The TrialGP World Championship gets underway this coming weekend in Italy. Toni Bou and Takahisa Fujinami, the two Repsol Honda Team riders, are poised to tackle a new season with many fresh challenges in store for both of them.
Italy will once again host the TrialGP World Championship, this time for the opening round of the championship, due to start this coming weekend with two points-paying days of competition.
The biggest unknown in the current trial environment is about how well Toni Bou will be able to cope with the season opener after the left leg fibula fracture suffered several weeks ago while training on the bike. After undergoing an operation at the Mi Tres Torres clinic, performed by Dr. Josep Torrent and Dr. Maurise Saur and overseen by team doctor Dr. Joaquim Terricabras, the Repsol Honda Team Trial rider embarked on a rehabilitation programme which saw him back on the bike, for the first time, just a few days ago. The rider himself cited good initial sensations and feels confident as he begins the defence of the world championship title at the TrialGP season opener in Tolmezzo, Italy, on June 12-13. With fourteen titles already under his belt, Bou will be looking to improve upon the figure in what promises to be a highly unpredictable season. Toni Bou has been victorious in Italy on fourteen previous occasions, having won the last twelve races consecutively.
Meanwhile, Repsol Honda Team brother-in-arms, Japanese rider Takahisa Fujinami, will start a 26th consecutive season in the elite class competition. ‘Fujigas’, world champion in 2004, will be looking for a positive season with the podium as his main aim, after the shortened 2020 calendar, with its concentration of races, hampered his performance in the opening events. Fujinami’s track record so far in Italy includes five wins and a record 22 podium finishes.
The 2021 Italy TrialGP will be held in Tolmezzo, in the Udine region, at the foot of the Eastern Alps. The season’s new regulations will affect the route, which will have, differing from last season, just two laps with a total of 12 sections. The maximum permitted time to complete the first round will be 2h30m. After 15 minutes for rest and refreshments, riders will have 1h45m to finish the second lap of the sections, with the maximum total time allowed per rider being 4h30m. On Saturday, the event will get underway at 10:00, while on Sunday the trial kicks off at 09:00.