Toni Bou clinches 95th victory in Kingman

TrialGP 2017   Round TR6 , Trial 1

Toni Bou scooped a decisive victory today in Arizona. The champion takes his career tally to 95 triumphs and inches ever closer to an eleventh outdoor world title. Repsol Honda Team stablemate Jaime Busto accompanied Bou on the podium in third place.

The first of two days at the United States TrialGP, held today at Hualapai Mountain Park in Kingman, brought notable results for the Repsol Honda Team.

The trial route proved to be more simple than previously expected, as the high temperatures offered great grip on the mountain rocks. This evened up the competition among the riders and meant that any slight error would dictate the top positions.

Toni Bou, celebrating exactly a decade since achieving his first ever world title, laid down the gauntlet in an excessively easy trial. Repsol Honda Team sidekick Jaime Busto was able to pull back from a below-par first lap to finish with a third podium of the season. Takahisa Fujinami jostled with the top three despite having started further back in the field as a result of yesterday’s qualifying section, then watched as one of the sections was eliminated. The Japanese rider dropped to eighth position.

Tomorrow the second and final day of the United States TrialGP awaits. The route will be identical and will have the same 15 sections as today, to be competed over two laps


Toni Bou  1


I am very happy because it was a very hard race because of how easy it was – the easiest I have had to race lately. We suffered badly; we endured a lot and knew that any mistake could eliminate us. Failure was always possible and in addition, at 2000 metres altitude, the bike doesn’t perform as well, making it easier to make mistakes. I am happy for how I endured the pressure and for the victory which gives me more points for the championship. On the other hand, I am disappointed because in such a spectacular place for a trial bike, with incredible support from the fans, they lowered the degree of difficulty of the sections … A two-point lap and another lap of zero is not very good. For tomorrow hopefully they will have changed many sections…

  Toni Bou  

Takahisa Fujinami  3


I don’t think it was a handicap to start from behind. The course hadn’t changed that much from the first riders to those starting at the back. There were ramps and stones with good grip. My problem was that I had chosen a different set-up of the bike to those of Toni and Jaime and the bike was not so powerful and on some steps I was a step short. For tomorrow we will change the settings and think positively.

  Takahisa Fujinami  

Jaime Busto  69


I am very happy to be on the podium again. I made some mistakes at the beginning and also in one section I picked up more marks than those who had already done it and everything was very tight. But on the second lap I tried to hold on and it worked out pretty well, I hope tomorrow will be better.

  Jaime Busto  

Results TrialGP of USA 2017 day 1

Pos. Rider Num Nation L1 L2 L3 T3 Points Team Time/Gap
1 BOU Toni 1 SPA 2 0     20 Repsol Honda Team 2
2 RAGA Adam 67 SPA 4 0     17 TRS Factory Team 4
3 BUSTO Jaime 69 SPA 11 2   1 15 Repsol Honda Team 14
4 DABILL James 7 GBR 10 4   1 13 Gas Gas Factory Team 15
5 CASALES Jorge 33 SPA 12 8     11 Beta Factory Racing 20
6 CABESTANY Albert 37 SPA 15 6     10 Sherco Factory Team 21
7 FAJARDO Jeroni 47 SPA 16 7   1 9 Vertigo Factory Team 24
8 FUJINAMI Takahisa 3 JPN 16 9     8 Repsol Honda Team 25
9 GELABERT Miquel 10 SPA 14 12   1 7 Sherco Factory Team 27
10 KADLEC Franz 11 GER 22 12     6 Gas Gas Factory Team 34
11 GRATTAROLA Matteo 9 ITA 19 16   3 5 Gas Gas FG Italia 35
12 FERRER Alexandre 13 FRA 21 20     4 Sherco Factory Team 41
13 FARRE Arnau 19 SPA 20 23     3 RFME Spea 43
14 NOGUERA Oriol 15 SPA 24 27     2 MRW Gas Gas Trial Team 51
15 PRICE Jack 34 GBR 33 28     1 Gas Gas Factory Team 61
16 BINCAZ Benoit 16 FRA 29 28   5 0 Scorpa Factory 62
17 KARLSSON Eddie 12 SWE 50 19     0 RG Team 69

Rider Standings

Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team
1 BOU Toni 1 SPA 135 Repsol Honda Team
2 RAGA Adam 67 SPA 114 TRS Factory Team
3 FUJINAMI Takahisa 3 JPN 86 Repsol Honda Team
4 BUSTO Jaime 69 SPA 86 Repsol Honda Team
5 FAJARDO Jeroni 47 SPA 80 Vertigo Factory Team
6 CABESTANY Albert 37 SPA 75 Sherco Factory Team
7 DABILL James 7 GBR 71 Gas Gas Factory Team
8 CASALES Jorge 33 SPA 50 Beta Factory Racing
9 KADLEC Franz 11 GER 43 Gas Gas Factory Team
10 GRATTAROLA Matteo 9 ITA 36 Gas Gas FG Italia
11 GELABERT Miquel 10 SPA 34 Sherco Factory Team
12 FARRE Arnau 19 SPA 21 RFME Spea
13 NOGUERA Oriol 15 SPA 18 MRW Gas Gas Trial Team
14 PRICE Jack 34 GBR 16 Gas Gas Factory Team
15 BINCAZ Benoit 16 FRA 15 Scorpa Factory
16 KUROYAMA Kenichi 98 JPN 11 Yamaha Racing
17 FERRER Alexandre 13 FRA 11 Sherco Factory Team
18 KARLSSON Eddie 12 SWE 10 RG Team
19 NOZAKI Fumitaka 99 JPN 3 Sherco Factory Team
20 GUBIAN Loris 14 FRA 2 Beta
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