Bou Can Wrap Up World Trial Championship This Weekend

Reigning World Trials Champion Toni Bou looks to seal his eleventh title at the penultimate round of the 2017 series in the Czech Republic this weekend.

The following is from Honda in advance of a potential 11th World Trial Championship Series title for legendary trials ace Toni Bou of Spain:

The inimitable Toni Bou can clinch his 11th career FIM Trial World Championship with a fourth-place finish in the Czech Republic. What are the odds? Bou hasn’t been off the podium in five years.

Repsol Honda Team head to the Czech Republic to dispute the seventh and penultimate date of the FIM TrialGP World Championship, where Toni Bou can effectively secure an eleventh outdoor title.

After a well-deserved summer break following the intense months of May, June and July, Repsol Honda Team fire up the engines to tackle the two remaining dates in the FIM TrialGP calendar. This weekend sees the penultimate in Sokolov, Czech Republic and the following and final event takes place in Arco di Trento, Italia.

The main attraction of the TrialGP in the Czech Republic will hinge upon whether Toni Bou can mathematically seal the title on Sunday’s outdoor trial. Fourth final place–irrespective of whether nearest championship rival Adam Raga wins on the day–would give Toni Bou the title. Bear in mind that the last time the Montesa Cota 4RT rider didn’t make it onto the podium was five years ago.

Repsol Honda Team should be able achieve one of their best overall classifications in recent years, given that Jaime Busto and Takahisa Fujinami are contesting third and fourth place in the championship. After an excellent trial in the U.S., Busto goes into the event with an advantage, but still has his work cut out to take the bronze medal. Teammate Takahisa Fujinami, currently in fourth place. will give the young rider a run for his money until the very last section.

• Toni Bou can clinch his eleventh title in Sokolov. He needs only to finish in the top four – in case of not winning the trial – provided the victor is Adam Raga. If Adam finishes second, a top seven position will be enough.

• The Repsol Honda Team leader has won seven victories out of the eight trials held this season (two double-date GPs). Since July 8, 2012 Toni Bou has always managed to finish on the podium in the 69 competitions of the outdoor world championship held since that date.

• Sokolov, about 20 kilometres from the spa town of Karlovy Vary, has already hosted the Trial World Championship in 2015 where Toni Bou debuted as the winner in the Czech Republic, triumphing over both days of competition.

• Takahisa Fujinami has yet to win in the Czech Republic despite having four podium finishes in Nepomuk and Kramolin. This week conmemorates his first win in World Championship: 20 years ago, at German GP 1997

• The constructors title was decided in the United States with a double for Montesa Cota 4RT riders in categories TrialGP and Trial2.

• Toni Bou Stats
96 wins in world championship
193 GP participations
139 podiums
3073 points
• Takahisa Fujinami Stats
33 wins in world championship
319 GP participations
160 podiums
4326 points
• Jaime Busto Stats
41 GP entries
4 podiums
453 points

Rider Standings
Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team Constructor
1 BOU Toni 1 SPA 155 Repsol Honda Team Montesa
2 RAGA Adam 67 SPA 127 TRS Factory Team TRS
3 BUSTO Jaime 69 SPA 103 Repsol Honda Team Montesa
4 FUJINAMI Takahisa 3 JPN 95 Repsol Honda Team Montesa
5 FAJARDO Jeroni 47 SPA 95 Vertigo Factory Team Vertigo
6 CABESTANY Albert 37 SPA 85 Sherco Factory Team Sherco
7 DABILL James 7 GBR 82 Gas Gas Factory Team Gas Gas
8 CASALES Jorge 33 SPA 57 Beta Factory Racing Beta
9 KADLEC Franz 11 GER 48 Gas Gas Factory Team Gas Gas
10 GRATTAROLA Matteo 9 ITA 44 Gas Gas FG Italia Gas Gas
11 GELABERT Miquel 10 SPA 40 Sherco Factory Team Sherco
12 FARRE Arnau 19 SPA 25 RFME Spea Gas Gas
13 PRICE Jack 34 GBR 19 Gas Gas Factory Team Gas Gas
14 NOGUERA Oriol 15 SPA 18 MRW Gas Gas Trial Team Gas Gas
15 BINCAZ Benoit 16 FRA 16 Scorpa Factory Scorpa
16 FERRER Alexandre 13 FRA 13 Sherco Factory Team Sherco
17 KUROYAMA Kenichi 98 JPN 11 Yamaha Racing Yamaha
18 KARLSSON Eddie 12 SWE 10 RG Team Montesa
19 NOZAKI Fumitaka 99 JPN 3 Sherco Factory Team Sherco
20 GUBIAN Loris 14 FRA 2 Beta Beta