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WCTSpainSeptember 14, 2008
FIM World Trial Championship Series 2008
Round 09 Portugal

Bou moves closer to the title

Toni Bou - Repsol Montesa HRC took a major step towards retaining his FIM SPEA Trial World championship with an important victory at the penultimate round in Portugal. Bou's plight was assisted by his main rival Adam Raga ­ Gas Gas only managing third place on the day. Jeroni Fajardo ­ Beta completed the podium, whilst Takahisa Fujinami ­ Repsol Montesa HRC finished in fourth spot as second, third and fourth places were decided on a most cleans tie break. Bou now leads the championship race by fourteen points with just the Spanish Grand Prix remaining next weekend.

Toni Bou (SPA-Montesa)

Takahisa Fujinami (JPN-Montesa)

The small town of Paredes, just thirty kilometers east of the city of Porto, welcomed the series for the first time with the surrounding landscape offering a good variety of terrain to test the riders. The fifteen sections scattered around the local suburbs included a mixture of dry dusty climbs over large boulders and a series of hazards located in a slippery river that wound its way through the nearby houses. The severity of the course was not high, but still it caused even the top riders to suffer more mistakes than would usually be expected.

The opening six sections proved of little relevance to the front-runners, with all the main contenders remaining clean through the early part of the trial despite the nerves and tension that are always present during an easy competition, and where one slip can spell disaster. Raga, Dougie Lampkin - Beta and Albert Cabestany ­ Sherco all incurred their first maximums at the eighth hazard, with the third river section taking marks from all but Bou on the first lap. Toni was now edging clear of the field, with the reigning champion not losing a single mark until two sections from the mid way point.

His five marks lost in section thirteen was his only loss on the first lap, this put him four marks ahead of Fajardo, who in turn was one mark better than Fujinami at this stage. Behind this leading trio the competition was equally as close with just three marks separating Cabestany, Lampkin and Raga who completed the top six at the punch card change. Scorching hot weather and little to split the riders meant the final lap was always going to be a very tight affair.

Raga was to drop further behind with a soft dab in section two on his second visit, but this was mild compared to the maximums recorded by Cabestany, Lampkin and Fajardo who all failed to crest the large dry step. Bou was the next to suffer from poor mistakes with successive fives in section seven and eight, that quickly took his lap total to ten as he departed the river area for the second time. Despite this set back Toni regained his composure and arrived at the finish without losing any further marks to take the victory by four marks. Fajardo was to come off best in the three way tie for second spot. The Beta rider having recorded one more clean than Raga, who then defeated Fujinami by having achieved two more faultless riders than his Japanese rival.

Takahisa Fujinami (JPN-Montesa)

Laia Sanz

Bou - 1st :
"This is an important result for me today, and gives me some comfort going to the final round in Spain next weekend. The trial has been easy, but it has also been easy to make mistakes as I have shown today. When I took the two fives on the second lap, I was sure that I had lost my opportunity to win, but as it turned out my rivals had also made some mistakes too. Next week the trial is just twenty kilometers from my home, so it will be a very special moment if I can take the title where I have so many friends and fans."

Fujinami ­ 4th :
"I have had some problems with my clutch all the week, and although we have changed many pieces it was still not perfect today. Although it was not a big problem, it was a problem that was constantly on my mind. My result could have been better, but I put my front wheel above the tape in section eight on the second lap and this gained me five points that took me from second to fourth in one quick second. Overall it has been a positive trial for the team, but I hope I can do something better in Spain next weekend."

Laia Sanz ­
Repsol Montesa HRC finished thirteenth in the final round of the European series, before taking twelfth position in the Junior class on Sunday. The female member of the Spanish based team stated. "I am angry with myself today, as I started well, but in the end it was a disaster. I was riding OK, just twelve points up to section ten on the first lap, but then I fived the last three sections. At this point I lost my concentration and my fight, and the second lap was a performance I want to forget. I hope I can do better at my home trial next week."

FIM World Trial Championship Series 2008
Round 09 Paredes, Portugal

1 Toni Bou (SPA-Montesa)
2 Jeroni Fajardo (SPA-Beta)
3 Adam Raga (SPA-Gas Gas)
4 Takahisa Fujinami (JPN-Montesa)
5 Albert Cabestany (SPA-Sherco)
6 Dougie Lampkin (GBR-Beta)
7 James Dabill (GBR-Montesa)
8 Marc Freixa (SPA-Gas Gas)
9 Daniel Oliveras (SPA-Sherco)
10 Henri Himmanen (FIN-Beta)
11 Daniele Maurino (ITA-Gas Gas)

Toni Bou (SPA-Montesa)

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