Toni Bou closes in on a ninth trial world championship title. Repsol Honda Team’s top gun clinched a decisive career win on the first day of the Portuguese GP that also saw Jaime Busto narrowly miss the podium.
Repsol Honda Team rider Toni Bou sent a clear message to pretenders, showing who the numero uno in trial really is. Bou dominated the first day in Portugal with one of the best performances this season – not an easy task given the simplicity of the trial – where mistakes prove costly and nerves have to be contained. Toni picked up a sole penalty mark in section two of the first lap and went on to complete a near-flawless trial, collecting only two points for excess time.
Today’s victory leaves Bou just a short step away from collecting his ninth title. The Montesa Cota 4RT star will mathematically guarantee the crown tomorrow, if he repeat’s today’s achievement.
Jaime Busto proved to be the biggest surprise of the day, repeating a fourth place finish as he had done once earlier this season in the Czech Republic. Repsol Honda Team’s Basque rookie was in rostrum territory throughout the first two laps and looking poised for the year’s personal best until an excess of errors on the final loop put paid to the rider’s ambitions.
Takahisa Fujinami was hit by an attack of lumbago shortly after the start of the trial which made life difficult. The Japanese ex-champ battled on in spite of the pain but saw his efforts hampered as penalty marks began to accumulate on the score-sheet. Fujigas made it through to the end in eighth spot.
The second day of the Portuguese GP takes place tomorrow, once again in Pacos de Ferreira, with the same 12 kilometre route of 12 sections to be completed over three laps.
Results Trial Portugal day 1
|1||Bou Toni||1||SPA||1||0||0||2||20||Repsol Honda Team||Montesa||3|
|2||Raga Adam||2||SPA||2||0||1||4||17||Gas Gas Factory Team||Gas Gas||7|
|3||Fajardo Jeroni||4||SPA||14||8||1||3||15||Beta Factory Racing||Beta||26|
|4||Busto Jaime||15||SPA||8||7||16||13||Repsol Honda Team||Montesa||36|
|5||Cabestany Albert||3||SPA||17||10||7||2||11||Sherco Factory Team||Sherco||36|
|6||Casales Jorge||7||SPA||16||17||10||3||10||Beta Factory Racing||Beta||46|
|7||Ferrer Alexandre||8||FRA||17||22||17||9||Sherco Factory Team||Sherco||56|
|8||Fujinami Takahisa||5||JPN||33||22||10||8||Repsol Honda Team||Montesa||65|
|9||Moret Francesc||18||SPA||27||30||17||2||7||Vertigo Factory Team||Vertigo||76|
|10||Dabill James||6||GBR||29||24||22||2||6||Vertigo Factory Team||Vertigo||77|
|11||Karlsson Eddie||14||SWE||30||11||29||8||5||Montesa Team Karlsson||Montesa||80|
|12||Tarres Pol||9||SPA||39||19||27||3||4||Sherco Factory Team||Sherco||88|
|13||Kadlec Franz||16||GER||33||24||28||8||3||Beta Factory Racing||Beta||93|