After sealing the world championship title last weekend in Portugal, Toni Bou and Repsol Honda Team return for the Spanish Trial GP, an event dominated by Bou since 2006.
Toni Bou arrives back in Galicia as world champion, having clinched the title with one GP still to go in the FIM Trial Outdoor World Championship. The Repsol Honda Team hero, fresh off the back of achieving the season’s maximum objective, returns to home soil to do battle in a trial that has always brought out the best of Bou; one that he has consistently triumphed in since first winning the championship back in 2006.
Takahisa Fujinami, heads into the final GP of the season intent on confirming his presence among the sport’s elite. In Portugal the Japanese rider was plagued with back problems and has undergone physiotherapy to be able to finish the season on a high. The Repsol Honda Team rider will be hoping to score a top five championship finish, a feat that he will have achieved on twenty occasions.
Repsol Honda Team’s Basque rookie, Jaime Busto, also arrives at the trial with a challenge lined up: finish the year on the podium. The youngster narrowly missed doing so in Portugal and won’t want to finish the season without savouring the winner’s champagne. Busto has so far been the revelation of the year, being the best debutante in the history of trial’s top flight.
The trial in Teo will have the paddock in the sports area at A Ramallosa. There will be five sections close to the starting line and another five in Mirador de Lampai in A Agrela. The route will be 18.5 kilometres in length, to be completed over three laps. As is usual, the last rider to start will do so at 11:00 local time in Spain.
* Toni Bou’s first win in the trial world championship was in 2006 in Nigrán, at 100 kilometres from Teo, at 19 years of age.
* Toni Bou has won eleven editions of the Spanish Trial GP consecutively since 2006. Whenever he was on the podium, it was in top position.
* Takahisa Fujinami was the winner in the Spanish GP in 2003 (Benasque) and 2004 (Puerto Pajares).
* Montesa riders have won 22 times in 52 of the trials that have been disputed in the Spanish Trial GP (42%). The first Spaniard to achieve a triumph was Manuel Soler (Montesa, 1981).
* This will be the first time that the world championship visits Teo, although other Galician towns have hosted the top level of competition: Silleda 1998, Nigrán 2006, Baiona 2010, Teo 2015.
* In 2000, in Córdoba, Montesa had a podium lock-out on the first day with Doug Lampkin, Marc Colomer and Takahisa Fujinami.