The two Repsol Honda riders made it onto the rostrum after a tough trial on the first day of the Japanese GP. Toni Bou keeps hold of the top spot in the overall standings, while Fujinami is poised to make trial world championship history.
The FIM Trial World Championship second round in Japan, with Toni Bou defending first place in the general rankings, finished with the incumbent champion clinching second place on the day. A positive result considering that the Spanish rider is still carrying an injured right shoulder ligament and is unable to ride in his usual fashion.
Today’s race conditions were hardly favourable to the world championship leader either, after Thursday’s rain left much of the course a muddy, slippery quagmire and making sections far more physically demanding. The exertion from the previous championship outing was taking its toll on Toni Bou – as always aboard the Montesa Cota 4RT – who had to accept runner-up spot. Bou, however, still maintains his place at the top of the general rankings.
Takahisa Fujinami gave a display of strength today in Motegi, showing that he still has the same spark that he did on his debut. Tomorrow will be his 300th world championship event. The former champion was able to anticipate the celebrations of this historic landmark by taking a podium place in front of the home crowd. Today marked the Repsol rider’s 154th world championship podium finish. The crowd got behind Fujinami after a below par first lap that saw the rider in sixth place after a fall which damaged the front end of the Montesa Cota 4RT. After changing the front forks, Fujinami put in an excellent second lap, reducing the points and moving up into a potential podium position, which he continued to hold until the end of the trial.
Jaime Busto started the Japanese GP well and was soon up in a podium position too, but as had previously occurred in the Catalan GP, a series of errors gradually eroded the earlier good work. The Spaniard battled with team-mate Fujinami, who in the end was able to sneak onto the podium by a single point.
Tomorrow will see the second and final day of the Japanese GP and should feature the same characteristics as today’s with twelve sections to be completed over twelve laps. The last rider to take the start will do so at 11:00 hrs local time.
Results GP Japan Trial Day 1
|1||Raga Adam||2||SPA||18||12||22||20||TRRS Factory Team||TRRS||52|
|2||Bou Toni||1||SPA||30||17||21||17||Repsol Honda Team||Montesa||68|
|3||Fujinami Takahisa||5||JPN||37||7||31||15||Repsol Honda Team||Montesa||85|
|4||Busto Jaime||6||SPA||31||28||27||13||Repsol Honda Team||Montesa||86|
|5||Cabestany Albert||4||SPA||40||24||30||11||Sherco Factory Team||Sherco||94|
|6||Grattarola Matteo||18||ITA||37||25||33||10||Gas Gas FG Italia||Gas Gas||95|
|7||Fajardo Jeroni||3||SPA||35||33||30||9||Vertigo Factory Team||Vertigo||98|
|8||Dabill James||8||GBR||44||29||25||8||Vertigo Factory Team||Vertigo||98|
|9||Ogawa Tomoyuki||13||JPN||34||34||37||7||Honda Team Mitani||Honda||105|
|10||Kuroyama Kenichi||14||JPN||42||38||34||6||Yamaha Racing||Yamaha||114|
|11||Karlsson Eddie||10||SWE||45||37||38||5||Montesa Team Karlsson||Montesa||120|
|12||Nozaki Fumitaka||16||JPN||46||39||39||4||Team Nozaki Scorpa||Scorpa||124|
|13||Kadlec Franz||11||GER||49||41||35||3||Gas Gas||Gas Gas||125|
|14||Gelabert Miquel||20||SPA||49||42||34||2||RFME Spea||Sherco||125|
|15||Casales Jorge||9||SPA||42||42||42||1||Beta Factory Racing||Beta||126|
|16||Tarres Pol||12||SPA||50||42||39||0||TRRS Factory Team||TRRS||131|
|17||Gubian Loris||21||FRA||42||46||48||0||Beta Factory Racing||Beta||136|
|18||Brown Michael||17||GBR||48||46||45||0||Gas Gas||Gas Gas||139|
|19||Pedersen Hakon||15||NOR||50||44||51||0||Gas Gas||Gas Gas||145|
|20||Ogawa Tsuyoshi||22||JPN||58||43||46||0||Beta Factory Racing||Beta||147|
|23||Dagnicourt Benoit||19||FRA||56||51||51||0||Vertigo Factory Team||Vertigo||158|
|25||Tournour Gianluca||23||ITA||53||55||57||0||Gas Gas||Gas Gas||165|
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… read more.
|Race format||15 sections x 2 laps|
Twin Ring Motegi, Haga District, Tochigi Prefecture, Japan - View in Google Maps
|Podium 2018 -day2-||Jaime Busto - Toni Bou - Adam Raga|
|Podium 2018 -day1-||Jeroni Fajardo - Adam Raga - Takahisa Fujinami|
|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|