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WCTItalyJuly 2, 2006
World Outdoor Trials Championship 2006 Round 06 Italy

Fujinami Wins at the Italian Grand Prix

For the second weekend running the Repsol Montesa HRC team climbed to the top of the podium, this time it being the turn of Takahisa Fujinami to take the victory at the Italian Grand Prix. Fujinami’s team mate Dougie Lampkin could not repeat the success he enjoyed last week in France and came home in a very disappointing sixth position. Albert Cabestany ­ Sherco and Jeroni Fajardo ­ Gas Gas finished second and third respectively to complete the rostrum.

Takahisa Fujinami (JPN-Montesa)

Doug Lampkin (GB-Montesa)

With the temperature hovering around thirty degrees Celcius for most of the day, conditions on the course situated on the outskirts of the small town of Darfo Boario Terme were hot, dry and very dusty. Normally the Italian Grand Prix is played out high in the mountains, but this year the sections were no more than three hundred metres above sea level, and lacked the variety of terrain that has always made this a special round in the calendar.

Fujinami eventually took the win aboard the factory Cota 4RT on a most cleans tie break, by having recorded one more faultless ride compared to Cabestany. However in reality the Japanese rider had controlled the trial from the early stages, and only a couple of late mistakes made it a close affair. With only two maximums on his punch card at the end of the first lap, Takahisa found himself five marks clear of Cabestany, whilst Fajardo and Bou were in third place at this time. In contrast Lampkin was down in seventh position at this point, and the current championship leader Adam Raga ­ Gas Gas was not fairing much better in fifth spot after the first fifteen sections.

By the time the final lap arrived the steep and dusty climbs were well rutted, but Fujinami made light work of the demanding hazards, more than proving the growing pedigree of the still development four stroke Cota at the highest level. Cabestany and Raga matched the Repsol Montesa HRC teamster for much of the second tour, but neither could close the gap on Takahisa, allowing him to take the win and move within one point of Bou in the overall standings. Lampkin could count himself lucky and only dropped one point to Raga in the championship race as the off form duo finished sixth and fifth respectively.

Doug Lampkin (GB-Montesa)

Laia Sanz

Fujinami ­ 1st :
“This result makes me very happy, as last week I lost to Dougie by most cleans, and today despite some mistakes I have still managed to defeat Cabestany. I am really pleased with the way that I am riding and with how the bike is performing in the different conditions. Last week it was wet and we were strong and today it was dry and we have been strong again. I would like to say a big thank you to my team as this is an important result for all of us.”

Lampkin ­ 6th :
“Days don’t come much blacker than today, I simply couldn’t do anything right at all. It has been a nightmare from start to finish. I never felt right all day, or found any kind of confidence, I wish I had something to blame, but I haven’t, it was just a bad day all round. In terms of positives there has been none, but I suppose I have top count myself lucky that I have only lost one point to Raga in the overall standings given the circumstances.”

Laia Sanz - Repsol Montesa HRC achieved a great fifth place in the Junior class to hold on to sixth position in the championship standings to date.
“I am very pleased with my riding today, I rode well yesterday, but I feel that I rode even better today. The sections really suited my style, which is always a good bonus.”

World Outdoor Trials Championship 2006 Round 06 Italy

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

Takahisa Fujinami (JPN-Montesa)

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