Toni Bou clinches the first of the two trials held in Japan. Japanese rider Takahisa Fujinami, also made it onto the rostrum in third spot, sealing Repsol Honda Team’s first double in 2019.

The first day of competition at the TrialGP of Japan proved to be a complicated affair. The rain made a re-appearance, wreaking havoc with the terrain and making for a tricky task for all the riders starting from the rear end of the field including Toni Bou. Despite the difficulty, the Repsol Honda Team ace was able to mark the difference and was rewarded with another victory, the seventeenth to date at the Motegi Twin Ring.

Takahisa Fujinami, with a swift pace, seemed at ease and was able to finish the day with a noteworthy third place to complete the Repsol Honda Team double – a feat not achieved since last year’s Belgium GP. This first podium of the season was, in part, fruit of the tremendous support received from the local crowd at ever corner of the route. Takahisa Fujinami takes his tally of podiums on home soil in Trial World Championship events to twenty-eight.

Tomorrow, Sunday, sees the second day of the competition, where Bou and Fujinami hope to be back on the podium. The trial covers the same route, but with the starting order in the reverse order of today’s classification.

Toni Bou

Toni Bou 1

Today I am very satisfied, since it was a complicated trial with conditions that varied throughout the day. It was raining, then it stopped raining... so it was especially complicated on the second lap where it had stopped raining right before the difficult sections. It is always very important to win here in Japan, at Honda, so I am very happy, especially after not having been able to win in either of the two days last season. I am also very pleased that my partner Fujinami got onto the podium; He has worked hard all winter and he deserves it. Tomorrow, I think it will be a different trial with lower scores, the terrain should dry out as there are no predictions of rain, so we'll see. We'll try to give everything.

Repsol Honda Team
Takahisa Fujinami

Takahisa Fujinami 6

This year I feel great physically and I had been hoping for a podium in Italy but finally it has arrived here in Japan. I am very happy, getting on the podium in front of my Japanese fans is very important for me. It is also important for Honda, so I’m even happier. This double podium means a lot for the whole team who have worked so hard and it is a great motivation to continue along this track. Tomorrow we will continue working to try to get back on the podium.

Repsol Honda Team
Miquel Cirera

Miquel Cirera

Team Manager

I want to congratulate our two riders who had a great trial today, Toni for the victory and the podium for Fujinami. This result is very important for Fujigas: it will give him strength for the rest of the season. Thanks also to all the team because today was not easy. Tomorrow looks likely to also be a difficult race, so we will give it everything and try to get back onto the podium. We are lucky that this season we started with the two riders both in really strong physical condition and without any injuries. We will try to keep up this strong start.

Repsol Honda Team
Trial of Japan

Motegi, Japan

Trial 2019, Round 2

Saturday 8 Jun 2019, 18:09 UTC
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. L1 L2 T3 Total Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Toni Bou 1 SPA 19 26 3 48 20 Repsol Honda Team Montesa
2 Adam Raga 67 SPA 36 31 4 71 17 TRS Factory Team TRS +
3 Takahisa Fujinami 6 JPN 39 35 1 75 15 Repsol Honda Team Montesa +
4 James Dabill 22 GBR 43 34 2 79 13 Beta Factory Racing Beta +
5 Jeroni Fajardo 2 SPA 44 33 4 81 11 Gas Gas Factory Team Gas Gas +
6 Franz Kadlec 66 GER 43 48 2 93 10 TRS Factory Team TRS +
7 Jaime Busto 69 SPA 56 38 4 98 9 Vertigo Factory Team Vertigo +
8 Jorge Casales 33 SPA 53 45 0 98 8 Vertigo Factory Team Vertigo +
9 Miquel Gelabert 9 SPA 54 44 3 101 7 Sherco Factory Team Sherco +
10 Jack Price 34 GBR 50 54 0 104 6 Gas Gas Factory Team Gas Gas +
11 Benoit Bincaz 73 FRA 56 48 3 107 5 Beta Factory Racing Beta +
12 Kenichi Kuroyama 98 JPN 52 56 0 108 4 Gas Gas Factory Team Gas Gas +
13 Dan Peace 38 GBR 52 60 2 114 3 Sherco Factory Team Sherco +
14 Fumitaka Nozaki 99 JPN 57 58 3 118 2 Yamaha Yamaha +
15 Tomoyuki Ogawa 97 JPN 66 54 0 120 1 Honda Honda +
Friday 7 Jun 2019, 13:32 UTC
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. L1 Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Adam Raga 67 SPA 0 TRS Factory Team TRS
2 James Dabill 22 GBR 0 Beta Factory Racing Beta +
3 Toni Bou 1 SPA 0 Repsol Honda Team Montesa +
4 Benoit Bincaz 73 FRA 0 Beta Factory Racing Beta +
5 Jorge Casales 33 SPA 0 Vertigo Factory Team Vertigo +
6 Jeroni Fajardo 2 SPA 0 Gas Gas Factory Team Gas Gas +
7 Miquel Gelabert 9 SPA 0 Sherco Factory Team Sherco +
8 Franz Kadlec 66 GER 1 TRS Factory Team TRS +
9 Tomoyuki Ogawa 97 JPN 1 Honda Honda +
10 Takahisa Fujinami 6 JPN 1 Repsol Honda Team Montesa +
11 Jaime Busto 69 SPA 1 Vertigo Factory Team Vertigo +
12 Kenichi Kuroyama 98 JPN 3 Gas Gas Factory Team Gas Gas +
13 Fumitaka Nozaki 99 JPN 3 Yamaha Yamaha +
14 Dan Peace 38 GBR 5 Sherco Factory Team Sherco +
15 Jack Price 34 GBR 5 Gas Gas Factory Team Gas Gas +
Rider Standings
Saturday, 8 Jun 2019 - Open world standings grid
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr.
1 Toni BOU 1 SPA 40 Repsol Honda Team Montesa
2 Adam RAGA 67 SPA 32 TRS Factory Team TRS
3 Jeroni FAJARDO 2 SPA 28 Gas Gas Factory Team Gas Gas
4 Takahisa FUJINAMI 6 JPN 25 Repsol Honda Team Montesa
5 James DABILL 22 GBR 20 Beta Factory Racing Beta
6 Jaime BUSTO 69 SPA 20 Vertigo Factory Team Vertigo
7 Franz KADLEC 66 GER 18 TRS Factory Team TRS
8 Benoit BINCAZ 73 FRA 18 Beta Factory Racing Beta
9 Miquel GELABERT 9 SPA 16 Sherco Factory Team Sherco
10 Jorge CASALES 33 SPA 11 Vertigo Factory Team Vertigo
11 Jack PRICE 34 GBR 11 Gas Gas Factory Team Gas Gas
12 Oriol NOGUERA 13 SPA 6 Team Jotagas JTG
13 Dan PEACE 38 GBR 5 Sherco Factory Team Sherco
14 Kenichi KUROYAMA 98 JPN 4 Gas Gas Factory Team Gas Gas
15 Arnau FARRE 19 SPA 4 Team Jotagas JTG
16 Fumitaka NOZAKI 99 JPN 2 Yamaha Yamaha
17 Tomoyuki OGAWA 97 JPN 1 Honda Honda
18 Andrea RIVA 96 ITA 1 TRS Factory Team TRS