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History will be in the making this weekend for Repsol #honda Team as the FIM #trial World Championship season kicks off. The team spearheaded by #tonibou will be gunning for a tenth consecutive outdoor title.
Toni Bou is all set to face the first of this season’s eight trials that should lead towards the ultimate goal of a tenth consecutive world championship crown. The Repsol team star has also dominated the world stage of indoor #trial for a full decade now. Indeed, it was just ten days ago that a euphoric Bou flaunted ten raised fingers to a jubilant crowd in Marseille, an image that the Spaniard will be looking to repeat come season’s end.
The winning spell started for Repsol #honda Team back in 2007 and since then the squad has heaped title on title until every record in the annals of world motorcycling history has been broken. 2016 should be no different for the #montesacota4rt riders who hope to add to the already lengthy honours list.
Toni Bou back after injury
Toni Bou arrives in Olvan and Cal Rosal somewhat reserved after a right shoulder injury (a partial breakage of the subscapularis tendon) which meant a week of total rest and saw the Spanish champ sit out the X-Trial des Nations. Bou has been unable to train in his habitual way although he has certainly psyched himself up mentally at home in Andorra ahead of the 2016 season opener. Friday’s tests will prove crucial to see how the shoulder holds up.
Takahisa Fujinami, over 20 years at top level
Last year Repsol #honda Team Japanese ace made it 20 seasons finishing in the top five of the sport’s highest category. In spite of being the paddock’s most veteran figure #takahisafujinami is convinced that he can outdo the results of the three most recent seasons. Ever more experienced and ever stronger, we can expect the best from ‘Fujigas’.
Jaime Busto looking to spring a surprise
Basque youngster #jaimebusto, last season’s ‘Rookie of the Year’ rounded off the season with sixth place in the overall world championship. After narrowly missing out on a podium finish three times last year, a place on the rostrum will be Jaime’s aim for the 2016 season. Amongst the same group of rivals, the Repsol rider claimed victory in the last round of the 2015 Spanish Championship.
Remembering Martin Lampkin
Last weekend saw the passing of Martin Lampkin after a serious illness. The former #trial rider and first world champion (1975) was the father of seven-times world champion Dougie Lampkin. Martin finished his sporting career as a Montesa rider. Repsol #honda Team won’t forget such a great, iconic rider and will pay tribute at the weekend’s #event with riders wearing black armbands.
Eight stop World Championship
The FIM #trial World Championship kicks off on Saturday 9th April and Sunday 10th April with the Catalonian GP in Olvan/Cal Rosal (Barcelona) and finishes in San Pietro Mussolino in early September after eight rounds.
On the 8th the riders and bikes will be subjected to administrative and technical scrutineering. Training is scheduled for 13:00 hrs and the visit to the sections is set for 15:00 hrs. On Saturday 9th, the last of the top flight riders will make the start at 11:00 with the #event due to finish at around 16:00 after three laps of a twelve section circuit. Ditto the programme for Sunday.
2016 FIM #trial World Championship calendar
|9-10 April||Olvan/Cal Rosal||GP of Catalonia|
|23-24 April||Motegi||GP of Japan|
|28-29 May||Gefrees||GP of Germany|
|11-12 June||Sant Julià de Lòria||GP of Andorra|
|18-19 June||Lourdes||GP of France|
|10 July||Comblain-au-Pont||GP of Belgium|
|16-17 July||Tong||GP of Great Britain|
|3-4 September||San Pietro Mussolino||GP of Italy|
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