Today Repsol Honda Team’s Toni Bou clinched the third of three triumphs to date in the championship, but the trial was anything but easy. In an event hampered by bad weather and tricky terrain, Toni Bou dug deep to pull off a great second lap. This season’s revelation Jaime Busto stormed to an amazing fourth place, while Fujinami took sixth.
It proved to be a fruitful first day for Repsol Honda Team at the second round of the World Trial Championship as the tournament stopped off in Sokolov in the Czech Republic for the first time. Toni Bou, making it three wins on the spin, tightens his grip at the top of the overall rankings. Bou let slip a few points on the first lap, but gave a master class on the second astride the Montesa Cota 4RT, scoring just seven points compared to the sixteen of his second-place adversary. The Spaniard exhibited great skill to keep the rivals in check throughout the third and final lap earning him, once more, top-spot on the roster. Bou now sports a fifteen point advantage at the head of the overall standings.
The youngster Jaime Busto gave everyone a big surprise keeping the bike on track over some areas which demanded some precision handling so as to minimize errors. After picking up some points, the Honda rookie moved into fourth spot on the first lap and held on to it throughout the day, narrowly missing out on the podium. In the general standings, the Basque rider continues to occupy sixth place.
Takahisa Fujinami didn’t have his greatest day out as the ex-champ struggled physically, still feeling the effects of the recent knee operation. Nevertheless, the Repsol Honda Team stalwart finished sixth although a little more consistency would have improved the final position. ‘Fujigas’ is now fourth in the championship, one point off third place.
Tomorrow the Czech Republic again plays host to the event’s second day and will feature twelve hazards on a three-lap, ten-kilometre trial.