Toni Bou clinches the first of the two trials held in Japan. Japanese rider Takahisa Fujinami, also made it onto the rostrum in third spot, sealing Repsol Honda Team’s first double in 2019.
The first day of competition at the TrialGP of Japan proved to be a complicated affair. The rain made a re-appearance, wreaking havoc with the terrain and making for a tricky task for all the riders starting from the rear end of the field including Toni Bou. Despite the difficulty, the Repsol Honda Team ace was able to mark the difference and was rewarded with another victory, the seventeenth to date at the Motegi Twin Ring.
Takahisa Fujinami, with a swift pace, seemed at ease and was able to finish the day with a noteworthy third place to complete the Repsol Honda Team double – a feat not achieved since last year’s Belgium GP. This first podium of the season was, in part, fruit of the tremendous support received from the local crowd at ever corner of the route. Takahisa Fujinami takes his tally of podiums on home soil in Trial World Championship events to twenty-eight.
Tomorrow, Sunday, sees the second day of the competition, where Bou and Fujinami hope to be back on the podium. The trial covers the same route, but with the starting order in the reverse order of today’s classification.
TrialGP of Japan Day 1 2019 results
|1||Bou Toni||1||SPA||19||26||3||20||Repsol Honda Team||Montesa||48|
|2||Raga Adam||67||SPA||36||31||4||17||TRRS Factory Team||TRRS||71|
|3||Fujinami Takahisa||6||JPN||39||35||1||15||Repsol Honda Team||Montesa||75|
|4||Dabill James||22||GBR||43||34||2||13||Beta Factory Racing||Beta||79|
|5||Fajardo Jeroni||2||SPA||44||33||4||11||Gas Gas||Gas Gas||81|
|6||Kadlec Franz||66||GER||43||48||2||10||TRRS Factory Team||TRRS||93|
|7||Busto Jaime||69||SPA||56||38||4||9||Vertigo Factory Team||Vertigo||98|
|8||Casales Jorge||33||SPA||53||45||0||8||Vertigo Factory Team||Vertigo||98|
|9||Gelabert Miquel||9||SPA||54||44||3||7||Sherco Factory Team||Sherco||101|
|10||Price Jack||34||GBR||50||54||0||6||Gas Gas||Gas Gas||104|
|11||Bincaz Benoit||73||FRA||56||48||3||5||Beta Factory Racing||Beta||107|
|12||Kuroyama Kenichi||98||JPN||52||56||0||4||Yamaha Racing||Yamaha||108|
|13||Peace Dan||38||GBR||52||60||2||3||Sherco Factory Team||Sherco||114|
|14||Nozaki Fumitaka||99||JPN||57||58||3||2||Yamaha Racing||Yamaha||118|
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|