Toni Bou, head and shoulders above the rest in the Belgian GP

Trial 2016    Round T6 , Trial 1

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Toni Bou looks poised to make off with the world outdoor trial championship for the tenth time after another notable performance. The Repsol Honda Team rider went from zero to hero in the Belgium Grand Prix, displaying all the hallmarks of a champion. Teammates Takahisa Fujinami and Jaime Busto’s performances were the inverse of Bou’s; both missing out on the podium.

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It was the tiny population of Belgium’s Comblain-au-Pont who hosted the sixth Grand Prix of the trial calendar – the eleventh of a total of fifteen trials given that the Belgium event featured only a single date. Toni Bou scooped his eight win of the season in a trial a world away from the rain-soaked one disputed here two years ago. The lengthy course did, however, feature some very technical sections which forced some riders to make mistakes.

Toni Bou picked things up after a poor start. A fall on the first lap and a sudden, sharp movement caused problems for the rider who is still carrying a shoulder injury. Battling against the pain, the Spaniard was holding fourth spot overall by the end of the first lap. On subsequent laps Bou scored better than rivals, going on to take victory with ten points over runner up Adam Raga. The result bolsters Bou’s command of the general standings with his advantage over nearest second-place adversary Adam Raga increasing to twenty-three points.

Takahisa Fujinami, arrived at the Comblain-au-Pont event fired up after his win in the previous round in Lourdes (France). The Japanese Repsol Honda Team rider has had his eye on the overall third position. ‘Fujigas’ got off to good start, looking set for a podium finish, until a spectacular fall on the third lap forced the ex-champ to ride out the rest of the trial in defensive mode. After clocking up further marks, Fuji had to settle for a final fifth place but is still third in the overall ranking.

Repsol Honda Team’s third rider Jaime Busto continued to battle to get into the podium zone. However, after completing the first two laps with an identical scorecard, the young Basque hopeful made several mistakes to wipe out any chances of a first podium.

The FIM Trial World Championship continues next weekend with the Great British Grand Prix to be held in Tong.

Toni Bou   1

TRIAL: 1ST  CHAMPIONSHIP: 1ST

I was able to settle the race in my favour at the end of the second lap, but the riding wasn’t up to much as I wasn’t feeling too good on the first lap. I had injured my shoulder during training and in spite of not feeling right I was able to make it through. I’m very pleased with the result but I will have to work hard to get the shoulder in shape for the trial in England next week.

Toni Bou

Takahisa Fujinami   5

TRIAL: 5TH  CHAMPIONSHIP: 3RD

I’m not pleased with the fifth place. I was among the top positions on the first part of the race. There was a misunderstanding with the time that I was given and I missed out on the podium by very little. I was feeling good on the bike and things were going well, but I’m not pleased with the way it all worked out. I continue to hold on to third place in the overall standings and with four trials still to go, I think I’m doing well and am on the right path.

Takahisa Fujinami

Jaime Busto   6

TRIAL: 6TH  CHAMPIONSHIP: 4TH

In the sections with the mud that had formed, I wasn’t feeling very comfortable. Those are not my favourite type of sections, that’s for sure. I was riding a bit clumsily at the beginning and only picked up one zero on the first lap in the final section. On the second lap I felt better on the bike but it wasn’t enough. As the trial went on the sections didn’t get any better.

Jaime Busto

Miquel Cirera

Team Manager

Another trial and another victory for Toni and for the team. It wasn’t easy for Toni today; he wasn’t having the best day. He hurt himself in one of the sections and had a difficult day as a consequence, but he was able to seal the win all the same. For the championship it is important. Fujinami’s result could have been better, but with today’s trial and the rivals, it has been a hard one for everybody. It was to be expected that it would be tough. Jaime won’t be happy – he didn’t make it onto the podium and that is his intention. He will have to keep working. Let’s hope things work out well in England for everyone and hopefully we will get better results. Thanks to the whole team for the great effort today at a very tough trial.

Miquel Cirera

Results Trial GP Belgium 2016

Pos. Rider Num Nation L1 L2 L3 T3 Points Team Time/Gap
1 BOU Toni 1 SPA 18 13 14 20 Repsol Honda Team 45
2 RAGA Adam 2 SPA 19 15 19 2 17 TRS Factory Team 55
3 CABESTANY Albert 4 SPA 14 25 16 15 Sherco Factory Team 55
4 FAJARDO Jeroni 3 SPA 15 21 24 13 Vertigo Factory Team 60
5 FUJINAMI Takahisa 5 JPN 16 22 21 2 11 Repsol Honda Team 61
6 BUSTO Jaime 6 SPA 21 21 26 10 Repsol Honda Team 68
7 DABILL James 8 GBR 23 25 29 9 Vertigo Factory Team 77
8 KARLSSON Eddie 10 SWE 31 32 26 8 Montesa Team Karlsson 89
9 FERRER Alexandre 7 FRA 32 36 29 1 7 Sherco Factory Team 98
10 GELABERT Miquel 20 SPA 37 32 35 6 RFME Spea 104
11 GRATTAROLA Matteo 18 ITA 32 46 26 5 Gas Gas FG Italia 104
12 CASALES Jorge 9 SPA 28 40 37 1 4 Beta Factory Racing 106
13 NOGUERA Oriol 24 SPA 37 37 36 1 3 MRW Limit Motos Montesa 111
14 GUBIAN Loris 21 FRA 31 48 32 2 Beta Factory Racing 111
15 KADLEC Franz 11 GER 42 39 32 1 Gas Gas 113
16 PEDERSEN Hakon 15 NOR 45 52 43 0 Gas Gas 140
17 SORENSEN Ole Kristian 16 NOR 52 50 45 4 0 Sherco Sorensen 151

Rider Standings

Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team
1 BOU Toni 1 SPA 209 Repsol Honda Team
2 RAGA Adam 2 SPA 186 TRS Factory Team
3 FUJINAMI Takahisa 5 JPN 147 Repsol Honda Team
4 BUSTO Jaime 6 SPA 129 Repsol Honda Team
5 CABESTANY Albert 4 SPA 127 Sherco Factory Team
6 FAJARDO Jeroni 3 SPA 120 Vertigo Factory Team
7 DABILL James 8 GBR 107 Vertigo Factory Team
8 CASALES Jorge 9 SPA 67 Beta Factory Racing
9 GRATTAROLA Matteo 18 ITA 60 Gas Gas FG Italia
10 KADLEC Franz 11 GER 52 Gas Gas
11 GELABERT Miquel 20 SPA 50 RFME Spea
12 KARLSSON Eddie 10 SWE 44 Montesa Team Karlsson
13 GUBIAN Loris 21 FRA 35 Beta Factory Racing
14 FERRER Alexandre 7 FRA 33 Sherco Factory Team
15 TARRES Pol 12 SPA 27 TRS Factory Team
16 NOGUERA Oriol 24 SPA 19 MRW Limit Motos Montesa
17 OGAWA Tomoyuki 13 JPN 14 Honda Team Mitani
18 KUROYAMA Kenichi 14 JPN 10 Yamaha Racing
19 NOZAKI Fumitaka 16 JPN 5 Team Nozaki Scorpa
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