Toni Bou dominates Motegi with a double

TrialGP 2017   Round TR2 , Trial 2

Repsol Honda Team rider Toni Bou was once again victorious in Motegi, in a far easier trial than the previous day, maintaining a score equal to the other top riders. Takahisa Fujinami today posted fifth and Jaime Busto was sixth, level on points.

Another victory for Toni Bou in Japan as the champion continues the full house of victories in the 2017 season. The Repsol Honda Team ace commanded a trial that proved to be a walk in the park compared to yesterday’s rain-soaked affair. The skies had cleared and the mud had dried by the time the competitors went through. As a consequence however, the difference between adversaries was drastically reduced. A series of errors tightened the fight for the championship leadership, which was not decided until the final fifteen sections of the course. This marks the sixteenth win for Bou in Motegi and allows the rider to stretch his advantage in the overall world championship standings to fifteen points over Adam Raga.

Japanese Repsol Honda Team team-mate Takahisa Fujinami once again went in search of the podium, although a minor error was enough to stop the rider repeating the success of yesterday. Fujigas posted fifth on the day.

Jaime Busto pushed hard in the second lap after a less-than-brilliant first time round. Lap two brought a five in section three before the young Basque produced a string of good results to take him level on points with team-mate Takahisa Fujinami. In spite of the draw the rider had to settle for sixth place as he had done yesterday.

Next date for the World Trial Championship takes place on the 17th (qualifying) and 18th (race) June in Sant Julià de Lòria, Andorra. The weekend before Bou and Busto will be in action in the Spanish championship in Arnedillo.


Toni Bou  1


It couldn’t have been better this weekend. Despite suffering a lot today because the trial was extremely easy, there was a lot of pressure not to make mistakes that would have complicated the final result. But I was able to achieve it with a zero in the last zone and win the race. I’m happy to have been able to put up with the pressure and I want to thank the team for a great job this weekend. We will see how the next events go, but we have made a good start to the World Championship.

  Toni Bou  

Takahisa Fujinami  3


It was a shame because I thought I would have been able to repeat the podium of yesterday. I have had a slight problem with the chain in one of the easy zones and I think it was fatal, because I missed out on a final prize. Fifth is not bad, but I thought that I would have been closer to Toni as it was so closely fought today… it has left a bad flavour in my mouth. But, on the whole, I’m happy with how it went this weekend, to be back in competition in Japan and the whole public that has encouraged me non-stop from section one through to section fifteen. Many thanks to all the fans.

  Takahisa Fujinami  

Jaime Busto  69


Even though the result is the same as yesterday’s sixth place, I think I’ve done a little better. In the first round they gave a very harsh ‘five’ and I made a lot of mistakes in the final sections, which were quite easy. On the second lap I fell in section three and from then on I finished the trial almost without penalty marks. A pity because I wasn’t able to make amends for the disastrous first round.

  Jaime Busto  

Miquel Cirera

Team Manager

Today was a different race than yesterday: much drier, more simple and so everything was much more equal and mistakes were costly and could mean a rider easily missed out on a podium place. Toni worked hard to win. It must be recognized that Adam Raga had a great trial, worthy of the great rival that he is. Fujinami fought hard, like Jaime, but they were left without a prize. They have done some extraordinary things, especially Jaime, but they made mistakes and in the world championship and that comes with an expensive price. We will continue working and I have to acknowledge the great work that the team has done in this trial which although we are not “at home”, we nevertheless did everything well. We will continue fighting. See you all back in Europe.

  Miquel Cirera  

Results TrialGP of Japan, Day2

Pos. Rider Num Nation L1 L2 L3 T3 Points Team Time/Gap
1 BOU Toni 1 SPA 8 14     20 Repsol Honda Team 22
2 RAGA Adam 67 SPA 14 9   1 17 TRS Factory Team 24
3 CABESTANY Albert 37 SPA 16 14     15 Sherco Factory Team 30
4 FAJARDO Jeroni 47 SPA 25 8     13 Vertigo Factory Team 33
5 FUJINAMI Takahisa 3 JPN 20 15     11 Repsol Honda Team 35
6 BUSTO Jaime 69 SPA 26 9     10 Repsol Honda Team 35
7 DABILL James 7 GBR 21 15     9 Gas Gas Factory Team 36
8 KADLEC Franz 11 GER 29 25     8 Gas Gas Factory Team 54
9 PRICE Jack 34 GBR 27 28     7 Gas Gas Factory Team 55
10 KUROYAMA Kenichi 98 JPN 21 37     6 Yamaha Racing 58
11 GELABERT Miquel 10 SPA 39 24     5 Sherco Factory Team 63
12 BINCAZ Benoit 16 FRA 45 23     4 Scorpa Factory 68
13 FERRER Alexandre 13 FRA 41 27     3 Sherco Factory Team 68
14 KARLSSON Eddie 12 SWE 2 26     2 RG Team 68
15 GRATTAROLA Matteo 9 ITA 49 20     1 Gas Gas FG Italia 69
16 CASALES Jorge 33 SPA 42 30   1 0 Beta Factory Racing 73
17 NOGUERA Oriol 15 SPA 39 34     0 MRW Gas Gas Trial Team 73
18 NOZAKI Fumitaka 99 JPN 42 36     0 Sherco Factory Team 78
19 GUBIAN Loris 14 FRA 39 39     0 Beta 78
20 OGAWA Tomoyuki 97 JPN 47 33     0 Honda Team Mitani 80
21 FARRE Arnau 19 SPA 51 38     0 RFME Spea 89

Rider Standings

Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team
1 BOU Toni 1 SPA 60 Repsol Honda Team
2 RAGA Adam 67 SPA 45 TRS Factory Team
3 FAJARDO Jeroni 47 SPA 39 Vertigo Factory Team
4 CABESTANY Albert 37 SPA 38 Sherco Factory Team
5 FUJINAMI Takahisa 3 JPN 37 Repsol Honda Team
6 DABILL James 7 GBR 34 Gas Gas Factory Team
7 BUSTO Jaime 69 SPA 29 Repsol Honda Team
8 CASALES Jorge 33 SPA 19 Beta Factory Racing
9 KADLEC Franz 11 GER 18 Gas Gas Factory Team
10 GELABERT Miquel 10 SPA 12 Sherco Factory Team
11 KUROYAMA Kenichi 98 JPN 11 Yamaha Racing
12 PRICE Jack 34 GBR 10 Gas Gas Factory Team
13 BINCAZ Benoit 16 FRA 10 Scorpa Factory
14 GRATTAROLA Matteo 9 ITA 8 Gas Gas FG Italia
15 FARRE Arnau 19 SPA 7 RFME Spea
16 NOGUERA Oriol 15 SPA 5 MRW Gas Gas Trial Team
17 NOZAKI Fumitaka 99 JPN 3 Sherco Factory Team
18 FERRER Alexandre 13 FRA 3 Sherco Factory Team
19 KARLSSON Eddie 12 SWE 3 RG Team
20 GUBIAN Loris 14 FRA 2 Beta
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