The FIM Trial World Championship is back in action this weekend with the Belgian GP; the only single-day event to feature in the trial calendar this year. Toni Bou, Takahisa Fujinami and Jaime Busto all go into the event with high expectations.

The outdoor trial season – which entered its second half with the most recent GP in France – moves on to Comblain-au-Pont, Belgium, as trial’s top category get just one day to tackle the course. The date could prove to be a short, yet significant one for Repsol Honda Team with competitors readying themselves for the final assault and vying for positions as the season draws on.

Toni Bou continues to lead the overall rankings with a total of 189 points and a margin of twenty over the nearest rival. In terms of points, this is the equivalent of an entire trial. The Repsol Honda Team rider remains as win-hungry as ever and will look to increase the cushion at the head of the leader board as the championship heads into its final stretch.

Takahisa Fujinami, winner in the Lourdes trial three weeks ago, won’t need much convincing about his chances of snatching another victory. The Japanese evergreen is chasing a spot on final podium. With five races still to run, he holds a seventeen-point advantage over fourth place Jaime Busto. Repsol Honda Team’s young Basque rider still has his eyes on the prize: that still elusive podium finish. After finishing various recent trials in fourth place and narrowly missing the objective; one senses that the highly-motivated Busto might just sneak a result this time. It is only his second year in the top flight.

All about the Belgian Trial

  • The Belgian trial has been held continually, as part of the world championship, from 1975 until 1997 in Bilstain. The three years of 1999-2000-2001 were held in Cuesmes and those of 2005 and 2006 were staged in Spa-Francorchamps.
  • Comblain-au-Pont is located 25 kilometres south of Liege, in the Wallonia region of the country.
  • Eddy Lejeune, three-time championship winner with Honda, is the rider who holds the highest number of victories in Belgium: 7 (from 1980 until 1986).
  • Toni Bou has won on one occasion in Belgium – the last time the world championship stopped off in the country in 2014 – also in Comblain-au-Pont.
  • Takahisa Fujinami is level with Toni Bou on victories in Belgium. Repsol Honda Team’s Japanese rider triumphed in 2001 in Cuesmes. Additionally, ‘Fujigas’ has made it on to the podium on three other occasions.
  • Jaime Busto has yet to participate in Belgium in a Trial GP or in World Pro, but has competed in the Junior category, where he finished fifth in 2014; a year in which he later went on to take the title.
  • Toni Bou will be the final rider to take the start-line in the Belgian GP. He will depart at 11:00 Sunday morning. The course is fifteen kilometres long and includes twelve sections to be completed over three laps.

Toni Bou


It may look like I’ve got a big advantage in the championship but you can’t take anything for granted. Besides, you have to take it really carefully in every trial, because the slightest mistake can ruin a whole year’s work. So, the Belgian GP will be an important one to try and keep up the line of positive results. We will go on fighting race by race to get to the final goal which is the championship title.

Takahisa Fujinami


Winning the most recent GP has given me even more motivation and strength to keep on training hard and keep on improving day by day. The team and I are having a great moment and our aim is to keep pushing to get as many points as possible.

Jaime Busto


I said it a few weeks ago in France: It is our turn to get onto the podium. I’ve nearly made it now on numerous occasions but I’ve come away unsatisfied for one reason or another. I hope to be able to celebrate a great result come Sunday and make the team happy.

2016 FIM Trial World Championship - Lourdes (FRA)

Takahisa Fujinami returns to the top of the podium two years after, with an overwhelming triumph, as teammate Bou had done yesterday. The reigning world champion takes a heavy fall, but comes back to snatch a spot on the rostrum.

Toni Bou’s brother-in-arms at Repsol Honda Team, Takahisa Fujinami today put an end to his teammate’s spell of six consecutive wins in the Outdoor Trial World Championship. Fujinami, the most veteran of the field, was too hot to handle from the start astride the Montesa Cota 4RT. With two sharp first laps, the Japanese rider finished the job with just a single penalty point on the final lap. That raises Takahisa Fujinami’s victory tally to thirty-three wins in the FIM Trial World Championship. He also becomes the fourth different rider to take victory so far this season. The result consolidates the third position overall of ‘Fujigas’ on the leader board.

The trial in Lourdes has been one of the toughest so far this season, even with the overnight modifications to the route. Race authorities marked out three new sections, but overnight rain filled the areas with mud once more, making the balancing something of an ordeal for the competitors.

Toni Bou, nevertheless, comes away from the French trial with a hefty margin of twenty points in the general standings, ahead of nearest second place rival Adam Raga, who finished runner-up on the day. Bou didn’t get off to much of a start today and was further hindered by a heavy fall in section nine with the bike taking a hard knock. The Repsol Honda Team ace failed to regain the momentum, but clawed his way back into the top places, posting a third spot at the end of the day.

Jaime Busto, once again, was a hair’s breadth away from a spot on the rostrum. After looking poised throughout to make it onto the podium, an error-filled final lap saw him equal Bou’s score, who took the third place thanks to the greatest number of zeros achieved in the championship. Busto had to settle for fourth place.

Location Information

Race format 15 sections x 2 laps

Comblain-au-Pont, Belgium - View in Google Maps


Podium 2016 Toni Bou - Adam Raga - Albert Cabestany
Podium 2018 Toni Bou - Adam Raga - Albert Cabestany