WCTFranceSeptember 4, 2011
FIM Trial World Championship Series 2011
Round 08 Isola 2000 – France

Bou Takes Title With Final Day Win


Toni Bou – Repsol Montesa HRC claimed the 2011 SPEA FIM Trial World Championship by winning the final day of the series held at the French ski resort of Isola 2000. Bou on board his Cota 4RT went 2-1 at the two-day European Grand Prix to take the title by 13 points from Adam Raga – Gas Gas who kept Toni true to the end by placing first then second in France. Whilst Bou’s team-mate Takahisa Fujinami – Repsol Montesa HRC endured a difficult close to his campaign finishing fifth then fourth respectively over the two-days of competition, the Japanese rider still claimed third spot in the final rankings. Albert Cabestany – Sherco went 3-3 to beat Jeroni Fajardo – Ossa to fourth place in the championship.

Toni BOU (MONTESA) Takahisa FUJINAMI (MONTESA)


Toni BOU (MONTESA)


Takahisa FUJINAMI (MONTESA)


The French ski resort of Isola 2000 has only previously hosted one other Trial GP, when it staged the final round of the 2009 series. Sitting 90 kilometres north and inland from the city of Nice the purpose built ski facility offers an abundance of stunning trials terrain, with the 15 sections being scattered across the surrounding mountainsides. The majority of the hazards being located on dry rocky outcrops and just four of the sections utilizing the river that runs down the center of the steep sided valley.

Saturday’s trial was all about Adam Raga as he correctly predicted the pending rainfall and made a run for home as early as the second section of the day. Whilst Bou tried to respond he simply could not match Raga’s speed over the ground, with the Gas Gas rider opening up a near 45-minute gap over his rival. The result being that Raga was already at section twelve on his second lap when the rain arrived, allowing him to produce a trial winning performance. In contrast Bou’s day fell apart as he was left out on a course that was becoming more slippery by the minute.

Thankfully Bou managed to salvage second place aboard his factory Cota 4RT, with Cabestany an even more distant third. Fujinami had his own damage limitation exercise to deal with after a poor first lap left him down in fifth. Although the Japanese rider did get to grips with the greasy conditions using the power of his four stroke machine on his second tour he was unable to move himself up the order. Takahisa eventually finished in fifth spot behind Fajardo whose own result looked in doubt as he suffered what initially looked like terminal mechanical problems once again.

Although sixth place or higher on the final day would have been sufficient for Bou to take the title, the reigning and already four times outdoor champion wanted to round out the series in style. Heavy rain overnight continued into the second day of competition and forced the organizers to modify several hazards. Having watched his closest rivals all fail in the opening section of the day, Toni signalled his intentions with a stunning and unequalled clean. This was just the start of an incredible lap for Bou who remained clean until the penultimate hazard where he parted with a single mark, this was Toni’s only loss on his first tour.

Raga had no answer to Bou on this occasion and found himself eleven marks off the pace at the halfway stage. Whilst Adam did respond with a strong closing lap, Toni could even afford an unexpected five in section fourteen on lap two and still take the win by a healthy margin. Cabestany finished third for the second day in a row, although along way back from the leading duo, but still in front of an off form Fujinami. Bou’s latest victory gives him his fifth SPEA FIM Trial World Championship in five years to add to the five SPEA FIM Indoor (X-Trial) Trial World Championships he has won during the same period.

Takahisa FUJINAMI (MONTESA) Laia Sanz


Takahisa FUJINAMI (MONTESA)


Laia Sanz


Toni Bou (Repsol Montesa) Trial result: 2nd / 1st Championship position: 1st
“Obviously I am very happy to be World champion again and it was nice to do it by winning the trial today. It has been a tough weekend as yesterday was a strange race. Adam rode almost all of the trial on Saturday in the dry and I had to ride many of the sections in the rain, that’s why there was a big difference in our scores. But today, although I was a little nervous to start with, I have been strong. My clean in the first section was fantastic and from that moment I changed my mentality. It has been a tough season fighting with Adam, as he too has been strong at times, but finally I am the champion again. I am so happy for me and my team, as we have done an incredible job.”

Takahisa Fujinami (Repsol Montesa) Trial result: 5th / 4th Championship position: 3rd
“To be third in the championship again is a good result for me as both Toni and Adam have been riding very well this year. I am not happy to finish the season in this way as it has been a very bad weekend for me. On Saturday the whole day was bad for me, I had no confidence especially when the rain came. Today my first lap was not good, but I made a small recovery at the start of the second lap. But then in the last five sections I made a disaster with three fives, so again my overall result was bad. So I am happy for my final ranking and of course I am happy for Toni and the Repsol Montesa team, as it has been a good year for us all again.”

Laia Sanz (Repsol Montesa)
Trial result: 13th / 15th Championship position: 21st

“I was not feeling my best this weekend, already I was tired before the two days of trial began. It has been a difficult trial on each day, and although I tried to do my best, my physical condition has not helped me at all. I would like to have ridden better here in France, especially after winning the FIM Women’s World Championship last weekend. ”


FIM Trial World Championship Series 2011
Round 08 France


line
Saturday
1 Adam RAGA (GAS GAS)
2 Toni BOU (MONTESA)
3 Albert CABESTANY (SHERCO)
4 Jeroni FAJARDO (OSSA)
5 Takahisa FUJINAMI (MONTESA)
6 Jack CHALLONER (BETA)
7 Michael BROWN (GAS GAS)
8 Loris GUBIAN (GAS GAS)
9 Matteo GRATTAROLA (GAS GAS)
10 James DABILL (BETA)
11 Francesco IOLITTA (BETA)
 
Sunday
1 Toni BOU (MONTESA)
2 Adam RAGA (GAS GAS)
3 Albert CABESTANY (SHERCO)
4 Takahisa FUJINAMI (MONTESA)
5 James DABILL (BETA)
6 Michael BROWN (GAS GAS)
7 Alfredo GOMEZ (MONTESA)
8 Jack CHALLONER (BETA)
9 Matteo GRATTAROLA (GAS GAS)
10 Loris GUBIAN (GAS GAS)
11 Francesco IOLITTA (BETA)
Toni BOU (MONTESA)


Toni BOU (MONTESA)

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