The FIM Trial World Championship fires up this weekend at the Motegi circuit in Japan with three Repsol Honda Team riders keen to embark on what is set to be a hotly-disputed season.
Repsol Honda Team adepts Toni Bou and Takahisa Fujinami line up alongside rookie Jaime Busto this weekend as the FIM Trial World Championship kicks off with the Japanese Grand Prix in Motegi. Fans can look forward to nine GPs, which will consist of 18 races, given that all are double-daters this season.
Incumbent champion Toni Bou arrives on top of his game after a fruitful pre-season saw the Spaniard collect a ninth X-Trial triumph as well as securing the top of the overall rankings in the Spanish championship. The Repsol Honda Team guru aims at consolidating yet more his formidable record as the highest-garlanded motorcycle rider of all-time with 17 world titles to his credit.
Japanese ace Takahisa Fujinami starts his twentieth world championship season with various goals: to continue among trial’s elite, to increase further the number of world championship participations and to beat the all-time record of accumulated points – a milestone that looks likely to be demolished later this year.
Repsol Honda Team will feature a new name among their ranks for this championship with the inclusion of Jaime Busto. The Basque youngster – last year’s champion in the Junior category – makes the leap to World Pro, arriving at the sport’s top level with the clear aims of honing skills and gaining experience.
Riders will be faced with three laps of some six kilometres in length, which will include twelve sections. The event is due to start at 11:00 a.m. local time with the last rider of the World Pro class heading out first.
· Last year Toni Bou arrived at the competition carrying rib injuries. In spite of the pain, the Honda rider made the podium on both days and clinched top-spot on the overall leaderboard at the Motegi.
· The Japanese Trial GP has continually been disputed at the Motegi circuit since 2000.
· Bou, with 11 triumphs, is the rider with the highest number of wins in Motegi, followed by Repsol Honda Team companion ‘Fujigas’, with 6.
· Takahisa Fujinami is the rider with most podium finishes having scaled the Japanese GP rostrum 23 times.
2015 FIM TRIAL WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP
|25th and 26th April||Motegi||Japan|
|30th and 31st May||Sokolov||Czech Republic|
|6th and 7th June||Boras||Sweden|
|13th and 14th June||Penrith||Great Britain|
|27th and 28th June||Andon||France|
|4th and 5th July||Sant Julià de Lòria||Andorra|
|25th and 26th July||Stepping Stone||United States|
|5th and 6th September||Paços de Ferreira||Portugal|
|12th and 13th September||Jerez de la Frontera||Spain|
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|