Sweden will be the third port of call for the FIM Trial World Championship this weekend. A sharp Repsol Honda Team will be the team to beat after claiming victory once more in last weekend’s GP in the Czech Republic.
With barely time to rest after a fine performance last week, the Repsol Honda Team riders head off on Thursday to Scandinavia and it will be back down to business this weekend for the Swedish GP, the third test of the season.
Toni Bou sits atop the overall leader-board with second spot Adam Raga trailing by eighteen points. The Spaniard on the Montesa Cota 4RT will be as competitive as ever as he looks to continue his cracking form and stretch the advantage at the top still further. This will be the kind of challenge that Bou goes in search of – in his only appearance in Sweden back in 2008, trial’s top star finished in runner-up spot. Bou managed to break his bad spell in the Czech Republic last weekend with wins on both days of the event, where likewise, he had previously failed to find victory.
For Japanese rider Takahisa Fujinami, currently lying in fourth overall in the world championship, and Basque rookie Jaime Busto, the targets will be similar: for the veteran, the goal is to get back on the podium and put the problems of last year’s serious knee injury well and truly behind him. Busto, meanwhile, will be looking to gain more experience and take advantage of a boost in self-confidence that saw him pick up a spectacular result in the Czech Republic where he recorded the third best result in the sections. The youngster lies in sixth position overall.
· The Swedish GP was one of the fixed dates in the trial calendar back in the 70s and 80s (from 1969 to 1974 in the European Championship).
· Ulf Karlsson (Montesa) with five wins, is the most-garlanded rider in the Swedish Trial GP.
· The last time Sweden hosted the world championship was in 1993. After a long period of absence, the top category of trial returned to the Nordic country in 2008, in Uddevalla. Boras hosts the Trial World Championship for the second time, the first was in 1979 when none of the current competitors had even been born.
· The Swedish town of Boras is south east of the capital Stockholm and some 63 kilometres from Gothenburg.
· The Boras Motorstadion is a motor complex situated 16 km from the south of Boras, in Gaddered. The route is extremely short, at less than 3 km, in which riders will encounter 12 sections on a course to be completed over three laps.
· As is normal this season, the final rider to start out – Toni Bou – will do so at 11:00 a.m.