2014 FIM Trial World Championship
The FIM World Trials Championship returned to Europe after the first two 'fly-away' rounds in Australia and Japan making an historic visit to the island of Corsica. This is the time the championship has visited the French Island in the near forty year history of the sport.
Glorious weather greeted the riders for the first day of the event that would see the riders tackle 3 laps of a twelve section course around the rocky coastal headland of Ile Rousse, on the north of the Island.
Unfortunately all the riders exceeded the time allowance for the course and in the end no results were declared for day one of the event.
The championship will resume tomorrow on day two of the visit to the island.
After an intense day of action between Toni Bou - Repsol Honda and his fellow Spanish countryman Adam Raga – Gas Gas, it was his rival who came out on top and in doing so took a narrow two point lead over Bou at the head of the championship. Japan’s Takahisa Fujinami, on the second Repsol Honda, finished in sixth position and holds onto his third place in the championship standings.
A good strong crowd of island residents came out in the sunshine to watch the riders in action at the third round of this year’s FIM world trials championship. Sixteen riders were entered in the World Pro class to contest the action over three laps of twelve sections with the majority of them based around the headland of orange rock overlooking the coastal port of this picturesque area. The sun remained until the latter part of the day when rain threatened to spoil the day’s proceedings but fortunately it never came.
It was looking like it was going to be a very close battle between the two leading riders Toni Bou – Repsol Honda and Adam Raga – Gas Gas from the very early part of the day’s competition. Bou was the first of the two to part with any marks when he lost a five mark penalty on section three before Raga had a stop in section four, followed by a run of single mark penalties in the next four hazards. Bou kept his riding flowing with two more single marks losses to finish the first lap on seven marks lost to take a three point advantage over Raga who was on ten marks lost having parted with another on section eleven. In contrast the only other rider under twenty marks lost after the opening lap was fellow Spanish rider Albert Cabestany - Sherco on fifteen.
On the second lap Bou suffered two maximums and a two mark penalty as his challenger Raga was in excellent form, parting with a mere two marks with Cabestany remaining their closest challenger. Takahisa Fujinami – Repsol Honda was off the pace of the leaders on the first lap but came fighting back with a score of sixteen on his second lap. However, the damage was done and on this occasion he would not be able to mount a challenge for a win.
On the final lap Bou would make it very difficult for himself to challenge for the win when a five mark penalty on section eight ended his hopes. On the other hand Raga remained calm to match his second lap score of two to take the victory and with it the championship lead from Bou by two points. Fujinami finished in sixth position but still retains third place in the overall championship standings.
The championship will now move on to Italy next weekend where Toni Bou will try to regain the championship lead.
|1||Adam RAGA (GAS GAS)|
|2||Toni BOU (MONTESA)|
|3||Albert CABESTANY (SHERCO)|
|4||Jorge CASALES (GAS GAS)|
|5||Matteo GRATTAROLA (GAS GAS)|
|6||Takahisa FUJINAMI (MONTESA)|
|7||James DABILL (BETA)|
|8||Alexandre FERRER (SHERCO)|
|9||Jeroni FAJARDO (BETA)|
|11||Jack SHEPPARD (BETA)|
|12||Alexz WIGG (GAS GAS)|
|13||Loris GUBIAN (-)|
|14||Michael BROWN (GAS GAS)|
|15||Eddie KARLSSON (MONTESA)|