Repsol Honda Team rider Toni Bou and team-mate Takahisa Fujinami finished third and tenth respectively in the qualifying for the TrialGP Grand Prix of Japan, taking place this weekend at Motegi’s Twin Ring circuit.

Once again, intermittent rain, rain-soaked terrain and mud featured as the top protagonists in the season’s second qualifying round. Toni Bou rode a notable Q1 with the second fastest time, but in Q2, the reigning world champion, looking to improve on the time, had a slip and missed out on the chance to outride his adversaries. Nevertheless, Toni finished with the third best time in the aggregate result of the two qualifying sessions.

Meanwhile, Takahisa Fujinami made two dabs in the first qualifying and chalked up just one penalization in the second. The final tally-up sees the Japanese rider finish tenth and will start from sixth position amongst the TrialGP riders tomorrow.

The first of the two events of this Japanese TrialGP gets underway tomorrow. The Repsol Honda Team riders will have to complete two fifteen-section laps within the confines of the Motegi’s Twin Ring.

Toni Bou

Toni Bou 1

The ground was very slippery. We had a good result from the first qualifying lap, but I knew that to start out in the final three I had to speed up. I tried to do in Q2, but it did not work out for me. Even so, we are not unhappy and we are looking forward to tomorrow's trial. We will have several riders ahead and it looks like being a wet event, so we will have a lot of work to do.

Repsol Honda Team
Takahisa Fujinami

Takahisa Fujinami 6

Today I was looking to not make any mistakes, but the terrain was very difficult. In the first lap I made two dabs and in the second I improved, but not enough to start from the rear tomorrow. Tomorrow event will be complicated, I will have Jaime and the other Japanese riders as reference, so it's not bad at all. If it rains tomorrow it will be better to start among the first riders, since the ground will be less slippery.

Repsol Honda Team
Trial of Japan

Motegi, Japan

Trial 2019, Round 2

Friday 7 Jun 2019, 13:32 UTC
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. L1 Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Adam Raga 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 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 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
Sunday, 26 May 2019 - Open world standings grid
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr.
1 Toni BOU 1 SPA 20 Repsol Honda Team Montesa
2 Jeroni FAJARDO 2 SPA 17 Gas Gas Factory Team Gas Gas
3 Adam RAGA SPA 15 TRS Factory Team TRS
4 Benoit BINCAZ FRA 13 Beta Factory Racing Beta
5 Jaime BUSTO SPA 11 Vertigo Factory Team Vertigo
6 Takahisa FUJINAMI 6 JPN 10 Repsol Honda Team Montesa
7 Miquel GELABERT 9 SPA 9 Sherco Factory Team Sherco
8 Franz KADLEC 66 GER 8 TRS Factory Team TRS
9 James DABILL 22 GBR 7 Beta Factory Racing Beta
10 Oriol NOGUERA 13 SPA 6 Team Jotagas JTG
11 Jack PRICE 34 GBR 5 Gas Gas Factory Team Gas Gas
12 Arnau FARRE 19 SPA 4 Team Jotagas JTG
13 Jorge CASALES 33 SPA 3 Vertigo Factory Team Vertigo
14 Dan PEACE 38 GBR 2 Sherco Factory Team Sherco
15 Andrea RIVA 96 ITA 1 TRS Factory Team TRS