A perfect lap in Andon wasn’t enough for Toni Bou to seal victory on the second day of the French GP in the fifth round of the world championship. The Repsol Honda Team rider saw progress hampered by a fall that puts an end to his season-long unbeaten spell. Bou finished second; Fujinami and Busto narrowly missed podium places.
Toni Bou, for once, had to settle for the runner-up spot in France. In spite of completing a blistering final third lap without so much as a penalty mark, two errors in the previous lap were enough to put an end to an impressive nine-race stretch of wins for the Repsol Honda Team ace. An error in section six and a fall in the final section of lap two translated into a high number on the scorecard. Nevertheless, far from throwing in the towel on the final lap, Bou came out swinging with an even greater determination than usual, scoring a mark-free round over all twelve sections. A brilliant reaction, but not enough to see off nearest rival Adam Raga who stole victory by four points. The Repsol Honda Team rider does, however, maintain a 34 point advantage over the closest second place rival.
After a fine day out yesterday, Takahisa Fujinami came out all fired up for the second day of competition. ‘Fujigas’ got off to a decisive start on the Montesa Cota 4RT with clear intentions of a final podium place. A few extra marks picked up on the final lap deprived him of repeating yesterday’s success. The Japanese Repsol Honda Team rider moves up one place on the overall championship leaderboard and now lies in fourth.
Repsol Honda Team’s debutant in trial’s top-flight, Basque Jaime Busto, made a great start and was rubbing shoulders with the top riders after presenting a low first lap scorecard. The second and third laps saw him drop back before eventually taking a sixth final place.
The Trial World Championship next week shifts to Andorra, where Sant Julià de Lòria will host the sixth Grand Prix of the season. The Repsol Honda Team members will be back in action in the small village in the Pyrenees on Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th of July.
Results Day 2 GP Trial France
|1||Raga Adam||2||SPA||3||1||8||20||Gas Gas Factory Team||Gas Gas||12|
|2||Bou Toni||1||SPA||2||14||0||17||Repsol Honda Team||Montesa||16|
|3||Fajardo Jeroni||4||SPA||15||9||9||15||Beta Factory Racing||Beta||33|
|4||Fujinami Takahisa||5||JPN||9||15||14||13||Repsol Honda Team||Montesa||38|
|5||Cabestany Albert||3||SPA||16||8||14||2||11||Sherco Factory Team||Sherco||40|
|6||Busto Jaime||15||SPA||12||15||15||10||Repsol Honda Team||Montesa||42|
|7||Karlsson Eddie||14||SWE||26||9||15||9||Montesa Team Karlsson||Montesa||50|
|8||Ferrer Alexandre||8||FRA||18||21||26||4||8||Sherco Factory Team||Sherco||69|
|9||Casales Jorge||7||SPA||25||21||25||7||Beta Factory Racing||Beta||71|
|10||Dabill James||6||GBR||30||26||34||6||Vertigo Factory Team||Vertigo||90|
|11||Kadlec Franz||16||GER||38||26||38||5||Beta Factory Racing||Beta||102|
|12||Moret Francesc||18||SPA||36||34||39||4||Vertigo Factory Team||Vertigo||109|
|13||Pedersen Hakon||12||NOR||51||37||40||3||Ossa Pedersen||Ossa||128|
|14||Tarres Pol||9||SPA||49||55||60||2||Sherco Factory Team||Sherco||164|