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WCTSpainSeptember 2, 2007
World Outdoor Trials Championship 2007
Round 09 Andorra

Bou wins again and is joined by Lampkin on the podium

Toni Bou – Repsol Montesa HRC rounded off his 2007 title winning campaign aboard his factory Cota 4RT with a convincing victory at the final round held in Andorra. Bou’s team mate Dougie Lampkin - Repsol Montesa HRC made a welcome return to form after recovering from a hand injury sustained earlier in the season, to take third spot at the last Grand Prix of the 2007 FIM SPEA Trial World Championship. In contrast Takahisa Fujinami - Repsol Montesa HRC recorded his worst result of the year, with a disappointing fifth place.

Toni Bou (E-Montesa)

Dougie Lampkin (E-Montesa)

On a hot and dry day, Bou once again proved himself a worthy champion and took the opportunity to claim his title in style at this, the now last counting event, with the series having seen what should have been the climax at the Belgium GP cancelled at short notice. All, but four of the fifteen sections were set on dry, steep and dusty rock outcrops high above the town of Sant Julia De Loria. The other hazards could be found in the local river, which at least offer some variety in the lengthy course.

Bou and Adam Raga – Gas Gas, the 2006 World champion would eventually finish as runner up, found themselves locked on thirteen marks apiece after the first lap. Four stroke mounted Bou was actually the best on observation, but saw his clear lead lost as he incurred five time penalties at the end of a lap that had been conducted at great speed during the later stages. Lampkin held third position at the same point, just ahead of Albert Cabestany – Sherco and Jeroni Fajardo – Beta, with Fujinami back in sixth spot, well off the pace.

With the temperature dropping slightly, Bou increased the heat on his rivals to complete his final tour for the amazing total of just six marks, to make himself a clear and popular winner in front of the many Spanish fans who had made the short journey to the small principality. Both Raga and Lampkin produced performances that matched their morning scores, to comfortably take second and third positions respectively. Fujinami recovered brilliantly to post the third best score on the last lap and doing some moved up to fifth spot by the end of the trial.

The day was completed with Montesa once again taking the Manufacturers World title, with all three of their riders placed in the top five of the final individual standings. This team result further reinforcing the performance of the four stroke Cota 4RT on the World stage.

Takahisa Fujinami (JPN-Montesa)

Laia Sanz

Bou - 1st :
“Obviously I was happy to hear that I had become World champion when they cancelled Belgium last week, but it was not the perfect way to take the title. Today has been fantastic, as I have had the chance to win it properly and in front of my family, friends and many, many fans. It was a nice day because I had no pressure, but I still wanted to win, especially at the last GP. I want to take this moment to thank everyone who has supported me this season, especially my family and the whole Repsol Montesa HRC team.”

Lampkin – 3rd :
“For the first time in a long time I felt comfortable on the bike, as only in the last two weeks have I been able to practice since I dislocated my finger in Japan . It’s nice to finish the year with a good result as I think a lot of people have begun to write me off. At this moment my future is not clear, I would like to continue to ride, but only under the right circumstances, so we will have to see what happens over the next few weeks. Anyway it was nice to be on the podium and to be apart of the celebrations, let’s just hope it wasn’t the last time I will get the chance to enjoy that feeling. ”

Fujinami – 5th :
“This was not the result I was hoping for. OK I knew I was safe in third place in the championship before I came to Andorra, but I thought this was a positive position as I had no real pressure. Maybe without the pressure I also rode without any real fight. This morning I rode very bad, the worst for a very long time. The only point I can be happy about is my second lap performance, although this was still my worst position of the season.”

Ladies World champion Laia Sanz – Repsol Montesa HRC
She finally showed the form that has taken her to the top of her sport, when she took a respectable sixth place in the Junior class. This, her second best result of her 2007 campaign (Sanz finished fifth in Japan) gives Laia eighth position in the final championship rankings. “This is a great way to finish off the season, and is a performance that I can be happy with. My aim for 2008 is to be more consistent, and to try and finish in the top five or six riders at all the rounds, not just a few as per this year.”

World Outdoor Trials Championship 2007
Round 09 Andorra

1 Toni Bou (E-Montesa)
2 Adam Raga (E-Gas Gas)
3 Dougie Lampkin (E-Montesa)
4 Albert Cabestany (E-Sherco)
5 Takahisa Fujinami (JPN-Montesa)
6 Jeroni Fajardo (E-Beta)
7 Marc Freixa (E-Scorpa)
8 Daniel Gibert (E-Montesa)
9 Michael Brown (GB-Beta)
10 Jordi Pascet (E-Beta)
11 James Dabill (GB-Montesa)
12 Daniele Maurino (IT-Beta)
13 Jerome Bethune (FR-Beta)
14 Daniel Oliveras (E-Sherco)
15 Christophe Bruand (FR- Sherco)

Toni Bou (E-Montesa)

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