WCTCzech RepublicSeptember 5, 2010
FIM Trial World Championship Series 2010
Round 08 Baiona – Czech Republic

Bou and Fujinami – first and third in the final standings

The 2010 SPEA FIM Trial World Championship came to a close, with the Grand Prix of the Czech Republic marking the last stop on the eight round series. Toni Bou and Takahisa Fujinami both Repsol Montesa HRC placed third and fifth respectively on the final counting day to secure first and third in the final standings. Bou had already clinched the title with one round to spare, however his Japanese team mate went into the final encounter with a real chance of making a Repsol Montesa HRC 1-2 in the championship. In the end Adam Raga – Gas Gas finished as vice World champion as he won the eighth GP of the year.

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

Toni Bou (SPA-Montesa)

Takahisa Fujinami (JPN-Montesa)

The small and unsuspecting village of Kramolin in the Czech Republic played host to the final round of the 2010 SPEA FIM Trial World Championship, with the ex Grand Prix circuit having been more famous for hosting top line motocross events back in the early nineties. Sustained and heavy rainfall in the weeks ahead of the event meant that conditions in the wooded areas surrounding the hillside motocross track were both damp and slippery. This forced the organisers to modify several of the rocky hazards at the request of the FIM and the riders, after they were deemed too long and difficult during the initial inspection on Friday.

Looking relaxed, yet still deadly confident aboard his Cota 4RT Bou gave his rivals a class display during the opening lap as he led the way at the front of the field, riding every section first. The greasy surface did not phase the young Spanish rider at all as he lost just a single dab in section five to put himself five marks clear of Raga after the first fifteen hazards. In contrast Fujinami had already lost ground to his main championship rival with a failure in the third section and a massive crash in section twelve, which left his factory 4 stroke machine needing extensive repairs.

With it seeming that Bou would claim his eighth win of the season, the champion unusually dropped his guard and found himself in trouble with fives in sections two and eleven, the latter of these as he ran out of time. Seizing his opportunity Raga responded brilliantly dropping a mere three marks on his second tour to take the win and second place in the series. Toni recovered sufficiently to claim the last podium place, as Jeroni Fajardo – Beta finished as runner up, also thanks to a strong closing lap performance. Fujinami’s day was summed up with a five in the very last hazard, dropping him to fifth behind Albert Cabestany – Sherco.

Takahisa Fujinami (JPN-Montesa) Laia Sanz

Takahisa Fujinami (JPN-Montesa)

Laia Sanz

Bou – 3rd:
“I am really disappointed and slightly upset with myself as I made such a fantastic first lap. It was strange as I had no pressure today, but perhaps I relaxed too much on the second lap. I made two big mistakes and each one ended in a five. It was a good trial, the sections were not so difficult, but there again it was easy to make an error. So yes I am happy for the championship, but today has not been the best way to close the season.”

Fujinami – 5th:
“I think you can see that it has not been a good day for me, but thankfully I can still smile a little at least. The problems started in section three on the first lap, I tried a new line and it did not work, so from that moment I knew it was going to be difficult to recover enough to beat Adam. For a few sections I got back my confidence, then in section twelve I made a big crash and lost my rhythm again. Two fives on each lap was too much. Each year I make a bad result at the last GP. I am happy with my riding and third in the championship, but also I know I lost my chance to be vice World champion.”

For Laia Sanz
Repsol Montesa, it was a mixed weekend. On Saturday she claimed her tenth FIM Women’s Trial World Championship by winning the Trial, but on Sunday she could only manage twentieth place in the Junior category.

Speaking about her latest victory Sanz stated.
“It has been a strange situation as I rode really well and without putting a foot down, but in the end just one small mistake nearly cost me the championship. I am really happy not only to win the title here in the Czech Republic and with one round still to go, but also with my riding, as it has becoming better again in the last weeks. Rebekah (Cook) rode well, so I feel a little sorry for her as she was close to her first ever victory. However in the end it is a great moment for me and my team. This is a moment I could not have ever imagined when I began my career. Anyway my work is not done yet as I want to continue, and I want to win many more titles in the future, but maybe not in the same way as today as it was a very long and nervous wait I had to suffer.”

FIM Trial World Championship Series 2010
Round 08 Czech Republic

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

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

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