The first day of the French Trial GP has concluded with two Repsol Honda Team riders occupying the podium: Toni Bou as winner and Takahisa Fuijinami in third. Bou’s unbeaten spell continues.
It was onwards and upwards for Toni Bou, with a ninth consecutive victory this season after the first day in Andon, France. Astride the Montesa Cota 4RT, Bou set out his stall early with a fine first-lap display that immediately set up a clear advantage over his closest rivals. The Honda star had practically finished with the competition by the end of lap two, with a very low score amid the slippery, yet not technically demanding sections of the Andon course. In spite of a fault in the first section of the final lap, Bou was nevertheless able to keep his adversaries in check and even managed to improve on the points in the sections which had previously proved the most taxing.
Takahisa Fujinami showed a fine performance, even managing to lead the scoreboard early during the first lap. ‘Fujigas’ in a race well-suited to his style of riding, put in a high-level ride that saw the Japanese rider improve on his marks over laps two and three which proved enough to secure the third step of the final rostrum.
Jaime Busto was able to overcome a disastrous second lap which left the Basque rookie battling for sixth overall position. Busto had begun well, with virtually equal marks to the first five riders, but a series of errors raised the points on the scorecard considerably. An improved final lap meant that the rider finished in seventh.
Tomorrow sees the second and final day of the French GP in Andon. Riders will have to tackle the same three-lap course as today, which will include twelve sections.
Toni Bou 1
RACE: 1st CHAMPIONSHIP: 1st
I’m really pleased with this result. Today we did a great job with very few faults and everything went well. I had a slight problem in zone six which I didn’t get right in the first two laps, but on the final round I was able to sort it out. To have picked up nine consecutive wins so far this season has been fantastic and doesn’t seem true, but it’s all down to great teamwork. I hope they change some of the sections before tomorrow, if not, it will be too easy.
Takahisa Fujinami 5
RACE: 3rd CHAMPIONSHIP: 5th
The third place finish makes me very happy because it wasn’t an easy trial for me. The sections were very dry and there was a lot of dust. It was hard. But the best thing about it was that I was able to put up with it. I had five points on the first lap for a fall, but the second and third I did really well and I was in the running for second place. Let’s see if we can pull it off tomorrow!
Jaime Busto 15
RACE: 7th CHAMPIONSHIP: 6th
On the first and the third lap I think that things went pretty well. I didn’t see how the riders who were behind me did, but I would say that it was about the right score that I should have got. In the second, I made too many faults and I’ll have to look into why that happened. The sections were fine and as far as the bike is concerned, it was perfect. Tomorrow I’ll try and improve.
A result like that is always satisfying. Toni Bou should be congratulated for getting nine wins out of nine. It’s easy to get complacent when you are so far ahead of the rivals. Also, Fujinami’s podium place should be pointed out. It is extraordinary how hard he works and how much he battles in every section. The team has done their part, but he does the rest and deserves a big round of applause. The seventh place of Jaime Busto isn’t bad because he’s right up there with the top five. He had a bad second lap, but he will be able to learn from the mistakes that he has made.
Results Day 1 GP Trial France
Pos. Rider Num Nation L1 L2 L3 T3 Points Team Time/Gap
1 BOU Toni 1 SPA 7 6 8 20 Repsol Honda Team 21
2 RAGA Adam 2 SPA 16 12 11 17 Gas Gas 39
3 FUJINAMI Takahisa 5 JPN 16 13 12 15 Repsol Honda Team 41
4 CABESTANY Albert 3 SPA 12 24 10 13 Sherco Factory Team 46
5 FAJARDO Jeroni 4 SPA 14 20 19 11 Beta Factory Racing 53
6 FERRER Alexandre 8 FRA 27 18 21 1 10 Sherco Factory Team 67
7 BUSTO Jaime 15 SPA 19 35 14 9 Repsol Honda Team 68
8 CASALES Jorge 7 SPA 28 24 27 8 Beta Factory Racing 79
9 KARLSSON Eddie 14 SWE 43 26 33 7 Montesa Team Karlsson 102
10 DABILL James 6 GBR 35 36 38 6 Vertigo 109
11 TARRES Pol 9 SPA 37 28 45 5 Sherco Factory Team 110
12 KADLEC Franz 16 GER 42 39 31 4 Beta Factory Racing 112
13 PEDERSEN Hakon 12 NOR 37 42 45 3 Ossa Pedersen 124
14 MORET Francesc 18 SPA 42 40 45 2 Vertigo 127
Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team
1 BOU Toni 1 SPA 180 Repsol Honda Team
2 RAGA Adam 2 SPA 143 Gas Gas
3 FAJARDO Jeroni 4 SPA 125 Beta Factory Racing
4 CABESTANY Albert 3 SPA 114 Sherco Factory Team
5 FUJINAMI Takahisa 5 JPN 113 Repsol Honda Team
6 BUSTO Jaime 15 SPA 91 Repsol Honda Team
7 DABILL James 6 GBR 74 Vertigo
8 FERRER Alexandre 8 FRA 66 Sherco Factory Team
9 KADLEC Franz 16 GER 47 Beta Factory Racing
10 KARLSSON Eddie 14 SWE 43 Montesa Team Karlsson
11 SHEPPARD Jack 13 GBR 32 Jgas
12 TARRES Pol 9 SPA 24 Sherco Factory Team
13 PEDERSEN Hakon 12 NOR 18 Ossa Pedersen
14 CASALES Jorge 7 SPA 17 Beta Factory Racing
15 OGAWA Tomoyuki 18 JPN 16 Honda Team Mitani
16 KUROYAMA Kenichi 20 JPN 14 Yamaha
17 SORENSEN Ole Kristian 19 NOR 14 Sherco
18 NOZAKI Fumitaka 19 JPN 8 Yamaha
19 OGAWA Tsuyoshi 21 JPN 7 Beta
20 BROWN Michael 11 GBR 5 Gas Gas
21 MORET Francesc 18 SPA 2 Vertigo
22 NOMOTO Yoshiaki 22 JPN 2 Beta
23 SATO Yuki 25 JPN 1 Honda