Repsol Honda Team rider Toni Bou and his team-mate Takahisa Fujinami had to settle for a rather inferior starting position after a lacklustre qualifying round as TrialGP arrives at Japan’s Motegi Twin Ring circuit.

FIM race authorities confirmed a controversial decision and sanctioned Toni Bou with a point in the overall standings. The current championship leader is forced to start the main events of tomorrow and Sunday among the opening group of TrialGP riders. Being one of the first riders out is not without its drawbacks although Bou remains confident that he can overcome the handicap will skilful riding in some of the more demanding sections.

After performing a solid Q1, Bou headed into the definitive Q2 looking to improve on the time but a slip made him take his foot off the footrest. The FIM race director adjudicated that he had put his foot down for support and the consequent penalization dropped the Repsol Honda Team rider to thirteenth place.

Takahisa Fujinami, likewise, failed to shine in front of the home crowd. ‘Fujigas’, in a carbon copy of his performance in Camprodón, avoided losing his balance only to concede time before settling for tenth place.

Tomorrow sees the first main event of the two-day TrialGP of Japan. There will be fifteen sections in a four kilometre course to be tackled over two laps. The weather forecast is for sun.

Toni Bou

Toni Bou 1

13th

I'm not very happy with how this qualification went. I have done a good training session and a good Q1, but although in the second I tried not to take any risks, I ended up making a small mistake. The control marked '0' but later changed it. These are things that happen and I will once again open the trial. I didn’t want to be in the first group, but we will nevertheless have to work hard over both days. The weekend is complicated and we will have to fight to try to make it onto the podium.

Repsol Honda Team
Takahisa Fujinami

Takahisa Fujinami 6

10th

The qualification didn’t go too well, I came close to a fault, but I was able to hang on and finish Q2 without penalty, but with a bad time. The other Japanese guys and also Toni [Bou] will start ahead of me which I think is good. We will look at the positive points and we hope that everything goes better than today.

Repsol Honda Team
Trial of Japan

Motegi, Japan

Trial 2018, Round 2

Friday 1 Jun 2018, 14:48 UTC
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Total Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Jaime Busto 69 SPA 0'33"86 Gas Gas Factory Team Gas Gas
2 Albert Cabestany 37 SPA 0'36"57 Beta Factory Racing Beta
3 James Dabill 22 GBR 0'37"10 Beta Factory Racing Beta
4 Miquel Gelabert 9 SPA 0'38"31 Sherco Factory Team Sherco
5 Benoit Bincaz 16 FRA 0'38"71 Scorpa Factory Scorpa
6 Jorge Casales 33 SPA 0'38"88 Vertigo Factory Team Vertigo
7 Franz Kadlec 9 GER 0'39"25 Gas Gas Factory Team Gas Gas
8 Adam Raga 67 SPA 0'40"48 TRS Factory Team TRS
9 Jack Price 34 GBR 0'41"60 Gas Gas Factory Team Gas Gas
10 Takahisa Fujinami 6 JPN 0'44"70 Repsol Honda Team Montesa
11 Kenichi Kuroyama 20 JPN 0'45"76 Yamaha Yamaha
12 Fumitaka Nozaki 99 JPN 0'49"53 Yamaha Yamaha
13 Toni Bou 1 SPA 0'35"45 Repsol Honda Team Montesa
14 Tomoyuki Ogawa 18 JPN 0'44"78 Honda Team Mitani Honda
15 Jeroni Fajardo 2 SPA 5 Gas Gas Factory Team Gas Gas
Rider Standings
Sunday, 20 May 2018 - Open world standings grid
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr.
1 Toni BOU 1 SPA 20 Repsol Honda Team Montesa
2 Jaime BUSTO 69 SPA 17 Gas Gas Factory Team Gas Gas
3 Jeroni FAJARDO 2 SPA 15 Gas Gas Factory Team Gas Gas
4 Jorge CASALES 33 SPA 13 Vertigo Factory Team Vertigo
5 Adam RAGA 67 SPA 11 TRS Factory Team TRS
6 James DABILL 22 GBR 10 Beta Factory Racing Beta
7 Albert CABESTANY 37 SPA 9 Beta Factory Racing Beta
8 Takahisa FUJINAMI 6 JPN 8 Repsol Honda Team Montesa
9 Jack PRICE 34 GBR 7 Gas Gas Factory Team Gas Gas
10 Miquel GELABERT 9 SPA 6 Sherco Factory Team Sherco
11 Benoit BINCAZ 16 FRA 5 Scorpa Factory Scorpa
12 Oriol NOGUERA 13 SPA 4 Team Jotagas JTG
13 Franz KADLEC 9 GER 3 Gas Gas Factory Team Gas Gas
14 Alexandre FERRER 29 FRA 2 Sherco Factory Team Sherco
15 Iwan ROBERTS 21 GBR 1 TRS Factory Team TRS