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WCTBelgiumSeptember 24, 2006
2006 World Outdoor Trials Championship Round 10 Belgium

Fujinami finishes as Vice Champion and Lampkin is fourth in the general standings

In only his second season on board the Cota 4RT – Takahisa Fujinami – Reposl Montesa HRC has again achieved the position of Vice Champion in the FIM Trial World Championship after finishing fourth at the Belgian Grand Prix. Fujinami’s team mate, Dougie Lampkin who was also mounted on a factory four stroke machine, did not fair quite as well with a disappointing sixth position at the final round, which left him in fourth spot in the overall standings. Adam Raga – Gas Gas was the victor of the GP held at the famous Spa-Francorchamps racing circuit, which confirmed his place as World outdoor champion for the second year running.

Takahisa Fujinami (JPN-Montesa)

Doug Lampkin (GB-Montesa)

Ten points behind Raga coming into the last counting event, Fujinami knew he had only a slim chance of taking the title, but this was soon to fade as the Gas Gas rider and Albert Cabestany – Sherco locked themselves in a battle for top honors. The Japanese ex World champion suffered two failures in his first lap total of eighteen marks, which was a long way off the score of six marks, which gave Raga a two mark lead over Cabestany. Lampkin was even further off the pace, having recorded three maximums on his initial tour of the fifteen mainly man made sections.

Although rain threatened throughout the day as the overcast darkened dramatically on occasions, the condition remained relatively dry out on the course that followed the perimeter of the tarmac circuit. However in places the damp soil dragged onto the imported boulders to create a reasonable test for the top riders, although variety in the hazards was slightly lacking. The mud on the rocks increased the severity of the sections as the trial wore on, with scores being higher on the second lap. Raga and Cabestany continued their fight, with a good advantage over the rest of their field. The champion elect eventually claimed his crown with a victory earned through a tie break that was settled on the fastest time, after he and Cabestany could not be separated on observation. Neither Fujinami nor Lampkin could improve their earlier performances and both closed the season off of the podium.

Doug Lampkin (GB-Montesa)

Laia Sanz

Fujinami – 4th :
“It was strange today as although I only had a very small chance of being champion I felt very, very nervous and this showed in my riding. I tried to forget about the championship this morning and to only think about the trial, but I found it impossible to keep it out of my head. Once I knew I could not be champion, I felt quite empty and again this reflected on my second lap score. I wanted to finish with a strong result, but the truth is that this is one of my worst results of the year. What makes it worse is that I quite liked the sections and the trial overall.”

Lampkin – 6th :
“A bad finish to what has been a bad year for me. I can’t remember back far enough to think when I finished this low in the championship. Normally the trial should have suited me, but today I have really struggled to get into any kind of rhythm. I started quite well with cleans in the first five sections, but after that it all fell to bits. It seemed the harder I tried the worse it got and the more advantage I gave to Cabestany. Maybe I put myself under too much pressure, with third place in the championship up for grabs, but usually I that’s when I am at my strongest. Now it is a case of working hard this winter, so that I can be in better form for next year.”

Laia Sanz - Repsol Montesa HRC finished a lowly twelve place today in the Junior category, but her weekend was not a totally loss, as twenty four hours earlier she claimed her seventh consecutive Ladies World title with a narrow win on the day.
“Maybe I concentrated too much on yesterday’s victory, as today I felt empty and lacking energy. This is not an excuse, but just how it was. My goal this weekend was to win the Ladies championship, so at least I can be very happy with this.”

2006 World Outdoor Trials Championship Round 10 Belgium

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

Takahisa Fujinami (JPN-Montesa)

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