2013 FIM Trial World Championship Results from Motegi, Japan
The 29th edition of the 2013 FIM Trial World Championship began this weekend with the Japanese Grand Prix of Trial.
And the man who has been completely dominate in the series, Repsol Montesa’s Toni Bou, began defending his title in the best possible way – winning the Saturday’s race. But on Sunday, Bou would be ousted by his teammate, Takahisa Fujinami.
On Saturday, the several-times Trial Champion took the best scores in all three passes through the route with 12 difficult areas. The day was also plagued by rain and new “non-stop” trial regulations of the season. Joining Bou on the podium was Gas Gas’ Adam Raga and Sherco’s Albert Cabestany, respectively.
During the second race on Sunday, Fujinami was the most consistent during three laps around the 12-zone circuit in Motegi, allowing him to take his first victory in public.
Bou received many points during the first lap – 18 – but only a point each in the second and third laps. Fijinami was joined on the podium by Beta’s Jeroni Fajardo and Bou, respectively.
After the first of eight rounds, Bou leads the championship with 35 points, two ahead of Fujinami. The next round of the FIM Trial World Championship will take place May 25-26 Sequatchie, Tennessee.
Toni Bou (Repsol Montesa Honda) says: “During my first lap I didn’t feel comfortable and to recover so many points was nearly impossible. After that, the second and third lap went well, and I was able to finish on the podium, which I thought would be very difficult. I like winning, but if I can’t do it, I’m happy that victory was for my team mate. It is important for him and for the team, as it is important for me to leave Japan in the lead of the Championship.”
Takhisa Fujinami (Repsol Montesa Honda) says: “After yesterday’s disappointment, victory was the best thing that could happen. It was very important for me to be able to celebrate a victory in my country, which is also Honda’s, in front of my family and my fans. I felt much better on the bike, I did less mistakes than yesterday and kept a more consistent performance. I also think that the new ‘non-stop’ regulation suits my riding style. They were two very positive days for the team. Yesterday Toni won and today I won, both with the new engine, which works very well.”
2013 Trial World Championship Point Standings (after round 1 of 8):
1. Toni Bou, Repsol Montesa Honda: 35 points
2. Takahisa Fujinami, Repsol Montesa Honda: 33 points
3. Adam Raga, Gas Gas: 30 points
4. Jeroni Fajardo, Beta: 28 points
5. Albert Cabestany, Sherco: 25 points