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WCTCzech RepublicJuly 6, 2008
FIM World Trial Championship Series 2008
Round 07 Kramolin, Czech Republic

Bou and Fujinami both on the podium at the Czech Grand Prix


Toni Bou - Repsol Montesa HRC consolidated his lead at the top of the 2008 FIM SPEA Trial World Championship with a slightly disappointing second place at the latest Grand Prix in the Czech Republic. Bou was joined on the podium for the ninth time this season by his team mate Takahisa Fujinami, who took third spot on this occasion. Adam Raga – Gas Gas claimed his third win of the series to move fractionally closer to Bou in the title race. However the reigning champion still holds a relatively comfortable margin of twelve points over his main rival with just three rounds remaining.



Toni Bou (SPA-Montesa)


Takahisa Fujinami (JPN-Montesa)


This was the second time in two years that the championship had visited the small motocross facility at Kramolin, previously it had been back in 2001 when a World event last was hosted in the Czech Republic. Hot and dry conditions both prior to and during the trial meant that the dusty sections offered much grip. The short five kilometer course around the outskirts of the motocross track lacked variety, with nearly every hazard being hidden by a wooded covering and consisted of an array of steep rock faces and steps, of varying size and severity.

Raga claimed the early advantage as Bou on his Cota 4RT parted with his first mark at section four, however after the leading duo both completed the sixth hazard for a dab apiece it was Toni who began to pull clear as he became the only rider to exit section seven. The factory four stroke rider further extended his lead in the very next hazard, as again he was to become the only rider to reach the ends cards all day. Two more single dab rides during the latter part of the opening lap left Bou three marks in front of Raga, and four ahead of Cabestany, as the first punch cards were counted.

However Toni’s lead was to be short lived as he fived the relatively easy second section on his final visit. Bou returned to some kind of form, needing only one more dab to arrive at the very difficult seventh hazard. This time around Raga turned the tables on Bou to record a two mark ride here, as he and Fujinami were the only two riders to escape a maximum score at this hazard on lap two. Despite this set back, the battle was still far from over as Bou on board his factory 4RT immediately answered back at the very next section to leave with the loss of just two marks as the rest of the field all failed completely.

A slack five at section eleven on the closing lap was to seal Bou’s fate, as Raga finished strongly to take the win by an impressive eight marks, after having trailed Toni by three marks at the halfway point. Fujinami endured two nightmare laps by his own self imposed high standards and was therefore happy to bring his Cota 4RT home in third position just ahead of Albert Cabestany – Sherco and Jeroni Fajardo – Beta, who filled fourth and fifth places respectively.



Takahisa Fujinami (JPN-Montesa)


Laia Sanz


Bou - 2nd :
“It was a strange trial today, as most of the sections were not too difficult, but still it was easy to make a five very quickly and without doing too much wrong. My first lap was good, with no fives and I was the only rider to make it through sections seven and eight for less than five marks. The second lap was a big disaster right from the second section and right through the lap. I recovered slightly in section eight, but again I made a bad mistake just a few sections later. Thankfully this second place has not done so much damage to my championship position.”

Fujinami – 3rd :
“I have to be happy with third position today as I have ridden very badly from the start to the finish of the trial. I have no excuse for my performance, but I can not say that I have enjoyed the trial as the sections have all been the same, one after another. Also the sections are nearly exactly the same as we rode here last year. Yes they were a little more difficult, but they really should have changed some things as after all this is the World championship.”

Laia Sanz –
Repsol Montesa HRC enjoyed a much better day with two consistent laps earning her a creditable tenth place in the World Junior class. ”I am much happier today as I rode a lot better than the last few rounds. I really liked the sections. They were not too difficult, but were just a little long for me, as on quite a few occasions I simply ran out of time. This meant I collected several fives right near the end of the hazards after I had done the majority of the section with no marks.”


FIM World Trial Championship Series 2008
Round 07 Kramolin, Czech Republic


line
1 Adam Raga (SPA-Gas Gas)
2 Toni Bou (SPA-Montesa)
3 Takahisa Fujinami (JPN-Montesa)
4 Albert Cabestany (SPA-Sherco)
5 Jeroni Fajardo (SPA-Beta)
6 arc Freixa (SPA-Gas Gas)
7 Dougie Lampkin (GBR-Beta)
8 Michael Brown (GBR-Beta)
9 James Dabill (GBR-Montesa)
10 Daniel Oliveras (SPA-Sherco)
11 Daniele Maurino (ITA-Gas Gas)
12 Francesco Iolitta (ITA-Scorpa)
13 Martin Kroustek (CZE-Beta)



Toni Bou (SPA-Montesa)



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