Toni Bou was the dominant force this weekend in the Czech Republic Grand Prix with the Honda rider winning both the races held in Sokolov. Repsol Honda Team team-mates Takahisa Fujinami and Jaime Busto finished in fourth and fifth places.
Toni Bou has so far scored four wins out of four in the world championship and today, once again in the second lap, put on a display of his lethal ability to react, setting the day’s fastest time in a race that had not quite started according to plan. The Repsol Honda Team ace rode the highly technical sections against the lush backdrop of Sokolov forests. In this 100% natural setting, competitors were forced to keep their wits about them in a particularly demanding event. The triumph stretches Bou’s advantage at the head of the overall leader-board to eighteen points in the world championship.
Repsol Honda Team’s second rider Takahisa Fujinami reacted well after yesterday’s struggle, digging deep and finishing one more among trial’s elite. The Japanese rider finished just shy of the final podium but will come away content at the thought that last season’s knee injury today caused little bother and the ordeal is pretty much behind him.
Jaime Busto set off after the previous day’s fourth place intent on improving. The first lap saw the rookie make a few errors which the Basque rider then attempted to remedy in the second. The third and final lap saw the talented youngster take the third best score.
There will be little rest for the riders after the Czech Republic GP as the world championship transfers to Sweden next weekend for the third date in the trial calendar.
Toni Bou 1
RACE: 1st CHAMPIONSHIP: 1st
It’s been a great weekend. Yesterday I took it quite easy but I had things a bit more complicated today. I was third on the first lap but I put in a really good second one and reacted well. You can’t always win it, but I’m very pleased to have picked up only four points on one of the laps. A lot of it is due to having trained a lot at the Non-Stop during the winter, which even though I don’t like it, I’ve had to make an effort to improve. I’m happy with the weekend and how the championship has started.
Takahisa Fujinami 5
RACE: 4th CHAMPIONSHIP: 5th
I’m pleased with today’s fourth place, although I didn’t make the podium. I picked up a few faults, which means that I should be able to do better in the coming races. I would like to congratulate both Toni for his four victories and Jaime for his great results. The team has done a great job this weekend.
Jaime Busto 15
RACE: 5th CHAMPIONSHIP: 6th
Today started quite badly. I tried to stay focused but it all went the other way. I did the first lap terribly and the second. But in the third I did it really well and I improved my riding a lot and managed to get a far better result that I had been expecting.
It’s been a great weekend. Results like this really help the team to get ahead. Toni had a fine race today, although not an easy one, but it’s been an important one as it opens his advantage at head of the championship table. Fuji too got a great result when you take his physical condition into consideration. He will probably be able to improve, but we will have to take it one step at a time. Jaime, like yesterday, is getting magnificent results and is learning a lot. It’s his first year with us and with this kind of bike, but everything that he achieves is positive for him and for us.
One has to also thank all the rest of the team who are behind the riders. The team is crucial to get everything running smoothly. Thanks to all and we’ll try and do it all over again next week.
Results Day 2 GP Trial Czech Republic
Pos. Rider Num Nation L1 L2 L3 T3 Points Team Time/Gap
1 BOU Toni 1 SPA 16 4 11 20 Repsol Honda Team 31
2 RAGA Adam 2 SPA 14 11 12 17 Gas Gas 37
3 FAJARDO Jeroni 4 SPA 13 11 25 15 Beta Factory Racing 49
4 FUJINAMI Takahisa 5 JPN 25 17 22 1 13 Repsol Honda Team 65
5 BUSTO Jaime 15 SPA 31 23 15 11 Repsol Honda Team 69
6 CABESTANY Albert 3 SPA 21 22 28 10 Sherco Factory Team 71
7 KADLEC Franz 16 GER 28 24 27 9 Beta Factory Racing 79
8 DABILL James 6 GBR 26 26 33 8 Vertigo 85
9 SHEPPARD Jack 13 GBR 32 32 29 7 Jgas 93
10 FERRER Alexandre 8 FRA 35 25 39 6 Sherco Factory Team 99
11 KARLSSON Eddie 14 SWE 38 28 35 5 Montesa Team Karlsson 101
12 PEDERSEN Hakon 12 NOR 52 38 42 2 4 Ossa Pedersen 134
13 SORENSEN Ole Kristian 19 NOR 53 46 49 2 3 Sherco 150
Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team
1 BOU Toni 1 SPA 80 Repsol Honda Team
2 RAGA Adam 2 SPA 62 Gas Gas
3 FAJARDO Jeroni 4 SPA 56 Beta Factory Racing
4 FUJINAMI Takahisa 5 JPN 53 Repsol Honda Team
5 CABESTANY Albert 3 SPA 47 Sherco Factory Team
6 BUSTO Jaime 15 SPA 44 Repsol Honda Team
7 DABILL James 6 GBR 30 Vertigo
8 FERRER Alexandre 8 FRA 27 Sherco Factory Team
9 KADLEC Franz 16 GER 19 Beta Factory Racing
10 OGAWA Tomoyuki 18 JPN 16 Honda Team Mitani
11 KUROYAMA Kenichi 20 JPN 14 Yamaha
12 KARLSSON Eddie 14 SWE 12 Montesa Team Karlsson
13 SHEPPARD Jack 13 GBR 12 Jgas
14 CASALES Jorge 7 SPA 9 Beta Factory Racing
15 NOZAKI Fumitaka 19 JPN 8 Yamaha
16 OGAWA Tsuyoshi 21 JPN 7 Beta
17 SORENSEN Ole Kristian 19 NOR 7 Sherco
18 PEDERSEN Hakon 12 NOR 7 Ossa Pedersen
19 BROWN Michael 11 GBR 5 Gas Gas
20 NOMOTO Yoshiaki 22 JPN 2 Beta
21 SATO Yuki 25 JPN 1 Honda