Repsol Honda Team rider Toni Bou seized his fifth pole position of the season in the premiere night qualifying round held in the OffRoad Park in Pietramurata, Italy. Takahisa Fujinami set the tenth fastest time.

Toni Bou proved to be the fastest rider as trial disputed its maiden qualifying round below the artificial lights of Pietramurata’s OffRoad Park. The Repsol Honda Team rider managed to improve on his time in the first qualifying lap, despite some setbacks, to set the fastest time in Q2 with a round of 33.06 seconds.

Bou’s team-mate in the Repsol Honda Team, Japanese rider Takahisa Fujinami, chose to play it safe and avoid any penalties in the qualifying session. With a time of 43.63 seconds, Fujigas posted tenth best, however he will still have the chance to observe how some of his main adversaries in the general rankings take the course ahead of him.

Tomorrow, Sunday, marks the eighth and final trial of the season, with fifteen sections to be tackled over two laps of the course. Toni Bou, starting from pole, hopes to finish the season with a win in the Italian Grand Prix, while ‘Fujigas’ will be looking to improve his position in the final standings by making it onto the rostrum in tomorrow’s event. The trial kicks off at 09:00 hrs with the final podium scheduled to be held at 15:45 hrs.

Toni Bou

Toni Bou 1

Today we did not want to take risks. We saw a Jaime Busto very fast in Q1, so we had to pull the stops out. In the second qualifying lap I went very fast, but I went out on a curve and I had to get back into the lane, going even faster while avoiding taking more risks. Luckily, this setback didn’t penalize me much and I was able to take the pole. Tomorrow's trial will be disputed in a terrain that I like a lot, but at the same time it is not the best kind for our bike, which can skid around on the white rock quite a bit. It will be a special race: we will try to win, but above all try to enjoy ourselves.

Repsol Honda Team
Takahisa Fujinami

Takahisa Fujinami 5

It is not the best qualifier, but it was very fast and it was also very easy to make mistakes. I have improved on the time of Q1 but it was not enough. Looking ahead to tomorrow, I have quite a few good riders in front of me, so I think I have a good chance of having a good trial. I have better feelings compared to last year, as well as a lot of desire to do well and finish the season with a good result.

Repsol Honda Team
Trial of Italy

Arco di Trento, Italy

Trial 2018, Round 8

Saturday 15 Sep 2018, 22:59 UTC
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Total Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Toni Bou 1 SPA 33.06 Repsol Honda Team Montesa
2 Albert Cabestany 37 SPA 34.62 Beta Factory Racing Beta +
3 Jeroni Fajardo 4 SPA 38.13 Gas Gas Factory Team Gas Gas +
4 Benoit Bincaz 16 FRA 38.26 Scorpa Factory Scorpa +
5 Miquel Gelabert 11 SPA 40.27 Sherco Factory Team Sherco +
6 Jorge Casales 33 SPA 40.29 Vertigo Factory Team Vertigo +
7 Oriol Noguera 14 SPA 41.25 Team Jotagas JTG +
8 Franz Kadlec 9 GER 41.84 Gas Gas Factory Team Gas Gas +
9 Jack Price 34 GBR 43.32 Gas Gas Factory Team Gas Gas +
10 Takahisa Fujinami 5 JPN 43.64 Repsol Honda Team Montesa +
11 James Dabill 22 GBR 1 Beta Factory Racing Beta +
12 Jaime Busto 69 SPA 5 Gas Gas Factory Team Gas Gas +
13 Adam Raga 67 SPA 5 TRS Factory Team TRS +
14 Alexandre Ferrer 29 FRA 5 Sherco Factory Team Sherco +
15 Kenichi Kuroyama 20 JPN 5 Yamaha Yamaha +
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