This weekend sees the close of the FIM TrialGP World Championship calendar in Italy. Toni Bou arrives as the newly-crowned world champion. Jaime Busto and Takahisa Fujinami, however, have yet to secure their final overall positions.
After a recent spate of headlines in Repsol Honda Team’s communications, Toni Bou, for once, will let team-mates Jaime Busto and Takahisa Fujinami take centre stage. The TrialGP season is drawing to a close and both look to finish in the best possible positions. Pietramurata’s Off Road Park in Trento will host the final event of what has proved to be another highly-successful campaign for Repsol Honda Team.
Jaime Busto will be hoping to end a more-than-positive season by consolidating his current third position in the overall rankings. The young gun led for a large part of the trial in the Czech Republic last weekend. The aim for the talented Basque rider at the Pietramurata Offroad Park will be to stay on the same upward trajectory.
Repsol Honda Team comrade Takahisa Fujinami, likewise, goes in search of the best possible result in the overall standings with the Japanese stalwart a mere two points off fourth place. ‘Fujigas’ has followed a very specific training regime to arrive in Italy on top of his game.
ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE ITALIAN TRIALGP
- Toni Bou returns to the country where last year, on September 4, he clinced his tenth world title.
- Bou has won nine times in the transalpine country and has a total of ten podium finishes. The world champion has taken top honours in the seven most recent occasions at Italian trials.
- Off Road Park Pietramurata hosts this eighth and final round of the TrialGP World Championship. Prior to this debut in the top competition, the venue has hosted the European Championship.
- 15 sections and two laps to the three-kilometre course will decide the Italian TrialGP, one of the benchmark races in the world championship. On 39 occasions Italy has been the location for the FIM competition.
- Takahisa Fujinami has won the Italian Trial on five occasions. Italy has been, along with the United States (five wins), one of the countries where the Japanese rider has been most successful, along with Japan (six wins).
- Jaime Busto has made it onto the podium in five of the last six events of the TrialGP World Championship. The young Basque rider has clinched three pole positions in qualifying: Camprodón, Sant Julià de Lòria and Kingman.
- Italian TrialGP Schedule:
15:00 Inspection of sections
10:30 a 11:00 Scrutineering
11:00 a 13:00 Free training
12:15 a 12:45 Qualifying training
14:30 Autograph signing
15:00 a 16:30 Qualifying round
09:00 First rider start
12:45 End of first lap
12:05 Start of second lap
15:20 End of trial
15:45 Podium ceremony
Toni Bou Stats
96 world championship wins
194 GP participations
11 times World Champion Outdoor
Takahisa Fujinami Stats
33 world championship wins
320 GP participations
1 time World Champion Outdoor
Jaime Busto Stats
42 GP participations