After the only event outside Europe, the TrialGP World Championship returns to action this weekend once again in the Old Continent. Toni Bou and Takahisa Fujinami are both scheduled to compete in TrialGP Andorra, the third round of the top category.

Following the Spanish and Japanese TrialGPs comes the Andorran TrialGP, a key event for Repsol Honda Team and one it which it hopes to field its riders in better physical shape than in the most recent world championship events.

Toni Bou returns to very well-known terrain, having triumphed six times previously in the Andorran round of the championship. In spite of having had to settle for the third step of the rostrum last year, the incumbent champion will be aspiring for top honours in 2018 in a place that he now considers to be ‘home soil’. Bou currently leads the TrialGP category with a two-point advantage over the second and third placed rivals.

Meanwhile Bou’s Repsol Honda Team team-mate, Takahisa Fujinami, goes into the event firmly committed to getting back onto the podium, as he had previously done in Motegi. ‘Fujigas’ lies in sixth place in the general standings but is still impeded by the right shoulder injury, sustained in the Spanish Trial Championship weeks prior to the start of the world championship.

The Andorran TrialGP kicks off with the qualification section in the centre of Sant Julià de Lòria and gets underway Saturday at 15:00. The course will feature fifteen sections, the vast majority of them located in the Nagol area, to be ridden over two laps. The start of the main event will take place on Sunday in the centre of town in Sant Julià from 09:00 onwards.

Toni Bou

Toni Bou 1

In Japan I didn’t have such good feelings, I had a relapse in the back injury and I was not well. This told us that this year would be complicated. We must be alert at all times, to avoid agitating the injury again. We have been working on my back and although I am quite happy, I have had some discomfort, but less than when we started the world championship. I hope to have a good trial, I want to get a good result, and it will be very important to be on the podium to get points for the championship. It will be difficult to win, but we will have to make the most of it. You have to focus hard to avoid mistakes in the qualifying session.

Repsol Honda Team
Takahisa Fujinami

Takahisa Fujinami 5

Ten days have passed since the TrialGP in Japan, where at home I felt very supported by the fans who came to Motegi and gave my best to get on the podium. For the race in Andorra, I hope to be much better physically and be able to get back to the pace necessary to be in podium positions, but without suffering too much.

Repsol Honda Team
Trial of Andorra

Sant Julia de Loria, Andorra

Trial 2018, Round 3

Rider Standings
Sunday, 3 Jun 2018 - Open world standings grid
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr.
1 Toni BOU 1 SPA 50 Repsol Honda Team Montesa
2 Jeroni FAJARDO 4 SPA 48 Gas Gas Factory Team Gas Gas
3 Jaime BUSTO 69 SPA 48 Gas Gas Factory Team Gas Gas
4 Adam RAGA 67 SPA 43 TRS Factory Team TRS
5 Jorge CASALES 33 SPA 32 Vertigo Factory Team Vertigo
6 Takahisa FUJINAMI 5 JPN 30 Repsol Honda Team Montesa
7 Albert CABESTANY 37 SPA 29 Beta Factory Racing Beta
8 James DABILL 22 GBR 28 Beta Factory Racing Beta
9 Miquel GELABERT 11 SPA 20 Sherco Factory Team Sherco
10 Jack PRICE 34 GBR 17 Gas Gas Factory Team Gas Gas
11 Benoit BINCAZ 16 FRA 15 Scorpa Factory Scorpa
12 Franz KADLEC 9 GER 10 Gas Gas Factory Team Gas Gas
13 Kenichi KUROYAMA 20 JPN 8 Yamaha Yamaha
14 Tomoyuki OGAWA 18 JPN 5 Honda Team Mitani Honda
15 Oriol NOGUERA 14 SPA 4 Team Jotagas JTG
16 Fumitaka NOZAKI 19 JPN 3 Yamaha Yamaha
17 Alexandre FERRER 29 FRA 2 Sherco Factory Team Sherco
18 Iwan ROBERTS 21 GBR 1 TRS Factory Team TRS