Toni Bou becomes the first leader of the 2019 TrialGP World Championship after achieving a notable victory in a trial made complicated by the delicate state of the competition terrain. Team-mate Takahisa Fujinami earned a well-deserved sixth position after displaying good form.

The opening of the FIM TrialGP World Championship was marked by rain which appeared intermittently throughout the weekend at the OffRoad Park in Pietramurata (Italy). The sections were muddy and required impeccable precision by riders to be able to salvage anything out of each section.

After qualifying yesterday, Toni Bou and Takahisa Fujinami were forced to practically open the track with virtually no reference points ahead. Today’s trial, featuring fifteen sections over two laps, proved to be a tough affair. On lap one Toni Bou picked up several penalty points for two serious, yet surprising errors. The champion did, nevertheless, hold onto the leadership through the opening lap. On lap two, the Repsol Honda Team rider dug deep to break away from the pack at the head of the leader board. Bou finished the day atop the podium, sporting a 28-point advantage over the nearest second placed rival.

Repsol Honda Team companion Takahisa Fujinami got off to a fine start in the outdoor season finishing in sixth position in spite of having been in the tussle for the top positions. However, errors in the latter stages of the trial left the Japanese rider without options of a rostrum place.

The next round of the TrialGP World Championship will be held at the Motegi circuit in Japan, with a double-day event. The qualifying round takes place on June 7th with the main events on 8th and 9th June.

Toni Bou

Toni Bou 1

I am very happy with my riding today. It is true that on the first lap I made two serious mistakes by pushing against two arrows. On the second I had a great ride picking up just four points in a very complicated trial where the terrain was very slippery. I wish to thank the whole team because they have worked very hard all winter to get us here in such strong shape.

Repsol Honda Team
Takahisa Fujinami

Takahisa Fujinami 6

The first lap of this trial in Italy went pretty badly but on the second one I was able to pull back a little bit and until section ten was in fourth position. In the final sections I made mistakes that made me drop to the sixth position. I am very happy with the bike. This season I have also worked a lot physically, so I feel good. Now, to fight for the next race in Japan.

Repsol Honda Team
Miquel Cirera

Miquel Cirera

Team Manager

Today the terrain was really difficult, it was very slippery and it was very easy to make mistakes. Toni made many mistakes on the first round but for the second the spectacular Toni of always was back. He produced one of the best laps ever made in a world championship event. Meanwhile Takahisa Fujinami worked hard, on several occasion reaching his rivals at the top, but a sixth overall position at the start is not bad at all. It has been a fine start to the world championship, but we will continue working towards the next event in Japan.

Repsol Honda Team
Trial of Italy

Pietramurata, Italy

Trial 2019, Round 1

Sunday 26 May 2019, 18:39 UTC
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. L1 L2 T3 Total Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Toni Bou 1 SPA 25 4 4 33 20 Repsol Honda Team Montesa
2 Jeroni Fajardo 2 SPA 45 11 5 61 17 Gas Gas Factory Team Gas Gas +
3 Adam Raga 67 SPA 45 19 2 66 15 TRS Factory Team TRS +
4 Benoit Bincaz 73 FRA 46 34 5 86 13 Beta Factory Racing Beta +
5 Jaime Busto 69 SPA 40 45 3 88 11 Vertigo Factory Team Vertigo +
6 Takahisa Fujinami 6 JPN 52 39 5 96 10 Repsol Honda Team Montesa +
7 Miquel Gelabert 9 SPA 47 55 3 105 9 Sherco Factory Team Sherco +
8 Franz Kadlec 66 GER 60 47 4 111 8 TRS Factory Team TRS +
9 James Dabill 22 GBR 57 42 13 112 7 Beta Factory Racing Beta +
10 Oriol Noguera 13 SPA 57 55 2 114 6 Team Jotagas JTG +
11 Jack Price 34 GBR 60 57 0 117 5 Gas Gas Factory Team Gas Gas +
12 Arnau Farre 19 SPA 63 62 1 126 4 Team Jotagas JTG +
13 Jorge Casales 33 SPA 72 50 6 128 3 Vertigo Factory Team Vertigo +
14 Dan Peace 38 GBR 66 62 1 129 2 Sherco Factory Team Sherco +
15 Andrea Riva 96 ITA 75 66 1 142 1 TRS Factory Team TRS +
Rain
Sunday 26 May 2019, 01:33 UTC
  • Track Condition: Wet
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. L1 Total Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Benoit Bincaz 73 FRA 5 5 Beta Factory Racing Beta
2 Jaime Busto 69 SPA 5 5 Vertigo Factory Team Vertigo +
3 Miquel Gelabert 9 SPA 5 5 Sherco Factory Team Sherco +
4 Arnau Farre 19 SPA 5 5 Team Jotagas JTG +
5 Franz Kadlec 66 GER 5 5 TRS Factory Team TRS +
6 Oriol Noguera 13 SPA 5 5 Team Jotagas JTG +
7 Andrea Riva 96 ITA 5 5 TRS Factory Team TRS +
8 Dan Peace 38 GBR 5 5 Sherco Factory Team Sherco +
9 James Dabill 22 GBR 5 5 Beta Factory Racing Beta +
10 Jack Price 34 GBR 5 5 Gas Gas Factory Team Gas Gas +
11 Toni Bou 1 SPA 5 5 Repsol Honda Team Montesa +
12 Takahisa Fujinami 6 JPN 5 5 Repsol Honda Team Montesa +
13 Jorge Casales 33 SPA 5 5 Vertigo Factory Team Vertigo +
14 Adam Raga 67 SPA 5 5 TRS Factory Team TRS +
15 Jeroni Fajardo 2 SPA 5 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 67 SPA 15 TRS Factory Team TRS
4 Benoit BINCAZ 73 FRA 13 Beta Factory Racing Beta
5 Jaime BUSTO 69 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