Trial Magazine - - INTERNATIONAL -

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.

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