Toni Bou extends his leadership further in the TrialGP World Championship with a notable victory in Great Britain. Repsol Honda Team companion Takahisa Fujinami accompanied Bou on the podium.

Today’s fifth round triumph in Tong takes the Repsol Honda Team rider’s British tally to fifteen wins as the current champion edges further ahead in the world championship overall standings.

Bou led the trial from pole to flag, as it were; yet in spite of a clear domination on the first lap – with eight marks compared to the sixteen of the nearest adversary – the multi-titled champ almost came a cropper on lap two with several errors that narrowed the gap with rivals. The champion finished the day seven points clear of Repsol Honda Team buddy Takahisa Fujinami, who occupied the second step of the podium. Jaime Busto, who was also in with a chance of a podium at the start of the race, made some costly mistakes in the final sections of the first lap, which, despite a recovery second time around, failed to improve on sixth place. In the provisional championship leader board Toni Bou is top with an eighteen-point advantage over Adam Raga, Takahisa Fujinami holds third and Jaime Busto fourth.

The areas of the ParkWood Offroad Centre in Tong were quite demanding, with complicated routes in some mud-drenched river areas. The next round of the TrialGP World Championship will be held in Kingman, Arizona, U.S.A. from 28th to 30th July.

Montesa, meanwhile, extends an advantage of 51 points over TRS in the constructor’s championship thanks to the victories of Bou in TrialGP and Francesc Moret in TR2.

Toni Bou

Toni Bou 1

It was not my kind of terrain, but I was comfortable. In the end, a mistake put the pressure on me to win the trial. It was a very good trial, I think I did very well and, after what happened in Andorra, here we have made up some good points for the championship. We are going to the United States on a roll and will be hoping to get more results like these.

Repsol Honda Team
Takahisa Fujinami

Takahisa Fujinami 5

I liked the terrain and despite a not-so-good result in the qualification, today I felt on good form and knew I could get a result. I tried to salvage what I could out of the sections and I am very happy with this podium, with the team double and my third place in the championship. I had trained a lot for this race and I have to thank the team for the work they have done here.

Repsol Honda Team
Jaime Busto

Jaime Busto 69

I started quite well, up until section eight, where the bike stopped. Then I made some more mistakes and wanted to finish the first lap to start the second one better. I'm happy with how I'd been on this last lap because I've improved a lot and although I haven’t been able to finish on the podium I think I did pretty well.

Repsol Honda Team
Miquel Cirera

Miquel Cirera

Team Manager

This is a great result for the team and today Fujinami had a great trial - if Toni doesn’t mind me saying so - who had a sensational first lap himself. Bou made some mistakes which, as always, he was able to pull back from to take the victory. Fujinami was in the leading group, which was not easy and he did really well. They both have to be congratulated. Jaime had been in the podium group, he was doing well, but he made some errors that he shouldn’t have, but as they say, ‘That’s the way it goes!’ We hope he gets back on the podium soon. The United States will not be easy for the conditions we are in, but we will try to face the trial as well as we can. Congratulations to all the team who have worked very well, but before the holidays, there’s still an important job outstanding. Best wishes to all.

Repsol Honda Team
Trial of Great Britain

Bradford, United Kingdom

Trial 2017, Round 5

Sunday 9 Jul 2017, 19:00 UTC
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. L1 L2 T3 Total Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Toni Bou 1 SPA 8 13 - 21 20 Repsol Honda Team Montesa
2 Takahisa Fujinami 5 JPN 22 6 - 28 17 Repsol Honda Team Montesa +
3 Adam Raga 67 SPA 20 10 - 30 15 TRS Factory Team TRS +
4 James Dabill 7 GBR 16 16 - 32 13 Gas Gas Factory Team Gas Gas +
5 Jeroni Fajardo 47 SPA 17 15 - 32 11 Vertigo Factory Team Vertigo +
6 Jaime Busto 69 SPA 26 14 - 40 10 Repsol Honda Team Montesa +
7 Matteo Grattarola 9 ITA 26 15 - 41 9 Gas Gas FG Italia Gas Gas +
8 Albert Cabestany 37 SPA 29 25 - 54 8 Sherco Factory Team Sherco +
9 Jorge Casales 33 SPA 43 29 - 72 7 Beta Factory Racing Beta +
10 Miquel Gelabert 20 SPA 41 31 - 72 6 Sherco Factory Team Sherco +
11 Franz Kadlec 11 GER 34 40 - 74 5 Gas Gas Factory Team Gas Gas +
12 Jack Price 34 GBR 48 32 - 80 4 Gas Gas Factory Team Gas Gas +
13 Eddie Karlsson 12 SWE 44 41 - 85 3 RG Team Montesa +
14 Oriol Noguera 15 SPA 48 37 - 85 2 MRW Gas Gas Trial Team Gas Gas +
15 Benoit Bincaz 16 FRA 48 44 - 92 1 Scorpa Factory Scorpa +
16 Arnau Farre 19 SPA 50 47 - 97 0 RFME Spea Gas Gas +
17 Alexandre Ferrer 8 FRA 52 45 2 99 0 Sherco Factory Team Sherco +
18 Loris Gubian 14 FRA 55 47 - 102 0 Beta Beta +
Saturday 8 Jul 2017, 19:00 UTC
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. L1 T3 Total Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Toni Bou 1 SPA 0 31.06 0 Repsol Honda Team Montesa
2 Jaime Busto 69 SPA 0 32.24 0 Repsol Honda Team Montesa +
3 James Dabill 7 GBR 0 32.85 0 Gas Gas Factory Team Gas Gas +
4 Adam Raga 67 SPA 0 33.36 0 TRS Factory Team TRS +
5 Jeroni Fajardo 47 SPA 0 34.13 0 Vertigo Factory Team Vertigo +
6 Arnau Farre 19 SPA 0 34.22 0 RFME Spea Gas Gas +
7 Eddie Karlsson 12 SWE 0 34.23 0 RG Team Montesa +
8 Albert Cabestany 37 SPA 0 34.23 0 Sherco Factory Team Sherco +
9 Takahisa Fujinami 5 JPN 0 34.80 0 Repsol Honda Team Montesa +
10 Loris Gubian 14 FRA 0 35.06 0 Beta Beta +
11 Benoit Bincaz 16 FRA 0 35.27 0 Scorpa Factory Scorpa +
12 Franz Kadlec 11 GER 0 35.57 0 Gas Gas Factory Team Gas Gas +
13 Matteo Grattarola 9 ITA 0 36.19 0 Gas Gas FG Italia Gas Gas +
14 Oriol Noguera 15 SPA 0 36.55 0 MRW Gas Gas Trial Team Gas Gas +
15 Alexandre Ferrer 8 FRA 0 36.98 0 Sherco Factory Team Sherco +
16 Jorge Casales 33 SPA 0 37.04 0 Beta Factory Racing Beta +
17 Miquel Gelabert 20 SPA 0 37.44 0 Sherco Factory Team Sherco +
18 Jack Price 34 GBR 2 34.83 2 Gas Gas Factory Team Gas Gas +
Rider Standings
Sunday, 9 Jul 2017 - Open world standings grid
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr.
1 Toni BOU 1 SPA 115 Repsol Honda Team Montesa
2 Adam RAGA 67 SPA 97 TRS Factory Team TRS
3 Takahisa FUJINAMI 5 JPN 78 Repsol Honda Team Montesa
4 Jaime BUSTO 69 SPA 71 Repsol Honda Team Montesa
5 Jeroni FAJARDO 47 SPA 71 Vertigo Factory Team Vertigo
6 Albert CABESTANY 37 SPA 65 Sherco Factory Team Sherco
7 James DABILL 7 GBR 58 Gas Gas Factory Team Gas Gas
8 Jorge CASALES 33 SPA 39 Beta Factory Racing Beta
9 Franz KADLEC 11 GER 38 Gas Gas Factory Team Gas Gas
10 Matteo GRATTAROLA 9 ITA 30 Gas Gas FG Italia Gas Gas
11 Miquel GELABERT 20 SPA 27 Sherco Factory Team Sherco
12 Arnau FARRE 19 SPA 18 RFME Spea Gas Gas
13 Oriol NOGUERA 15 SPA 16 MRW Gas Gas Trial Team Gas Gas
14 Jack PRICE 34 GBR 15 Gas Gas Factory Team Gas Gas
15 Benoit BINCAZ 16 FRA 15 Scorpa Factory Scorpa
16 Kenichi KUROYAMA 20 JPN 11 Yamaha Yamaha
17 Eddie KARLSSON 12 SWE 10 RG Team Montesa
18 Alexandre FERRER 8 FRA 7 Sherco Factory Team Sherco
19 Fumitaka NOZAKI 19 JPN 3 Yamaha Yamaha
20 Loris GUBIAN 14 FRA 2 Beta Beta