A rough day for Repsol Honda Team in the trial back on home soil. The Spanish GP first day finishes in Teo, with recently-crowned world champion Toni Bou in second place. Busto and Fujinami see their efforts compromised by physical issues.
Toni Bou went into the season’s final trial with a more laid-back approach after having sealed his ninth consecutive world championship title last weekend. In spite of the title, the Repsol Honda Team ace was as hungry for victory as ever, but saw hopes of a win on the first day fade after completing the twelve sections with an excess of penalty marks. The trial turned out to be a relatively simple affair, although some overnight and early morning rain had left the terrain in a delicate state. Even so, Bou and Raga – today’s winner – were able to complete the second lap collecting just one mark each on the scorecard. A five-point fault on the first lap and some last lap slip-ups meant the Montesa Cota 4RT rider had to settle for second place.
Jaime Busto was unable to overcome some physical issues and posted a final eighth place. The Basque novice suffered a bout of intestinal troubles and had difficulty finding the verve necessary to tackle the more troublesome sections in the trial in Teo. Nevertheless, Busto has his sixth overall position assured in the championship.
Takahisa Fujinami also had a bad day in the office in Galicia. The Japanese was unable to shake off the back problems that hampered progress in last week’s trial. A sharp movement in section one was enough to cause a recurrence of the pain that lasted throughout today’s entire event.
Tomorrow, Sunday, sees the second day of the Spanish GP and the final day of the FIM Trial World Championship.
Results day 1 GP Trial Spain
|1||Raga Adam||2||SPA||9||1||2||20||Gas Gas Factory Team||Gas Gas||12|
|2||Bou Toni||1||SPA||17||1||11||17||Repsol Honda Team||Montesa||29|
|3||Cabestany Albert||3||SPA||20||10||13||15||Sherco Factory Team||Sherco||43|
|4||Casales Jorge||7||SPA||24||14||16||13||Beta Factory Racing||Beta||54|
|5||Fajardo Jeroni||4||SPA||26||18||12||11||Beta Factory Racing||Beta||56|
|6||Ferrer Alexandre||8||FRA||32||15||11||10||Sherco Factory Team||Sherco||58|
|7||Dabill James||6||GBR||30||23||22||9||Vertigo Factory Team||Vertigo||75|
|8||Busto Jaime||15||SPA||40||30||18||8||Repsol Honda Team||Montesa||88|
|9||Tarres Pol||9||SPA||45||21||19||7||Sherco Factory Team||Sherco||95|
|10||Fujinami Takahisa||5||JPN||45||37||15||6||Repsol Honda Team||Montesa||97|
|11||Moret Francesc||18||SPA||46||35||36||5||Vertigo Factory Team||Vertigo||117|
|12||Karlsson Eddie||14||SWE||38||40||45||4||Montesa Team Karlsson||Montesa||123|
|14||Kadlec Franz||16||GER||52||42||39||2||Beta Factory Racing||Beta||133|
|15||Pedersen Hakon||12||NOR||53||48||36||1||Ossa Pedersen||Ossa||137|
|16||Sorensen Ole Kristian||16||NOR||56||50||55||0||Sherco Sorensen||Sherco||161|