Japanese Repsol Honda Team rider Takahisa Fujinami finished on the podium on the first day of the TrialGP competition in Japan. ‘Fujigas’ overtook team-mate Toni Bou who posted fourth.
Takahisa Fujinami took his Japanese podium tally in top flight competition to twenty-seven – the 161st rostrum place in his lengthy career. Today the rider found the right rhythm and forgot about the right shoulder injury. Fujigas rode at leisure to achieve a fine third-place result. Undoubtedly, the great support from the home crowd, at every section along the route, was a decisive factor in the season’s first podium. In the general standings Fujinami climbs to fifth place.
Meanwhile, current champion Toni Bou wasn’t experiencing his most inspired day, feeling ill at ease on the bike and finding that the overly-simple sections of the course played to his disadvantage. Moreover, mistakes were paid dearly with little subsequent chance of making up on dropped points. Bou lies in second overall, two points behind the leader.
Tomorrow, Sunday, sees day two of the Japanese trial, to be battled over the same route as today, where Bou will be hoping to return to form and get back onto the podium.
TrialGP of Japan 2018 Day 1 results
|1||Fajardo Jeroni||4||SPA||0||11||20||Gas Gas Factory Team||Gas Gas||11|
|2||Raga Adam||67||SPA||18||5||17||TRS Factory Team||TRS||23|
|3||Fujinami Takahisa||5||JPN||8||20||15||Repsol Honda Team||Montesa||28|
|4||Bou Toni||1||SPA||18||12||13||Repsol Honda Team||Montesa||30|
|5||Busto Jaime||69||SPA||25||5||11||Gas Gas Factory Team||Gas Gas||30|
|6||Casales Jorge||33||SPA||21||22||1||10||Vertigo Factory Team||Vertigo||44|
|7||Cabestany Albert||37||SPA||26||20||9||Beta Factory Racing||Beta||46|
|8||Dabill James||22||GBR||29||17||8||Beta Factory Racing||Beta||46|
|9||Kuroyama Kenichi||98||JPN||34||22||7||Yamaha Racing||Yamaha||56|
|10||Gelabert Miquel||11||SPA||36||21||6||Sherco Factory Team||Sherco||57|
|11||Price Jack||34||GBR||33||25||5||Gas Gas Factory Team||Gas Gas||58|
|12||Bincaz Benoit||16||FRA||26||33||4||Scorpa Factory||Scorpa||59|
|13||Kadlec Franz||9||GER||27||35||3||Gas Gas Factory Team||Gas Gas||62|
|14||Ogawa Tomoyuki||97||JPN||30||35||1||2||Honda Team Mitani||Honda||66|
|15||Nozaki Fumitaka||99||JPN||41||41||1||1||Yamaha Racing||Yamaha||83|
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|
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|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|