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.

Toni Bou

Toni Bou 1

STANDINGS: CHAMPION / POINTS: 150

It was great to be able to win the title early in England, so we can face the last race without any pressure and fully enjoy the event. That, however, does not mean that we are not going to fight, on the contrary. We will try to perform our best at the trial, as always, to be able to finish the season at the top, the way we started it.

Repsol Honda Team
Takahisa Fujinami

Takahisa Fujinami 5

STANDINGS: 6TH / POINTS: 81

In the final event of the year we have some chances to improve a position in the championship, but I am not at all obsessed with it. I think that over the most recent trials I have managed to improve my riding a lot and, above all, the way I approach the event. So I hope to be able to continue along these lines. Let’s see how it turns out.

Repsol Honda Team
Trial of Italy

Arco di Trento, Italy

Trial 2018, Round 8

Rider Standings
Sunday, 2 Sep 2018 - Open world standings grid
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr.
1 Toni BOU 1 SPA 150 Repsol Honda Team Montesa
2 Jeroni FAJARDO 4 SPA 117 Gas Gas Factory Team Gas Gas
3 Jaime BUSTO 69 SPA 113 Gas Gas Factory Team Gas Gas
4 Adam RAGA 67 SPA 112 TRS Factory Team TRS
5 Albert CABESTANY 37 SPA 89 Beta Factory Racing Beta
6 Takahisa FUJINAMI 5 JPN 81 Repsol Honda Team Montesa
7 James DABILL 22 GBR 70 Beta Factory Racing Beta
8 Jorge CASALES 33 SPA 66 Vertigo Factory Team Vertigo
9 Miquel GELABERT 11 SPA 62 Sherco Factory Team Sherco
10 Jack PRICE 34 GBR 46 Gas Gas Factory Team Gas Gas
11 Benoit BINCAZ 16 FRA 38 Scorpa Factory Scorpa
12 Franz KADLEC 9 GER 33 Gas Gas Factory Team Gas Gas
13 Oriol NOGUERA 14 SPA 30 Team Jotagas JTG
14 Alexandre FERRER 29 FRA 13 Sherco Factory Team Sherco
15 Kenichi KUROYAMA 20 JPN 8 Yamaha Yamaha
16 Tomoyuki OGAWA 18 JPN 5 Honda Team Mitani Honda
17 Iwan ROBERTS 21 GBR 5 TRS Factory Team TRS
18 Fumitaka NOZAKI 19 JPN 3 Yamaha Yamaha