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The world champion didn’t budge an inch and rode to a laboured victory in Lourdes which reinstates Bou on the top of the TrialGP podium. Alongside him on the rostrum was Jaime Busto, who after having clinched a first-ever podium last weekend, has clearly taken a liking to the flavour of success.
An excellent day all round for Repsol Honda Team in this fourth round of the TrialGP World Championship where a fourth place for Takahisa Fujinami can be added the first and third places of Toni Bou and Jaime Busto.
The Lourdes escapade was a demanding one. The morning rain had left most of the sections muddy and meant that good results were an arduous challenge. To complicate proceedings further, the maximum permitted times on the first lap were so tight that they led to a string of penalizations.
Toni Bou picked up a couple of fives in the more delicate sections on the first lap, before completing the second round in better conditions, mistake-free, for an accumulated total of twenty-one marks, six of which were for time penalties. Bou lengthens his advantage in the overall standings to thirteen points over nearest second place rival Adam Raga, who finished today behind the champion.
Basque rider Jaime Busto, Toni’s sidekick in the Repsol Honda Team, replicated his podium finish of last week where he had taken runner-up spot in Andorra. Busto posted third today after a fine display of quality. The score-count on the second lap was far lower than the first time around, with seven marks out of a total of forty-eight.
Takahisa Fujinami too was in a constant battle for a podium place, although errors in the final sections of the first lap proved costly. Today’s fourth place does, however, leave the Japanese rider equal on points with team-mate Busto in the overall standings.
In the constructor’s championship, Montesa continues to lead and pulls further ahead with a 37-point advantage.
The fifth and next round of the TrialGP World Championship takes place on June 9th in Tong, United Kingdom.
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