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.

Toni Bou

QUALY: 1st TIME: 39"35

The qualifying was a bit dangerous. I was very quick, but skidded about a lot, which made it very easy to make mistakes. I made a good choice, with short gears, and it went well. This is my second pole of the season; I am very happy and looking forward to tomorrow's trial. We will see how the heat affects us and we’ll have to see if they make the trial a little more difficult, since we have seen some quite easy sections.

Takahisa Fujinami

QUALY: 3rd TIME: 45"09

I am very happy with my third position in the qualifying. I wanted to make sure that I didn’t make any mistakes, as it was a very slippery section and it was really easy to make mistakes. After the bad trial last weekend, I now feel a bit more calm and better motivated for tomorrow's event. Starting from the rear of the field is far more positive.

TrialGP 2018
Qualifying Round TGP 4 , 1   Gouveia

Qualification Q2 TrialGP Portugal 2018

Pos. Rider Num Nation L1 L2 L3 T3 Team Constructor Time/Gap
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 TRS Factory Team TRS 5
13 Gelabert Miquel 11 SPA 5 Sherco Factory Team Sherco 5
Location Information

Race format 15 sections x 2 laps

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Records

Podium 2004 -day2- Adam Raga - Takahisa Fujinami - Dougie Lampkin
Podium 2004 -day1- Adam Raga - Marc Freixa - Dougie Lampkin