WCTSpainApril 18, 2010
FIM Trial World Championship Series 2010
Round 01 Baiona – Spain

Bou Opens Title Defence In Style

Toni Bou – Repsol Montesa HRC took no mercy on his nearest championship rivals, with a crushing performance at the opening Spanish Grand Prix. Whilst some predicted that Bou on his factory Cota 4RT might be hampered by the new starting order, where the best riders are now forced to ride ahead of their challengers, Toni typically turned this theory upside down as he raced to an early and dominant lead.

 Toni Bou Takahisa Fujinami

Toni Bou

Takahisa Fujinami

The reigning champion led his team mate Takahisa Fujinami – Repsol Montesa HRC by fifteen marks at the halfway point, as the Japanese rider slotted into second spot at this stage before falling to fourth come the finish. Adam Raga – Gas Gas and Jeroni Fajardo – Beta eventually completed the podium respectively after an ultra tough start to the 2010 SPEA FIM Trial World Championship.

Tucked away in the North West corner of Spain, the small seaside resort of Baiona had the honour of opening the 2010 series, which not only saw the introduction of the new starting system, but also saw the time allowed in each section reduced from ninety seconds down to just a minute. All fifteen sections were located around a small rocky peninsula close to the town itself. Heavy rain in the days just prior to the trial meant conditions on the boulders, rock faces and muddy climbs were slippery from the start and gradually got worse as the damp soil was dragged onto the harder surfaces.

Four stroke mounted Bou made the most of his early starting position with cleans in the first two sections, before losing his first mark, a single dab in the tricky third hazard. Even at this initial stage Toni was beginning to move clear of the field, with every other rider with the exception of Fujinami and Fajardo having all collected at least one maximum five mark loss over the same run of sections. Toni’s first failure did not come until the tenth section and this came in a hazard where all his main rivals reached the ends card, Albert Cabestany – Sherco being the best here with a one mark ride. Another quick five in section eleven, which was not completed by any rider on both laps, saw Bou’s score rise to fourteen marks, which became fifteen as he played it safe in the final section of the lap.

Only an absolute disaster on the second lap was going to prevent Bou from taking his first win of the 2010 outdoor campaign, and whilst Toni struggled to repeat the same form on his second visit to the rocky zones the victory was never in doubt. Raga actually recorded the best closing lap score, just one mark better than Bou to snatch second spot from Fajardo, as Fujinami and Cabestany endured equally uninspiring afternoon sessions to finish fourth and fifth respectively, with only the top five riders keeping their overall tallies in double figures.

Takahisa Fujinami Laia Sanz

Takahisa Fujinami

Laia Sanz

Bou - 1st :
“I’m really happy with the victory as it was the goal for today’s trial. The season has started really good in the Indoor World Championship and today in the Outdoor, but it looks really complicated, because the rules have changed and it’s very difficult to start at the front. The organisation has been really good because they have let us modify a little bit the sections, otherwise they would have been impossible to ride. The location has been excellent, I think that the organisers should try to find places like this one, where the public has easy access and they can follow all the sections. I hope organizers work on that for having more events like this one. I’m really happy with the bike, as always, it works really well. The team is working really good as well, and I’m very grateful with them because without them I could not achieve this important victory.”

Fujinami – 4th :
“It’s been a bit difficult for me to start in the third place, but it’s been harder for Toni, but in the end it was an advantage early on. The first lap went really well, but the problem was that I started really badly on the second lap with many silly marks and in section five I had a big crash and then things started to go worse and worse in each section. I had a terrible pain in my leg and I was a bit dizzy too. I was second all the time, but at the end I could only be fourth. The sections were really good, but the time was really short and even a bit dangerous for the riders and minders, who couldn’t get everywhere we needed them. It’s also very difficult starting at the front as you can’t see the lines in advance. It was a pity being fourth after such a good start, but it’s going to benefit me in the next event, as I’m not going to start at the front and I can see Toni’s, Adam’s and Fajardo’s lines. The bike and team are really good, now the rider needs to improve.”

Laia Sanz :
Repsol Montesa HRC did not enjoy the best of weekends, finishing sixteenth in Saturday’s second round of the 2010 UEM European Trial Championship and eighteenth in the SPEA FIM Junior Trial Cup event today, after sustaining a minor injury to her hand. “Yesterday I started very bad in the morning in the European championship, but then things went a little bit better by the end of it. Today I wasn’t feeling good either and I was not very comfortable with the bike. I hope to work on it in Portugal and see if we can improve our results, because I’ve realised that last year I was in front of many riders that today they were in front of me in the standings, and that’s a bit disappointing. The fact that we only have a minute to do each section is also affecting the results, because although they have adapted some sections, others are thought to be done in more than a minute. In general it has been a really bad weekend for me, but I think that the sections were really too difficult, because if you see the results of the top riders, they all have many points.”

FIM Trial World Championship Series 2010
Round 01 Spain

1 Toni Bou (SPA-Montesa)
2 Adam Raga (SPA-Gas Gas)
3 Jeroni Fajardo (SPA-Beta)
4 Takahisa Fujinami (JPN-Montesa)
5 Albert Cabestany (SPA-Sherco)
6 James Dabill (GBR-Gas Gas)
7 Dougie Lampkin (GBR-Beta)
8 Daniel Oliveras (SPA-Sherco)
9 Loris Gubian (FRA-Gas Gas)
10 Matteo Grattarola (ITA-Sherco)
11 Daniele Maurino (ITA-Gas Gas)
12 Alexz Wigg (GBR-Beta)
13 Michael Brown (GBR-Sherco)
Toni Bou

Toni Bou

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