Toni Bou and his Repsol Honda Team comrade, Japanese rider Takahisa Fujinami, will this weekend face the final hurdle as the 2018 TrialGP World Championship arrives in Italy. Bou has already sealed the title, but Fujinami can still improve upon his overall position.
The world championship calendar draws to a close with the dispute, this coming weekend, of the Italian TrialGP, set to take place in Pietramurata in the Trentino region. Repsol Honda Team will tackle this final round of the campaign with the season’s main objectives already accomplished in the most recent event in Great Britain, namely, victory in the individual world title and the manufacturers’ championship.
Toni Bou arrives at Pietramurata with a 150-point advantage in the bag and a difference of 33 points over the nearest second-place rival. The Repsol Honda Team rider has won six trials out of the eight disputed so far this season, which have helped Bou to set a new record of 102 world championship victories.
Meanwhile, Takahisa Fujinami, Bou’s partner at Repsol Honda Team, arrives on the back of a series of upbeat trials with good all-round feelings. The rider currently occupies sixth spot in the overall standings, a position the veteran hopes to improve upon.
The event marks the second edition of the TrialGP in Trentino after the one held there last year. Toni Bou was the clear winner on that occasion. In fact, in each of the most recent eight occasions that the top flight competition has visited Italy (2010-2017), Bou has repeatedly triumphed; not forgetting two further wins in 2007 and 2008. Team-mate Takahisa Fujinami has also been victorious four times in Italian world championship events.
An important change has taken place in the timetabling for the Italian TrialGP this weekend: the training session on Saturday will now take place in the afternoon, which will delay the qualifying round, which has been rescheduled for 20:00 in the evening. The trial itself, on Sunday, will not be affected. The first rider will start at 09:00 hrs, with the final podium due to take place at 15:45.