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WCTPortugalApril 9, 2006
2006 World Outdoor Trials Championship Round 02 Mortagua, Portugal

Fujinami and Lampkin fill the podium in Portugal

The Repsol Montesa HRC team dominated the podium at the Grand Prix in Mortagua, Portugal, with Takahisa Fujinami taking the win and Dougie Lampkin finishing in third place. Gas Gas rider Adam Raga split the Cota 4RT duo with the reigning champion taking the runners up spot at this the second round of the new series.



Takahisa Fujinami (J-Honda)


Takahisa Fujinami (J-Honda)


Last weekend’s winner Toni Bou (Beta) could only manage fourth place on the day and was followed home by Jeroni Fajardo (Gas Gas) to complete the top five. Albert Cabestany (Sherco) added to the poor start to his campaign with a sixth place in Portugal to go with the fourth spot he achieved in Spain.

Fujinami was a surprise victor, after having returned to Barcelona during the week to have his injured clutch finger attend to. With the rest of the Repsol Montesa HRC team testing at Nigran during the early part of the week, the scene of last week’s Grand Prix, Takahisa had to sit it out and only practiced on Friday to prevent further damage to his infected finger.

The Portuguese Grand Prix was in stark contrast to the first round in Spain, with it lacking both severity and variety, a point all three podium placed riders commented on in the post trial press conference. Thirteen out of the fifteen sections were placed on the steep banking on either side of the local river, with only the first and last section breaking this rule.

Aware of the easy conditions, the leading riders looked nervous as they made their way through the first half of the opening lap. Fujinami aboard his 2006 specification factory Cota 4RT was almost faultless during this important part of the trial losing just a single dab in section two as he steadied himself at the summit of the initial rock step. Takahisa maintain his form through the back half of the course, again only blotted his score card once more in the final arena type section.

During the same period Lampkin was having a case of all or nothing with two maximum scores, one in section eight and one in section fifteen, to add to otherwise impressive run where he had only lost two further marks. Dougie’s score of twelve put him behind, Fujinami, Raga and Cabestany at the mid point.

The overcast sky that had been present for most of the day eventually gave way to rain during the second lap making conditions more difficult as the banking and slate type rock became much more slippery. Despite this Fujinami maintained his concentration losing marks in just two hazards on his final visit, this added five to his tally and this was enough for him to take the victory ahead of Raga.

Lampkin mounted a fight back, arriving at the final section on just one mark for his second lap, but again failed at the final test, this however did not prevent him taking third place on the day.



Doug Lampkin (GB-Montesa)


Laia Sanz


Fujinami – 1st :
“This is an incredible and quite unexpected victory both for me and the team. My main objective during the opening two rounds was to get some points, as I knew I would be riding with a badly injured finger in both competitions. Sixth last week was a good result, so I came here thinking that with the easier sections maybe I could finish on the podium. I never expected to win, so I really want to say thanks to my team and to my doctor.”

Lampkin – 3rd :
“Mistakes have cost me again today, much like last week I have had two fives on a section where there is a big step. It is quite obvious that you cannot make this kind of error without paying the price and that has been the case again today. Overall I have ridden well, but I need to get the other bit sorted out, as I must count myself lucky to have still finished on the podium today when the trial was so easy.”

Laia Sanz - Repsol Montesa HRC put her recent run of bad results behind her to post her best finish of the season to date by taking sixth position in the Junior class.
“That is much better, after Spain and yesterday’s European result I knew I had to do something different today. Whilst it is a good result, it could have been better as I was only four marks off taking fourth place.”


2006 World Outdoor Trials Championship
Round 02 Mortagua, Portugal


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1 Takahisa Fujinami (JPN-Montesa)
2 Adam Raga (E-Gas Gas)
3 Doug Lampkin (GB-Montesa)
4 Toni Bou (E-Beta)
5 Jeroni Fajardo (E-Gas Gas)
6 Albert Cabestany (E-Sherco)
7 James Dabill (GB-Beta)
8 Jordi Pascuet (E-Gas Gas)
9 Tadeusz Blazusiak (POL-Scorpa)
10 Marc Freixa (E-Scorpa)
11 Daniele Maurino (I-Gas Gas)
12 Jerome Bethune (E-Beta)
13 Tsuyoshi Ogawa (J-Montesa)
14 Xavier Leon (E-Gas Gas)
15 Fabio Lenzi (I-Montesa)



Takahisa Fujinami (J-Honda)

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