The Andorra Trial Grand Prix gets underway his weekend and could prove to be a crucial one for the Repsol Honda Team. Toni Bou, currently world championship leader, will be seeking to distance himself yet further from the closest pursuers. Likewise, Fujinami and Busto will be vying for top positions.
The Andorran trial – the sixth round of the season – will be held in Sant Julià de Lòria this coming Saturday and Sunday, July 4 and 5. Toni Bou, after a spectacular opening spell of nine victories on the spin, finished second in last week’s French GP and sees the win-counter reset to zero. The nine consecutive triumphs since the championship kicked off in Motegi mean the Repsol Honda Team maestro still holds a substantial 34 point surplus over the nearest contender.
Takahisa Fujinami, currently holding fourth spot overall, will be hoping to replicate the solid results from last weekend that saw him grab a podium place and valuable points on the championship table. The riders will have their work cut out as the race once again takes to high-altitudes, which are likely to affect both rider and machine performances alike.
Repsol Honda Team youngster Jaime Busto continues to hone his skills in the first year in the top-flight of the FIM Trial World Championship. With no concrete goal to aim for, the Basque rookie might just spring a surprise in conditions well-suited to his aggressive style of riding.
The course will be a twelve kilometre run to be completed over three laps and will include twelve sections.
Once the Andorran legs are completed, the trial world championship will be two-thirds completed leaving only the GPs in the United States, Portugal and Spain still to run.
· Toni Bou has won in Andorra on four occasions (2007, 2011, 2012-1 and 2013-2).
· Takahisa Fujinami has yet to win in Andorra, but is the rider with third-highest number of podiums: 10.
· Fujinami could become the highest-ever point scorer in Andorra, needing only 22 more to do so.
· The last Andorra trial was in 2013, although last year the venue hosted the Trial de Naciones.
· The route will be varied for the first time in the world championship with a change of location for the sections. The sections of Nagol, Aixirivall and La Rabassa will be replaced by those towards Fontaneda on the other side of the Valira River and will take place at between 1,000 and 1,350 metres above sea-level.
· The official Montesa team in 2000 managed a podium lock-out over both days of the event with Dougie Lampkin, Takahisa Fujinami and Marc Freixa. Another 1-2-3 was achieved on the second day in 2003 at the hands of Freixa, Lampkin and Fujigas.
|Race format||10 sections x 3 laps|
Sant Julià de Lòria, Andorra - View in Google Maps
|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|