TrialGP arrives at the Pyrenees with Toni Bou the clear leader in the championship2020-09-16 01:54
The third consecutive Grand Prix makes its next stop-off in the Pyrenean paradise of Andorra, where the high altitude of the sections could prove a tough test for Toni Bou, Takahisa Fujinami and the entire Repsol Honda Team.
A third TrialGP event on the trot and, once again, competitors will have to deal with high altitude. After the situation at the Isola 2000 resort, which affected both riders and bikes alike, we can expect little less in Andorra. The route will include several sections at a 2000-metre elevation. Furthermore, weather conditions also look likely to hamper the event, with rain predicted throughout the week.
The Andorra trial is the penultimate event of the championship. Riders, after having tackled four tough trials over two intense weeks, with physical demands beginning to take their toll, now face one of the most gruelling dates in the trial calendar.
Toni Bou, who leads rivals with a 10-point advantage after winning three of the four trials held so far, goes into the decisive race event aware that there is virtually no margin of error if he wishes to add another title to an already extensive honours list. The Repsol Honda Team rider will be hoping to recover physically and be able to perform at his best in Sant Julià.
Meanwhile, Japanese Repsol Honda Team rider Takahisa Fujinami will also be looking for a good result in Andorra. So far, he has lacked the kind of rhythm needed to bid for one of the podium positions, but ‘Fujigas’ remains confident he can regain the sensations from last season and move up among the frontrunners.
The route will take place in the Naturlandia area at over 1,600 metres above sea level. There will be a three laps to ten sections that will be played out entirely in the La Rabassa but the paddock will be allocated in the centre of Sant Julià de Lòria. Since 2007 – the year that Bou joined Montesa – he has won as many as seven Andorran trials. Takahisa Fujinami, despite not having won the event, has been on the Sant Julià de Lòria trial podium 11 times.
Toni Bou 1
CHAMPIONSHIP: 1st POINTS: 75
I really want to race at the home trial at Naturlandia. I arrived a bit touch and go physically; it has been a bit difficult since from the beginning. The first day was good, but I was quite affected on the second one. This will be an unknown for us. I’m trying to recover fully and we are preparing the bike ready for the “home” event. The positive thing is that we know the terrain well, and the negative is that there will be a lot of nerves and the desire to get a good result that could turn against us, as happened for a few years. Anything can happen, but we will give it 100% as always, because this championship could be decided in any moment.
Takahisa Fujinami 3
CHAMPIONSHIP: 8th POINTS: 35
We have worked hard this year looking for a good result that, until now, hasn’t materialized. I think this next trial, in Andorra, could be positive for me, since we have trained for a few days there at Toni's home and we have had some very good sensations. I’m keeping a cool head and I hope that this trial will be positive for our team.
Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team
1 Bou Toni 1 SPA 75 Repsol Honda Team
2 Raga Adam 67 SPA 65 TRRS Factory Team
3 Busto Jaime 69 SPA 61 Vertigo Factory Team
4 Gelabert Miquel 56 SPA 39 Gas Gas
5 Marcelli Gabriel 14 SPA 38
Source: Honda Racing Corporation
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