The opening day of the Swedish Trial GP produced some excellent results for Repsol Honda Team with Toni Bou grabbing the fifth triumph in the season’s fifth race. Takahisa Fujinami was back on the roster while Jaime Busto’s apprenticeship with the squad continues.
Boras, Sweden today bore witness as the ‘Bou Show’ stormed on to five consecutive wins out of five so far this season in the FIM Trial World Championship. It proved to be a tricky first day in Scandinavia in conditions hampered by rain this morning, making the sections more complicated than they had previously appeared. In a repeat of what had occurred in last week’s Czech Republic GP, several mistakes on the first lap saw Bou momentarily dropping the race leadership, before making amends and retaking top-spot on the second lap. Once more the Repsol Honda Team rider used the twelve-hazard third lap to keep adversaries in check and secure the top-step of the podium.
Honda side-kick Takahisa Fujinami, likewise, had a good day in the office. Bou’s Japanese team-mate at Repsol Honda Team rode an intelligent, technical race that saw him on course for a podium finish throughout. The rider scored a great final lap, improving considerably on the previous two, but fell two points shy of equally his Japanese GP result and was forced to accept third place on the roster.
After a series of excellent recent results, Jaime Busto today came up against some troublesome sections ill-suited to his riding style. The rookie picked up more penalties than usual, which proved costly and resulted in a ninth final position. Until today, the Basque rider had marked the best ever start for a debutant in the highest category.
Tomorrow the second and final day of the Swedish Trial GP is set to repeat the route of today: twelve sections to be tackled over three laps of three kilometres.