TrialGP 2017 Round TR7 , Qualifying 1
Toni Bou takes ‘pole position’ in the Czech Republic
Toni Bou proved quickest in the qualifying round ahead of tomorrow’s TrialGP in the Czech Republic. This means Bou sets off from the final starting position in a trial which could see the rider, once again, crowned world champion.
The Repsol Honda Team rider posted the swiftest time on the qualifying lap today in Sokolov, near Karlovy Vary in the Czech Republic and will start from the advantageous rear position in the TrialGP main event which takes place tomorrow.
Toni Bou, who was the second rider to get a shot at the qualifying area, positively flew over the rocks to record a scorching 25-second time on the stopwatch. Bou will be looking to monitor and control proceedings from behind as he bids for an eleventh world outdoor title. Rain this afternoon will render the seven-kilometre course in far more delicate conditions than when the riders inspected the sections earlier.
Repsol Honda Team side-kick Jaime Busto let some time slip early in the qualifying lap before securing fourth fastest on the day; some two seconds behind Bou. Takahisa Fujinami, meanwhile, finished in tenth place and will be hoping to improve on this in the fifteen-section, two-lap trial. The Japanese rider will hotly contest third place in the championship, currently occupied by Busto.