Toni Bou becomes the first leader of the 2019 TrialGP World Championship after achieving a notable victory in a trial made complicated by the delicate state of the competition terrain. Team-mate Takahisa Fujinami earned a well-deserved sixth position after displaying good form.

The opening of the FIM TrialGP World Championship was marked by rain which appeared intermittently throughout the weekend at the OffRoad Park in Pietramurata (Italy). The sections were muddy and required impeccable precision by riders to be able to salvage anything out of each section.

After qualifying yesterday, Toni Bou and Takahisa Fujinami were forced to practically open the track with virtually no reference points ahead. Today’s trial, featuring fifteen sections over two laps, proved to be a tough affair. On lap one Toni Bou picked up several penalty points for two serious, yet surprising errors. The champion did, nevertheless, hold onto the leadership through the opening lap. On lap two, the Repsol Honda Team rider dug deep to break away from the pack at the head of the leader board. Bou finished the day atop the podium, sporting a 28-point advantage over the nearest second placed rival.

Repsol Honda Team companion Takahisa Fujinami got off to a fine start in the outdoor season finishing in sixth position in spite of having been in the tussle for the top positions. However, errors in the latter stages of the trial left the Japanese rider without options of a rostrum place.

The next round of the TrialGP World Championship will be held at the Motegi circuit in Japan, with a double-day event. The qualifying round takes place on June 7th with the main events on 8th and 9th June.

Toni Bou

TRIAL: 1st STANDINGS: 1st

I am very happy with my riding today. It is true that on the first lap I made two serious mistakes by pushing against two arrows. On the second I had a great ride picking up just four points in a very complicated trial where the terrain was very slippery. I wish to thank the whole team because they have worked very hard all winter to get us here in such strong shape.

Takahisa Fujinami

TRIAL: 6th STANDINGS: 6th

The first lap of this trial in Italy went pretty badly but on the second one I was able to pull back a little bit and until section ten was in fourth position. In the final sections I made mistakes that made me drop to the sixth position. I am very happy with the bike. This season I have also worked a lot physically, so I feel good. Now, to fight for the next race in Japan.

Miquel Cirera

Team Manager

Today the terrain was really difficult, it was very slippery and it was very easy to make mistakes. Toni made many mistakes on the first round but for the second the spectacular Toni of always was back. He produced one of the best laps ever made in a world championship event. Meanwhile Takahisa Fujinami worked hard, on several occasion reaching his rivals at the top, but a sixth overall position at the start is not bad at all. It has been a fine start to the world championship, but we will continue working towards the next event in Japan.

TrialGP 2019
Trial Round TGP1 , Race   Pietramurata

TrialGP of Italy 2018 results

Pos. Rider Num Nation L1 L2 L3 T3 Points Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Bou Toni 1 SPA 25 4 4 20 Repsol Honda Team Montesa 33
2 Fajardo Jeroni 2 SPA 45 11 5 17 Gas Gas Gas Gas 61
3 Raga Adam 67 SPA 45 19 2 15 TRRS Factory Team TRRS 66
4 Bincaz Benoit 73 FRA 46 34 5 13 Beta Factory Racing Beta 86
5 Busto Jaime 69 SPA 40 45 3 11 Vertigo Factory Team Vertigo 88
6 Fujinami Takahisa 6 JPN 52 39 5 10 Repsol Honda Team Montesa 96
7 Gelabert Miquel 9 SPA 47 55 3 9 Sherco Factory Team Sherco 105
8 Kadlec Franz 66 GER 60 47 4 8 TRRS Factory Team TRRS 111
9 Dabill James 22 GBR 57 42 13 7 Beta Factory Racing Beta 112
10 Noguera Oriol 13 SPA 57 55 2 6 Team Jotagas JTG 114
11 Price Jack 34 GBR 60 57 0 5 Gas Gas Gas Gas 117
12 Farre Arnau 19 SPA 63 62 1 4 Team Jotagas JTG 126
13 Casales Jorge 33 SPA 72 50 6 3 Vertigo Factory Team Vertigo 128
14 Peace Dan 38 GBR 66 62 1 2 Sherco Factory Team Sherco 129
15 Riva  Andrea 96 ITA 75 66 1 1 TRRS Factory Team TRRS 142
Location Information

Race format 15 sections x 2 laps

Pietramurata, Trento, Italia - View in Google Maps

Records

Podium 2018 Toni Bou - Adam Raga - Jeroni Fajardo
Podium 2017 Toni Bou - Adam Raga - Jaime Busto