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WCTU.K.July 30, 2006
2006 World Outdoor Trials Championship Round 08 Great Britain

Victory Number Four for Fujinami in the UK

Takahisa Fujinami ­ Repsol Montesa HRC celebrated his fourth win of the season on his Cota 4RT and his third in a row, when he won the British round of the FIM World Trial Championship. The podium was identical to the previous round in Poland, with Fujinami finishing one point ahead of Adam Raga ­ Gas Gas, who in turn was just a single point in front of Albert Cabestany ­ Sherco. Dougie Lampkin finished fourth on home soil, after a memorable fight-back from a poor start, which saw him as low as twelfth overall at one point.

Takahisa Fujinami (JPN-Montesa)

Doug Lampkin (GB-Montesa)

The British countryside was suffering an uncharacteristic heat-wave in the build-up to the event, with temperatures hitting the 35 degrees Celsius mark consistently for two weeks. Consequently, the ground was dry and dusty as the riders arrived at Hawkstone Park near Shrewsbury for the eighth round of the championship. However, rain was forecast and the riders and eight thousand fans had to contend with showers during practice and the first lap of the event itself, dampening the dust but not the fans or riders’ spirits.

Fujinami, Raga and Cabestany were neck and neck throughout the first lap, trading scores between the three on section after section; one would clean while one would five, with the fortunes reversed within moments. There were three sections within the wooded areas surrounding the motocross track which caused almost every rider problems but again, the lead three swapped scores throughout. Fujinami ended the first lap with a score of fourteen marks, against Raga’s twenty one and Cabestany’s nineteen.

However, although both Raga and Cabestany put in better second laps than Fujinami, they were unable to close the gap sufficiently to take the position away, in one of the closest finishes seen for a long time. Fujinami’s victory wasn’t confirmed until he cleaned the final spectator section, to rapturous applause from the eight thousand strong crowd. The result means that Fujinami closes the gap to Raga by three points, to twelve with two rounds remaining.

Doug Lampkin (GB-Montesa)

Laia Sanz

Fujinami – 1st :
“I am very happy with this result. The first lap I felt my riding was good but the second lap, I was getting a little tired. I also made some big mistakes on some of the sections in the second lap. So I didn’t think I could win at that point but I am so pleased I was able to take the victory. The final result was very close but the win is crucial. Now I’m looking for victory on every race. I hope this will make Adam nervous for the rest of the championship. I think this will put the pressure even more on him for the last two rounds.”

Lampkin – 4th :
“Another disappointing event for me, unfortunately. I’ve been struggling a little in the last couple of rounds and hoped that, on my home event I could turn it round and get back on the top of the podium. But I struggled a little in practice ­ I didn’t feel completely confident. I felt that if I could get a good start that would set me up well, as that’s what seems to work here. But unfortunately, it didn’t happen. I didn’t feel I was on top of the bike and I wasn’t working well with it. So I need to have a study of the last few events and work out a game-plan of how to get the performance back again.”

Laia Sanz - Repsol Montesa HRC struggled to find a rhythm on the British sections, despite admitting to enjoying the challenge and finished in eighth position in the Junior class. Her cause was further hampered when she was given a yellow card and a five-point penalty for requesting clarification on a five in one section.
“I’m not happy today, as I made too many mistakes. I like the sections and felt I was riding OK and not making big mistakes. But too many fives. I’m not happy about the yellow card ­ I don’t understand why I got the penalty when I only asked why I was given a five.”

2006 World Outdoor Trials Championship Round 08 Great Britain

1 Takahisa Fujinami (JPN-Montesa)
2 Adam Raga (E-Gas Gas)
3 Albert Cabestany (E-Sherco)
4 Doug Lampkin (GB-Montesa)
5 Toni Bou (E-Beta)
6 Marc Freixa (E- Beta)
7 Jeroni Fajardo (E-Gas Gas)
8 Tadeusz Blazusiak (POL-Scorpa)
9 James Dabill (GB-Beta)
10 Graham Jarvis (GB-Sherco)
11 Shaun Morris (GB-Gas Gas)
12 Michael Phillipson (GB-Beta)

Takahisa Fujinami (JPN-Montesa)

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