Second for Bou on first day in Andorra

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Trial 2015    Round T6  , Trial 1

Second place for Bou on the first day of the GP Trial of Andorra

Two faults on the final lap of an excessively easy trial undid Toni Bou’s previous good work on the first day of the Andorra Trial GP. The Repsol Honda Team rider had to settle for runner-up spot. Jaime Busto finished sixth and Takahisa Fujinami eighth.

After a look over the sections yesterday, Toni Bou correctly speculated that today’s race would be decided by a minimal margin due to simplicity of sections. He hit the nail on the head. After holding the lead – in a very tense trial thanks to the closeness on the scoreboard – a final disastrous round on the Montesa Cota 4RT, with two consecutive five-point faults, ruled out the chance of victory for Bou. Toni had finished the first lap with two marks and six on the second (including a fault in section eight) which left the Spaniard at the head of the table. The eleven marks of the final lap relegated the champion to second position some four points behind Adam Raga, the day’s eventual winner.

Toni Bou does, however, maintain a great margin at the top of the general rankings, 31 points ahead of second-place Raga.

Second for of the Repsol Honda Team squad today was rookie Jaime Busto, taking sixth place after a somewhat irregular trial which saw him score well on the second lap, but pick up too many marks on an error-filled final lap.

Takahisa Fujinami was ill-at-ease in the high-altitude sections and struggled to find the form in certain zones that he had demonstrated in previous outings. At one point in the battle for fifth place, the Japanese rider ended up in eighth overall after a disaster start of the last lap.

Tomorrow fans can look forward to the second and final day in Andorra, the sixth GP of the season, where riders will once more complete three laps of the twelve kilometre circuit in Sant Julià de Lòria. The organization has already announced changes to some of the twelve sections to make the route more demanding.

Toni Bou   1

RACE: 2ND  CHAMPIONSHIP: 1ST

Obviously I made more than the permitted amount of mistakes. In the first lap everything went well. But in the second and third, I made a couple of errors. All the riders are a bit annoyed because the judges didn’t apply the rules well either. The sections were too easy, and we don’t like that. Second place isn’t negative at all, because these are some important points for the championship.

Toni Bou

Jaime Busto   15

RACE: 6TH  CHAMPIONSHIP: 6TH

A sixth place wasn’t a bad result, but I wanted to do better. I scored a few faults in what were easy sections and I improved a bit in some of the more difficult ones. I think that maybe the altitude and the heat had an effect and I’m not happy with the way I took some of the sections. Tomorrow I will try and improve on things and consequently get a better result.

Jaime Busto

Takahisa Fujinami   5

RACE: 8TH  CHAMPIONSHIP: 5TH

This Andorra Trial at altitude and high temperature was pretty difficult for all of us. The sections were changed around on every lap and the route was tricky. It’s my worst result this season and after the great spell that we’ve had, I didn’t expect to finish so far back. Tomorrow I hope to recuperate, to make it through the hazards well, so as not to pick up too many marks. The knee, however, has been perfect.

Takahisa Fujinami

Miquel Cirera

Team Manager

The trials make themselves complicated when they are too simple and easy. Errors cost dearly because it’s not possible to pull back from them. Today Toni made two faults where he shouldn’t have and he couldn’t make it up after. Adam continues to pressure, pushed hard and won it today. Tomorrow we will have to fight harder and better than this one.
Things didn’t work out well for Fujinami. We congratulated him for his effort in France, but we can’t do the same today. The races at altitude are never easy, but they are the same for everyone. There can be no excuses. As far as Busto is concerned, he’s at this level and is learning. He’s not happy because he didn’t do so well, and that’s a good thing. More effort tomorrow. He’s still in the leaning phase, so sixth isn’t bad.
Tomorrow we have to win. The team is in this championship to win races. They’ll have to come out more motivated and more forceful. Everyone has got to do better.

Miquel Cirera

Results Day 1 GP Trial Andorra

Pos. Rider Num Nation L1 L2 L3 T3 Points Team Time/Gap
1 RAGA Adam 2 SPA 6 4 3 1 20 Gas Gas 14
2 BOU Toni 1 SPA 2 6 11 1 17 Repsol Honda Team 20
3 FAJARDO Jeroni 4 SPA 8 11 8 2 15 Beta Factory Racing 29
4 CABESTANY Albert 3 SPA 1 21 10 2 13 Sherco Factory Team 34
5 CASALES Jorge 7 SPA 17 16 25 11 Beta Factory Racing 58
6 BUSTO Jaime 15 SPA 21 15 26 10 Repsol Honda Team 62
7 FERRER Alexandre 8 FRA 24 8 22 9 9 Sherco Factory Team 63
8 FUJINAMI Takahisa 5 JPN 18 21 26 8 Repsol Honda Team 65
9 MORET Francesc 18 SPA 32 26 27 2 7 Vertigo 87
10 TARRES Pol 9 SPA 32 30 31 6 Sherco Factory Team 93
11 KADLEC Franz 16 GER 34 21 28 12 5 Beta Factory Racing 97
12 DABILL James 6 GBR 31 31 40 8 4 Vertigo 110
13 KARLSSON Eddie 14 SWE 36 40 45 4 3 Montesa Team Karlsson 125
14 SHEPPARD Jack 13 GBR 46 34 36 13 2 Jgas 132
15 PEDERSEN Hakon 12 NOR 43 52 45 11 1 Ossa Pedersen 151

Rider Standings

Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team
1 BOU Toni 1 SPA 214 Repsol Honda Team
2 RAGA Adam 2 SPA 183 Gas Gas
3 FAJARDO Jeroni 4 SPA 155 Beta Factory Racing
4 CABESTANY Albert 3 SPA 138 Sherco Factory Team
5 FUJINAMI Takahisa 5 JPN 134 Repsol Honda Team
6 BUSTO Jaime 15 SPA 111 Repsol Honda Team
7 DABILL James 6 GBR 84 Vertigo
8 FERRER Alexandre 8 FRA 83 Sherco Factory Team
9 KADLEC Franz 16 GER 57 Beta Factory Racing
10 KARLSSON Eddie 14 SWE 55 Montesa Team Karlsson
11 CASALES Jorge 7 SPA 35 Beta Factory Racing
12 SHEPPARD Jack 13 GBR 34 Jgas
13 TARRES Pol 9 SPA 32 Sherco Factory Team
14 PEDERSEN Hakon 12 NOR 22 Ossa Pedersen
15 OGAWA Tomoyuki 18 JPN 16 Honda Team Mitani
16 KUROYAMA Kenichi 20 JPN 14 Yamaha
17 SORENSEN Ole Kristian 19 NOR 14 Sherco
18 MORET Francesc 18 SPA 13 Vertigo
19 NOZAKI Fumitaka 19 JPN 8 Yamaha
20 OGAWA Tsuyoshi 21 JPN 7 Beta
21 BROWN Michael 11 GBR 5 Gas Gas
22 NOMOTO Yoshiaki 22 JPN 2 Beta
23 SATO Yuki 25 JPN 1 Honda
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