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

Repsol Honda Team riders Toni Bou and Takahisa Fujinami will participate, this Saturday, in the closing event of the 2019 X-Trial season to be held in the Polisportiu d’Andorra in the Pyrenean capital.

Toni Bou will wrap up the X-Trial season on home soil this coming Saturday, April 27, as the 2019 FIM X-Trial World Championship campaign celebrates its final competition – the Andorra X-Trial. The Polisportiu d’Andorra will receive Bou as world champion, having sealed the title in the previous event in Marseille.

Alongside the Repsol Honda Team rider, who triumphed in four of the five trials disputed, will be Japanese team-mate Takahisa Fujinami, who will take part for the third time this season as a wild-card rider in one of the world championship events.

The Andorra X-Trial will kick off at 18:00 this Saturday, with the dispute of the first round. The start of the second round is expected to take place at around 19:45, followed straight after by the final, to be contested by the two top remaining riders.

 

Toni Bou

CHAMPIONSHIP: CHAMPION  POINTS: 95

I am very motivated to compete in this final race of the X-Trial World Championship, which will be held in Andorra. I hope to give a good show to the fans that come and, especially, to all my friends who will be here supporting me. The fact of having won the title in the previous race makes it easier for me to compete here without the pressure or the obligation not to mess up; I hope the spectators have a good time.

Takahisa Fujinami

CHAMPIONSHIP: 9TH  POINTS: 5

Andorra is the last event of the X-Trial World Championship and it is also my last chance to try to qualify for the second round of a trial. In the two events that I have participated this year I haven’t achieved it; in Barcelona I came close, but without managing to do it. On the other hand, the championship is already decided and there is no position to play for, so in this last event I can just ride without pressure and go out to have fun and give the spectators a good time.

Words and Photos: Honda Racing Corporation

Honda UK is delighted to announce a partnership with Steve Colley, which will see the former trials champion ride the Montesa Cota 300RR in his ‘Showtime’ displays.

Colley’s aptly named ‘Showtime’ exhibition sees him tackle a testing obstacle course reminiscent of a trials stage. Calling on all the skills which saw him amass thirty-plus trials titles over the course of his career, including a hat-trick of British Solo Trials Championships, Colley jumps, drops, and tricks his way around the arena in true freestyle fashion.

Going forward, Colley will perform aboard the flagship Montesa model. Pure-bred for competition, the Cota 300RR boasts a lightweight aluminium frame, which cradles a 288cc, single-cylinder, four-valve engine that has been carefully tuned to offer a tractable yet responsive torque delivery, which is necessary for trials riding.

Marking the announcement, Honda UK Off-Road Sales Manager Graham Foster-Vigors said: “Steve is a fantastic guy and a decorated champion, he’s the perfect brand ambassador, so we couldn’t be happier to see him riding a Honda during his Showtime exhibitions.”

Steve Colley also spoke on the announcement: “I’m delighted to be working with Honda and I’ve had a great time familiarising myself with the Cota 300RR, it really looks the part and I’m in no doubt it’s the perfect motorcycle for the job.”

For more information on Steve Colley’s ‘Showtime’ exhibitions, follow this link:
www.stevecolley.co.uk

Click here to see the Honda Montesa Cota 300RR:
www.honda.co.uk/motorcycles/range/off-road/montesa-cota-300rr/specifications.html

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