Toni Bou today clinched an excellent second place in the TrialGP of Japan, the second event of the season, as the day two was battled out in the natural areas surrounding the Twin Ring Motegi circuit. The Repsol Honda Team rider returns to the top of the overall championship leaderboard.

Toni Bou re-found the missing bond with the bike on day two of the GP in Motegi which saw the champion right back in the battle for a win. Despite the handicap of having to start out in the leading group of riders, Bou held a solid pace, without accruing excessive penalties, to reach the end of the trial still with options of victory. In the end, the Repsol Honda Team rider had to settle for second place, although he reinstates himself at the head of the overall standings in the TrialGP World Championship, with 50 points to the 48 of the nearest second place rival.

Toni Bou’s team-mate in the Repsol Honda Team, Japan’s Takahisa Fujinami, suffered today, especially on the first lap, where he committed too many errors that cost him heavily in the final result. The rider managed to limit the damage on the second lap and lowered the score, but was unable to score better than an overall ninth place. ‘Fujigas’ is now sixth overall in the championship standings.

The next round of the TrialGP World Championship will be held in Andorra on the 16th and 17th of June. The event, which will have the qualifying day on Saturday, returns to the single day of competition format.

Toni Bou

TRIAL: 2nd STANDINGS: 1st

I am happy to have got the good feelings back on the bike today. In the end the weekend has not been so bad, especially as we have to say that this has been a different year for us, since we had an injury that prevented us from maintaining the usual training schedule in preparation for the world championship; I still have some discomfort and for me it has been difficult to find the right pace. It's been tough for me despite getting the victory in the first race. We will continue fighting to recover from the injury and hope to be able to return to training to fight in this championship which is very tightly fought.

Takahisa Fujinami

TRIAL: 9º STANDINGS: 6th

After the podium achieved yesterday, today I wanted to fight again to be ahead on this second day at home, but that has not been possible. I made many mistakes, too many fives on the first lap, and despite making a good second lap, I wasn’t able to do much more. I can’t be so happy with my position today, least of all because it was in Japan, but we will fight to improve in the forthcoming events.

Miquel Cirera

Team Manager

Today everything went better for Toni; was more at ease on the bike and when that happens, the results come. He has to recover 100% and then he will be able to get back to where he belongs. We need a little time and we have to work against the clock too. Things didn’t work out for Fujinami while yesterday was extraordinary. There is a lot of competition and it will be a difficult year for everyone. It will be a really nice, fun year. We have to battle hard. I am also very happy with the other podium for Montesa in TR2. Thanks to all the team members for their work.

TrialGP 2018
Trial Round TGP 2 , 2   Motegi

Results TrialGP of Japan Day 2

Pos. Rider Num Nation L1 L2 L3 T3 Points Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Busto Jaime 69 SPA 12 7 20 Gas Gas Factory Team Gas Gas 19
2 Bou Toni 1 SPA 11 11 17 Repsol Honda Team Montesa 22
3 Raga Adam 67 SPA 8 16 15 TRS Factory Team TRS 24
4 Fajardo Jeroni 4 SPA 18 10 13 Gas Gas Factory Team Gas Gas 28
5 Cabestany Albert 37 SPA 16 18 11 Beta Factory Racing Beta 34
6 Dabill James 22 GBR 17 17 10 Beta Factory Racing Beta 34
7 Casales Jorge 33 SPA 20 18 9 Vertigo Factory Team Vertigo 38
8 Gelabert Miquel 11 SPA 24 27 8 Sherco Factory Team Sherco 51
9 Fujinami Takahisa 5 JPN 32 19 7 Repsol Honda Team Montesa 51
10 Bincaz Benoit 16 FRA 33 20 6 Scorpa Factory Scorpa 53
11 Price Jack 34 GBR 30 33 5 Gas Gas Factory Team Gas Gas 63
12 Kadlec Franz 9 GER 35 30 4 Gas Gas Factory Team Gas Gas 65
13 Ogawa Tomoyuki 97 JPN 34 34 3 Honda Team Mitani Honda 68
14 Nozaki Fumitaka 99 JPN 43 35 2 Yamaha Racing Yamaha 78
15 Kuroyama Kenichi 98 JPN 41 38 1 Yamaha Racing Yamaha 79
Location Information

Now one of the most established and certainly iconic venues on the TrialGP tour the TwinRing Motegi facility is a must visit destination for all motorsport fans. The sprawling grounds that extend around the two interlinked tarmac circuits not only incorporate some excellent Trial terrain, but also include what can… read more.

Race format 15 sections x 2 laps

Twin Ring Motegi, Haga District, Tochigi Prefecture, Japan - View in Google Maps

Records

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
Podium 2013 -day2- Takahisa Fujinami - Jeroni Fajardo - Toni Bou
Podium 2013 -day1- Toni Bou - Adam Raga - Albert Cabestany