Repsol Honda Team rider Toni Bou was once again victorious in Motegi, in a far easier trial than the previous day, maintaining a score equal to the other top riders. Takahisa Fujinami today posted fifth and Jaime Busto was sixth, level on points.
Another victory for Toni Bou in Japan as the champion continues the full house of victories in the 2017 season. The Repsol Honda Team ace commanded a trial that proved to be a walk in the park compared to yesterday’s rain-soaked affair. The skies had cleared and the mud had dried by the time the competitors went through. As a consequence however, the difference between adversaries was drastically reduced. A series of errors tightened the fight for the championship leadership, which was not decided until the final fifteen sections of the course. This marks the sixteenth win for Bou in Motegi and allows the rider to stretch his advantage in the overall world championship standings to fifteen points over Adam Raga.
Japanese Repsol Honda Team team-mate Takahisa Fujinami once again went in search of the podium, although a minor error was enough to stop the rider repeating the success of yesterday. Fujigas posted fifth on the day.
Jaime Busto pushed hard in the second lap after a less-than-brilliant first time round. Lap two brought a five in section three before the young Basque produced a string of good results to take him level on points with team-mate Takahisa Fujinami. In spite of the draw the rider had to settle for sixth place as he had done yesterday.
Next date for the World Trial Championship takes place on the 17th (qualifying) and 18th (race) June in Sant Julià de Lòria, Andorra. The weekend before Bou and Busto will be in action in the Spanish championship in Arnedillo.
Results TrialGP of Japan, Day2
|1||Bou Toni||1||SPA||8||14||20||Repsol Honda Team||Montesa||22|
|2||Raga Adam||67||SPA||14||9||1||17||TRRS Factory Team||TRRS||24|
|3||Cabestany Albert||37||SPA||16||14||15||Sherco Factory Team||Sherco||30|
|4||Fajardo Jeroni||47||SPA||25||8||13||Vertigo Factory Team||Vertigo||33|
|5||Fujinami Takahisa||3||JPN||20||15||11||Repsol Honda Team||Montesa||35|
|6||Busto Jaime||69||SPA||26||9||10||Repsol Honda Team||Montesa||35|
|7||Dabill James||7||GBR||21||15||9||Gas Gas Factory Team||Gas Gas||36|
|8||Kadlec Franz||11||GER||29||25||8||Gas Gas Factory Team||Gas Gas||54|
|9||Price Jack||34||GBR||27||28||7||Gas Gas Factory Team||Gas Gas||55|
|10||Kuroyama Kenichi||98||JPN||21||37||6||Yamaha Racing||Yamaha||58|
|11||Gelabert Miquel||10||SPA||39||24||5||Sherco Factory Team||Sherco||63|
|12||Bincaz Benoit||16||FRA||45||23||4||Scorpa Factory||Scorpa||68|
|13||Ferrer Alexandre||13||FRA||41||27||3||Sherco Factory Team||Sherco||68|
|14||Karlsson Eddie||12||SWE||2||26||2||RG Team||Montesa||68|
|15||Grattarola Matteo||9||ITA||49||20||1||Gas Gas FG Italia||Gas Gas||69|
|16||Casales Jorge||33||SPA||42||30||1||0||Beta Factory Racing||Beta||73|
|17||Noguera Oriol||15||SPA||39||34||0||MRW Gas Gas Trial Team||Gas Gas||73|
|18||Nozaki Fumitaka||99||JPN||42||36||0||Sherco Factory Team||Sherco||78|
|20||Ogawa Tomoyuki||97||JPN||47||33||0||Honda Team Mitani||Honda||80|
|21||Farre Arnau||19||SPA||51||38||0||RFME Spea||Gas Gas||89|
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|Podium 2018 -day2-||Jaime Busto - Toni Bou - Adam Raga|
|Podium 2018 -day1-||Jeroni Fajardo - Adam Raga - Takahisa Fujinami|
|Podium 2017 -day2-||Toni Bou - Adam Raga - Albert Cabestany|
|Podium 2017 -day1-||Toni Bou - James Dabill - Takahisa Fujinami|
|Podium 2016 -day2-||Toni Bou - Adam Raga - Takahisa Fujinami|
|Podium 2016 -day1-||Adam Raga - Toni Bou - Takahisa Fujinami|
|Podium 2015 -day2-||Toni Bou - Takahisa Fujinami - Jeroni Fajardo|
|Podium 2015 -day1-||Toni Bou - Jeroni Fajardo - Adam Raga|
|Podium 2014 -day2-||Adam Raga - Toni Bou - Albert Cabestany|
|Podium 2014 -day1-||Adam Raga - Toni Bou - Takahisa Fujinami|