WCTPortugalApril 24 - 25, 2010
FIM Trial World Championship Series 2010
Round 02 Paços de Ferreira – Portugal

Bou and Fujinami share one win each at Portuguese Grand Prix

Toni Bou and Takahisa Fujinami both Repsol Montesa HRC each recorded a win a piece over the two days of the Portuguese Grand Prix, which marked round two of the 2010 SPEA FIM Trial World Championship. However it was not all good news for the four stroke duo, as they each also suffered a fourth place a piece, as two low scoring days of competition turned the event into almost a lottery. Albert Cabestany − Sherco was the overall victor of the weekend, with his two second places giving him one more championship point than Fujinami and Bou respectively, who were split by virtue of the best second day result.

Takahisa Fujinami Toni Bou

Takahisa Fujinami

Toni Bou

With the recent bout of disrupted air travel across Europe, the riders were lucky that they only had to make the relatively short road trip of around one hundred and fifty kilometers south from last week’s GP in Spain down into Portugal. Sitting just north of the city of Porto, the small hill town of Pacos De Ferreira is no stranger to the SPEA FIM Trial World Championship, having previously hosted several Grand Prix events in the past. All the sections were located on big dry rock faces and boulders on the hills above the town, and despite alterations on both Friday and Saturday night prior to both days of competition, the course proved to be too easy for the status of the trial.

Bou was simply unstoppable during Saturday’s trial cleaning all fifteen sections on both laps on board his factory Cota 4RT, and in doing so gave his rivals no chance of success at any point. Fujinami was actually Toni’s nearest challenger at the end of the first lap, but just five marks during his second visit to the relatively easy hazards was enough to demote him to fourth come the finish. In some contrast, after having both suffered poor opening performances, Cabestany and Adam Raga − Gas Gas both completed their final laps for the loss of just one mark each to claim second and third places respectively.

Looking to record back to back wins Bou started Sunday well on his factory four stroke machine, but was to lose his chance of another twenty championship points as he uncharacteristically fived section nine, where all his main rivals escaped with just a dab. Toni was to endure the same disaster on lap two and was to slip from the podium as Fujinami took control of the trial with laps of three and then one. Cabestany produced two consistent lap totals to take the runners’ up spot for the second day in a row, leaving Raga to snatch the remaining rostrum position.

Despite his mixed weekend Bou has still managed to extend his advantage at the top of the general standings over Raga, whilst Fujinami thanks to his second day win has now moved into third spot in the championship table.

Toni Bou Laia Sanz

Toni Bou

Laia Sanz

Bou - 1st / 4th :
“Saturday was just perfect, but Sunday was a different situation. I had to start again at the front and I had problems in section nine, actually this was the only part where I had problems, as I only dropped one more mark in the rest of the sections. Everyone was taking one mark here on the second lap and whilst I was looking to clean it, In the end I made the same mistake as in the first lap. Those are the things that normally happen when you are at the front, I knew that I couldn’t make any mistake today and maybe it was that pressure that made me ride not as relaxed as usual. However, I think that I did OK and I’m happy, as I’m still the leader of the championship.”

Fujinami − 4th / 1st :
“I think that sections were really easy both days, yesterday I only made two mistakes and I was fourth, but not far from second and third position. The same happened in Baiona, I was almost on the podium but finally I ended up finishing fourth. This weekend I knew I had to be mentally strong, especially on Sunday, trying not to make any fives and with as few dabs as possible. I dropped three marks on the first lap and two more on the second lap. I felt really confident with my riding. I’m really excited to have been able to win again after so many GPs, so Fujigas still works!!!!”

Laia Sanz :
Repsol Montesa endured a nightmare weekend, placing twenty-first and nineteenth over the two days of competition in Portugal. “Saturday I had a terrible trial and it was the same again today. The bike works really good, but I don’t feel comfortable on it, we will have to work hard back at home to try to adjust everything and try to ride better in the next round. My goal should not be finishing at the back of the field, I should be fighting to be amongst the top ten riders. Now we have to train and get everything ready for the next race.”

FIM Trial World Championship Series 2010
Round 02 Portugal

1 Toni Bou (SPA-Montesa)
2 Albert Cabestany (SPA-Sherco)
3 Adam Raga (SPA-Gas Gas)
4 Takahisa Fujinami (JPN-Montesa)
5 James Dabill (GBR-Gas Gas)
6 Dougie Lampkin (GBR-Beta)
7 Jeroni Fajardo (SPA-Beta)
8 Loris Gubian (FRA-Gas Gas)
9 Daniele Maurino (ITA-Gas Gas)
10 Matteo Grattarola (ITA-Sherco)
11 Michael Brown (GBR-Sherco)
12 Daniel Oliveras (SPA-Sherco)
13 Alexz Wigg (GBR-Beta)
MX1 - Race 2 Result
1 Takahisa Fujinami (JPN-Montesa)
2 Albert Cabestany (SPA-Sherco)
3 Adam Raga (SPA-Gas Gas)
4 Toni Bou (SPA-Montesa)
5 Dougie Lampkin (GBR-Beta)
6 Jeroni Fajardo (SPA-Beta)
7 James Dabill (GBR-Gas Gas)
8 Loris Gubian (FRA-Gas Gas)
9 Daniele Maurino (ITA-Gas Gas)
10 Michael Brown (GBR-Sherco)
11 Matteo Grattarola (ITA-Sherco)
12 Alexz Wigg (GBR-Beta)
13 Daniel Oliveras (SPA-Sherco)
Takahisa Fujinami

Takahisa Fujinami

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