Bou and Fujinami dominate in Spain2009-09-06 10:06
Toni Bou — Repsol Montesa HRC took another important step towards securing his third successive SPEA FIM Trial World Championship when he took the win at his home Grand Prix ahead of his team mate Takahisa Fujinami. The factory pairing both mounted on Cota 4RT machines were in a class of their own and finished well clear of previous round winner Jeroni Fajardo — Beta who completed the podium on this occasion. Bou's main championship rival, Adam Raga — Gas Gas could only manage fourth spot on the day, with him having recently returned to action after an operation on his knee.
The small and quiet town of Tona, set approximately seventy kilometres north of the city of Barcelona, was the unlikely host of the penultimate round of the 2009 SPEA FIM Trial World Championship. From the compact paddock on the outskirts of the urban area, the course then wound its way around the surrounding hills, with the sections being scattered far and wide. The steep, dusty and dry landscape offered little variety, with the final and single manmade hazard back in the start / finish area being the only real exception to this rule. The dry and crumbling surface, which was predominant in the majority of hazards proved to be incredibly slippery and quite unpredictable throughout the day.
Bou adapted best to the strange conditions and the unusual style of sections, which mainly featured steep climbs up and up a varying array of rock faces that offered the riders no grip at all. The very nature of the hazards meant they were very 'hit and miss' and sometimes dangerous when the riders did not reach their required destinations. Toni edged into a slight lead at the end of a testing opening lap, his advantage over Fujinami at this point being just three marks. Raga remained almost in contention after the first fifteen sections, six marks behind the Japanese contender, but would fade during the later stages.
Sensing the title was his for the taking Toni stepped up a gear on his closing lap, and made light work of tough conditions on board his factory four-stroke machine. His second lap showing of a mere seven marks put him beyond the reach of his rivals and gave him his seventh victory of the season. Toni now needs just a single point at the final round in France next Sunday to claim his third outdoor crown in a row. Fujinami booked his place as runner up with a solid second lap performance, which was matched by Fajardo, allowing the Beta rider to claim the last podium position ahead of Raga.
Bou - 1st : "I am very happy with my result today and especially with the way I rode on the second lap, as I was tired and was finding things quite difficult after such a tough competition. The heat and sections certainly took their toll both on me and my bike. There was some good riding by Raga and Fujinami on the first lap, I was watching them and waiting for them to make a mistake, but it never happened. They were really strong. In these type of sections it seems to be either a clean or a five, thankfully for me I managed to clean many of them. I can relax a little this week, and can arrive in France knowing I am very close to the title, unless I have a complete disaster."
Fujinami — 2nd : "It's not been a bad day, it could have been a bit better, but in the end I made no big mistakes. Considering the conditions this is a good result for, as now I have a good gap over Fajardo who has now moved into fourth in the championship. For me the trial had too many big steps, today I was lucky, but on another day I could have made many crashes. The only real disappointment today was the two fives I made on section nine, without these I could have been closer to Toni. Anyway this is a good result for the team. "
Laia Sanz — Repsol Montesa HRC produced two consistent lap scores to take tenth place in the Junior category at her home Grand Prix, and actually posted an improved closing performance to pull her way up the leader board. Sanz will now turn her attention to the second and penultimate round of the FIM Women's Trial World Championship, which will take place on the day before the men's event in France next weekend.
Sunday September 6, 2009.
1. Toni Bou (SPA-Montesa), 21 ;
2. Takahisa Fujinami (JPN-Montesa), 29 ;
3. Jeroni Fajardo (SPA-Beta), 42 ;
4. Adam Raga (SPA-Gas Gas), 43 ;
5. Albert Cabestany (SPA-Sherco), 59 ;
6. Marc Freixa (SPA-Gas Gas), 72 ;
7. James Dabill (GBR-Gas Gas), 81 ;
8. Daniel Oliveras (SPA-Sherco), 89 ;
9. Loris Gubian (FRA-Gas Gas),97 ;
10. Alexz Wigg (GBR-Beta), 101 ;
11. Dougie Lampkin (GBR-Beta), 105 (7x0, 2x1) ;
12. Michael Brown (GBR-Sherco), 105 (7x0, 0x1) ;
13. Henri Himmanen (FIN-Beta), 139
World Championship positions after 7 rounds;
1. Bou, 187 ; 2. Raga, 168 ; 3. Fujinami, 130; 4. Fajardo, 121 ; 5. Cabestany, 117 ; 6. Lampkin, 109 ;
7. Dabill, 95 ; 8. Freixa, 86 ; 9. Gubian, 66 ; 10. Brown, 60; 11. Oliveras, 47 ; 12. Kuroyama, 16 ;
13. Himmanen, 15 ; 14. Morris, 9, 15. Maurino, 7
Next event: Round 8 at Isola 2000 (France) on September 13.
Source: Honda Pro Image
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