WCTUKJuly 31, 2011
FIM Trial World Championship Series 2011
Round 06 Fort William – Great Britain

Bou Second and Fujinami Third In Great Britain

After a tense battle reigning World Champion Toni Bou - Repsol Montesa HRC came second to compatriot Adam Raga - Gas Gas at round six of the 2011 SPEA FIM Trial World Championship, held at the awe-inspiring Nevis Range in Fort William, Scotland. While Bou fought with Raga and was beaten by the narrowest of margins his team-mate, Takahisa Fujinami, was engaged in a similar war of attrition with Albert Cabestany - Sherco for third place. After a nail-biting finish in wet conditions a determined Fujinami overcame the Spaniard’s advances to complete the podium at what was a superb Grand Prix despite the changeable weather conditions.

Toni Bou Toni Bou

Toni Bou

Toni Bou

Situated in the picturesque, but wild Scottish Highlands the town of Fort William is synonymous with off-road motorcycling thanks to its long and celebrated relationship with the Scottish Six Days Trial. Sitting as it does in the shadow of Ben Nevis, the town lends itself to the sport thanks to the rugged natural landscape and rocky terrain that surrounds it. Having won there on day one last year, Bou travelled to the venue intent on claiming yet another victory to extend his lead in the standings. However, a number of uncharacteristic mistakes on lap one ultimately cost him the victory.

While Bou was making errors, he fived three sections during the opening circulation, his team-mate Fujinami capitalised. Riding well, the Japanese star matched Raga on observation on lap one. However, sadly Fujinami’s luck changed with the weather. The morning’s drizzle turned to light and then heavy rain, and with it the 2004 World Champion slipped back to finish third, just one mark ahead of a threatening Cabestany.

The rain made conditions slippery, but it did not prevent Bou recording the best lap of the trial during his second attempt. It was too little, too late though. Raga’s impressive first lap and equally efficient second were enough to keep Bou off the top step of the podium for the first time in four rounds. The Spaniard beat his countryman by a sole mark to clinch a well-deserved victory. While Bou was a little disappointed he conceded that Raga was a worthy winner of what proved a technical and hugely enjoyable Trial.

Bou’s runners-up performance did little to dent his championship credentials. He still leads Raga by a comfortable 15 point margin with two Grand Prix events and four scoring days remaining. Meanwhile, Fujinami’s fourth podium this season sees him tied with his nemesis Cabestany in third place overall in the series. Both have 99 points.

Takahisa Fujinami Takahisa Fujinami

Takahisa Fujinami

Takahisa Fujinami

Toni Bou (Repsol Montesa)
Trial result: 2nd Championship position: 1st

“Today the fans in Great Britain were treated to a fantastic race. The sections were really challenging for all the riders and the weather made it very hard, especially towards the end of the trial. My first lap was disappointing and I lost too many marks in the opening sections near the start. The second time around the sections became very slippery with the rain and it was difficult to close the gap that Adam Raga had made after lap one. This Grand Prix was tough for all the riders and I think that this shows in the results, which were close. Today has been a great race for Raga and a good race for me. It was also a good race for the championship.”

Takahisa Fujinami (Repsol Montesa)
Trial result: 3rd Championship position: 4th

“I started the trial very strongly and did not lose too many marks in the opening sections. I felt relaxed and comfortable and although the sections were hard, they were not impossible. To be honest, I thought the sections suited my riding style, and earlier in the day I thought that maybe a victory was possible. However, I made too many mistakes on my second lap and I decided that a podium finish was the most important thing. With the rain making the rocks slippery my second lap was not so good, but I am happy to be on the podium in third place, which is a good result for the championship.”

FIM Trial World Championship Series 2011
Round 06 Great Britain

6 Michael BROWN (GAS GAS)
Toni Bou & Takahisa Fujinami

Toni Bou & Takahisa Fujinami

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