World champion closes 2015 back in ‘Toni Bou Territory’

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 After sealing the world championship title last weekend in Portugal, Toni Bou and Repsol Honda Team return for the Spanish Trial GP, an event dominated by Bou since 2006.

Toni Bou arrives back in Galicia as world champion, having clinched the title with one GP still to go in the FIM Trial Outdoor World Championship. The Repsol Honda Team hero, fresh off the back of achieving the season’s maximum objective, returns to home soil to do battle in a trial that has always brought out the best of Bou; one that he has consistently triumphed in since first winning the championship back in 2006.

Takahisa Fujinami, heads into the final GP of the season intent on confirming his presence among the sport’s elite. In Portugal the Japanese rider was plagued with back problems and has undergone physiotherapy to be able to finish the season on a high. The Repsol Honda Team rider will be hoping to score a top five championship finish, a feat that he will have achieved on twenty occasions.

Repsol Honda Team’s Basque rookie, Jaime Busto, also arrives at the trial with a challenge lined up: finish the year on the podium. The youngster narrowly missed doing so in Portugal and won’t want to finish the season without savouring the winner’s champagne. Busto has so far been the revelation of the year, being the best debutante in the history of trial’s top flight.

The trial in Teo will have the paddock in the sports area at A Ramallosa. There will be five sections close to the starting line and another five in Mirador de Lampai in A Agrela. The route will be 18.5 kilometres in length, to be completed over three laps. As is usual, the last rider to start will do so at 11:00 local time in Spain.


 

* Toni Bou’s first win in the trial world championship was in 2006 in Nigrán, at 100 kilometres from Teo, at 19 years of age.

* Toni Bou has won eleven editions of the Spanish Trial GP consecutively since 2006. Whenever he was on the podium, it was in top position.

* Takahisa Fujinami was the winner in the Spanish GP in 2003 (Benasque) and 2004 (Puerto Pajares).

* Montesa riders have won 22 times in 52 of the trials that have been disputed in the Spanish Trial GP (42%). The first Spaniard to achieve a triumph was Manuel Soler (Montesa, 1981).

* This will be the first time that the world championship visits Teo, although other Galician towns have hosted the top level of competition: Silleda 1998, Nigrán 2006, Baiona 2010, Teo 2015.

* In 2000, in Córdoba, Montesa had a podium lock-out on the first day with Doug Lampkin, Marc Colomer and Takahisa Fujinami.

Toni Bou   1

Now that the main objective of the season – the world title – is out of the way, the only thing left to do is to enjoy the two final trials where I will be able to take it a bit easier. I just want to enjoy this trial without the pressure of having to win. I hope that people come to the trial and have some fun like I do in a Grand Prix where I always give it my best.

Toni Bou

Takahisa Fujinami   5

After the difficulty that I had in the Portuguese GP, I hope that I get a more satisfying result and above all, without having the back problems. I’m going to work to recover physically and finish the world championship in the top five. It will be twenty years amongst the world’s top!

Takahisa Fujinami

Jaime Busto   15

In Portugal I was very close to the podium and the truth is that I don’t want to finish the season without knowing what it feels like to be up there in the top category. I know that at worst I will finish the world championship in sixth place, which is a great result for me in my first year in World Pro. Last week I felt great on the bike and I would like to repeat it. The more fun I have, the better I perform.

Jaime Busto

Rider Standings

Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team
1 BOU Toni 1 SPA 311 Repsol Honda Team
2 RAGA Adam 2 SPA 271 Gas Gas
3 FAJARDO Jeroni 4 SPA 220 Beta Factory Racing
4 CABESTANY Albert 3 SPA 205 Sherco Factory Team
5 FUJINAMI Takahisa 5 JPN 181 Repsol Honda Team
6 BUSTO Jaime 15 SPA 164 Repsol Honda Team
7 FERRER Alexandre 8 FRA 124 Sherco Factory Team
8 DABILL James 6 GBR 120 Vertigo
9 CASALES Jorge 7 SPA 88 Beta Factory Racing
10 KARLSSON Eddie 14 SWE 83 Montesa Team Karlsson
11 KADLEC Franz 16 GER 82 Beta Factory Racing
12 SHEPPARD Jack 13 GBR 50 Jgas
13 TARRES Pol 9 SPA 40 Sherco Factory Team
14 MORET Francesc 18 SPA 25 Vertigo
15 PEDERSEN Hakon 12 NOR 24 Ossa Pedersen
16 OGAWA Tomoyuki 18 JPN 16 Honda Team Mitani
17 KUROYAMA Kenichi 20 JPN 14 Yamaha
18 SORENSEN Ole Kristian 19 NOR 14 Sherco
19 NOZAKI Fumitaka 19 JPN 8 Yamaha
20 OGAWA Tsuyoshi 21 JPN 7 Beta
21 BROWN Michael 11 GBR 5 Gas Gas
22 NOMOTO Yoshiaki 22 JPN 2 Beta
23 SATO Yuki 25 JPN 1 Honda
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