As the Toni Bou show opened with another clear win in TrialGP on day one in Japan, it was James Dabill who made the most of his excellent qualifying ride. He shadowed Bou in the wet conditions all the way through the day to take only his second-ever career step to the deserved second position on the podium keeping Takahisa Fujinami, Jeroni Fajardo and Adam Raga at bay in a very close battle for the top five. Raga had to carry the penalty of his poor qualifying on both days and on day one in the rain he struggled, but on day two he showed some real guts and determination to take Bou all the way to the last few hazards for a narrow victory, as Albert Cabestany also came fighting back.
Jeroni Fajardo (Vertigo-ESP): The question is when will he win another world round?
Toni Bou (Repsol Honda-ESP): In this dramatic action picture it shows the moment his hand slipped off the throttle in the mud and rain of Japan. He still won both days though! Kenichi Kuroyama (Yamaha-JPN): A nasty hand injury did not deter the Japanese rider. Albert Cabestany (Sherco-ESP): Showing he can still ride well and a consistent points scorer. Japan’s Takahisa Fujinami enjoy’s a family podium on Day 1.