Repsol Honda Team rider Toni Bou, with a masterful ride, secured victory today in Comblain-au-Pont in the fifth round of the TrialGP World Championship. Takahisa Fujinami, likewise rode an excellent trial to narrowly miss out on a repeat of last year’s podium by a single point.

It turned out to be a gruelling course for the fourth round of the top-tier trial competition. The sweltering heat proved to be the day’s main protagonist forcing both riders and minders alike to take on constant refreshment to hydrate themselves and avoid wilting before the two fifteen-section laps had been completed.

Toni Bou suffered on the hard terrain, the climbs and the slippery slabs of rock. There was barely a difference between the champ and Jeroni Fajardo throughout the entire trial, until the competition reached the final section of the last lap, where the Repsol Honda Team star was able to seal his fifth season victory. Bou hasn’t been off the top step of the podium since last year’s trial in Andorra. The win stretches the incumbent champion’s lead at the head of the overall standings and gives him a nineteen-point cushion over the nearest second place rival.

Japanese rider Takahisa Fujinami pulled off a spectacular fourth place, a mere point away from a place on the rostrum. Today “Fujigas” was the first top-flight rider to open the track this morning but nevertheless rode a noteworthy trial. Fujinami holds fourth spot in the overall rankings.

The next trial world championship outing will take place in Portugal on 13th and 14th July, although prior to that Toni Bou has a date with the Spanish national championship in Pobladura de las Regueras, León.

Toni Bou

Toni Bou 1

Today was a very tough race. It was very easy to fail but very difficult to recover. On the first lap we had Fajardo ahead who had a great trial, but on the second I was able to come back and put up with the pressure well. I was able to take the win in the final section in front of the spectators, which was very nice. Looking ahead to the championship, today has been a very important day to take things one step further. Congratulates also to Fujinami, who today also had a great ride opening the track.

Repsol Honda Team
Takahisa Fujinami

Takahisa Fujinami 6

Today I fought a lot. When I opened the sections I did not know that so many riders were picking up so many penalties, so I was not aware of my position. On the second lap I went all out for it and finally I came very close to the podium. A pity but considering that I had opened the track, I am very happy with how I rode today. It was tough because of the heat, not only for me, but for the minders, the mechanics ... so thank you very much to the whole team. We are motivated to continue.

Repsol Honda Team
Miquel Cirera

Miquel Cirera

Team Manager

Today was a complicated trial. Toni had more difficulty than usual, but fought to the end as we are used to seeing and managed to win the event. Fujinami today was spectacular too. Opening the sections is not an easy task and he finished just off the podium, so very well done. I want to congratulate the whole team. Today they have all worked very hard and in very harsh conditions, either because of the terrain or because of the heat. We will continue to battle on towards the next date in two weeks time in Portugal.

Repsol Honda Team
Trial of Belgium

Comblain au Pont, Belgium

Trial 2019, Round 4

Sunday 30 Jun 2019, 17:26 UTC
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. L1 L2 T3 Total Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Toni Bou 1 SPA 21 11 1 33 20 Repsol Honda Team Montesa
2 Jeroni Fajardo 2 SPA 18 17 1 36 17 Gas Gas Factory Team Gas Gas
3 Adam Raga SPA 43 26 3 72 15 TRS Factory Team TRS
4 Takahisa Fujinami 6 JPN 44 28 1 73 13 Repsol Honda Team Montesa
5 Jaime Busto SPA 47 27 4 78 11 Vertigo Factory Team Vertigo
6 Jorge Casales 33 SPA 33 45 4 82 10 Vertigo Factory Team Vertigo
7 Benoit Bincaz FRA 53 40 2 95 9 Beta Factory Racing Beta
8 James Dabill 22 GBR 49 48 1 98 8 Beta Factory Racing Beta
9 Franz Kadlec 66 GER 49 55 2 106 7 TRS Factory Team TRS
10 Miquel Gelabert 9 SPA 52 53 7 112 6 Sherco Factory Team Sherco
11 Arnau Farre 19 SPA 57 60 0 117 5 Team Jotagas JTG
12 Dan Peace 38 GBR 53 63 1 117 4 Sherco Factory Team Sherco
13 Jack Price 34 GBR 62 54 2 118 3 Gas Gas Factory Team Gas Gas
Saturday 29 Jun 2019, 21:35 UTC
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. L1 Total Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Toni Bou 1 SPA 0 23.97 Repsol Honda Team Montesa
2 James Dabill 22 GBR 0 26.66 Beta Factory Racing Beta
3 Jaime Busto SPA 0 28.75 Vertigo Factory Team Vertigo
4 Benoit Bincaz FRA 0 29.06 Beta Factory Racing Beta
5 Adam Raga SPA 0 29.11 TRS Factory Team TRS
6 Jorge Casales 33 SPA 0 29.21 Vertigo Factory Team Vertigo
7 Jeroni Fajardo 2 SPA 0 29.77 Gas Gas Factory Team Gas Gas
8 Arnau Farre 19 SPA 0 29.83 Team Jotagas JTG
9 Miquel Gelabert 9 SPA 0 30.03 Sherco Factory Team Sherco
10 Dan Peace 38 GBR 0 30.99 Sherco Factory Team Sherco
11 Franz Kadlec 66 GER 0 35.65 TRS Factory Team TRS
12 Jack Price 34 GBR 0 37.50 Gas Gas Factory Team Gas Gas
13 Takahisa Fujinami 6 JPN 5 5 Repsol Honda Team Montesa
Rider Standings
Sunday, 30 Jun 2019 - Open world standings grid
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr.
1 Toni BOU 1 SPA 100 Repsol Honda Team Montesa
2 Adam RAGA SPA 81 TRS Factory Team TRS
3 Jeroni FAJARDO 2 SPA 67 Gas Gas Factory Team Gas Gas
4 Takahisa FUJINAMI 6 JPN 66 Repsol Honda Team Montesa
5 Jaime BUSTO SPA 51 Vertigo Factory Team Vertigo
6 James DABILL 22 GBR 50 Beta Factory Racing Beta
7 Franz KADLEC 66 GER 43 TRS Factory Team TRS
8 Jorge CASALES 33 SPA 42 Vertigo Factory Team Vertigo
9 Benoit BINCAZ FRA 39 Beta Factory Racing Beta
10 Miquel GELABERT 9 SPA 33 Sherco Factory Team Sherco
11 Jack PRICE 34 GBR 26 Gas Gas Factory Team Gas Gas
12 Dan PEACE 38 GBR 14 Sherco Factory Team Sherco
13 Arnau FARRE 19 SPA 11 Team Jotagas JTG
14 Oriol NOGUERA 13 SPA 10 Team Jotagas JTG
15 Kenichi KUROYAMA 98 JPN 7 Gas Gas Factory Team Gas Gas
16 Andrea RIVA 96 ITA 6 TRS Factory Team TRS
17 Tomoyuki OGAWA 97 JPN 3 Honda Honda
18 Fumitaka NOZAKI 99 JPN 3 Yamaha Yamaha