WCTSan MarinoJuly 18, 2010
FIM Trial World Championship Series 2010
Round 06 Baldasserona – San Marino

Bou extends his lead after victory in San Marino

Toni Bou – Repsol Montesa HRC on board his Cota 4RT further extended his lead at the top of the 2010 SPEA FIM Trial Championship after his latest victory in San Marino. Bou had to fight off a first lap challenge from Jeroni Fajardo – Beta, who would eventually finish fourth, before running out a clear winner come the finish. Adam Raga – Gas Gas produced a good second lap to take the runners up spot just in front of Albert Cabestany – Sherco who completed the rostrum. Takahisa Fujinami – Repsol Montesa HRC, who celebrated the birth of his second daughter earlier this week, could only manage fifth position on this occasion.

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

Toni Bou (SPA-Montesa)

Takahisa Fujinami (JPN-Montesa)

This was the first time since 1998 that the series had visited this small and mountainous principality that sits on the east coast of Italy close to the holiday resort of Rimini. Based at the ex Grand Prix motocross circuit, the trial consisted of fifteen very dry sections. The majority of these were located two kilometres from the paddock in a dry riverbed, with the last three man made hazards being situated near to the start and finish area. The rain that had been predicted never arrived, and led to a low scoring and dusty event.

After a nervous dab in the second section of the day, Bou who was riding at the front of the pack, settled into his more normal form and only parted with two more dabs for the remainder of the lap. Whilst Bou’s total of three looked unbeatable, Fajardo went one better by losing single marks in both sections two and four. These two were clear of the field at this point, Raga being the next nearest challenger on ten, who was then followed by Cabestany on fourteen and Fujinami on fifteen.

Typically Bou on his factory four stroke machine absorbed the pressure brilliantly and was unfazed by having not led at the halfway point. His response was that of a champion in waiting, as he lost just a single mark in the tenth hazard throughout his entire second lap. No one was able to match Toni’s afternoon performance, leaving Bou to collect his second win in two weeks. Fajardo’s five in the last section of the day would cruelly demote him to fourth, as both Raga and Cabestany raised their game to finish second and third respectively. Bou now heads the general standings by thirty points, with Fujinami clinging on to second spot as he sits tied on the same points as Raga after today’s competition.

Takahisa Fujinami (JPN-Montesa) Laia Sanz

Takahisa Fujinami (JPN-Montesa)

Laia Sanz

Bou – 1st:
“It’s always difficult to win when the trial is so easy, as you know that one mistake can cost you so badly. We made some changes to my bike, as we knew that the conditions would be slippery even with out the rain. The changes to the settings worked perfectly and really gave me a good feeling on the bike. Fajardo made a good first lap, but I was still confident I could win as my riding was good. Again this is a good result for the championship, so I am happy with my work today.”

Fujinami – 5th:
”It’s been a very bad day for me. I started quite well, I was following Toni in the sections to begin with and everything seemed to be OK. Then in section nine I tried to ride the same style as Toni, he made it look so easy with very little throttle. I tried the same and made a big five, this was a bad mistake as this is not my style of riding. After this my confidence was low. On the second lap I recovered a little, but another mistake this time in section ten prevented me making a better result. I was happy this week about the birth on my new daughter, but now I am not so happy.”

Laia Sanz
Repsol Montesa battled hard all day in conditions that perhaps did not best suit the female Spanish rider to claim sixteenth place at the finish. “My riding was OK today, but the result does not show this. I am very frustrated as I have quite a few problems with the observers today. Even when I completed the section in time, at least twice I was given fives, this is not correct and effected my concentration.”

FIM Trial World Championship Series 2010
Round 06 San Marino

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 (GBR-Gas Gas)
8 Daniele Maurino (ITA-Gas Gas)
9 Loris Gubian (FRA-Gas Gas)
10 Michael Brown (GBR-Sherco)
11 Matteo Grattarola (FRA-Sherco)
12 Alexz Wigg (GBR-Beta)
Toni Bou (SPA-Montesa)

Toni Bou (SPA-Montesa)

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