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WCTCzech RepublicJuly 15, 2007
World Outdoor Trials Championship 2007
Round 07 Kramolin, Czech Republic

Bou second in Czech Republic, but maintains healthy championship lead

Toni Bou – Repsol Montesa HRC on board his factory Cota 4RT finished second in the seventh round of the 2007 FIM SPEA Trial World Championship, held at the Kramolin motocross circuit in the Czech Republic. Winner of the event was Bou’s season-long closest rival, Adam Raga – Gas Gas whose win only ate into Bou’s impressive championship lead by three points. Third place went to Albert Cabestany – Sherco. Bou’s team-mate Takahisa Fujinami – Repsol Montesa HRC was fourth, having made two mistakes on a course which many described as too easy and was also the recipient of a particularly harsh decision in section three on his second visit. Dougie Lampkin – Repsol Montesa HRC finished the event seventh, never finding his rhythm in the high temperatures.

Toni Bou (E-Montesa)

Takahisa Fujinami (JPN-Montesa)

The town of Kramolin sits approximately one hundred and twenty kilometers south of the Czech Republic’s capital of Prague and was basking in bright sunshine and temperatures in the mid-30s for the weekend, after several days of rain. This meant that the sections were marked out and inspected when wet, but were drying as the riders took to them. Most of the sections took place under heavy tree cover in the woods surrounding the motocross circuit and while the going was drying, it was still damp and provided good grip.

Bou and Raga, as usual, set the early pace, the pair recording just a pair of dabs each as they completed the fifteen hazards for the first of the two laps. For the second lap, realizing they were so close, four stroke mounted Bou opted to try to close in on Raga and gain an advantage thanks to completing the course in a quicker time. However, he made a rare mistake in section seven, gaining a five in the process, which put pay to his hopes of standing on the top step of the podium for the third week in a row.

Things didn’t go so well for Fujinami, however. He lost just four marks on the first lap, keeping him in contention not only for the podium, but for the overall win. On the second lap, he made two big mistakes, which by his own admission, ended his challenge. He was also penalized for his bike moving backwards when he felt that it simply rocked on its sump guard as it balanced on the edge of a rock. Lampkin, by contrast, admitted that his riding simply didn’t feel consistent. He also stated that there were no specific problems, but he just didn’t feel in his usual form. He went on to finish the event seventh.

Dougie Lampkin (GB-Montesa)

Laia Sanz

Bou - 2nd:
“Second today is a good result, I think. Overall, I feel the sections were too easy and the second lap was very fast – I finished twenty minutes early. Adam and I were the same on the first lap, so I tried to stay closer to him on the second lap, so that if we had the same number of marks and cleans, I would have an advantage thanks to a shorter time. However, I made a mistake in section seven on the second lap and picked up a five, which was the end of it. But I am still happy with second place. It’s good for the championship and I need to always be on the podium. With three more races, there is still a way to go but the team is working very well and the points advantage is very useful.”

Fujinami – 4th:
“My first lap today was not too bad. Four marks after one lap and I think I could still have got to the podium or maybe won. But then I made two big mistakes on the second lap, and for me, it was over. The sections here are so easy that one or two mistakes and your trial is finished. I also felt that one decision went against me. I got up a rock onto a ledge and was resting on the sump guard. I rocked forward and the bike pivoted and the observer marked me a five for moving backwards. From then on, it was difficult to get my confidence back.”

Lampkin – 7th:
“There was nothing specific wrong today, it simple didn’t come together. I was off it from the start to the finish and I can’t put my finger on why. Some of the sections I cleaned on the first lap, I fived on the second for no particular reason. I was also picking up fives in sections that other riders were cleaning. On section six, I decided to avoid the huge rock climb, which no one had cleaned and went round a tree instead and took three marks, as I didn’t want an early five. But now I’m looking forward to my home round – it’s always good to ride in front on your home crowd.”

Ladies World champion Laia Sanz – Repsol Montesa HR
She finished the Junior category in seventh, hot off a win on Saturday in the first round of the Women’s Trial Championship.
“Today was very good. I was very pleased with my first lap, only taking nine marks and not so far from the leaders. But on the second lap, I took a silly five on a section I’d cleaned on the first lap. I also got a few more mistakes, which I should not have. But overall, I am very happy.”

World Outdoor Trials Championship 2007
Round 07 Kramolin, Czech Republic

1 Adam Raga (E-Gas Gas)
2 Toni Bou (E-Montesa)
3 Albert Cabestany (E-Sherco)
4 Takahisa Fujinami (JPN-Montesa)
5 Jeroni Fajardo (E-Beta)
6 James Dabill (GB-Montesa)
7 Dougie Lampkin (GB-Montesa)
8 Marc Freixa (E-Scorpa)
9 Christophe Bruand (FRA-Sherco)
10 Daniel Oliveras (E-Sherco)
11 Tsuyoshi Ogawa (JPN-Montesa)
12 Daniel Gibert (E-Montesa)
13 Francesco Iolitta (IT-Sherco)
14 Daniele Maurino (IT-Beta)
15 Henri Himmanen (FIN-Sherco)

Toni Bou (E-Montesa)

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