The third consecutive Grand Prix makes its next stop-off in the Pyrenean paradise of Andorra, where the high altitude of the sections could prove a tough test for Toni Bou, Takahisa Fujinami and the entire Repsol Honda Team.
A third TrialGP event on the trot and, once again, competitors will have to deal with high altitude. After the situation at the Isola 2000 resort, which affected both riders and bikes alike, we can expect little less in Andorra. The route will include several sections at a 2000-metre elevation. Furthermore, weather conditions also look likely to hamper the event, with rain predicted throughout the week.
The Andorra trial is the penultimate event of the championship. Riders, after having tackled four tough trials over two intense weeks, with physical demands beginning to take their toll, now face one of the most gruelling dates in the trial calendar.
Toni Bou, who leads rivals with a 10-point advantage after winning three of the four trials held so far, goes into the decisive race event aware that there is virtually no margin of error if he wishes to add another title to an already extensive honours list. The Repsol Honda Team rider will be hoping to recover physically and be able to perform at his best in Sant Julià.
Meanwhile, Japanese Repsol Honda Team rider Takahisa Fujinami will also be looking for a good result in Andorra. So far, he has lacked the kind of rhythm needed to bid for one of the podium positions, but ‘Fujigas’ remains confident he can regain the sensations from last season and move up among the frontrunners.
The route will take place in the Naturlandia area at over 1,600 metres above sea level. There will be a three laps to ten sections that will be played out entirely in the La Rabassa but the paddock will be allocated in the centre of Sant Julià de Lòria. Since 2007 – the year that Bou joined Montesa – he has won as many as seven Andorran trials. Takahisa Fujinami, despite not having won the event, has been on the Sant Julià de Lòria trial podium 11 times.
|Race format||10 sections x 3 laps|
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|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|