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WCTSpainApril 1, 2007
World Outdoor Trials Championship 2007
Round01 Mancha Real, Spain

Bou victorious on Repsol Montesa HRC outdoor debut - Lampkin takes third

Toni Bou (Repsol Montesa HRC) opened opened his 2007 FIM SPEA Trial World Championship campaign with a hard fought victory at his home Grand Prix. Bou, the reigning World Indoor Champion, was joined on the podium by his team mate Dougie Lampkin, also riding a Cota 4RT, in what proved to be an ultra tough start to the series. Reigning Champio Adam Raga (Gas Gas) finished as runner up, as the Repsol squad boasted three riders in the top four, with Takahisa Fujinami (Repsol Montesa HRC) taking fourth position after he lost out on a tie break to Lampkin.

Toni Bou

Dougie Lampkin

Unusually cold and wet weather served as a backdrop to the Spanish Grand Prix, which was held for the first time in the small town of Mancha Real, just an hour's drive away from the Southern city of Granada. Heavy rain throughout Saturday afternoon and long into the night forced the organizers to work around the clock to modify all the sections to allow for the wet and extremely slippery conditions. With the exception of the last two man made hazards, all the sections comprised on steep limestone rock outcrops that were inter mingled with very muddy approaches.

Lampkin looked the strongest of the riders, aboard his factory Cota, through the opening few sections, although in truth there was little to separate the front running group for as quick as an advantage was gained it was lost as the true severity of the course became apparent. Such was the level of the sections, that only the first nine riders managed to record a clean of any kind during their two lap battle. Raga held a slim one mark lead at the mid point, because although Bou had gone better on observation than his Spanish rival, the Repsol rider incurred two time penalties to add to his tally. Only two marks further back, Lampkin was very much in touch at this stage, as was Albert Cabestany ­ Sherco and Fujinami, with a mere seven marks separating this chasing trio.

The later stages of the trial were all about Bou, as the youngster once again highlighted the progress he has made since switching to the factory four stroke at the start of the year. His closing lap was incredible, considering the worsening conditions, and proved to be a step too far for anyone to match. Raga managed to hold on to second position as Lampkin’s challenge faded, this allowed his team mate Fujinami to close in, but the British rider still grabbed the final podium place by virtue of winning a most cleans tie break.

Takahisa Fujinami

Laia Sanz

Bou - 1st :
“Again I am happy, it has been a great start to the year, by first winning the indoor championship and then the opening two rounds of the Spanish series, so I came here with a lot of confidence. The rain created a very difficult trial, where each section was a real test. On the first lap I made some mistakes, but on my second visit to the sections I felt much happier, and that made a big difference. It is a good start, but I know it is going to be a long and tough championship, so it is a case of taking each race at a time.”

Lampkin ­ 3rd :
“Unlike many riders I was actually happy to see the rain yesterday, as I knew this would make the conditions better for me. Thankfully the organisers decided to change the sections due to the weather otherwise it could have been a real disaster. Whilst I am happy to be on the podium at the first GP of the year, perhaps I should have taken more advantage of the wet sections. Overall it has not been a bad day, although we have to be aware of the riders’ safety now we can have only one minder in such a tough event. ”

Fujinami ­ 4th :
“From the team point of view it is great to have three riders in the top four positions, but the problem for me is that I am the last of my team. The first lap was a real disaster for me, with far too many fives. My level on the second lap was much better, but was still not enough for me to finish in front of some of my rivals. I knew I was close to Lampkin, but he had the most cleans, so this was my final bit of disappointment today. ”

Ladies World champion, Laia Sanz - Repsol Montesa HRC finished in a lowly fifteenth position in the World Junior class, to mark the end of what was a very poor weekend for the only female member of the Repsol team. "The sections and conditions were too much for me today. I could not find any grip and I did not have the sheer physical strength to push my way through each section."

Next event: 2nd round at La Antigua (Guatemala) on 21/22 April

World Outdoor Trials Championship 2007
Round01 Mancha Real, Spain

1 Toni Bou (E-Montesa)
2 Adam Raga (E-Gas Gas)
3 Dougie Lampkin (GB-Montesa)
4 Takahisa Fujinami (JPN-Montesa)
5 Albert Cabestany (E-Sherco)
6 James Dabill (GB-Montesa)
7 Jeroni Fajardo (E-Beta)
8 Marc Freixa (E-Scorpa)
9 Jerome Bethune (FRA-Beta)
10 Jordi Pascuet (E-Beta)
11 Shaun Morris (GB-Gas Gas)
12 Tadeusz Blazusiak (POL-Beta)
13 Daniel Oliveras (E-Sherco)
14 Xavier Leon (E-Gas Gas)
15 Christophe Bruand (FRA-Sherco)

Toni Bou

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