Toni Bou opened the TrialGP campaign as leader in Camprodón. Repsol Honda Team team-mate Takahisa Fujinami posted a well-deserved eighth place in spite of a nagging shoulder injury.

After yesterday’s first qualifying round of the season, where Bou finished eleventh after a costly mistake; today the champion rose to the occasion and reversed his fortunes with a fine performance.

Sunday’s trial over an eight-kilometre, fifteen-section course proved to be a tough ride given the weekend’s weather conditions. The two laps were marked by intermittent but intense rain, with riders forced to negotiate delicately the perilously muddy conditions of the route. The difficulties brought out the best of Toni Bou whose triumph establishes him as the season’s first overall leader.

The second lap saw Bou struggle through a rough patch, although the rider quickly bounced back to seal the trial victory with a seventeen-point advantage over the nearest second place rival.
Bou’s Repsol Honda Team team-mate Takahisa Fujinami braved severe shoulder pain, but nevertheless managed to overcome a lack of arm movement to score an eighth place finish.
The next TrialGP World Championship round will be held at the Motegi circuit in Japan, over two days. Qualifying is scheduled for June 1st, with the main event over the two following days.

Toni Bou

Toni Bou 1

1st

I am very happy for the victory because yesterday I had a pretty bad qualifying session and today I had to start among the first riders in the category. The trial was very complicated, but from the beginning I felt comfortable and I made very few mistakes. The second lap was more complicated with rain and mud, where I fived a couple of times due to lack of confidence in the terrain. Physically I felt good; on the second lap my back hurt a bit, but it was better than I had expected. It is a great start to the championship and I want to congratulate the organizers, as it has been a very complete trial with very authentic areas.

Repsol Honda Team
Takahisa Fujinami

Takahisa Fujinami 6

8th

Just last week we were deciding whether or not to compete in this first trial, due to my right shoulder not being at 100%. I wanted to give it a shot and that's what I did. I started well but I got more and more tired and I felt it in my back and arms. Even so, I am very happy with the result: an eighth position is very good for the championship.

Repsol Honda Team
Miquel Cirera

Miquel Cirera

Team Manager

The most positive thing about this start of the championship is that Toni felt good and had a great trial. Fujinami has also had a good day finding the strength to fight even with the back problems. It will not be an easy year and we will have to work hard, but that is why I want to thank the whole team who have worked so much for this first trial of the outdoor world championship. See you all in Japan.

Repsol Honda Team
Trial of Spain

Camprodon, Spain

Trial 2018, Round 1

Sunday 20 May 2018, 19:15 UTC
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. L1 L2 Total Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Toni Bou 1 SPA 13 29 43 20 Repsol Honda Team Montesa
2 Jaime Busto 69 SPA 25 31 60 17 Gas Gas Factory Team Gas Gas +
3 Jeroni Fajardo 2 SPA 35 35 75 15 Gas Gas Factory Team Gas Gas +
4 Jorge Casales 33 SPA 33 40 76 13 Vertigo Factory Team Vertigo +
5 Adam Raga 67 SPA 36 36 77 11 TRS Factory Team TRS +
6 James Dabill 22 GBR 39 41 82 10 Beta Factory Racing Beta +
7 Albert Cabestany 37 SPA 43 43 88 9 Beta Factory Racing Beta +
8 Takahisa Fujinami 6 JPN 53 47 102 8 Repsol Honda Team Montesa +
9 Jack Price 34 GBR 50 50 102 7 Gas Gas Factory Team Gas Gas +
10 Miquel Gelabert 9 SPA 55 44 103 6 Sherco Factory Team Sherco +
11 Benoit Bincaz 16 FRA 50 53 104 5 Scorpa Factory Scorpa +
12 Oriol Noguera 13 SPA 49 54 107 4 Team Jotagas JTG +
13 Franz Kadlec 9 GER 53 54 111 3 Gas Gas Factory Team Gas Gas +
14 Alexandre Ferrer 29 FRA 55 60 115 2 Sherco Factory Team Sherco +
15 Iwan Roberts 21 GBR 67 57 128 1 TRS Factory Team TRS +
Saturday 19 May 2018, 18:24 UTC
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Total Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Jaime Busto 69 SPA 29.78 Gas Gas Factory Team Gas Gas
2 Albert Cabestany 37 SPA 30.20 Beta Factory Racing Beta +
3 Adam Raga 67 SPA 30.58 TRS Factory Team TRS +
4 Miquel Gelabert 9 SPA 31.80 Sherco Factory Team Sherco +
5 Oriol Noguera 13 SPA 31.86 Team Jotagas JTG +
6 Jorge Casales 33 SPA 32.89 Vertigo Factory Team Vertigo +
7 Alexandre Ferrer 29 FRA 33.48 Sherco Factory Team Sherco +
8 Franz Kadlec 9 GER 33.64 Gas Gas Factory Team Gas Gas +
9 Jeroni Fajardo 2 SPA 34.83 Gas Gas Factory Team Gas Gas +
10 Takahisa Fujinami 6 JPN 36.02 Repsol Honda Team Montesa +
11 Toni Bou 1 SPA 30.20 Repsol Honda Team Montesa +
12 James Dabill 22 GBR 32.82 Beta Factory Racing Beta +
13 Benoit Bincaz 16 FRA 35.51 Scorpa Factory Scorpa +
14 Jack Price 34 GBR 37.34 Gas Gas Factory Team Gas Gas +
Rider Standings
Sunday, 20 May 2018 - Open world standings grid
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr.
1 Toni BOU 1 SPA 20 Repsol Honda Team Montesa
2 Jaime BUSTO 69 SPA 17 Gas Gas Factory Team Gas Gas
3 Jeroni FAJARDO 2 SPA 15 Gas Gas Factory Team Gas Gas
4 Jorge CASALES 33 SPA 13 Vertigo Factory Team Vertigo
5 Adam RAGA 67 SPA 11 TRS Factory Team TRS
6 James DABILL 22 GBR 10 Beta Factory Racing Beta
7 Albert CABESTANY 37 SPA 9 Beta Factory Racing Beta
8 Takahisa FUJINAMI 6 JPN 8 Repsol Honda Team Montesa
9 Jack PRICE 34 GBR 7 Gas Gas Factory Team Gas Gas
10 Miquel GELABERT 9 SPA 6 Sherco Factory Team Sherco
11 Benoit BINCAZ 16 FRA 5 Scorpa Factory Scorpa
12 Oriol NOGUERA 13 SPA 4 Team Jotagas JTG
13 Franz KADLEC 9 GER 3 Gas Gas Factory Team Gas Gas
14 Alexandre FERRER 29 FRA 2 Sherco Factory Team Sherco
15 Iwan ROBERTS 21 GBR 1 TRS Factory Team TRS