Repsol Honda Team rider Toni Bou and his team-mate Takahisa Fujinami had to settle for a rather inferior starting position after a lacklustre qualifying round as TrialGP arrives at Japan’s Motegi Twin Ring circuit.
FIM race authorities confirmed a controversial decision and sanctioned Toni Bou with a point in the overall standings. The current championship leader is forced to start the main events of tomorrow and Sunday among the opening group of TrialGP riders. Being one of the first riders out is not without its drawbacks although Bou remains confident that he can overcome the handicap will skilful riding in some of the more demanding sections.
After performing a solid Q1, Bou headed into the definitive Q2 looking to improve on the time but a slip made him take his foot off the footrest. The FIM race director adjudicated that he had put his foot down for support and the consequent penalization dropped the Repsol Honda Team rider to thirteenth place.
Takahisa Fujinami, likewise, failed to shine in front of the home crowd. ‘Fujigas’, in a carbon copy of his performance in Camprodón, avoided losing his balance only to concede time before settling for tenth place.
Tomorrow sees the first main event of the two-day TrialGP of Japan. There will be fifteen sections in a four kilometre course to be tackled over two laps. The weather forecast is for sun.
|1||Busto Jaime||69||SPA||0||0'33"86||Gas Gas Factory Team||Gas Gas||0'33"86|
|2||Cabestany Albert||37||SPA||0||0'36"57||Beta Factory Racing||Beta||0'36"57|
|3||Dabill James||22||GBR||0||0'37"10||Beta Factory Racing||Beta||0'37"10|
|4||Gelabert Miquel||11||SPA||0||0'38"31||Sherco Factory Team||Sherco||0'38"31|
|5||Bincaz Benoit||16||FRA||0||0'38"71||Scorpa Factory||Scorpa||0'38"71|
|6||Casales Jorge||33||SPA||0||0'38"88||Vertigo Factory Team||Vertigo||0'38"88|
|7||Kadlec Franz||9||GER||0||0'39"25||Gas Gas Factory Team||Gas Gas||0'39"25|
|8||Raga Adam||67||SPA||0||0'40"48||TRRS Factory Team||TRRS||0'40"48|
|9||Price Jack||34||GBR||0||0'41"60||Gas Gas Factory Team||Gas Gas||0'41"60|
|10||Fujinami Takahisa||5||JPN||0||0'44"70||Repsol Honda Team||Montesa||0'44"70|
|11||Kuroyama Kenichi||98||JPN||0||0'45"76||Yamaha Racing||Yamaha||0'45"76|
|12||Nozaki Fumitaka||99||JPN||0||0'49"53||Yamaha Racing||Yamaha||0'49"53|
|13||Bou Toni||1||SPA||1||0'35"45||Repsol Honda Team||Montesa||0'35"45|
|15||Fajardo Jeroni||4||SPA||5||Gas Gas Factory Team||Gas Gas||5|
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
|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|