The fifth round of the TrialGP World Championship moves on to Tong, Great Britain this weekend. Repsol Honda Team, holding firm in top positions, will be looking to consolidate their advantage and even increase the distance over adversaries.
Repsol Honda Team are currently commanding the overall leader board with Bou leading, Jaime Busto in third place and Takahisa Fujinami fourth, although equal on points with his team-mate.
The TrialGP World Championship arrives at its halfway point with current champion Toni Bou looking firmly on course to retake the title. Tong could prove an opportunity to either reinforce his leadership or strengthen his grip in the rankings even more. The Repsol Honda Team rider with the number one emblazoned on his chest has a thirteen-point advantage over nearest second-placed rival Adam Raga after victories in Spain, Japan and France.
Takahisa Fujinami’s British mission will be to repeat the podium place picked up in the first of the two trials disputed on home-soil. The English terrain could well suit the Japanese rider’s style and he arrives in the U.K. hungry for a result and brimming with confidence. It certainly won’t be an easy task, not least with the form of his Repsol Honda Team compadre Jaime Busto. The Basque rider after frequently having narrowly missed the rostrum spot, has recently been uncorking the champagne on the steps with the big guns with two consecutive podium finishes. Busto may be sitting in third overall, but he is fiercely determined to improve on the position.
In the constructor’s championship, Montesa occupies top spot with a 37-point advantage over the nearest rival.
ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE TRIALGP GREAT BRITAIN
- The Trial World Championship returns to the country where the sport was born over a century ago. 37 editions of the United Kingdom Trial have been contested in the British Isles, with the event held in Scotland, England, Isle of Man and Wales. The Park Wood Off Road Centre in the town of Tong will again host the event after the site premiered as a top-flight venue last year.
- Toni Bou (with 14 victories) is the most successful rider in the UK. Behind him, is Dougie Lampkin (11) with 5 wins for Montesa. Takahisa Fujinami has clinched two wins in the British Isles. Despite this, the Japanese rider of the Repsol Honda Team is the one who has picked up the most points, 344, in all participations in the United Kingdom, closely followed by the 334 of Bou in second place.
- The race course in the Parkwood Off Road Centre is the shortest in the whole championship with a total of 2.5 kilometres with all fifteen sections concentrated into this distance.
- TrialGP Great Britain Timetable:
15:00 Inspection of zones
10:30 to 11:00 Scrutineering
11:00 a.m. to 1 p.m. Free training
12:15 a.m. 12:45 Qualifying training
14:45 Autograph signing
3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Qualifying round
09:00 First rider start
12:45 End of first lap
12:05 Start of second lap
15:20 End of race
15:45 Podium ceremony
· Toni Bou Stats
93 Wins in World Championship
190 GP participations
· Takahisa Fujinami Stats
33 Wins in World Championship
316 GP participations
· Jaime Busto Stats
37 GP participations