2014 FIM Trial World Championship
Despite riding in constant pain from his back injuries, second place was a heroic result on day two in Japan from Repsol Honda rider Toni Bou. He backed up his previous day’s runner up position to come away from the two day event at the top of the championship table. Riding in his home Grand Prix, Takahisa Fujinami on the second Repsol Honda, came home in fourth place to continue his championship challenge.
The fact that current World Trials Champion Toni Bou still heads the championship series is a true testament to his skill and courage as he has competed on both days in immense pain from his back injuries which he is carrying form his training accident. Adam Raga – Gas Gas was the winner once again which has now moved him into a very challenging position to Bou with only one mark separating these two riders. Once again it was a good sized crowd that watched the day’s events unfold in the very warm weather conditions as the riders competed three laps of the twelve sections. Three of the twelve sections had been modified from day one, which were reflected in the riders’ final scores.
The day’s action had started very well for Bou on the Repsol Honda, with some very strong riding which put him in the lead at the close of the first lap. Adam Raga was the rider under pressure as he witnessed Bou take the advantage by a few marks as he cleaned section twelve as he took a five mark penalty. The competition between these two riders had seen them pull away from the rest of the field with Takahisa Fujinami – Repsol Honda and Albert Cabestany – Sherco engaged in their own battle for third position.
On the early part of the second lap both Bou and Raga parted with similar marks, including a five mark penalty each on section three to maintain the pressure on one another. It was then advantage Raga as Bou took a run of three five mark penalties which added to the pain from his injuries and he knew from this point on it would be difficult to fight for the victory.
Displaying tremendous courage though, Bou still rode as determined despite the effect form the pain killing injections which had worn off with both himself and Raga having their best single lap scores on the final circuit with Raga on 7 and Bou on 8 as Adam made it a double win in Japan. These two had left the fight for the final step on the podium to Fujinami who wanted to make the podium in front of his home fans but it was Cabestany who made it for his best finishing position of the 2014 series.
The World Championship series now takes a short break which will give series leader Toni Bou the opportunity to recover from his injuries as he continues in his pursuit of another World Championship crown.
Round 3 of the series will be held on May 25 in Corsica.
|1||Adam RAGA (GAS GAS)|
|2||Toni BOU (MONTESA)|
|3||Albert CABESTANY (SHERCO)|
|4||Takahisa FUJINAMI (MONTESA)|
|5||Jeroni FAJARDO (BETA)|
|6||Tomoyuki OGAWA (Honda)|
|7||Jorge CASALES (GAS GAS)|
|8||Alexandre FERRER (SHERCO)|
|9||Fumitaka NOZAKI (YAMAHA)|
|10||James DABILL (BETA)|
|12||Eddie KARLSSON (MONTESA)|
|13||Kenichi KUROYAMA (YAMAHA)|
|14||Jack SHEPPARD (BETA)|
|15||Tsuyochi OGAWA (BETA)|