Toni Bou took the Great Britain course easily. The only challenge for Bou was his Repsol teammate Fujinami.
Repsol Montesa HRC riders Toni Bou and Takahisa Fujinami took a win and a third place each at this weekend’s Grand Prix of Great Britain, the fourth round of the 2010 SPEA FIM Trial World Championship. Bou was the class of the field on the first of the two days of action on his factory Cota 4RT, with Fujinami third after his bike suffered damage on the first lap. However, the second day saw a reversal of fortunes, with Fujinami demonstrating extremely strong riding to claim an emphatic win, while Bou finished third after admitting to several mistakes during the day.
Four stroke mounted Bou looked confident on the typical Scottish sections on Saturday, climbing a series of rocky streams and riverbeds at the foot of Ben Nevis, the UK’s highest mountain, despite admitting that they were very different to events he was used to. He lost a five on the first lap, but took an early lead at the halfway point.
Fujinami picked up the pace in the afternoon once the problems with his bike had been repaired though and looked good to take second place behind Bou. But former team-mate Dougie Lampkin was relishing the conditions and kept Fujinami at bay, by a single mark.
Having won the first of the two days, Bou was therefore the first world rider away on Sunday and the disadvantage was clear. He enjoyed a good first lap to hold the advantage at the mid-point but admitted to making too many big mistakes on the second, including a trio of fives. However, it was Fujinami who was the hero of the afternoon, racking-up just five marks for the entire second lap, against Bou’s fifteen. The performance netted him the win, ahead of Albert Cabestany – Sherco in second with Bou eventually third.
Bou – 1st/3rd: “The first day was a very big day for the championship, with the win and Adam [Raga] in fourth. It was not an easy trial – the sections were very difficult and slippery, as well as long. There were no huge rocks or climbs but very technical with lots to think about. I knew that Sunday would be difficult; after the win on Saturday I would be the first rider away.
I made big mistakes on the second lap on three sections and that cost me. The win was possible on Sunday, but I am happy to be third. It’s good for the championship – the lead is seventeen points now from Adam, so it’s good. And I will be third rider at the next round, so I will be looking for another win there.”
Fujinami – 3rd/1st: “I had some problems on the first lap on Saturday and not only could I not ride properly, it was bad for my confidence. They were not big problems, but several little ones that together, made things difficult. We repaired the bike after the first lap and my confidence returned. I was just riding and not thinking about the result, until I got to the last two sections. I saw I could get a podium and tried hard and almost made second, but was third by one point. On Sunday, I got an early five because of a time penalty and that threw me a little. Then, later on I relaxed and really enjoyed the riding, even though the rain made the last sections very slippery. I am only one point behind Adam [Raga] now in the championship, so that is very good.”
Next event: Round 5 at St. Michel De Maurienne (France) on 11 July.
2010 World Outdoor Trials Great Fort William Results:
Takahisa Fujinami hopped to the top of the podium on Sunday after an amazing run on the Great Britan course.
1. Toni Bou (SPA-Montesa), 25
2. Dougie Lampkin (GBR-Beta), 38
3. Takahisa Fujinami (JPN-Montesa), 39
4. Adam Raga (SPA-Gas Gas), 41
5. Jeroni Fajardo (SPA-Beta), 46
6. Albert Cabestany (SPA-Sherco), 52
7. James Dabill (GBR-Gas Gas), 71
8. Michael Brown (GBR-Sherco), 73
9. Matteo Grattarola (FRA-Sherco), 86
10. Alexz Wigg (GBR-Beta), 97 (6×1)
11. Daniele Maurino (ITA-Gas Gas), 97 (1×0)
12. Daniel Oliveras (SPA-Sherco), 110
13. Lorias Gubian (FRA-Gas Gas), 115
1. Takahisa Fujinami (JPN-Montesa), 21
2. Albert Cabestany (SPA-Sherco), 23
3. Toni Bou (SPA-Montesa), 27
4. Adam Raga (SPA-Gas Gas), 30
5. James Dabill (GBR-Gas Gas), 47
6. Dougie Lampkin (GBR-Beta), 52
7. Michael Brown (GBR-Sherco), 56
8. Jeroni Fajardo (SPA-Beta), 62
9. Matteo Grattarola (FRA-Sherco), 68
10. Alexz Wigg (GBR-Beta), 79
11. Daniel Oliveras (SPA-Sherco), 84
12. Daniele Maurino (ITA-Gas Gas), 87
13. Lorias Gubian (FRA-Gas Gas), 115