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WCTLuxembourgMarch 30, 2008
FIM World Trial Championship Series 2008
Round01 Ettelbruck, Luxembourg

Bou wins opening Grand Prix


Toni Bou – Repsol Montesa HRC began the defence of his World outdoor title with a dramatic, but slim win at the opening Grand Prix of the 2008 FIM SPEA Trial World Championship held in Luxembourg. Bou was joined on the podium by his Japanese team mate Takahisa Fujinami – Repsol Montesa HRC who took third position on his four stroke factory Cota 4RT to open his account. The Montesa pairing were split by Adam Raga – Gas Gas who mounted a late fight back to come within one mark of the win.



Toni Bou


Takahisa Fujinami


The small town of Ettlebruck last hosted a World trial back in 2003, when again a Montesa rider also won the competition. This time around the riders found the mainly man made course both wet and slippery after prolonged rain during the days prior to the trial. Thankfully the forecasted rain on the day never materialised, instead the sun shone at times and created drying conditions that created a tight and testing battle between the top five riders.

No less than three riders shared the lead after the first lap of fifteen sections, with Bou being the best on observation, however a single time penalty left him tied with both Fujinami and Dougie Lampkin – Beta at the halfway stage. Raga was five marks adrift at this point with Albert Cabestany a further six marks back. The long and technical hazards set on the surrounding hillside took their toll on the riders, with the leading group all needing their full allocation of three and a half hours to complete their initial tour.

Although the warm weather helped to dry the ground, the once slippery mud was replaced with equally slippery dust as the second lap played out in front of the local audience that had gathered. Although improving his performance during the afternoon session, Raga really applied the pressure with the Gas Gas rider producing the best lap of the trial to finish within one mark of Toni. Bou looked to be relatively comfortable until he fived section ten where he only lost one mark on his first visit.

Laia Sanz


Takahisa Fujinami


Laia Sanz


Bou - 1st :
“It has been a difficult competition today, in both laps the sections were extremely slippery making it very easy to make a mistake. I made an error in section eight on the first lap, and just one more five in section thirteen where only Raga managed to pass. I knew that the scores were very close for nearly the whole trial, first with Lampkin and Fujinami and then later on with Raga. This has not been my best ride, but it is still an important victory.”

Fujinami – 3rd :
“I think I should be pleased to be on the podium, as we knew that both Bou and Raga were going to be very strong. I did not start that well, but I recovered quite well with some good riding during the middle part of the first lap. I was quite surprised to be a joint leader at the end of the first lap, and so I really thought I could challenge for the victory. In the end, although I am happy with third place, my second lap was not the way I was hoping to finish.”

Laia Sanz –
Repsol Montesa HRC enjoyed a mixed weekend, with an emphatic victory in the opening round of the FIM Women’s World Championship on Saturday at the same venue, followed by a disappointing showing in the World Junior class on Sunday. The difficult conditions took their toll on Sanz who could only manage a lowly thirteenth spot.
“Today I have been terrible, it is as simple as that. My day began badly and continued in the same way throughout the trial. After yesterday, I really thought I could be strong, but that was not the case.”


FIM World Trial Championship Series 2008
Round01 Ettelbruck, Luxembourg


line
1 Toni Bou (SPA-Montesa)
2 Adam Raga (SPA-Gas Gas)
3 Takahisa Fujinami (JPN-Montesa)
4 Dougie Lampkin (GBR-Beta)
5 Albert Cabestany (SPA-Sherco)
6 Jeroni Fajardo (SPA-Beta)
7 Marc Freixa (SPA-Gas Gas)
8 James Dabill (GB-Montesa)
9 Michael Brown (GB-Beta)
10 Daniel Oliveras (SPA-Sherco)
11 Jerome Bethune (FRA-Beta)
12 Daniele Maurino (ITA-Beta)
13 Jordi Pascet (SPA-Beta)
14 Shaun Morris (GBR-Gas Gas)
15 Carsten Stranghoner (GER-Montesa)



Toni Bou

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