Toni Bou sneaked the win by the narrowest of margins in the first of the two TrialGP World Championship trials held this weekend in Sant Julià de Lòria, Andorra. Japanese rider Takahisa Fujinami finished eighth in his 350th world championship race.

The difficulty level of the twelve Andorran sections made for a closely-fought trial on the first day of competition at the Andorra TrialGP, filled with tough, highly-demanding sections. In addition, several riders were further penalised for exceeding the maximum time limits.

Repsol Honda Team rider Toni Bou fought neck and neck against long-term arch-rival Adam Raga for the triumph throughout the two laps of the Andorran course. Bou and Raga constantly traded places at the head of the table, but in the end it was Toni Bou who claimed the win, in spite of finishing on 46 marks, the same number as his rival. The tie-breaking factor proved to be the total time taken in completing the route, with the Repsol Honda Team rider finishing one minute ahead. Another fine result sees Toni Bou continue to top the championship leaderboard, now holding a thirteen-point advantage in the general standings.

Japan’s Takahisa Fujinami, who competed in a 350th trial at elite level competition, struggled in the Andorran trial due to the very evenly-balanced field, eventually having to settle for eighth place. “Fujigas” remains in fourth spot overall.

Tomorrow, Sunday, will mark the fifth round of the World Trial Championship season and the second day of the event in the Andorran town of Sant Julià de Lòria. Riders will again face twelve sections over two laps of the same course.

Toni Bou

TRIAL: 1st OVERALL: 1st

Today I achieved a win at the absolute limit. It was very close, but we never threw in the towel at any time and battled until the very end. At first, Adam Raga was only two points behind, then we drew level and he even passed me at one stage. Finally we finished, tied on points and I was able to win because of a better overall time. It was very tight and Raga made things really difficult for me, so I’m all the more happier with this victory and even more so because it was here in Andorra. That means a lot to me.

Takahisa Fujinami

TRIAL: 8th OVERALL: 4th

The truth is that today the trial was pretty tough. There were sections that almost everybody fived. On the second lap I tried to improve, but it was quite hard because if you took too many risks it was very easy to get penalised. The bike is working well and the team is also working hard, so I’m motivated to keep improving in tomorrow’s trial.

Miquel Cirera

Team Manager

Here in Andorra it’s always complicated for us and today we suffered a lot, because everything was really tight right up until the end. Finally we got the win with Toni, so we are very pleased. Fujinami struggled a bit today and finished eighth in a category that is tight and even tighter with such a selective trial like today’s. Thanks to all the team for the great work, tomorrow we will go out to try to win again as always.

TrialGP 2021
Trial Round WORLD3   Sant Julia de Loria

Results TrialGP Andorra Day 1

Pos. Rider Num Nation L1 L2 L3 T3 Champ Team Constructor Points
1 Bou Toni 1 SPA 24 19 3 20 Repsol Honda Team Montesa 46
2 Raga Adam 68 SPA 25 17 4 17 TRRS Factory Team TRRS 46
3 Grattarola Matteo 88 ITA 42 23 0 15 Beta Factory Racing Beta 65
4 Busto Jaime 69 SPA 37 29 5 13 Vertigo Factory Team Vertigo 71
5 Gelabert Miquel 56 SPA 37 35 0 11 Gas Gas Gas Gas 72
6 Marcelli Gabriel 38 SPA 36 37 3 10 Montesa Factory Montesa 76
7 Casales Jorge 33 SPA 46 35 1 9 Gas Gas Factory Team Gas Gas 82
8 Fujinami Takahisa 7 JPN 45 40 0 8 Repsol Honda Team Montesa 85
9 Fajardo Jeroni 5 SPA 41 40 6 7 Sherco Factory Team Sherco 87
10 Bincaz Benoit 73 FRA 49 49 3 6 Beta Factory Racing Beta 101

2021 TrialGP of Andorra, race 1

2021 TrialGP of Andorra, race 1

Location Information

Race format until 2020 10 sections x 3 laps
Race format 2021 12 sections x 2 laps

Sant Julià de Lòria, Andorra - View in Google Maps

Records

Podium 2020 -day2- Toni Bou (1) - Adam Raga (2) - Jorge Casales (3)
Podium 2020 -day1- Adam Raga (1) - Toni Bou (2) - Jorge Casales (3)
Podium 2018 Toni Bou (1) - Albert Cabestany (2) - Jeroni Fajardo (3)
Podium 2017 Adam Raga (1) - Jaime Busto (2) - Toni Bou (3)
Podium 2016 -day2- Toni Bou (1) - Adam Raga (2) - Jeroni Fajardo (3)
Podium 2016 -day1- Toni Bou (1) - Adam Raga (2) - Takahisa Fujinami (3)
Podium 2015 -day2- Adam Raga (1) - Toni Bou (2) - Albert Cabestany (3)
Podium 2015 -day1- Adam Raga (1) - Toni Bou (2) - Jeroni Fajardo (3)