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WCTSpainJune 28, 2009
FIM World Trial Championship Series 2009
Round 06 Andorra

Bou on the podium in Andorra

Toni Bou (Repsol Montesa HRC) maintained his position at the head of the general classification after finishing in third place at the Grand Prix of Andorra, round six of the 2009 SPEA FIM Trial World Championship. Bou, riding the Honda factory four-stroke machine, narrowly missed out on the runners up spot at La Rabassa, by just two marks but he still leads the series by a solid twelve points with just two counting events to go.

Toni Bou (SPA-Montesa) Takahisa Fujinami (JPN-Montesa)

Toni Bou (SPA-Montesa)

Takahisa Fujinami (JPN-Montesa)

Jeroni Fajardo – Beta was the shock winner in La Rabassa, as the young Spanish rider recorded his first ever World Trial victory after a recent run of disappointing results for the current World number four. Toni’s main rival, Adam Raga – Gas Gas took second position, with Takahisa Fujinami – Repsol Montesa HRC finishing down in fourth place on this occasion.

Set high in the mountains, the dramatic and scenic venue at La Rabassa is a regular stop on the tour and remains one of the highest locations to host a World trial, with the sections being found at over two thousand metres above sea level. The rugged valley offers a different mix of hazards each year, on this occasion the course was spilt into two main groups. The opening five sections were all situated in the narrow, but fast flowing river below the paddock, with the remaining hazards being back on dry land in the wooded area just above the start / finish facilities. The boulders under the trees were slippery in places, with the damp soil dragging on to the rocks as each rider passed through.

The top riders passed through the first four sections without incident and with only Bou on his Cota 4RT and Dougie Lampkin – Beta losing a single mark a piece, however all but Fujinami were to come to a stop on the opening climb in the watery fifth section. Here the Japanese rider pushed out for a three to take an early lead despite having suffered a clutch problem and then a puncture all before the end of the first section. Takahisa would then surrender the lead as he failed on the large step in section seven, where Bou stayed clean and Fajardo dropped two of the eight marks he incurred on his first lap. Toni’s recovery was only short lived as he made a bad mistake in the ninth hazard to collect his second five of the day, with Raga making a similar error a few sections later, surprisingly Jeroni found himself out in front at the mid point of the trial.

Typically Toni fought back well on his second visit to the fifteen hillside sections and closed in on Fajardo, and looked to have the measure of Raga until he recorded a five on the penultimate section of the trial. This final mistake left Bou two marks behind his main championship rival and eight behind Jeroni who was simply unstoppable on the day. Fujinami produced two consistent laps, and while some way off the leading pace, they were enough to earn him fourth spot by a single mark from Lampkin. Takahisa remains in third place in the series standings ahead of the long traditional summer break.

Takahisa Fujinami (JPN-Montesa) Laia Sanz

Takahisa Fujinami (JPN-Montesa)

Laia Sanz

Bou - 3rd :
”I knew when I made the big mistake in section nine on the first lap, that this could be a disaster, as the trial was very low scoring. Up to that point I was quite happy with my riding and I knew I was close to the lead and also close to Adam and Jeroni. Fajardo made some incredible riding today, so perhaps it was always going to be impossible to beat him. I thought I had done enough to take second place, but then I made another mistake just before the end of the trial. Third is OK, and I still have a good lead in the championship so rather than thinking about today, I will now just think about the final two trials and how to win the title again.”

Fujinami – 4th
“It was a bad day even before the trial began. I had a problem with the clutch when I was practising this morning. We thought we had fixed the problem, but it returned again just before the first section. Then when this was finally fixed I punctured the front wheel in the first section. With all these problems, I lost about fifteen minutes and this affected my concentration. Despite this I rode the rest of the river sections well, but on the dry sections I was poor and this was the same each lap. It has not been a good trial for me, and I am not happy with the result, but in terms of the championship it is OK as I finished in front of both Cabestany and Lampkin. ”

Laia Sanz –
Repsol Montesa HRC began the defence of her FIM Women’s Trial World Championship title with an emphatic victory during Saturday’s competition. Despite not looking at her best on the first lap, Laia created an early lead that she then stretched to a seventeen mark winning advantage thanks to a strong second lap showing. Sanz followed this up with a strong showing in the World Junior class on Sunday, with her finishing in a very creditable tenth place, which was considerably better than her performance in Italy just seven days earlier.

FIM World Trial Championship Series 2009
Round 06 Andorra

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

Toni Bou (SPA-Montesa)

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