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Toni Bou crowned 2017 TrialGP Champion at Sokolov

This Sunday in the Czech Republic TrialGP, Repsol Honda Team rider Toni Bou found space in the trophy cabinet for yet another world championship prize. Second place on the day was enough to accrue sufficient points to seal the 2017 TrialGP title.

Toni Bou
Toni Bou
Toni Bou – 2017 FIM TrialGP Champion

“Today was a complicated day from the beginning. I battled to win the trial but today was not to be, although the aim today had been to get the title. I am very happy despite several issues. The wet terrain we found today is not really the one I like the most, or one that favours the bike best, but we fought hard to finish on the podium. This season has been a very good one, the first victory in Camprodón and the two in Japan, where Adam Raga lost points, have been important, as well as the two victories in the United States.”

Toni and team celebrate
Toni and team celebrate

Eleven outdoor and eleven indoor championships extend Toni Bou’s absolute domination of the sport to over a decade. The Repsol Honda Team rider just keeps on making trial history. Today in Sokolov, Czech Republic, Bou once again donned the victor’s shirt after a taxing, complicated trial where the champ had to settle for runner-up spot.

The result brought with it an outburst of joy after the tensions of the previous week, given that fourth place on the day was all that was needed to guarantee the top overall prize.

Toni Bou
Toni Bou

Repsol Honda Team brother-in-arms Jaime Busto ran the full range of emotions during the trial. At best, the Basque rider led the event for most of the first lap. By the end, the promising young rider was holding third spot with the corresponding third position in the overall championship rankings.

Jaime Busto – P3

“I started quite well, with very few points, but I really was not at all comfortable in the sections of this trial. I gradually picked up penalty points and dropped down some positions on the second lap, but I dug in hard and suffered a bit and was finally able to finish in third, which is also very important for me in the championship.”

Jaime Busto
Jaime Busto

Likewise, Takahisa Fujinami performed well in spite of being one of the first riders to start the TrialGP course on this wet and humid morning. Fortunately the rain held off throughout the trial although showers during the night had left the terrain in a delicate state which made the second lap all the more challenging. Fujinami raised his game and occasionally flirted with the podium positions before posting fifth final place.

Takahisa Fujinami – P5

“I want to congratulate Toni, for his eleventh outdoor title! Today was not an easy trial and today I wanted to fight to get a good result, but the terrain was very difficult. Jaime and I were very tight at the end and neither of us were comfortable. I finished fifth when I could have done better – I could have finished third but two fives prevented it. This week I will work harder to finish fourth in the final trial.”

Takahisa Fujinami
Takahisa Fujinami

The eighth and final event in the TrialGP world championship takes place next weekend in Arco di Trento, Italy.


Results TrialGP of Czech Republic
  1. RAGA Adam / SPA / TRS Factory Team / TRS
  2. BOU Toni / SPA / Repsol Honda Team / Montesa
  3. BUSTO Jaime / SPA / Repsol Honda Team / Montesa
  4. FAJARDO Jeroni / SPA / Vertigo Factory Team / Vertigo
  5. FUJINAMI Takahisa / JPN / Repsol Honda Team / Montesa
  6. CABESTANY Albert / SPA / Sherco Factory Team / Sherco
  7. GELABERT Miquel / SPA / Sherco Factory Team / Sherco
  8. KADLEC Franz / GER / Gas Gas Factory Team / Gas Gas
  9. DABILL James / GBR / Gas Gas Factory Team / Gas Gas
  10. CASALES Jorge / SPA / Beta Factory Racing / Beta
Toni Bou took second to secure his championship title
Toni Bou took second to secure his championship title – Bou, Raga, Busto
TrialGP 2017 Rider Standings
  1. BOU Toni / SPA / Repsol Honda Team / Montesa
  2. RAGA Adam / SPA / TRS Factory Team / TRS
  3. BUSTO Jaime / SPA / Repsol Honda Team / Montesa
  4. FAJARDO Jeroni / SPA / Vertigo Factory Team / Vertigo
  5. FUJINAMI Takahisa / JPN / Repsol Honda Team / Montesa
  6. CABESTANY Albert / SPA / Sherco Factory Team / Sherco
  7. DABILL James / GBR / Gas Gas Factory Team / Gas Gas
  8. CASALES Jorge / SPA / Beta Factory Racing / Beta
  9. KADLEC Franz / GER / Gas Gas Factory Team / Gas Gas
  10. GELABERT Miquel / SPA / Sherco Factory Team / Sherco