2013 FIM Trial World Championship
The Italian Grand Prix proved to be a good hunting ground for the Repsol Montesa HRC team as Toni Bou and Takahisa Fujinami placed first and third the day after the pairing had personally unveiled the two new variants of the production version of the Cota 4RT in front of the World’s press and eagerly awaiting fans.
Aboard his own new factory four stroke machine Bou ran out an easy winner in hot conditions as he finished twenty-four marks clear of his main championship rival, Adam Raga – Gas Gas. Bou now heads Raga by five points in the series standings with Fujinami still in third spot thanks to his latest rostrum placing.
Nestling in the Italian hills just under one hundred kilometers north of Milan, the small town of Barzio had hosted a FIM Trial World Championship event once before, that being back in 2009. Four years later the course followed a similar, but shorter route with the sections being a mix of those in the river close to the paddock and the others that were scattered around and about on the local steep and testing rocky outcrops. Thankfully the predicted rain never arrived during the competition and only dampened the podium celebrations, thus the conditions away from the watery zones were dry and dusty throughout the day.
Bou destroyed his rivals with an incredible opening lap performance, which only included one five over a course that proved to be one of the most difficult of the season to date. His first lap score of eight marks put him ten clear of Raga and allowed him to ride with confidence for the rest of the day. The sight of his new factory Cota 4RT powering its way to the top of one of the many rocky outcrops with his feet firmly welded to the footrests became a familiar sight as the competition wore on.
With Toni in a class of his own, Raga was left to fight it out with Fujinami for second place. Just two marks separated this pairing as they headed out to do battle over the twelve rocky zones for a third and final time. A crash in the sixth hazard would damage Takahisa’s progress and his bike, as running repairs were required to keep him in the hunt. However, the time lost to carry out the needed work would eventually impact on his closing performance and saw Fujinami having to settle for third spot on the day, after coming so close to snatching an historic 1-2 for the team to mark the new model launch.
In the end having two riders on the podium proved to be the perfect celebration on this special occasion and before the series moves on to the Czech Republic for round six next weekend.
|1||Toni BOU (MONTESA)|
|2||Adam RAGA (GAS GAS)|
|3||Takahisa FUJINAMI (MONTESA)|
|4||Jeroni FAJARDO (BETA)|
|5||Albert CABESTANY (SHERCO)|
|6||James DABILL (BETA)|
|7||Matteo GRATTAROLA (GAS GAS)|
|8||Michael BROWN (GAS GAS)|
|9||Eddie KARLSSON (JTG)|
|10||Loris GUBIAN (GAS GAS)|
|11||Daniel OLIVERAS (OSSA)|
|12||Benoit DAGNICOURT (BETA)|
|13||Jack CHALLONER (BETA)|
|14||Alexandre FERRER (SHERCO)|
|15||Pere BORELLAS (GAS GAS)|