Toni Bou and Takahisa Fujinami, leader and third place in the TrialGP World Championship, will this weekend dispute the Dutch TrialGP in Zelhem, some 40 years after the sole occasion that the top flight competition was held in the Netherlands.

The Trial World Championship has a date with history this weekend in Zelhem. On the one and only occasion that the Trial World Championship was held in Holland, none of the riders active today had even been born. This coming Saturday and Sunday, the Dutch TrialGP hosts a world championship event for the first time in four decades, after the previous one which took place in Norg and was won by Ulf Karlson aboard a Montesa.

Zelhem is a small town of 11,000 inhabitants in the northeast of Holland, about 150 kilometres from the capital of the country, Amsterdam. The trial will consist of two fifteen-section laps on a course of just one kilometre.

Repsol Honda Team arrive in Holland on cracking form after the double podiums picked up in Japan. Toni Bou is firmly established at the top of the championship leader board after wins in the three trials disputed so far (Italy and two in Japan) and is confident of extending the positive streak of results. The Repsol Honda Team rider has 60 points, 11 more than the nearest second place rider in the overall standings, Adam Raga. Third in the table lies Takahisa Fujinami. Bou’s Repsol Honda Team partner has amassed 40 points and has a five-point margin over the fourth placed rival.

The Dutch TrialGP qualification will take place on Saturday 22nd at 15:30 with the main event on Sunday 23rd kicking off at 09:00. The prize-giving podium is scheduled for 15:45 p.m.

Toni Bou

STANDINGS: 1st POINTS: 60

After the Japanese Grand Prix, where everything went really well, we now return to Europe to compete in Holland, where we have never been before. We hope that the trial will have a world championship level and I hope we can get a good result. We are very happy and highly-motivated too and we will look to continue the successes achieved so far.

Takahisa Fujinami

STANDINGS: 3rd POINTS: 40

I am very enthusiastic and motivated to get back on the bike for these two consecutive world championship trials. The results in Japan have really charged my batteries up and I’ll try to keep on this track. In Holland, as it’s a new place, nobody has an advantage, so hopefully I’ll be able to get a good result.

Rider Standings

Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team Constructor
1 BOU Toni 1 SPA 60 Repsol Honda Team Montesa
2 RAGA Adam 67 SPA 49 TRRS Factory Team TRRS
3 FUJINAMI Takahisa 6 JPN 40 Repsol Honda Team Montesa
4 FAJARDO Jeroni 2 SPA 35 Gas Gas Gas Gas
5 DABILL James 22 GBR 33 Beta Factory Racing Beta
6 BUSTO Jaime 69 SPA 29 Vertigo Factory Team Vertigo
7 KADLEC Franz 66 GER 28 TRRS Factory Team TRRS
8 GELABERT Miquel 9 SPA 24 Sherco Factory Team Sherco
9 BINCAZ Benoit 73 FRA 23 Beta Factory Racing Beta
10 CASALES Jorge 33 SPA 22 Vertigo Factory Team Vertigo
11 PRICE Jack 34 GBR 17 Gas Gas Gas Gas
12 PEACE Dan 38 GBR 9 Sherco Factory Team Sherco
13 KUROYAMA Kenichi 98 JPN 7 Yamaha Racing Yamaha
14 NOGUERA Oriol 13 SPA 6 Team Jotagas JTG
15 FARRE Arnau 19 SPA 4 Team Jotagas JTG
16 NOZAKI Fumitaka 99 JPN 3 Yamaha Racing Yamaha
17 OGAWA Tomoyuki 97 JPN 3 Honda Honda
18 RIVA  Andrea 96 ITA 1 TRRS Factory Team TRRS

Photos: Honda Racing Corporation

Perfect. Without errors. Toni Bou managed to finish the second day of the TrialGP of Japan in the most impeccable manner: without any penalty whatsoever at the Twin Ring Motegi. Repsol Honda Team companion Takahisa Fujinami occupied the third step of the podium.

Toni Bou had predicted that the Japanese event would have very low scores, but few could have predicted a perfect performance of the type that Bou pulled off. The Repsol Honda Team rider picked up no penalizations whatsoever in any of the sections, finishing off the two laps of the Motegi circuit on 0 points. It is the second time in his career that he has been able to achieve this, the previous occasion being in Portugal in 2010. This is the third consecutive victory for Toni Bou so far in this season’s TrialGP World Championship and he continues to head the general standings with 60 points, ahead of the 49-point score of the nearest second-placed rival.

Japanese rider Takahisa Fujinami, continues to perform well and today he amply demonstrated his form in several key moments of the trail, even holding second provisional place at one point. In the end, ‘Fujigas’ was back on the third step of the rostrum to the delight of the home fans. These two third place positions, allow the veteran to climb up to third spot in the general championship rankings.

The next TrialGP World Championship competition is scheduled for the Netherlands on June 22th and 23th. The trial will hold its qualifying day on Saturday and will be a single-day event.

Toni Bou  1

TRIAL: 1ST   STANDINGS: 1ST

Today we had a perfect trial in a perfect place. I’m very happy with my riding today. Having done this perfect trial here in Japan was really special. Thank all the team who have done a great job. We have prepared a lot for these first events and the results have been incredible, so I can’t be happier this weekend.

Takahisa Fujinami  6

TRIAL: 3RD  STANDINGS: 3RD

I am super happy to have been able to get on the podium on both days of racing here in Japan. Today the trial was very complicated because the zones were very simple and it was very easy to make a mistake. I didn’t start the second lap very well and there was a moment that I became a bit demoralized but with the help of the team and the fans, we battled on until the end.

Miquel Cirera

Team Manager

Today Toni Bou was extraordinary. He repeated something that is really hard to achieve: finishing without any penalty at all. In addition, he did it in Japan, the home of Honda. This is a pleasure for the whole team and also for the brand. The third place that Fujinami has clinched is very important for all too. Congratulations to the whole team for the work done this weekend. The season is very long and we will be working step by step, race by race to achieve our final goal.

Rider Standings

Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team
1 BOU Toni 1 SPA 60 Repsol Honda Team
2 RAGA Adam 67 SPA 49 TRRS Factory Team
3 FUJINAMI Takahisa 6 JPN 40 Repsol Honda Team
4 FAJARDO Jeroni 2 SPA 35 Gas Gas
5 DABILL James 22 GBR 33 Beta Factory Racing
6 BUSTO Jaime 69 SPA 29 Vertigo Factory Team
7 KADLEC Franz 66 GER 28 TRRS Factory Team
8 GELABERT Miquel 9 SPA 24 Sherco Factory Team
9 BINCAZ Benoit 73 FRA 23 Beta Factory Racing
10 CASALES Jorge 33 SPA 22 Vertigo Factory Team
11 PRICE Jack 34 GBR 17 Gas Gas
12 PEACE Dan 38 GBR 9 Sherco Factory Team
13 KUROYAMA Kenichi 98 JPN 7 Yamaha Racing
14 NOGUERA Oriol 13 SPA 6 Team Jotagas
15 FARRE Arnau 19 SPA 4 Team Jotagas
16 NOZAKI Fumitaka 99 JPN 3 Yamaha Racing
17 OGAWA Tomoyuki 97 JPN 3 Honda
18 RIVA  Andrea 96 ITA 1 TRRS Factory Team

Words and Photos: Honda Racing Corporation

Toni Bou becomes the first leader of the 2019 TrialGP World Championship after achieving a notable victory in a trial made complicated by the delicate state of the competition terrain. Team-mate Takahisa Fujinami earned a well-deserved sixth position after displaying good form.

The opening of the FIM TrialGP World Championship was marked by rain which appeared intermittently throughout the weekend at the OffRoad Park in Pietramurata (Italy). The sections were muddy and required impeccable precision by riders to be able to salvage anything out of each section.

After qualifying yesterday, Toni Bou and Takahisa Fujinami were forced to practically open the track with virtually no reference points ahead. The opening trial, featuring fifteen sections over two laps, proved to be a tough affair. On lap one Toni Bou picked up several penalty points for two serious, yet surprising errors. The Champion did, nevertheless, hold onto the leadership through the opening lap. On lap two, the Repsol Honda Team rider dug deep to break away from the pack at the head of the leader board. Bou finished the day atop the podium, sporting a 28-point advantage over the nearest second placed rival.

Repsol Honda Team companion Takahisa Fujinami got off to a fine start in the outdoor season finishing in sixth position in spite of having been in the tussle for the top positions. However, errors in the latter stages of the trial left the Japanese rider without options of a rostrum place.

The next round of the TrialGP World Championship will be held at the Motegi circuit in Japan, with a double-day event. The qualifying round takes place on June 7th with the main events on 8th and 9th June.

 

Toni Bou  1

TRIAL: 1ST   STANDINGS: 1ST

I am very happy with my riding today. It is true that on the first lap I made two serious mistakes by pushing against two arrows. On the second I had a great ride picking up just four points in a very complicated trial where the terrain was very slippery. I wish to thank the whole team because they have worked very hard all winter to get us here in such strong shape.

 

Takahisa Fujinami  6

TRIAL: 6TH  STANDINGS: 6TH

The first lap of this trial in Italy went pretty badly but on the second one I was able to pull back a little bit and until section ten was in fourth position. In the final sections I made mistakes that made me drop to the sixth position. I am very happy with the bike. This season I have also worked a lot physically, so I feel good. Now, to fight for the next race in Japan.

Miquel Cirera

Team Manager

Today the terrain was really difficult, it was very slippery and it was very easy to make mistakes. Toni made many mistakes on the first round but for the second the spectacular Toni of always was back. He produced one of the best laps ever made in a world championship event. Meanwhile Takahisa Fujinami worked hard, on several occasion reaching his rivals at the top, but a sixth overall position at the start is not bad at all. It has been a fine start to the world championship, but we will continue working towards the next event in Japan.

Rider Standings

Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team
1 BOU Toni 1 SPA 20 Repsol Honda Team
2 FAJARDO Jeroni 2 SPA 17 Gas Gas
3 RAGA Adam 67 SPA 15 TRRS Factory Team
4 BINCAZ Benoit 73 FRA 13 Beta Factory Racing
5 BUSTO Jaime 69 SPA 11 Vertigo Factory Team
6 FUJINAMI Takahisa 6 JPN 10 Repsol Honda Team
7 GELABERT Miquel 9 SPA 9 Sherco Factory Team
8 KADLEC Franz 66 GER 8 TRRS Factory Team
9 DABILL James 22 GBR 7 Beta Factory Racing
10 NOGUERA Oriol 13 SPA 6 Team Jotagas
11 PRICE Jack 34 GBR 5 Gas Gas
12 FARRE Arnau 19 SPA 4 Team Jotagas
13 CASALES Jorge 33 SPA 3 Vertigo Factory Team
14 PEACE Dan 38 GBR 2 Sherco Factory Team
15 RIVA  Andrea 96 ITA 1 TRRS Factory Team

Words and Photos: Honda Racing Corporation

This coming weekend the battle for the 2019 FIM TrialGP World Championship gets underway as Pietramurata di Dro, Italy, plays host to Toni Bou, who sets off on the path to conquer a thirteenth consecutive outdoor trial world title.

This weekend, May 25th and 26th, just a couple of weeks after the culmination of the X-Trial World Championship, the 2019 edition of the TrialGP World Championship kicks off. Repsol Honda Team once again line up their two official riders: multi-time champion Toni Bou and Japanese veteran Takahisa Fujinami.

For Toni Bou, the challenge is even greater. After twelve outdoor and thirteen indoor titles, the goal will be to maintain the exceptionally high level that he has shown for over a decade, which has seen the Spaniard remain the discipline’s undisputed number one. With eight trials this season, the Repsol Honda Team rider believes it will be very important to maintain a solid consistency to achieve this aim. In Pietramurata, Bou has managed to clinch top step of the TrialGP podium on the two most recent occasions.

In the fray, as always, will be Takahisa Fujinami, Repsol Honda Team’s Japanese trial rider. Twenty-four years after debuting in the Trial World Championship in Spain, ‘Fujigas’, who finished 2018 with 330 top-level participations, will be hunting down a top five overall place and, in addition, has the goal of a podium place in each round.

The Italian TrialGP starts on Saturday 25th with the mandatory administrative and technical checks. Once out of the way, riders will compete in the night-time qualification section, under the floodlights of the Metzeler Offroad Park in Pietramurata di Dro. Sunday 26th is race day, with ignition time set for 09:00 and the final podium due at 15:45.

Interview with Toni Bou: “Achieving all these successes is a dream”

Repsol Honda Team rider Toni Bou won the 2019 FIM X-Trial World Championship after a stellar season, winning five out of the six scheduled events. This marks a thirteenth indoor title for Bou, bringing his overall title tally to 25. The battle to add another indoor-outdoor double gets underway this weekend.

-This week a new TrialGP World Championship begins. What condition is Toni Bou in for the first calendar event?
-It was a very intense pre-season, where I wasn’t able to train as much as I had wanted after the fractured ribs in Japan which meant I was practically out for two months. In Barcelona I had another fall and took a turn for the worst, but little by little I have been getting it together physically and, after a great indoor season, I think we are ready to start a new TrialGP World Championship. Hopefully the physique will hold up well.

-13 world X-Trials. Is the next goal is to get the double with a thirteenth TrialGP World Championship?
-The positive part is that you win and you are successful. The “negative” part is that you are obliged to win in everything that you participate in. Everyone is expecting it from you! I am already used to this pressure and that is why I try to enjoy everything that I achieve. Now, we are well-prepared for the outdoor season and we will try to fight for this objective.

-Knowing you, I should imagine that the objective is the title… but what obstacles could be in the way this season?
– It will be a difficult year because there are only eight events and that means you can’t fail and miss out on the podium as that could complicate your goal. It will be very important to maintain good consistency and win the maximum number of trials possible. The rivals are always very motivated because beating the number one is a great victory. In addition, some have changed teams and can also be a good motivation for them.

-It was an intense and very closely-fought indoor championship
-Yes, it was a very tight year, things were getting tricky and qualifying for the final it was hard work! The slightest mistake and you are out!  It is gruelling and it’s easy to make mistakes. We have to work a lot mentally, we have to be very focused, but I think we achieved that this year. I am happy for the character that we showed. It was a season complicated by injuries; riding without being at 100%, then battling in all the trials and getting the final win in Andorra, which I think was the best way to end the championship.

-13 titles, 62 wins and 75 podiums… those stats are hard to replicate.
-The numbers are incredible. It is a dream. As a child I wanted to be a World Champion and having achieved all this is an outrage, something I could not even imagine. Not just one title -now there are 13 and these figures which are just unthinkable. Now, we just have to enjoy it, take advantage of everything and savour the positive moment.

2019 TrialGP World Championship

26 May TrialGP of Italy Pietramurata
8-9 June TrialGP of Japan Motegi
23 June TrialGP of Netherlands Zelhem
30 June TrialGP of Belgium Comblain-au-Pont
14 July TrialGP of Portugal Gouveia
21 July TrialGP of France Auron
22 Sept. TrialGP of Spain La Nucia

(Round 7 of the TrialGP, G.Britian, scheduled for the 1st of September, has not been confirmed yet)

Toni Bou

It was a very intense pre-season, where I wasn’t able to train as much as I had wanted after the fractured ribs in Japan which meant I was practically out for two months. In Barcelona I had another fall and took a turn for the worst, but little by little I have been getting it together physically and, after a great indoor season, I think we are ready to start a new TrialGP World Championship. Hopefully the physique will hold up well.

Takahisa Fujinami

There have been many years, 24, in the Trial world championship achieving many successes and this year I want to continue to enjoy driving riding. I think I’m in a good shape, I can compete at a high level. Last year I had a problem with my shoulder, but this time physically I feel great; I have prepared hard for a better performance. It will be difficult, because every time there are more and more riders with a very high level, but I will try to get on the podium in as many trials as possible.

Words and Photos: Honda Racing Corporation

 

The X-Trial event in Andorra has brought the 2019 FIM X-Trial World Championship to a close. Toni Bou, the Repsol Honda Team rider, with the championship already mathematically sealed, was able to savour the thirteenth title in front of the home Andorran spectators.

The Repsol rider, making his debut in an Andorra X-Trial, arrived on the back of four 2019 championship victories with the title already bagged after winning the Marseille trial, a month and a half ago. Bou was able to ride without pressure and command the trial to claim a fifth win of the season. Bou cleaned the first two rounds and later picked up just a single point, compared to the 11 of rival Adam Raga, in the final.

This marks a career 75th podium place for Toni Bou and victory number 62 for the multi-time Spanish champion.

The X-Trial World Championship had returned to Andorra after a sixteen-year absence. Toni Bou hadn’t yet taken part in the championship back then, unlike team-mate Takahisa Fujinami. In the most recent edition of the indoor event in Andorra, disputed in the Palau de Gel de Canillo, the Japanese Repsol Honda Team rider had finished in fifth position.

The trial was the 139th participation for Takahisa Fujinami in an X-Trial World Championship event – an outright record in this competition. The Japanese rider accomplished his mission of qualifying for the second phase and went on to post an upbeat fifth overall position.

Repsol Honda Team will participate next weekend in the second round of the Campeonato de España de Trial (Spanish Trial Championship) which will take place in Sant Julià de Lòria, also in Andorra. Bou is the leader of the national contest after winning the inaugural race.

Toni Bou

RACE: 1ST   STANDINGS: 1ST

It was a difficult race for me with the pressure of competing at home, but I’m very excited to win. In my first year as a resident in Andorra I lost both outdoor races, so I had this one outstanding. The trial was pretty easy, so we had to concentrate to not make any mistakes. I performed well throughout the event, riding great confidence. I am very happy as I think we managed to find the physical point that I had been lacking. Finishing the championship with five out of six possible victories is spectacular.

Takahisa Fujinami

RACE: 5TH  STANDINGS: 8TH

After the trial in Barcelona I did not go back to indoor training so I am very happy with my riding. I feel very well physically. This trial has motivated me for the outdoor season which is just about to begin. Many people have asked me if this was my last indoor race. This I will have to decide, and today, with the fifth place I think I can still do well here, right?

 

Miquel Cirera

Team Manager

We must congratulate Toni Bou for this great victory. We already had the title won so today Toni was able to show off a bit without pressure in front of the home crowd. Finishing the championship by winning is fantastic. From here, in one month we will start the outdoor world championship, so we hope that all goes well too. Today Fujinami rode very well, he is very happy as he got through to the second round for the first time this season, so this gives him a lot of motivation for the outdoor season. Congratulations as always to the whole Repsol Honda team for the work that they have done this X-Trial season.

Rider Standings – Overall

Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team
1 BOU Toni 1 SPA 115 Repsol Honda Team
2 RAGA Adam 67 SPA 89 TRRS Factory Team
3 FAJARDO Jeroni 4 SPA 58 Gas Gas Factory Team
4 BUSTO Jaime 69 SPA 51 Gas Gas Factory Team
5 BINCAZ Benoit 16 FRA 43 Beta Factory Racing
6 GELABERT Miquel 34 SPA 24 Sherco Factory Team
7 CASALES Jorge 33 SPA 15 Vertigo Factory Team
8 FUJINAMI Takahisa 3 JPN 11 Repsol Honda Team
9 PETRELLA Luca 98 ITA 8 Beta Factory Racing
10 MARCELLI Gabriel 38 SPA 6 RG Team
11 FERRER Alexandre 29 FRA 3 Sherco Factory Team
12 DABILL James 22 GBR 3 Beta Factory Racing
13 GELABERT Aniol 18 SPA 2 Scorpa Factory
14 HAGA  Sondre 99 NOR 2 TRRS Factory Team
15 COLAIRO  Téo 13 FRA 1 Gas Gas
16 PEACE Dan 17 GBR 1 Sherco Factory Team

Words and Photos: Honda Racing Corporation