Two faults on the final lap of an excessively easy trial undid Toni Bou’s previous good work on the first day of the Andorra Trial GP. The Repsol Honda Team rider had to settle for runner-up spot. Jaime Busto finished sixth and Takahisa Fujinami eighth.
After a look over the sections yesterday, Toni Bou correctly speculated that today’s race would be decided by a minimal margin due to simplicity of sections. He hit the nail on the head. After holding the lead – in a very tense trial thanks to the closeness on the scoreboard – a final disastrous round on the Montesa Cota 4RT, with two consecutive five-point faults, ruled out the chance of victory for Bou. Toni had finished the first lap with two marks and six on the second (including a fault in section eight) which left the Spaniard at the head of the table. The eleven marks of the final lap relegated the champion to second position some four points behind Adam Raga, the day’s eventual winner.
Toni Bou does, however, maintain a great margin at the top of the general rankings, 31 points ahead of second-place Raga.
Second for of the Repsol Honda Team squad today was rookie Jaime Busto, taking sixth place after a somewhat irregular trial which saw him score well on the second lap, but pick up too many marks on an error-filled final lap.
Takahisa Fujinami was ill-at-ease in the high-altitude sections and struggled to find the form in certain zones that he had demonstrated in previous outings. At one point in the battle for fifth place, the Japanese rider ended up in eighth overall after a disaster start of the last lap.
Tomorrow fans can look forward to the second and final day in Andorra, the sixth GP of the season, where riders will once more complete three laps of the twelve kilometre circuit in Sant Julià de Lòria. The organization has already announced changes to some of the twelve sections to make the route more demanding.
Results Day 1 GP Trial Andorra
|1||Raga Adam||2||SPA||6||4||3||1||20||Gas Gas Factory Team||Gas Gas||14|
|2||Bou Toni||1||SPA||2||6||11||1||17||Repsol Honda Team||Montesa||20|
|3||Fajardo Jeroni||4||SPA||8||11||8||2||15||Beta Factory Racing||Beta||29|
|4||Cabestany Albert||3||SPA||1||21||10||2||13||Sherco Factory Team||Sherco||34|
|5||Casales Jorge||7||SPA||17||16||25||11||Beta Factory Racing||Beta||58|
|6||Busto Jaime||15||SPA||21||15||26||10||Repsol Honda Team||Montesa||62|
|7||Ferrer Alexandre||8||FRA||24||8||22||9||9||Sherco Factory Team||Sherco||63|
|8||Fujinami Takahisa||5||JPN||18||21||26||8||Repsol Honda Team||Montesa||65|
|9||Moret Francesc||18||SPA||32||26||27||2||7||Vertigo Factory Team||Vertigo||87|
|10||Tarres Pol||9||SPA||32||30||31||6||Sherco Factory Team||Sherco||93|
|11||Kadlec Franz||16||GER||34||21||28||12||5||Beta Factory Racing||Beta||97|
|12||Dabill James||6||GBR||31||31||40||8||4||Vertigo Factory Team||Vertigo||110|
|13||Karlsson Eddie||14||SWE||36||40||45||4||3||Montesa Team Karlsson||Montesa||125|
|15||Pedersen Hakon||12||NOR||43||52||45||11||1||Ossa Pedersen||Ossa||151|
|Race format||10 sections x 3 laps|
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|Podium 2018||Toni Bou - Albert Cabestany - Jeroni Fajardo|
|Podium 2017||Adam Raga - Jaime Busto - Toni Bou|
|Podium 2016 -day2-||Toni Bou - Adam Raga - Jeroni Fajardo|
|Podium 2016 -day1-||Toni Bou - Adam Raga - Takahisa Fujinami|
|Podium 2015 -day2-||Adam Raga - Toni Bou - Albert Cabestany|
|Podium 2015 -day1-||Adam Raga - Toni Bou - Jeroni Fajardo|
|Podium 2013 -day2-||Toni Bou - Adam Raga - Albert Cabestany|
|Podium 2013 -day1-||Adam Raga - Toni Bou - Albert Cabestany|