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WCTIrelandApril 5, 2009
FIM World Trial Championship Series 2009
Round 01 Donard Park, Ireland

Bou heads the title race after the opening Grand Prix


The 2009 SPEA FIM Trial World Championship kicked off with a tough opening Grand Prix held at the coastal town of Newcastle in Northern Ireland. After two days of fierce competition Toni Bou – Repsol Montesa HRC heads the title race by virtue of a better second day result after having shared the honours with Adam Raga – Gas Gas. The Spanish pair both recorded a first and second place apiece over the weekend to begin what may just be a season long battle between these two young protagonists.

Toni Bou  Takahisa Fujinami


Toni Bou


Takahisa Fujinami


Bou’s Repsol Montesa HRC team mate Takahisa Fujinami enjoyed a less successful couple of days, with the Japanese rider going 3 - 5 over Saturday and Sunday to finish up in fourth position overall. With a slightly more consistent showing Albert Cabestany – Sherco completed the overall podium after taking fourth and third spots respectively during the two day event. Beta’s Jeroni Fajardo rounded off the top five to confirm that he will be a threat to the more established riders as the campaign moves on.

Saturday began with persistent rain, and an evil looking array of sections lay ahead, set on the beautiful mountain that rose sharply above the waves of the nearby sea. Bou started confidently by cleaning the first three sections, but then handed Raga the advantage at the fourth hazard where he failed on the slippery angled slab. Raga accepted the lead gratefully and when Toni recorded two more fives late on the first lap, the Gas Gas teamster saw his opportunity to hold on to a narrow first day win.

This victory was made easier as Bou suffered yet another maximum score this time in the penultimate section of the day. In some contrast Fujinami battled his way back into contention with a great second lap after having been well off the pace during the initial tour.

Bright sunshine and slightly warmer temperatures greeted the riders on Sunday morning, as did several modifications to the sections, with Saturday’s trial revealing that some of the hazards were simply too long for the ninety-second time allowance in each zone. Bou and Raga once again traded blows during the opening lap of fifteen slightly less severe sections, with Adam coming off the better of the two following Toni’s single five on the steep climb in section eight.

Ironically it was the same section on the second and decisive lap where Bou pulled off the ride of the trial to record the only clean on perhaps the most difficult test of the event to move one mark in front of Raga. Toni’s route to victory was made clear as he remained faultless through sections seven and eight on his second visit, while Adam added ten marks to his score over the same two hazards. Come the finish Bou was worthy of his eight mark winning margin.

 Takahisa Fujinami Laia Sanz


Takahisa Fujinami


Laia Sanz


Bou - 2nd / 1st :
”Today I am happy, as yesterday I made some bad mistakes, which was also the same this morning too. Yesterday I had no opportunity to recover as Adam was very strong and made some good rides at all the important moments. I thought it might be a similar story again today as my first lap included some bad errors. However I kept fighting, and in sections seven and eight I made two incredible rides, which gave me added confidence and finally the victory.”

Fujinami – 3rd / 5th :
“It has been a tough weekend for a few reasons. Yesterday I was a little nervous as I was using a new bike and did not have the perfect feeling. This was made worse as the sections were very slippery and very difficult. In the end I recovered well on Saturday to be on the podium, so I thought today would be better. We made some changes to the bike, and while again my second lap has again been better today, the damage had already been done.”

Laia Sanz –
Repsol Montesa HRC endured a torrid weekend, finishing eighteenth in the Junior class on Saturday, before retiring from Sunday’s competition due to a leg injury sustained late on the first lap. Laia was taken to the local hospital for further examination, the results of which were not known at the time of this report.

FIM World Trial Championship Series 2009
Round 01 Donard Park, Ireland


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Saturday
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 Dougie Lampkin (GBR-Beta)
7 James Dabill (GB-Gas Gas)
8 Marc Freixa (SPA-Gas Gas)
9 Loris Gubian (FRA-Gas Gas)
10 Michael Brown (GB-Sherco)
11 Shaun Morris (GB-Gas Gas)
12 Daniel Oliveras (SPA-Sherco)
13 Henri Himmanen (FIN-Beta)
 
Sunday
1 Toni Bou (SPA-Montesa)
2 Adam Raga (SPA-Gas Gas)
3 Albert Cabestany (SPA-Sherco)
4 Jeroni Fajardo (SPA-Beta)
5 Takahisa Fujinami (JPN-Montesa)
6 Dougie Lampkin (GBR-Beta)
7 James Dabill (GB-Gas Gas)
8 Marc Freixa (SPA-Gas Gas)
9 Daniel Oliveras (SPA-Sherco)
10 Michael Brown (GB-Sherco)
11 Daniel Oliveras (SPA-Sherco)
12 Shaun Morris (GB-Gas Gas)
13 Henri Himmanen (FIN-Beta)
Toni Bou


Toni Bou


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