Trials > Round 02: Guatemala > Race Results
WCTGuatemalaApril 21-22, 2007
World Outdoor Trials Championship 2007
Round 02 La Antigua, Guatemala

Bou takes two more wins and two podiums for Fujinami in Guatemala

Toni Bou – Repsol Montesa HRC reinforced his season-opening win with a pair of victories in this weekend’s two-day Grand Prix in Guatemala. He was joined twice on the podium by team mate Takahisa Fujinami – Repsol Montesa HRC, with the Japanese rider taking a second and third place on the two days respectively. Dougie Lampkin – Repsol Montesa HRC took a pair of fourth places, narrowly missing out on a podium place to Fujinami on Sunday, with the same number of marks, but one clean section less than his team mate for the tie-break.



Toni Bou


Takahisa Fujinami


Debuting in the FIM Spea Trial World Championship, the Guatemala GP was held at the Autodromo los Vocanes, one hundred kilometers south of Guatemala City amid searing heat and sweltering humidity. The sections forming the trial were all located in riverbeds around the race circuit, dropping into and climbing out of depressions formed in rocky and sandy banks. The entire field found the sections extremely difficult, but all relished the challenge of a new event in front of thousands of enthusiastic fans.

Bou proved the class of the field on both days, with a good fight between him and Fujinami developing on the first lap of the first day. Several more mistakes from Fujinami allowed Bou to gain the advantage, which he maintained throughout the rest of the day to take the initial win. Sunday was a similar situation but several mistakes on the first lap by Fujinami saw him drop to third on the second of the two days. Lampkin was disappointed by his performance on Saturday, feeling that he gave away too many fives, but was clearly more in control on the Sunday, but was disappointed that a score of just fourteen marks only netted him fourth place.

The only rider to realistically challenge the mighty Montesa squad was Adam Raga – Gas Gas. However, Bou resisted the pressure from his countryman impeccably with an extremely mature ride throughout the weekend to consolidate his lead in the championship. He cited the factory Cota’s torque as a definite advantage on some of the immense climbs up soft earth and over tree roots and rocky outcrops.




Dougie Lampkin


Laia Sanz


Bou - 1st / 1st :
“It certainly wasn’t an easy weekend, but of course, I am extremely happy to take two wins here in Guatemala. There was a certain amount of luck with me this weekend and the bike performed perfectly, as did the team, so everything came together as well as it possibly could. I think I had a definite advantage with my Montesa this weekend – it made the climbs very predictable and of course, I am grateful for that. After three wins, I must try to maintain my concentration and momentum for the championship because although I have been successful so far, I know how quickly things can change. However, I cannot imagine a better start to a season than this.”

Fujinami – 2nd / 3rd :
“ This was a hard weekend and Toni and Adam rode very well – they were very hard to beat. Dougie was also very close on the second day, with the same score for both of us, but I had one more clean than him, so got the podium place. I made too many mistakes to begin with on the second day – too many for me and that let Adam take second. The second lap was better and getting onto the podium was very important for me. Now the challenge is to see if I can stop Toni from winning!”

Lampkin – 4th / 4th :
“The first day for me was not so good, but Sunday was much better. We adopted a different strategy and it clearly worked. On Saturday, I had three fives on one lap and on Sunday, none at all. But I must say I’m a bit disappointed with only fourth, as I feel that normally, a score of fourteen would have been good enough for a win, rather than fourth place. But to have four riders on such low scores, shows just how competitive the championship is now.”

Ladies World champion, Laia Sanz - Repsol Montesa HRC had a difficult weekend, finishing seventh on each of the two days, amid the heat and extremely physical sections.
“This was not such a good weekend for me. My riding on Sunday was better than Saturday, but I was so tired from the first day that it was very difficult. The sections were very hard work, but I felt happier with my riding.”

World Outdoor Trials Championship 2007
Round 02 La Antigua, Guatemala


line
Saturday
1 Toni Bou (E-Montesa)
2 Takahisa Fujinami (JPN-Montesa)
3 Adam Raga (E-Gas Gas)
4 Dougie Lampkin (GB-Montesa)
5 Albert Cabestany (E-Sherco)
6 Marc Freixa (E-Scorpa)
7 Jeroni Fajardo (E-Beta)
8 James Dabill (GB-Montesa)
9 Daniel Oliveras (E-Sherco)
10 Christophe Bruand (FRA-Sherco)
11 Jerome Bethune (FRA-Beta)
12 Tsuyoshi Ogawa (JPN-Montesa)
13 Shaun Morris (GB-Gas Gas)
14 Daniele Maurino (ITA-Gas Gas)



Toni Bou
Sunday
1 Toni Bou (E-Montesa)
2 Adam Raga (E-Gas Gas)
3 Takahisa Fujinami (JPN-Montesa)
4 Dougie Lampkin (GB-Montesa)
5 Marc Freixa (E-Scorpa)
6 James Dabill (GB-Montesa)
7 Albert Cabestany (E-Sherco)
8 Jeroni Fajardo (E-Beta)
9 Daniele Maurino (ITA-Gas Gas)
10 Shaun Morris (GB-Gas Gas)
11 Daniel Oliveras (E-Sherco)
12 Christophe Bruand (FRA-Sherco)
13 Tsuyoshi Ogawa (JPN-Montesa)
14 Jerome Bethune (FRA-Beta)
 


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