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WCTFranceMay 27, 2007
World Outdoor Trials Championship 2007
Round 03 Senez, France

Bou makes it three wins in a row, as Lampkin takes third place

Toni Bou – Repsol Montesa HRC continued his total domination of the 2007 SPEA FIM World Trial Championship with his third victory of the season aboard the Cota 4RT at the French Grand Prix. Bou was simply in a class of his own on this occasion, and came home a massive seventeen marks clear of Adam Raga – Gas Gas who finished as runner up. Dougie Lampkin – Repsol Montesa HRC completed the rostrum by taking a hard fought third position, and in doing so pushed Takahisa Fujinami – Repsol Montesa HRC down to fourth spot by virtue of just a single mark.

Toni Bou

Dougie Lampkin

The small town of Senez, one hundred and fifty kilometres east of the city of Marseille, hosted the third round of the series, in a purpose developed trial park where huge slippery boulders were very much the order of the day. The terrain was both steep and severe and had been further enhanced by some human intervention to shift the large local rocks into the perfect positions. With the exception of Bou, no one could find their rhythm on the first lap, as they struggle to find sufficient grip or the correct technique to edge their way through the long and demanding hazards.

Enjoying the advantages of his four stroke machine, Bou had made the win his by as early as the halfway point, with the young Spanish rider holding an eighteen mark lead over Fujinami at this point. However the battle for the other positions was much closer with just five marks separating the next five riders, as all the top riders incurred time penalties as they played out the end of the first lap at pace.

Although Bou was unable to match his morning performance, his closing score was still enough to take a resounding win to maintain his 100% record. Raga produced the best second lap total to snatch second place away from his rivals, after what was a poor start to the event by his standards. Lampkin also recorded an improved last lap to grab the last rostrum place from Fujinami, who was furious at missing out on a top three finish by such a small margin.

Takahisa Fujinami

Laia Sanz

Bou - 1st :
“Every win is great, and adds to my confidence, but this victory is perhaps the best and most important of the outdoor season so far. The trial was very difficult, and in places quite dangerous, but for some reason I was able to find a good level in most of the sections. I made some mistakes, but obviously not as many as the other riders. Three wins in a row is a great start, but there is still along way to go, and despite what some people are saying, I am not even thinking about the title at this early moment.”

Lampkin – 3rd :
“The result is OK, but my riding wasn’t for big parts of the day. It has been a tough trial, where everyone except Toni has really struggled. After the first lap I was happy to be somewhere close, as I really thought I was going to be a mile off. Raga pulled off some fantastic rides late on lap two, which meant third was the best I could hope for. This time it was Fuji’s turn to miss out, on the podium, and after my two near misses in Guatemala, it was good to be back on the podium again today.”

Fujinami – 4th :
“The day started badly and did not get much better. In practice I was very happy with how the bike felt after the changes we made to cope with the altitude, but in the trial today I never had a good feeling. After the first lap I decided to change the ignition map, as I thought I could not make the bike feel any worse. But even with the changes it was not really any better. I tried to fight in every section, but this was still not enough to take third position.”

Ladies World champion, Laia Sanz -
Repsol Montesa HRC finished down in a distant thirteenth position, some eight four marks behind the winner of the World Junior class. “After my poor result in the European championship yesterday, I was hoping for a better showing today, but that did not happen and my performance has been equally as disappointing today.”

World Outdoor Trials Championship 2007
Round 03 Senez, France

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 Jeroni Fajardo (E-Beta)
7 James Dabill (GB-Montesa)
8 Marc Freixa (E-Scorpa)
9 Christophe Bruand (FRA-Sherco)
10 Daniel Oliveras (E-Sherco)
11 Daniele Maurino (IT-Beta)
12 Tsoyushi Ogawa (JPN-Montesa)
13 Jerome Bethune (FR-Beta)
14 Daniel Gibert (E-Montesa)
15 Jordi Pascuet (E-Gas Gas)

Toni Bou

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