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WCTSpainApril 26, 2009
FIM World Trial Championship Series 2009
Round 02 Portugal

Bou wins in Portugal to lead the title race

In some contrast to the opening event, the second round of the 2009 SPEA FIM Trial World Championship in Portugal proved to be a far easier affair, with Toni Bou – Repsol Montesa cleaning the entire final lap to take a clear and important victory. As in Ireland Adam Raga – Gas Gas proved to be Bou’s closest rival and put up a tough fight to maintain the pressure on Toni throughout the day. Albert Cabestany – Sherco made it an all-Spanish podium taking third place ahead of yet another compatriot in the form of Jeroni Fajardo – Beta.

Toni Bou (SPA-Montesa) Toni Bou (SPA-Montesa)

Toni Bou (SPA-Montesa)

Toni Bou (SPA-Montesa)

Unfortunately it was a disastrous day for Bou’s Repsol team mate Takahisa Fujinami who finished down in a lowly sixth place after Marc Freixa – Gas Gas produced an outstanding closing lap to push him out of the top five for the first time in a long while. Fujinami never looked at home on a course that rode perhaps a little more difficult than first expected, much due to the rain overnight. The Japanese rider now drops to fifth in the overall standing as a result of this poor showing.

The 2009 Portuguese Grand Prix will hardly be remembered as a classic, with the event in the hills surrounding the small town of Chaves close to the Spanish border, failing to attract much support. The fifteen mainly dry sections were scattered widely around the fifteen-kilometer loop, which caused the overall time limit to be extended on the grounds of safety.

Bou on board his factory Cota 4RT began to stamp his authority on the trial as early as the third hazard as he produced the only single dab ride to move one mark clear of Raga after the first real test of the day. This advantage was to grow further as Toni remained feet up in the very next section, whilst Adam added a further two marks to his tally. Just one more dab in the seventh section and a soft two on the steep rock face of section twelve took Bou’s total to just four marks for the first lap.

From this point forward the reigning champion never looked back and showed the true potential of his four stroke machine when he remained unpenalised for his entire last lap to take the win by eight clear marks despite the relatively easy conditions. Bou now holds a three-point lead over Raga, as the series takes a short break before resuming for the two day Grand Prix of Great Britain in mid May.

Takahisa Fujinami (JPN-Montesa) Takahisa Fujinami (JPN-Montesa)

Takahisa Fujinami (JPN-Montesa)

Takahisa Fujinami (JPN-Montesa)

Bou - 1st :
”I am very happy today, as it has been a tough test for me despite the easy sections. I knew there was going to be no room for mistakes, so for that reason I was very nervous. I rode well on the first lap when the sections were more slippery, but I rode even more incredible on the second lap. Adam kept the pressure on me right to the end. I think this may prove to be an important victory in terms of the championship.”

Fujinami – 6th :
“It’s a big disaster, even worse than in Ireland. It is hard for me to explain just what the problem is, but it is clear that my concentration has been far from its best today. Like I said at the last round, I simply have no confidence on the bike, but that is due to me and not the bike as again we have had no problems with that today. My first lap was bad, but my second lap was even worse, as the sections were much easier and drier on the second visit. I need to change something before the next GP, but I am not sure what that is?”

Laia Sanz –
Repsol Montesa HRC was absent from today’s trial despite having fully recovered from her injuries that caused her to retire from the second day of competition in Ireland. The team have decided that she will miss some of the men’s series, to allow her to concentrate more on her hectic schedule of Women’s events.

FIM World Trial Championship Series 2009
Round 02 Portugal

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

Toni Bou (SPA-Montesa)

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