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WCTPolandJuly 9, 2006
World Outdoor Trials Championship 2006 Round 07 Poland

Fujinami Takes His Third Victory of the Season

Takahisa Fujinami – Repsol Montesa HRC collected his third Grand Prix victory of the season aboard his Cota 4RT, when he won the Polish round of the FIM Trial World championship. The Japanese rider took the win by just a single mark, as Adam Raga – Gas Gas and Albert Cabestany – Sherco completed the podium respectively after having tied on the same number of marks. Dougie Lampkin could only manage fourth position, and as a result of his poor placing now drops to third spot in the overall standings, one point behind the on form Fujinami.



Takahisa Fujinami (JPN-Montesa)


Doug Lampkin (GB-Montesa)


For the third successive week, the series was blessed with scorching temperatures, the hot conditions once again playing their part in what proved to be yet another tough competition to complete this batch of three European Grand Prix. The championship had not visited Poland for eleven years, prior to returning this weekend, and the initial sections that the organisers offered confirmed that they were slightly out of touch with the new level of riding. After much debate with both the riders and Jury members, eventually a compromise was reached to create a suitable competition.

Cabestany was to become the early leader as he recorded the only clean at section three on the opening lap, his passage up the final step seemed almost effortless and was where the other had all failed. Fourteen of the fifteen hazards were situated in a dense and dark woodland, with every one of these sections involving a series of steep climbs from the stream bed. No one was shining in the strange conditions, but it was Cabestany who held a one mark lead over Fujinami at the end of lap one. Current championship leader Raga was in third spot at this point, having dropped four marks more than the top Montesa rider, whilst Lampkin was a further five marks adrift and down in fourth position, a situation he would not improve upon come the finish.

A closing lap of just sixteen marks was enough to give Takahisa the victory, despite a late charge by Raga, who posted the best second lap score. Raga’s afternoon tally of fourteen marks was sufficient to earn him a tie break with Cabestany, which he would win having gained one more clean than his Spanish counterpart, and in doing so snatch an important second place in terms of the title race. Fujinami now trails the reigning champion by fifteen points with three Grand Prix remaining.



Doug Lampkin (GB-Montesa)


Laia Sanz


Fujinami – 1st :
“I am happy again, as this is my second victory in two weeks, and now I have moved into second in the championship. It will be difficult to catch Raga, but if I keep winning, at least I can put some pressure on him. It has been a difficult trial, as I made a massive crash in the down hill part of section six this morning and injured my arm quite badly. The rest of the day it has been a battle as the arm is very sore and is causing me some pain, but in the end I still managed to take a narrow victory.”

Lampkin – 4th :
“Its been another disappointing day, where a bad first lap performance has cost me dearly. I hit the ribs I injured in Italy earlier this week in section two and this put me in a lot of discomfort. Wearing the body support helped to take away some of the pain, but the downside to this was that it made breathing quite difficult, which was hard to cope with in the heat. All I can do now is look forward to my home GP in a few weeks, and hope that it will mark the start of a strong close to the championship for me.”

Laia Sanz - Repsol Montesa HRC struggled with both the heat and the type of sections and finished in seventh place in the Junior class.
“This is a bad result for me, just like yesterday all over again. I found the sections very hard, as I am not used to this type of terrain, and is something I definitely need to practice more. Also I felt very weak today, I not sure if it was the heat, but I had no energy to fight.”


World Outdoor Trials Championship 2006 Round 07 Poland

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



Takahisa Fujinami (JPN-Montesa)


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