Bou Second in Scotland, Retains Trial Lead
2011 World Trials Championship
After taking victory at Fort William in Scotland last weekend for Round 7 of the 2011 World Trial Championship, Gas Gas rider Adam Raga stole some valuable points from his closest rival and current series leader, Toni Bou.
But Bou didn’t lose by much, the Repsol rider taking second by only a one-point deficit in Scotland. Heading into the penultimate round in Motegi, Japan (Aug. 20-21), Bou has a 15-point lead over Raga. The World Trials Championship concludes in Isola 2000 in France Sept. 3-4.
As for Scotland, the several-times World Champion was first on track, which was a disadvantage due to weather conditions. In the second lap, the Repsol rider was able to obtain the highest score of the day. Bou is the only rider that has got on the podium in all the rounds of this year Championship so far.
Toni Bou (Repsol Trials) says: "We knew from our experience that this is the Championship round that affects the most the first rider on track, so this second position is not a setback. The most important thing is that we achieved it fighting until the last minute and finishing just one point behind the winner.
"It was a tough race and some areas were very slippery. In cases like this, and taking into account our situation in the Championship, finishing second is always positive".
Scotland World Trial Results:
1. Adam Raga (Gas Gas) 30 points
2. Toni Bou (Repsol Montesa Honda) 31 points
3. Takahisa Fujinami (Repsol Montesa Honda) 49 points
4. Albert Cabestany (Sherco) 50 points
5. James Dabill (Beta) 61 points
Trial World Championship (after 7 of 9 rounds)
1. Toni Bou (Repsol Montesa Honda) 132 points
2. Adam Raga (Gas Gas) 117 points
3. Albert Cabestany (Sherco) 99 points
4. Takahisa Fujinami (Repsol Montesa Honda) 99 points
5. Jeroni Fajardo (Ossa)