Next weekend sees the TrialGP World Championship cross the halfway point with the fifth round to be held in Auron, France featuring a buoyant Repsol Honda Team eager to get a good result.
After a successful campaign over the opening four dates of the TrialGP World Championship calendar, Toni Bou, the current overall event leader, will begin the weekend’s event looking to consolidate his domination of the competition.
Bou, with three wins out of five trials, lies ten points clear at the head of the world championship leader board. In the most recent TrialGP in Portugal, the Repsol Honda Team rider notched up a 100th Trial World Championship victory, to set a new record and continues to look unbeatable race after race.
Takahisa Fujinami, Bou’s partner in the Repsol Honda Team, likewise heads into the latter half of the world championship keen to improve his current eighth place in the overall standings. A good result might well see the Japanese move up several positions.
The trial is the first to be held in Auron, a tiny town just 20 kilometres from Isola, where the Trial World Championship has previously taken place on three occasions, with Toni Bou victorious in the most recently held edition in 2013. An altitude of 1600 metres above sea-level could prove to be a crucial factor for bike performance the weekend. The course follows the usual one: two laps made up of fifteen sections located over a total length of approximately four kilometres. The qualifying section will be held on Saturday with the trial start scheduled for Sunday at 09:30 hrs. The final podium is programmed for 16:15 hrs.