG Quentin 22 FRA 52 51 41 0 AMC Grasse 144
22 TOURNOUR Gianluca 23 ITA 56 43 33 17 0 Gas Gas 149
23 SORENSEN Ole Kristian 16 NOR 53 50 48 0 Sherco Sorensen 151

Rider Standings

Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team
1 CABESTANY Albert 4 SPA 20 Sherco Factory Team
2 BOU Toni 1 SPA 17 Repsol Honda Team
3 RAGA Adam 2 SPA 15 TRS Factory Team
4 BUSTO Jaime 6 SPA 13 Repsol Honda Team
5 FAJARDO Jeroni 3 SPA 11 Vertigo Factory Team
6 CASALES Jorge 9 SPA 10 Beta Factory Racing
7 FUJINAMI Takahisa 5 JPN 9 Repsol Honda Team
8 TARRES Pol 12 SPA 8 TRS Factory Team
9 DABILL James 8 GBR 7 Vertigo Factory Team
10 GRATTAROLA Matteo 18 ITA 6 Gas Gas FG Italia
11 KADLEC Franz 11 GER 5 Gas Gas
12 NOGUERA Oriol 24 SPA 4 MRW Limit Motos Montesa
13 GUBIAN Loris 21 FRA 3 Beta Factory Racing
14 GELABERT Miquel 20 SPA 2 RFME Spea
15 FERRER Alexandre 7 FRA 1 Sherco Factory Team
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