GP Japan 17
Now one of the most established and certainly iconic venues on the TrialGP tour the TwinRing Motegi facility is a must visit destination for all motorsport fans. The sprawling grounds that extend around the two interlinked tarmac circuits not only incorporate some excellent Trial terrain, but also include what can only be described as ‘Disneyland for petrol-heads’. One of two flyway events in 2017, a trip to Japan is certainly worth the long journey from Europe especially with its two days of competition after Friday’s Qualification. The onsite hotel adds an extra level of convenience and a tour of the incredible Honda museum cannot be missed.
The Trial itself is very compact and easy to follow on foot, with a mixture of man-made hazards and natural hill climbs, often muddy all being very accessible. The Japanese hospitality and organisation is second to none, and whilst the food is very different to that found in Europe, there is plenty of variety and western alternatives to cater for all appetites. Transfer from Tokyo by hire car or train is relatively straightforward with many European languages spoken throughout Japan.
Certainly a trip of a lifetime, but one that needs ticking off the bucket list.
|Race format||15 sections x 2 laps|
Twin Ring Motegi, Haga District, Tochigi Prefecture, Japan - View in Google Maps
|Podium 2017 -day2-||Toni Bou - Adam Raga - Albert Cabestany|
|Podium 2017 -day1-||Toni Bou - James Dabill - Takahisa Fujinami|
|Podium 2016 -day2-||Toni Bou - Adam Raga - Takahisa Fujinami|
|Podium 2016 -day1-||Adam Raga - Toni Bou - Takahisa Fujinami|
|Podium 2015 -day2-||Toni Bou - Takahisa Fujinami - Jeroni Fajardo|
|Podium 2015 -day1-||Toni Bou - Jeroni Fajardo - Adam Raga|
|Podium 2014 -day2-||Adam Raga - Toni Bou - Albert Cabestany|
|Podium 2014 -day1-||Adam Raga - Toni Bou - Takahisa Fujinami|
|Podium 2013 -day2-||Takahisa Fujinami - Jeroni Fajardo - Toni Bou|
|Podium 2013 -day1-||Toni Bou - Adam Raga - Albert Cabestany|
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