Seventh consecutive triumph for Toni Bou in Trial World Championship

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Another victory for Toni Bou in Great Britain in a complicated trial encumbered by tricky ground conditions. The Repsol Honda Team rider maintains his unbeaten streak this season after an impressive first lap which set him apart from adversaries. Jaime Busto finished fifth and Fujinami seventh.

Toni Bou has yet to savour defeat so far in the 2015 Trial World Championship, today lifting the seventh trophy of the season in the Great British rain on day one of the event. Indeed, weather hampered proceedings with intermittent rain making the sections slippery and treacherous, and inviting potential errors.

But while the rain poured, Toni Bou shone over the competition on a first lap completed with an extraordinary final tally of just five marks. The nearest second-place adversary handed in a scorecard with more than double that amount. It was a different affair on the second lap, in which the champion, on the Montesa Cota 4RT, chalked up three consecutive five-pointers early on before making amends with a string of clean sheets that left him with a final total of twenty-one. The Repsol Honda Team star kept the competition in check on the last lap, where in spite of a fault in the final section, was able to collect the seventh championship win on the trot, widening the gap over second-place Adam Raga to thirty-one points.

Toni Bou
Toni Bou

Fifth final place for Jaime Busto in spite of having found himself way behind in certain sections. The Basque rider from the Repsol Honda Team put up a good fight on the final lap, regaining some lost points on terrain ill-matched to his style, which made the final fifth place all the more notable.

Takahisa Fujinami started the trial picking up an abundance of points with six five-mark penalties on the first lap that left the Japanese rider a long way behind with serious difficulties of pulling back. He marked an improvement on lap two but the closeness of the competition meant that Fujinami was forced to settle for seventh place on the day. The HRC rider holds on to fourth overall.

Tomorrow, Nord Vue will again host the second and final day of the Great Britain GP where riders will repeat today’s route, which features twelve sections to be tackled three times round.

Toni Bou   1

RACE: 1ST  CHAMPIONSHIP: 1ST

I’m very pleased with the way that it went. Above all the first lap, where I really set myself apart. In the second, I started really badly and they gave me a fault for stopping. On the final lap things went better and I was able to control the race, although I picked up five marks in the final section. I’m very happy with the win and also because Adam did very well today. To be leading the championship by 31 points after winning the first seven races is incredible. I’m experiencing a really sweet moment and I hope that this level of riding lasts for as long as possible.

Toni Bou

Jaime Busto   15

RACE: 5TH  CHAMPIONSHIP: 6TH

The sections were fine on the first lap, but it got much more complicated with the rain for the second one. Very tricky for me. Even so, I think that I did well in spite of everything and it could have been even better. I’m feeling better and better all the time on the Montesa Cota 4RT and it’s very easy to improve with this bike and this team.

Jaime Busto

Takahisa Fujinami   5

RACE: 7TH  CHAMPIONSHIP: 4TH

I started disastrously today. Nothing worked out. It would have been impossible to do it worse. I was losing concentration and confidence. I thought that I would finish last! Luckily, I managed to make a comeback and did better on the second lap although there were a couple of faults. On the final lap I made a mistake in section one and I went from fifth place to seventh. It’s the worst result that I’ve had this year and I’ve got to sort it out tomorrow.

Takahisa Fujinami

Miquel Cirera

Team Manager

This has been a very important win for Toni for the number of wins and for the points in the general rankings. But also because it was a far-from-easy race. The conditions were very complicated, the sections were very delicate and it was a more difficult event than we had expected with everyone picking up a lot of points. The result for Busto, fifth, is good, but he also made a lot of faults, like Fujinami; so we hope that the break that we’ve got after this race will do everyone some good. Tomorrow, everything will be equally difficult because it continues to rain. We will continue to fight for the best results.

Miquel Cirera

Results Day 1 GP Trial Sweden

Pos. Rider Num Nation L1 L2 L3 T3 Points Team Time/Gap
1 BOU Toni 1 SPA 5 21 15 20 Repsol Honda Team 41
2 RAGA Adam 2 SPA 16 18 16 17 Gas Gas 50
3 CABESTANY Albert 3 SPA 19 34 25 15 Sherco Factory Team 78
4 FAJARDO Jeroni 4 SPA 36 36 15 1 13 Beta Factory Racing 88
5 BUSTO Jaime 15 SPA 33 37 32 11 Repsol Honda Team 102
6 DABILL James 6 GBR 28 39 36 10 Vertigo 103
7 FUJINAMI Takahisa 5 JPN 39 30 35 9 Repsol Honda Team 104
8 FERRER Alexandre 8 FRA 32 42 40 1 8 Sherco Factory Team 115
9 KARLSSON Eddie 14 SWE 43 40 54 7 Montesa Team Karlsson 137
10 KADLEC Franz 16 GER 45 47 47 4 6 Beta Factory Racing 143
11 SHEPPARD Jack 13 GBR 54 44 45 5 Jgas 146
12 TARRES Pol 9 SPA 51 50 49 4 Sherco Factory Team 147

Rider Standings

Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team
1 BOU Toni 1 SPA 140 Repsol Honda Team
2 RAGA Adam 2 SPA 109 Gas Gas
3 FAJARDO Jeroni 4 SPA 99 Beta Factory Racing
4 FUJINAMI Takahisa 5 JPN 88 Repsol Honda Team
5 CABESTANY Albert 3 SPA 88 Sherco Factory Team
6 BUSTO Jaime 15 SPA 71 Repsol Honda Team
7 DABILL James 6 GBR 59 Vertigo
8 FERRER Alexandre 8 FRA 48 Sherco Factory Team
9 KADLEC Franz 16 GER 37 Beta Factory Racing
10 KARLSSON Eddie 14 SWE 29 Montesa Team Karlsson
11 SHEPPARD Jack 13 GBR 28 Jgas
12 OGAWA Tomoyuki 18 JPN 16 Honda Team Mitani
13 PEDERSEN Hakon 12 NOR 15 Ossa Pedersen
14 TARRES Pol 9 SPA 14 Sherco Factory Team
15 KUROYAMA Kenichi 20 JPN 14 Yamaha
16 SORENSEN Ole Kristian 19 NOR 14 Sherco
17 CASALES Jorge 7 SPA 9 Beta Factory Racing
18 NOZAKI Fumitaka 19 JPN 8 Yamaha
19 OGAWA Tsuyoshi 21 JPN 7 Beta
20 BROWN Michael 11 GBR 5 Gas Gas
21 NOMOTO Yoshiaki 22 JPN 2 Beta
22 SATO Yuki 25 JPN 1 Honda
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