Portugal today witnessed Repsol Honda Team rider Toni Bou achieve his second pole position of the season in what is his 200th world championship trial appearance. ‘Fujigas’ similarly rode the other Montesa Cota 4RT into a potential podium position after taking third spot in qualifying.
The Repsol Honda Team riders came away from the qualifying round in Portugal, fourth round of the season, well satisfied. Toni Bou and Takahisa Fujinami posted the day’s first and third fastest time, setting the team-mates up for an advantageous starting position when the main event gets underway tomorrow.
Bou, who today started his 200th Grand Prix at the competition’s highest level, didn’t perform his most inspired first qualifying lap, but nevertheless managed to balance speed with technique to clinch the day’s best time: 39.35 seconds, some two seconds quicker than the closest second place rival.
Takahisa Fujinami, who likewise sought to avoid picking up penalties, took an overall time of 45.9 seconds to secure third place on the day.
Tomorrow’s trial will get underway at 09:00 at the Parque Nuestra Señora Los Verdes where riders will have to tackle a total of 15 sections over two laps. The final podium is scheduled to take place at 15:45 local time.
Qualification Q2 TrialGP Portugal 2018
|1||Bou Toni||1||SPA||0||Repsol Honda Team||Montesa||39.35|
|2||Busto Jaime||69||SPA||0||Gas Gas Factory Team||Gas Gas||41.10|
|3||Fujinami Takahisa||5||JPN||0||Repsol Honda Team||Montesa||45.09|
|4||Noguera Oriol||14||SPA||0||Team Jotagas||JTG||47.26|
|5||Price Jack||34||GBR||0||Gas Gas Factory Team||Gas Gas||49.24|
|6||Casales Jorge||33||SPA||0||Vertigo Factory Team||Vertigo||51.94|
|7||Cabestany Albert||37||SPA||1||Beta Factory Racing||Beta||42.31|
|8||Kadlec Franz||9||GER||1||Gas Gas Factory Team||Gas Gas||45.26|
|9||Dabill James||22||GBR||5||Beta Factory Racing||Beta||5|
|10||Bincaz Benoit||16||FRA||5||Scorpa Factory||Scorpa||5|
|11||Fajardo Jeroni||4||SPA||5||Gas Gas Factory Team||Gas Gas||5|
|12||Raga Adam||67||SPA||5||TRRS Factory Team||TRRS||5|
|13||Gelabert Miquel||11||SPA||5||Sherco Factory Team||Sherco||5|