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WCTSpainSeptember 3, 2006
2006 World Outdoor Trials Championship Round 09 Andorra

Fujinami closes the gap further on Raga

Four stroke mounted, Japanese rider Takahisa Fujinami – Repsol Montesa HRC closed the gap further on championship leader Adam Raga – Gas Gas, when he won a tiebreak against his Spanish rival to take an important second place at the Grand Prix of Andorra. Fujinami now trails Raga by ten points with just one round remaining. Albert Cabestany Sherco was the worthy winner of the event set high in the mountains of the small principality, taking the victory by a clear ten marks.

Takahisa Fujinami (JPN-Montesa)

Doug Lampkin (GB-Montesa)

Takahisa’s team mate, Dougie Lampkin – Repsol Montesa HRC, also riding a factory Cota 4RT, suffered an agonizing day to eventually take fourth position, after time penalties demoted him from the initial runners up spot he held on observation marks alone. Lampkin was fuming at the finish when he discovered that the extra time he had been notified of, as a result of section ten being stopped on the grounds of safety, then scrapped, was not actually applied due to a technicality within the rules. Dougie now drops to fourth in the overall standings just one point behind Cabestany.

In hot, dry and dusty conditions the riders also had to battle with a course where the highest section sat at over two thousand meters above sea level. Fresh from his win at a French invitation event last weekend, Cabestany continued his great run of form by dominating the first lap of fifteen sections, his loss of just three marks putting him five marks clear of Fujinami at the mid point. Lampkin and Raga were locked in third position, both on ten marks at the same stage in the competition.

Not only did Andorra provided the highest Grand Prix of the season, but also the longest lap, the latter of these facts played an important part in the trial, as all the riders struggled to finish within the standard time limit, which is usually based on a much shorter loop. Cabestany maintained his incredible level of riding despite the increased pace of the second lap, and left his rivals to fight it out for the lower order. Having recorded four more cleans than Raga, Fujinami won the tiebreak for second place, whilst Lampkin with just one more mark, completed the top four.

Doug Lampkin (GB-Montesa)

Laia Sanz

Fujinami – 2nd :
“I have to be happy with second position today. Okay, it would have been nice to have continued my run of victories, but the truth is that Cabestany was too strong for all of us. This is always a difficult trial because of the problems we have with the altitude, but my bike worked well and with the sections not being too tough, it has not been that physically demanding. Maybe ten points is too many to close on Raga with only one round to go, but all I can do is fight for the victory again and see what happens after that.”

Lampkin – 4th :
“Fourth place again, but this time I am happy with the way that I rode, just not with the result. I really needed to ride well here to restore my confidence after my recent run of poor results, and after today I know again that I can be on the pace with the rest of the top guys. I am really gutted over the time issue, as we were told we would get extra time after having waited whilst they made a decision to scarp section ten on the first lap. Also we should have got extra time, as we had to wait late on the second lap whilst they removed an injured rider from one of the sections. With out the time penalties, I would have been second and still would have held on to third in the championship, now it all comes down to the final round in Belgium.”

Fresh from winning yesterday’s opening round of the Ladies World championship, Laia Sanz - Repsol Montesa HRC finished a creditable sixth place today in the Junior category.
“ I am happy with my weekend, yesterday was important for me, and perhaps left me a little tired for today. With five marks less today I could have taken fourth position, which would have been a fantastic result. Anyway sixth is OK in the end.”

2006 World Outdoor Trials Championship Round 09 Andorra

1 Albert Cabestany (E-Sherco)
2 Takahisa Fujinami (JPN-Montesa)
3 Adam Raga (E-Gas Gas)
4 Doug Lampkin (GB-Montesa)
5 Jeroni Fajardo (E-Gas Gas)
6 Toni Bou (E-Beta)
7 Marc Freixa (E- Beta)
8 Tadeusz Blazusiak (POL-Scorpa)
9 Shaun Morris (GB-Gas Gas)
10 James Dabill (GB-Beta)
11 Tsuyoshi Ogawa (JPN-Montesa)
12 Xavier Leon (E-Gas Gas)
13 Christophe Bruand (F-Sherco)
14 Frederic Bochet (F-Sherco)

Takahisa Fujinami (JPN-Montesa)

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